Wildlife and Bird watching at Samburu National Park
Reticulated Giraffe - Photo Courtesy Dan Lundberg
Samburu lies at about 8 hours drive, North of Nairobi. Samburu is visited by large herds of Elephants, drawn by the promise of water. In the dry season, the elephants use their tusks to dig deep into the dry river beds, unearthing precious water. These waterholes then become a focal point for the game.
The Samburu region is the best place to find several endemic Northern species, including Gerenuk, the Reticulated Giraffe, and Grevy's Zebra.
The forests along the river banks are home to many birds, including local species such as the Palm Nut Vulture and the Vinaceous Dove. These forests are also home to many Leopards, often seen at dusk.
In areas around the reserves, there are several private sanctuaries working closely with the Samburu to protect both their tribal lands and the local wildlife. These sanctuaries are open to guests, and are well worth visiting for those interested in Samburu culture.
Samburu is typically visited by well heeled Wildlife travelers and repeat visitors to Kenya.
Access : Samburu is accessible by road via Isiolo and Archers Post. Driving time from Nairobi is approximately 8 hours.
Recommended Stay: Typically guests stay here for Two to three nights.