Samburu National Reserve is situated at the southeastern corner of Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is bordered to the south by Ewaso Nyiro River, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.

The reserve covers an area of 165 Km² and is located around 345Km from Nairobi.

Climatic Conditions

The Reserve lies within ecological zone V- which is classified as arid and semi- arid with moisture index of 42 to 57, which indicate that evapo-transpiration is greater than available moisture. The days are extremely hot while the nights are cool. The annual mean temperatures range between 18ºC and 30ºC, while the mean annual rainfall is 354mm with peaks in November and April. The dry season starts in late May, and goes up to early October during when large concentration of wildlife is found in the reserve due to availability of lush vegetation along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the main source of water to the Reserve and the nearby communities.

Available games (and chances of seeing )

The reserve is reach in wildlife with fame for abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx (Also referred as Samburu Special). The reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants. Large predators such as the Lion, Leopard and Cheetah are an important attraction (Kamunyak the Miracle Lioness that adapted the baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve). Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area. Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded. Birds of the arid northern bush country are augmented by a number of riverine forest species. Lesser Kestrel and the Taita Falcon are species of global conservation concern and they both utilize the reserve.  Five species categorized as vulnerable have recorded in the reserve. These are African Darter, Great Egret, White-headed Vulture, Martial Eagle and the Yellow-billed Ox-pecker. Critically endangered species under CITIES – Pancake tortoise (malacochersus tornieri) is found in the reserve.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION CBD, Nairobi.
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.
RETURN TIME Late Afternoon.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, Comfortable Shoes, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Professional English Speaking Safari Guide/Driver
All meals included while on safari
Transport in a safari van with open top
All applicable Game Park entrance fees
Pre–tour itinerary document
Extensive Game drives
NOT INCLUDED
Domestic and international airfares and departures taxes.
Personal communications charges for telephone calls, faxes, email, etc.
Tips and gratuities for your driver/guide.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Laundry services
Between meal snacks, parks, attractions, and events not included in your itinerary

 

Day 1

Nairobi - Samburu

Leave Nairobi after breakfast , drive northwards past Mt. Kenya to Samburu to commence your 3 days wildlife budget adventure safari of Samburu, after lunch embark on a game drive in search for animals such as reticulated giraffes, grevy zebra, blue legged ostrich among others.

  • Dinner and overnight at the Camp.
Day 2

Full Day Samburu

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast. After breakfast another game drive. After lunch relax since Samburu is very hot you can swim in one of the lodges, then proceed for the late evening game drive.
  • Dinner and overnight at the Camp.
Day 3

Samburu - Nairobi

At 6.30 am enjoy a Pre- breakfast game drive. After breakfast return to Nairobi with picnic lunch en route arriving late afternoon to end your cheap camping budget safari.