Samburu National Reserve
Samburu is situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River. Nevertheless, it is one of the lesser-known National reserves. It lies within Arid and Semiarid ecological zone. Thus, the days are extremely hot while the nights are cool.
Ewaso Nyiro serves as the main source of water for the reserve and the nearby communities. The Reserve is popular with a minimum of 900 elephants. Moreover, large predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah are an important attraction. Surprisingly, Kamunyak; the miracle lioness that adopted the baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve.
The Lesser Kestrel and the Taita falcon are species of global conservation concern and they both utilize the reserve. Five vulnerable species have also been recorded in the reserve. They are African darter, great egret, white-headed vulture, martial eagle and the yellow-billed ox-pecker. The critically endangered pancake tortoise( malacochersus tornieri) is also found in the reserve.
Summarily, the reserve is rich in game with rare species. Game includes; Grevy’s Zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, beisa oryx, elephants, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs and over 450 species of birds. Numerous activities available.Visit is all year round driving (5-6 hrs) or by fight (1 hour).