5 reasons why Samburu National Reserve is different : Perhaps you are unfamiliar with Samburu national reserve. Samburu is equally as varied and stunning as Kenya’s southern reserves, even if it isn’t as well-known and may be visited more often by seasoned safari travelers than by novices. Due of how unique it is, I believe it to be my personal favorite.
Here are 5 reasons why the Samburu National Reserve is different.
Disregard the “Big 5.” You may cross off a far more exclusive list of animals in Samburu national reserve. This region is home to the rare creatures known as the Samburu Special 5 that includes Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Somali Ostrich, Beisa oryx. Where else can you witness an antelope using its hind legs to climb trees and forage for food? Some of Kenya’s rarest species, including the African wild dog, civet cat, and striped hyena, may be found in Samburu. Elephants also adore it there, and let’s be honest who doesn’t love an elephant? Samburu has a remarkably wide variety of wildlife. Though you (or your guides!) have to work a bit harder for sightings here, they may be even more satisfying than on a Masai Mara safari, where you won’t be stumbling over it.
The majority of travelers go on safari can be about seeing animals, but I think the scenery is just as significant. What truly distinguishes Samburu national reserve from other Kenyan reserves is the landscape. It’s fascinating to see landforms on the horizon instead of simply endless stretches of grassy plains, and the diversity of the savannah, forests, and mountains is a stunning combination.
Interactions with the locals are genuine and unpretentious, unlike in some other Kenyan tourist safari destinations. The reserve is a sizable wilderness area that is run and maintained by Samburu tribes in the region. These people are skilled at maintaining the delicate balance between animal conservation, human living, and tourism. Local Samburu people make up the majority of the employees at these lodges. Even though they carry spears, they are just regular kind folks, and it great to get to know them organically. The majority of them also possess amazing senses of humour.
It may not seem like the highlight of an African safari to see a cow. But it can, I promise you. The Samburu herders go to the family well first thing in the morning to fetch water for their animals. Suddenly, they start singing, and to their amazement, the cattle identify the special melody and come over for a drink. Samburu is a hard place to live, and during dry spells, cattle and their owners must wander kilometres in search of water, when you encounter them. Discovering enormous herds of animals in the middle of the jungle, getting to know the people looking after them, and getting such a close-up look at everyday life was a thrilling experience.
Samburu National Reserve feels far more exclusive than its southern sisters since it’s not one of Kenya’s most popular wildlife viewing destinations. Because there are fewer accommodations, there are less visitors and less competition when it comes to seeing wildlife. During game drives you experience a lot and have the best moments on your safari.