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Samburu National Reserve is located in northern Kenya 350 kilometers north of Nairobi. Samburu is set along the Ewaso Nyiro river which is the lifeblood of the reserve as well as the local community.

The Ewaso Ng'iro rive separates Samburu National Reserve from the neighboring Buffalo Springs  National Reserve.

Samburu National Reserve is less known compared to other popular national parks in Kenya but that is part of its charm. What Samburu N.R lacks in size, it makes up for in landscapes and diversity of wildlife.

In Samburu, you see many animals such as lions, leopards, African buffalos, elephants, giraffes, baboons, zebras, cheetah, and hippos among others, as well as hundreds of bird species.


On your visit to Samburu National Reserve in Kenya, you can enjoy any of the following activities.

  • Wildlife game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking Safari
  • Visit tribal Samburu village
  • Photography
  • Camping

When To Visit

Samburu National Reserve can be visited all year round but the best time is during the dry months between June and October. This is when larger numbers of animals gather around the Ewaso Nyiro River for water and green pasture.

While the wet months present a challenge for spotting wildlife, they are great for birding and wildlife photography. Additionally, the wet season is a low season for visitors can be great for people who prefer absolutely no crowds as well as the chance for incredible discounts from the lodges.

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Getting There

Samburu is located about 350 kilometres north of Kenya's capital - Nairobi. The main way of getting to Samburu is by road or domestic flights. Driving the 350 kilometres from Nairobi to Samburu takes between 5 and 6 hours.

Domestic flights from Nairobi can go to the various airstrips in Samburu taking around 1 and a half hours of flying.

Where To Stay

There are many options for where you can stay while in Samburu National Reserve. Whether you want the camping experience or the luxury-in-the-wild experience, you will be able to find accommodation in Samburu.

Since Samburu is just a river crossing away from Buffalo Springs National Reserve, many people often visit both game parks at once.

Samburu is becoming increasingly popular and we recommend booking your accommodation early to avoid any surprises.