North of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, within the Rift Valley Province of Kenya, the reserve is in the semi-arid part of this country. It is home to the Samburu tribe, known for their remote culture, pastoral and nomadic way of life. Due to its isolated location and the fact that it was inaccessible for many years, the park has retained a natural serenity.
The reserve is home to lions, elephants, antelopes, hartebeests, buffaloes, giraffe, zebra, leopard, Somali ostrich, hippo, crocodile, gerenuk, hyena and so much more. The park is also a bird watchers paradise; there are over 600 species of birds, most with habitats on or around the river. You can generally spot the Big Five without having to drive for hours on end. The Uaso Nyiro River cuts through, drawing a big population of wildlife to the park. The river is a flurry of activity with a huge population of Nile crocodile.
The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the best-selling book and award-winning movie Born Free.