There is an abundance of plains game here, together with the endemic northern species such as the closely striped Grevy’s zebra, the giraffe-necked gerenuk antelope, the fawny beisa oryx, the blue-tinged Somali ostrich and the dramatic reticulated giraffe. The big cats, lion, leopard and cheetah are present, and large numbers of elephant roam the reserve. The riverine bush also attracts a wealth of birdlife. Some unusual but fairly common species include helmeted and vulturine guinea fowl, martial eagle, pygmy falcon, various bustard species, weavers, woodpeckers, shrikes and colourful fly-catchers.

On the southern side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve and not far away is the Shaba National Reserve. A day pass enables you to comfortably visit all three reserves.

The local Samburu people, close relatives of the famous Maasai and similar in many ways, including traditional garb, beadwork and lifestyles, are generally less nomadic and often adopt the more western practices of farming and trading.

It's an excellent destination to spot these lesser-known northern species and the wealth of birdlife.

We have no scheduled safaris to Samburu but can include one on a tailor-made Kenyan safari itinerary. We recommend spending at least 2 nights at Samburu National Park. Speak to us about your safari wishlist and we'd be more than happy to design a custom safari to suit your budget and requirements.