With its dramatic, dry plains, the Samburu is the ideal destination to explore in a quirky yet traditional manner – on the back of the camel. With the vast northern deserts as your rustic backdrop, picture yourself on the back of one of a convoy of camels, head and face swathed against the beating sun, as your local Samburu guide leads your camel alongside herds of wildlife, including unusual species such as the Samburu Special Five – the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx and the gerenuk antelope.
Cutting through the reserve, the Uaso Nyiro River lures a large population of animals to the lush park and its banks are a hive of activity. An abundance of wily Nile crocodile can also be found in the river’s waters.
Kaleidoscopic birdlife is as prolific as the wildlife in Samburu National Reserve and the reserve is home to over 350 different species of birds, including vultures, kingfishers, marabous, bateleurs, guinea fowl, Somali ostriches and others.
Deriving its name from the Samburu people of Kenya, who have inhabited the area for many years, Samburu National Park was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness. Their story gained popularity due to the bestselling book and award-winning movie “Born Free”.