The Samburu National Reserve Information And Park Fees
Samburu National Reserve is situated at the southeastern corner of Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is bordered to the south by Ewaso Nyiro River, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.
The reserve covers an area of 165 Km² and is located around 345Km from Nairobi.
The Reserve lies within ecological zone V- which is classified as arid and semi- arid with moisture index of 42 to 57, which indicate that evapo-transpiration is greater than available moisture. The days are extremely hot while the nights are cool.
The annual mean temperatures range between 18ºC and 30ºC, while the mean annual rainfall is 354mm with peaks in November and April. The dry season starts in late May, and goes up to early October during when large concentration of wildlife is found in the reserve due to availability of lush vegetation along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the main source of water to the Reserve and the nearby communities.
Available games (and chances of seeing )Accommodation In The Reserve
The reserve is reach in wildlife with fame for abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx (Also referred as Samburu Special).
The reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants.
Large predators such as the Lion, Leopard and Cheetah are an important attraction (Kamunyak the Miracle Lioness that adapted the baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve). Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area.
Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded. Birds of the arid northern bush country are augmented by a number of riverine forest species. Lesser Kestrel and the Taita Falcon are species of global conservation concern and they both utilize the reserve.
Five species categorized as vulnerable have recorded in the reserve. These are African Darter, Great Egret, White-headed Vulture, Martial Eagle and the Yellow-billed Ox-pecker. Critically endangered species under CITIES – Pancake tortoise (malacochersus tornieri
) is found in the reserve.
Samburu Game Lodge
Set in a rugged landscape with a backdrop of jagged mountains, Samburu is host to indigenous animals unique to the region. Samburu Lodge is situated in the Samburu National Reserve with cottages, bandas, single and twin rooms spread out along the stunning banks of the Uaso Nyiro river.Samburu Larsens’ Camp
Designed in contemporary safari style, Larsens Camp offers luxury accommodation in the spectacular surroundings of the Samburu Game Reserve
Larsens Camp consists of 20 tents, accommodating 40 guests, and is set along the bank of the Uaso Nyiro River which flows through the Samburu National Reserve some 320 kms north of Nairobi in a semi-arid region of Kenya’s Rift Valley Province.
The camp has a pleasant setting surrounded by pristine wilderness and overlooking the river which attracts a broad range of wildlife including elephants which come to the water to drink.
Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panaromic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond.
The lodge is built to reflect the architectural heritage of the local communities whose sons and daughters make up the majority of the work force at the lodge. Fifteen cottages, each with two bedrooms are built in an arch formation on either side of the public areas to surround the waterhole but leaving a wide gap to allow the animals free movement to the water.Saruni Samburu Lodge
Saruni Samburu’s six luxury, eco-chic villas are open and spacious, heralding spectacular views over Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya.
As the only lodge in over 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness teeming with wildlife to explore exclusively, and guided by Samburu warriors passionate about their land and culture, the safari experience at Saruni Samburu is intimate and truly exceptional.Samburu Intrepids
Elephant Watch Camp
At the heart of the Elephant Watch Portfolio (EWP) are two private luxury lodges, Olerai House and Elephant Watch Camp, an exquisite family home, Sirocco, a self-catering Cabin, and a tailor-made Boutique Safaris business.
The portfolio, founded by Oria Douglas-Hamilton, a native Kenyan of Italian and French extraction, has grown out of her passionate love of Africa, its people and wildlife. Each lodge has its own particular character and style. Come and enjoy our hospitality, with its delicious food, its tranquillity, its Afro-Italian chic – and the great outdoor adventure that beckons from beyond.Elephant Bedroom
Elephant Bedroom is located deep in the heart of the Samburu National Reserve on a lovely stretch of the Ewaso Nyiro River – where game viewing is at its best. It opened in 2008 and offers relatively luxurious tented accommodation in a shady grove of acacias and doum palms.
The tented rooms at Elephant Bedroom are spacious, comfortable and luxurious, but also unfussy. Nine of these tents are raised on individual wooden platforms (these are east, downstream of the main area), with the other three at ground level (these are upstream, to the west of the main area). Older guests, or those with mobility challengers, are usually accommodated in the ground-level tents, which are also close to the central areas of the camp.
Samburu Park Fees
Kenya Citizen Adult Ksh. 1000
Kenya Citizen Child Ksh. 500
Non-Resident Adult USD 70
Non-Resident Child USD 40
Camping fees USD 12
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