Set alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River, Kenya's biggest northern river, Samburu has the lion's share of wildlife. Besides big cats and African wild dogs, you're likely to see some of the rare northern species such as Grevy's zebra, the Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, the long-necked gerenuk, Guenther's dik-dik and the beisa oryx, known as the Samburu Special Six.

Highlights
  • One of Kenya's smallest, but richest, wildlife national parks
  • Home to the big cats; lion, leopard and cheetah
  • Healthy breeding packs of endangered African wild dog
  • Likely to see rare northern species, including "Samburu Special Six"
  • Birding hotspot with over 450 species recorded
  • Walking and mountain bike safaris
  • Visits to local Samburu tribal villages

Samburu is one of Kenya's lesser-known national parks, yet it is one of its most rewarding. It may be fairly small in size, but it more than makes up for it with its wealth of wildlife.

Samburu Special Six - rare northern species

The mighty Ewaso Nyiro River is a huge drawcard for the wildlife from the surrounding savannah plains. Some of the rare northern species have made this area their home, and you've got a great chance to see Grevy's zebra, the Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, the long-necked gerenuk, Guenther's dik-dik and the beisa oryx, aka the Samburu Special Six.

It’s also home to elephant, and the larger predators like lion, leopard and cheetah. Sightings of wild dog are also fairly common. Samburu is a birding hotspot with an impressive recording of over 450 species.

Explore on foot and by mountain bike

At Samburu, you'll have the opportunity to explore this vast, arid region on foot as well as by mountain bike. You can also get a taste of local culture and traditions by visiting one of the local Samburu villages.

Getting there

Samburu is generally a fly-in destination with a choice of several excellent lodges, from family-friendly lodges to remote honeymoon hideaways. Some also offer unique safari experiences like tracking big cat on foot, camel-back safaris and guided bush walks.

Best time to visit

By and large, the nights are cool and the days are hot and dry. The best seasons for game viewing are from December through to March and from June to October. There are effectively two rainy seasons from late March until May, and again in November.

Elephant Bedroom Camp
Elephant Bedroom Camp - Samburu National Park - Kenya

Elephant Bedroom Camp is perfectly situated in Samburu National Reserve to get the best lion, leopard and rare northern species sightings the park is well-known for. There is also a wealth of unusual flora to look forward to.

Sasaab Lodge
Sasaab Lodge - Samburu National Park - Kenya

Sasaab Lodge near the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya's northern district offers you a great chance to view some of the rare northern species. These are locally known as the Samburu Special Six. They are Grevy’s zebra, the Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, the long-necked gerenuk, Guenther's dik-dik and the beisa oryx.

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Sasaab Lodge - Samburu National Park - Kenya
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Sasaab Lodge near the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya's northern district offers you a great chance to view some of the rare northern species. These are locally known as the Samburu Special Six. They are Grevy’s zebra, the Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, the long-necked gerenuk, Guenther's dik-dik and the beisa oryx.

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