Lions on hunt at the Samburu grassland

Lions on hunt at the Samburu grassland

Samburu National Reserve is one of the lesser known national parks in Kenya. But it is nevertheless teeming with wildlife and gaining popularity in recent years.

It is situated at around 350 kms from Nairobi, alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River, the water source coming from the Aberdare Hills. It is a semi arid zone and the days are extremely hot and while the nights are cool.

Samburu Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa ,the Lioness (made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free).

Samburu Reserve is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting oryx calves.

The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx (also referred to as Samburu Special Five).

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Dik Dik

There are a number of camps and lodges to stay which also offer other activities like bushwalk, sundowner etc.

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Young Impalas

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Romantic warthogs

The Reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants. Large predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah are an important attraction as well. Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded.

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