Samburu National Reserve Entry Fees 2021

Samburu National Reserve Entry Fees 2021

Samburu national reserve entry fees 2021 :Samburu national reserve is one of the must visit Kenya wildlife safari destination situated in northern region of Kenya in Samburu county, the reserve lies on the banks of Ewaso Ng’iro river which is the main source of waters to the reserve. Samburu national reserve is famous for being a home to Kamunyak a lioness which adopted 6 of orphaned Oryx calves and the reserve is of one of the gazeted areas in Kenya where the lioness Elsa was raised by conservationists Joy and George Adamson, the reserve  was the main focus in the best-selling book and award winning movie “Born Free”

Samburu national reserve is a very adventurous and thrilling Kenya destination offering many Kenya safari activities such as game viewing, bird watching, walking safaris and boat safaris which will keep you entertained while in the reserve.

Like other Kenya wildlife parks and reserves, there are reserve fees paid to access the reserve and these fees are drafted by Kenya wildlife Services an administrative body governing parks and reserves in Kenya.

Samburu National Reserve Entry Fees 2021
Elephants in Samburu National Reserve

Samburu national reserve park fees for the year 2021 are as follow

Entry fees

Category Non residents (US$) Residents/citizens (Kshs)
Adult 20 250
Child/students 10 100

Entry fees – entry fees in Samburu national reserve are valid for 24 hours

Resident rates – are applicable to residents of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. As proof for the identity visitors are required to present their national IDs for Kenyan citizens and passport or a valid national ID for citizens of Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi.

Note: Visitors with no valid passport are required to pay non-resident fees

Non-resident fees – are applicable to foreign travelers/tourists from countries outside Kenya and East Africa community countries that are Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. For proof of identity, international travelers are required to present valid passport.

Child rates – are applicable to visitors from the age – 11 years, persons below the age of 3 are not applicable to child rates as they are free.

Student rates – are applicable to visitors aged up to 23 years old, student are to be on a safari organized by a recognized learning institution and are in possession of a valid student ID and the safari has to be organized for research and study purposes. For these student rates to be granted, a notification has to be sent to the Samburu national reserve headquarters in 2 weeks advance for their visit.

Camping fees

Category Non-residents (US$) Residents/citizens (Kshs)
Special campsites Public campsite Special campsites Public campsite
Adult 35 20 250 200
Child 20 15 200 150
student 20 15 200 150
Reservation Fees                                                                                                                                                 7,500 Kshs
Cancellation Fees                                                                                                                                                 7,500 Kshs

Other charges in Samburu national reserve

Vehicle Fees Per day Kshs
Less than 6 seats 300
6 to 12 seats 1,030
13 to 24 seats 2,585
25 to 44 seats 4,050
45 seats and above 5,000

Trucks & delivery vehicles

1 to 3 tonnes 515
4 to 7 tonnes 2,155
Above 7 tonnes 3,015


Aircrafts (single landing Fees)

Aircrafts with less than 3 seats
3 to 6 seats
7 to 14 seats
15 to 14 seats
21 seats and above


Vehicles stationed in the park (per year)


PSVs<6 seats & commercial vehicles < 2 tonnes 10,000
PSVs<6 to 12 seats & commercial vehicles 2 to 5 tonnes 10,000
PSVs<6 to 13 seats & commercial Tour vehicles not stationed in the park 60,000
PSVs<13 seats & commercial vehicles >5tonnes 100,000
Annual passes Kshs
Adult annual pass 43,100
Child annual pass 10,340
Corporate annual pass 103,440
Personalized tour driver annual pass 4,000
Marine parks annual pass 10,340
Safari card application fees 1,030
Special services Kshs
Event security per section of rangers 75,000
Vehicle recovery inside the park 7,500

Samburu game reserve rules

  • Respect for the privacy of wildlife in the Samburu national reserve is paramount  as the reserve is the habitant for the animals
  • Be aware of the animals, these animals are wild and they can be very unpredictable in behavior
  • Unnecessary movements and making of unnecessary noise is very much prohibited in Samburu national reserve, noise disturbs the wildlife.
  • do not crowd over animals
  • stay in your safari vehicle except at designated walking areas and picnic sites in the reserve
  • While driving in the reserve, keep your speed below the speed limit of 40kph/25mph.
  • Do not drive off the designated routes in the reserve as you may cause several damages in the reserve
  • While on Kenya wildlife safari in Samburu national reserve, keep a minimum distance of 20 meters and pull to the side of the road if you are viewing the animals to allow others to pass.
  • The time limit of staying inside or outside is between 6:00 am – 6:00 pm unless you are camping in the reserve.
  • Night game drives are not allowed in Samburu national reserve

Mode of payment                                     

While on a Kenya wildlife safari in Samburu national reserve payments are done using the following methods or modes of payments and they are done at the reserve’s headquarters, the following methods are used

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Bank transfer through KCB and Standard Chartered Bank

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