There is a wide variety of animal and birdlife seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several large game species common to Kenya's northern plains can be found in abundance here, including the following dry-country fauna: Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra, Oryx, and reticulated giraffe. All the three big cats, elephant, cape buffalo and hippopotamus are found here. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Olive baboon, warthogs, grants gazelle, kirks dik-dik, impala and waterbuck.
There are over 350 species of birds including vultures, Secretary birds, sunbirds, northern red-billed hornbills and many more varieties. The Ewaso Ng'iro river contains large numbers of Nile crocodiles.
During the month of June and October, it's normally a dry season at Samburu reserve.
There is a wide variety of animal and birdlife seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several large game species common to Kenya's northern plains can be found in abundance here, including all three big cats, the lion, cheetah, and African Leopard.
Several dry-country adapted mammals that don't occur in most Kenyan parks can be found here. The reticulated giraffe has a more striking pattern than the common Masai Giraffe. Beisa Oryx is particularly well adapted to arid conditions. The gerenuk with its elongated neck is able to stand on its hind legs to reach sparse leaves. Both the common Burchells Zebra and the bigger Greveys Zebra are found next to each other.
Samburu’s climate is generally hot and dry, although it cools down at night. The daytime temperature is usually in the region of 32°C/90°F, while the average at night time is 15°C/59°F. We encourage you to bring warm clothing for game drives in the early morning. The rainiest periods occur in April and November, but annual rainfall is low. The ‘long rains’ usually occur from mid-March to mid-May and the ‘short rains’ from mid-October to mid-December.
Samburu is located 355km/220mi north of Nairobi. Self-drive to the reserve is an easy option and the driving time is about six hours. There are also daily scheduled flights from Nairobi to Samburu’s airstrip.
Driving from Nakuru NP is also an option. The distance is about 300km/190mi and the driving time is roughly five and a half hours.
Safari-goers flying from Europe or North America to Kenya usually arrive at Nairobi – it’s the largest hub for most transport (including flights) in the region. The main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), which is located 15km/9mi southeast of Nairobi. Kenya’s second international airport is Moi International Airport (MBA), which is 9km/6mi west of Mombasa.
This time of year is marked by hot and sunny days with almost no rainfall being recorded.
Samburu is considered a very safe destination. In general, crime issues that exist in urban areas do not affect any of the developed parks or reserves in Kenya. Visitors traveling independently should exercise caution in cities and towns between parks.
Your doctor can provide advice about which vaccinations you need before a trip to Kenya. Malaria is a risk when traveling around the country. It is advisable to take antimalarials and other safeguards, such as covering up at dusk and using mosquito repellent containing a minimum of 30% DEET. You should spray your room before bedtime if you don’t have a mosquito net. Malaria risk is worst in the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and October to November.
During the day, Samburu’s climate is hot and dry, although it cools down at night. The daytime temperature is usually in the region of 32°C/90°F, while the average at nighttime is 15°C/59°F. It is a good idea to bring warm clothing for game drives in the early morning. The rainiest periods occur in April and November, but annual rainfall is low. The ‘long rains’ usually occur from mid-March to mid-May and the ‘short rains’ from mid-October to mid-December.