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The Samburu National Reserve Bufallo springs and Shaba National Reserve are hot and dry semi-arid desert and one of the most dramatic African wildernesses nurtured by the Uaso Nyiro River which flows through the reserve.

Across the river is the Buffalo Spring National Reserve and a few kilometres east is the Shaba in the northern Kenya formerly known as the Northern Frontier District (NFD).

To get to Samburu you pass on the shoulder of the seconded highest peak in Africa after Mt Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and drive northwards to the vastness of the northern Kenya, stretching into the distant horizon clouded by dust and heat-haze.

Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness of the famous best seller book and award winning movie ‘Born Free’

Samburu National Reserve: What Game

  •  The rare northern specialist species such as the gravy’s Zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa Oryx, Longneck Gerenuk, Somali Ostrich also known as the Samburu Special Five.
  • Home to a minimum of 900 Elephants. Wild dog are common in this protected area. Large predators such as the Lion king of the jungle lazing on the grass, Leopards, Cheetah, are some of the important attractions.


  • Kamuyak the miracle lioness that adopted a baby oryx lives here at Samburu National Reserve.
  • Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded. Lesser Kestrel and the Taita falcon are species of global conservation concern and are both found here.
  • Five other species categorized as venerable are also recorded in this reserve. These are the White-Headed Vulture, Great Egret, African Darter, Martial Eagle and Yellow-Billed Ox-Pecker.  The critically endangered pancake tortoise is also found in this reserve.

Samburu National Reserve: What Activities

  • Exotic Culture such as Samburu Cultural Ceremonies
  • Day & Night Game drives and Escorted Nature walks, Sun Downers & Bush Picnics
  • Bird watching
  • Fly camps on top of Mystical mount Lolokwe and Rock Climbing
  • Game counts, Camel treks, Rafting through the Game reserve

Samburu National Reserve: Best time to visit

  • All year round

Samburu National Reserve: Where to stay

  • Samburu Intrepids,Samburu Sopa,Sarova Shaba,Joy's Camp
    • Joy's Camp

      Joy's Camp is names after author and early conservationist,Joy Andamson. Set at Joy Adamson’s original campsite in Shaba National Reserve is Joy’s Camp. The camp is located in this arid and semi desert with outcropping rugged rocky kopjes (small hills) and many springs that nurture the abundant wildlife. Shaba landscape is similar to the neighbouring Samburu National Reserve with riverine forests, acacias and doum palms. Shaba National Reserve famous for its close association with the world famous conservationists couple Joy and George Adamson and the book Born Free  while was later made into the film ” Born Free”. Shaba National Reserve too is the place where Joy Adamson released her famous leopard “Penny. Joy’s Camp a small intimate luxurious and is perfect for the discerning visitor looking to immerse in nature, preservation and conservation admiring the historical escapades of Kenya. Authentic wildlife safari experience combined with the comfort of a luxury-tented camp overlooking a wonderful spring where wild game parade at the waterhole. Shaba National Reserve is rich with extraordinary wildlife including Grevy’s zebra, the Somali ostrich, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, lesser and greater kudu, leopards, lion and herds of elephants.   Joy's Camp : Accommodation 10 tents each uniquely decorated with…
    • Samburu Intrepids

      Samburu Intrepids is a lush oasis on the banks of the great Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu Game Reserve. The camp sits on raised decks overlooking the brown river where the elephants sometimes make an appearance or the crocodiles come out to lounge by the river's banks. Samburu is close to the equator and lying on the edge of the northern hemisphere so close to the southern hemisphere. Standing at the equator and taking a celestial journey, you will be able to identify more than 60 constellations of the 88 known ones. You can spot the Southern Cross, the Scorpion and the Seven Sisters to countless others depending on the time of the year. Samburu Intrepids: Highlights Dry, rugged and stunning, Samburu’s landscape is at once stark and sensual, with its iconic loaf shaped Ololokwe Mountain and hills spreading in every horizon. Samburu is an arid area and water is scarce,  the land baked by the eternal sun, herds of elephants and the big cats roam the plains with the Samburu special - the Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, the long necked antelope and the gerenuk easily seen despite its harsh climes.        Samburu Intrepids:…