Samburu National Reserve


Situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River, Samburu National Reserve is one of the lesser-known national parks, but is nevertheless teeming with life. It has plenty to offer, therefore attracting wildlife from the surrounding savannah plains. 

The dry season starts in late May, and goes up to early October when a 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.

The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species, also known as the Special five:- the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx

The reserve is also popular with elephants and large predators such as the lion, leopard and cheetah are an important attraction. Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction and there is abundant bird life with over 450 species recorded. Birds of the arid northern bush country are augmented by a number of riverine forest species.

Access – Road: The reserve can be accessed to by road from Nairobi through Isiolo on all weather bitumen while Isiolo Archers Post is gravelled. The road section distance from Isiolo to Archer’s gate is 34.3 km. Air: The reserve has an airstrip that is the Oryx Samburu Airstrip.

Accommodation – The reserve houses a number of visitor facilities including Lodges: Samburu Game Lodge, Samburu Larsen’s Camp, Samburu Sopa, Samburu Intrepids, Elephant Bedroom, Elephant Watch Safaris, Miiba Mingi Tented Lodge; Permanent campsites: Gametrackers, Lion King Safaris Special campsites: Doom Palm Campsite, Von derdecken (Hornbill) Campsite, Grevy Campsite, Impala Campsite. Public Campsites: Vervet Monkey, Butterfly, Kigelia, Kingfisher

Best time to visit – All year round.

Activities – There are various activities that visitors can engage in while residing at the reserve. These activities include: game drives, bird watching, sundowners, bush breakfast, nature walks, river rafting (depending on the river water level) and the Samburu cultural experience