Samburu National Park Parks and Reserves
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 very likely to see some of the rare northern species: 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”.
* Samburu National Park 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 - over 450 species recorded
- ∞Walking and mountain bike safaris offered
- ∞Visit 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 draw card 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 – known as 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 also have the opportunity to explore this vast, arid region on foot as well as by mountain bike. You can also get an idea of local culture and traditions by visiting one of the local Samburu villages.
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, going on camel-back safaris and guided bush walks.
Best time to visit
By and large, the nights are cool and the days 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.
Let us design a dream safari itinerary for you, including the unique safari experience of the Samburu in combination with some of the more famous safari parks.
Before you go to Samburu National Park Things you should know before you go!
Malaria is a consideration in Samburu National Park
Learn more about malaria areas and malaria prevention with our resource article.
Malaria Areas & Prevention
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