Entry Gates to Samburu National Reserve : Samburu national reserve is one of the great Kenya wildlife safari destinations in Kenya famously known for its special 5 specials referred to as the Samburu Special Five (the Grevy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx).
Samburu national reserve is located in the Samburu district, North of the equator about 310 kilometers from Nairobi the capital of Kenya and where most safari start from, the reserve is bordered by Shaba Game reserve and Buffalo Springs national reserve which make up the larger ecosystem. These protected areas are separated from Samburu national reserve by the Ewaso Nyiro River
Samburu national reserve covering an area of 165 square kilometers is a natural jewel of characterized of a desert and semi desert region with a dry and warm climate.
Samburu national reserve is accessed using several entry gates situated in various regions of the reserve, accessing the reserve using the right entry gate will save you hours of additional driving.
This article lists the main gates at Samburu national reserve along with the basic information regarding which accommodation option (lodge or camp) is situated close to the various access points.
Note: Entry and exit timings at Samburu national reserve are as follows
- Entry time – 6.00 am
- Ext time – 6.00 pm
It may be possible to enter or exit Samburu national reserve beyond these timings in exceptional cases with a permission of the reserve warden, for example in case of a vehicle breakdown or may be adverse weather which can cause road closures.
Gates at Samburu national reserve are well distributed at most convenient and popular places leading to the reserve, as a guest if you choose to go to Samburu national reserve by road, you can access the reserve using 4 gates which are distributed to favor all the guests seeking to enter the reserve from any point.
For visitors arriving to Samburu national reserve by air, you will find gate services at the central airstrip. This airstrip is served by daily to/from Nairobi by domestic flight companies that is Air Kenya and Safarilink.
Gates of Samburu national reserve include
- Archer’s Gate
- West Gate
- Kalama Gate
- Uaso Bridge Gate
- Central Airstrip Gate
Entry and Exit gates at Samburu national reserve are as explained below
Archer’s Gate is one of the most developed gates in Samburu national reserve located near Archer’s Post, just a few kilometers off of the Marsabit Highway. This gate is the main gate and most preferred by the visitors of Samburu national reserve and this is because of its strategic location on the main from Nairobi as well as from Isiolo Town.
While using the Archer’s Gate, the best accommodation options include
- Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp
- Elephant Watch Camp
- Samburu Riverside Tented Camp
- Samburu Sopa Lodge
- Samburu Sentrim Lodge
- Lion King Safari Bush Camp
The West Gate of Samburu national reserve is located on the western border of reserve with West Gate Community Conservancy – an amazing conservancy covered by thorny acacia scrub, the conservancy is a home to several thousands of Samburu people and a very growing healthy population of large mammals including 500 Grevy’s zebras.
The West Gate Community Conservancy is only accessible if you are staying at Sasaab Lodge, the conservancy fees are included in the lodge’s night rates.
Kalama Gate (Kalama Conservancy)
The Kalama Gate of Samburu national reserve is located in Kalama Conservancy which is situated 7 kilometers from the Northern border of the reserve, the only accommodation option close to this gate is found in the Kalama Conservancy is Saruni Samburu Lodge.
Uaso Bridge Gate
Uaso Bridge Gate of Samburu national reserve is mainly used when crossing the Ewaso Nyiro Bridge, the gate lies opposite Samburu national reserve on the southern banks of Ewaso Nyiro River in Isiolo County.
The best accommodation option situated near Uaso Bridge gate include
- Ashnil Samburu Lodge
- Samburu Simba Lodge
Central Airstrip Gate
The Central Airstrip Gate of Samburu national reserve is only accessible to visitors arriving in the reserve by air, this airstrip is served by Air Kenya and Safari Link with daily scheduled flights to and from Samburu national reserve.
The Central Airstrip gate is only accessible to all visitors arriving in Samburu by air. The airstrip is served by Air Kenya and Safari Link with daily scheduled flights to and from Samburu.