Experience Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

Samburu Game Reserve is one of the few areas in Kenya that ‘s endowed with special five: Gerenuk, Somali Ostrich, Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe & Grevy’s Zebra. It is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River and neighbors Buffalo Springs National Reserve on the opposite bank.

The reserve covers 165 km square and about 350 kilometer from Nairobi. It is one of the lesser-known destination, but is nevertheless teeming with life. In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng’iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests that provide water without which the game in the reserve would not survive. The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the best-selling book and award winning movie, Born Free and its sequels. It is also home of Kamunyak (the blessed one), a lioness who adopted six oryx calves between 2002 and 2003. Additionally, guests can have a cultural experience at this reserve by taking a visit to the traditional villages of the Samburu people that co-exist with wildlife harmoniously.

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Recommended Tours Featuring Samburu Game Reserve

These sample tours will give you an idea of what to expect when either traveling to Samburu Game Reserve or how we incorporate Samburu Game Reserve with the other destinations in Kenya. Please note that the following tours are meant to inspire you since your safari will be tailor-made by our travel experts to fit your needs and preferences within this destination. 

Zebras at Meru

8 Days

Kenya Thrilling Safari 
From $1,926 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Nairobi, Meru, Samburu & Nanyuki

Lion at Masai Mara

14 Days

Kenya Authentic Safari
From $1,827 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Ol Pejeta, Samburu, Aberdare, Naivasha, Hells Gate, Masai Mara & Diani.

Elephant at Samburu

7 Days

Big Five Kenya Safari
From $1,785 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Nairobi,  Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara

Map of Samburu Game Reserve

Places to Stay at Samburu Game Reserve

Below are some of our highly recommended places of stay at Samburu that have been tested and chosen by our travel specialists

Restaurant decker at Samburu Intrepids

Samburu Intrepids

Samburu Intrepids sits on raised decks overlooking the brown river where the elephants sometimes make an appearance or the crocodiles come out to lounge by the river’s banks.

Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu

As the only lodge in over 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness teeming with wildlife to explore exclusively, and guided by Samburu warriors passionate about their land and culture, the safari experience at Saruni Samburu is intimate and truly exceptional.

Elephant Bedroom

Elephant Bedroom Camp

Elephant Bedroom Camp provides a rustic yet stylish experience along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, in Samburu National Reserve. The classic safari camp is easily accessible all year


Samburu Sopa Lodge

Samburu Sopa Lodge

Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panaromic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond.

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