Eight Things you always wanted to know about a Samburu National Reserve Safari

Samburu National Reserve Safari

Where is the Samburu National Reserve?

The Samburu National Reserve can be found in the southeastern corner of the Samburu District in Northern Kenya’s Rift Valley and is separated from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve by the Ewaso Nyiro River. Located about 350km from Nairobi, the reserve covers an area of 165 Km², in an arid and semi-arid ecological zone.

The reserve has plenty of wildlife, and even features rare specialist species called the Samburu Five:

  • reticulated giraffe
  • Somali ostrich
  • gerenuk
  • beisa oryx
  • Grévy’s zebra

Samburu National Reserve Safari

Additionally, you can find large populations of elephants, as well as big cats, wild dogs, buffalo, hippos, dik-diks, abundant birdlife and much more.

An interesting fact about the Samburu National Reserve…

Samburu National Reserve was one of two homes for Elsa the Lioness, who was made famous in the 1966 movie Born Free. Rescued by the game warden who killed her mother when she charged him (no doubt to protect her cubs), Elsa was raised by Joy and George Adamson, who later freed her but kept track of her and her cubs.

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Picture courtesy of Father of Lions

How do I get to the Samburu National Reserve Safari?

You can drive from Nairobi but it takes around five to six hours. If you prefer to fly, there are daily flights between Nairobi and Samburu with Safarilink and AirKenya Express. It takes around 45 minutes by air, and you land in the reserve itself.

While you can use miles to get to NBO, you can’t use miles to fly directly into the park.

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Where can I stay in the Samburu National Reserve?

The reserve has on-site lodges that can cost several hundred dollars a night, though you can get them cheaper – like Sentrim Samburu Lodge, which costs from $144 a night plus a $75 per person tourism fee.

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There are also special, public and permanent campsites and hotels that are less expensive than lodges and you could also stay outside of the reserve, which can often be an even cheaper option.

How much does the Samburu National Reserve cost?

It currently costs US$70 for a non-resident adult and US$40 for a non-resident child to enter the park. There are many more fees listed here, including vehicle charges, aircraft landing, and filming costs.

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When should I visit the Samburu National Reserve Safari?

You can visit the reserve at any time of the year, though it’s recommended to visit during the drier months of December through March and July through October. Between April and June are often popular for visits, too, despite the rainy weather.

What are the rules of the Samburu National Reserve Safari?

As with many reserves, you should follow basic regulations and etiquette to both stay safe and protect the animals while visiting. These include:

  • Never getting out of your vehicle, except at designated spots
  • No harassing the animals in any way
  • Always keeping to the tracks
  • No off-road driving
  • Always giving the animals the right of way

What animals can I see on a Samburu National Reserve Safari?

The reserve is home to a large variety of wild animals, so you could see a…

Reticulated giraffe

Samburu National Reserve Safari
Somali ostrich

Samburu National Reserve Safari

Gerenuk

Samburu National Reserve Safari
Beisa oryx

Samburu National Reserve Safari

Elephant 

Samburu National Reserve Safari

Lioness

Samburu National Reserve Safari

Leopard

Samburu National Reserve Safari

You could also see a waterbuck, crocodile, tortoise, impala, buffalo, olive baboon, warthog and so much more.

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