Project Description

“When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind.  Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.”

~ Francesca Marciano

Samburu, Kenya

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.

Where to stay in Samburu?

We are able to arrange any accommodation that best suits your needs and budget. Many lodges in Samburu are on the riverbank giving you the best viewing opportunities of the plant, animal and bird life. There is also a campsite with shower and toilet facilities.

You could stay at Elephant Watch Camp; a luxury tented eco-camp on the Uaso Nyiro, with lovely bathrooms built around trees.

How long should you stay in Samburu?

Many stay 1-2 nights to explore the reserve.

How to get to Samburu?

The game reserve is accessible by air and there are daily flights from Nairobi to Samburu. Travel time is about 45 minutes and the flights land on the park’s airstrip. You can also travel by road from Nairobi, which takes around five hours (360km).

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Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on Earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths?

Brian Jackman