Samburu National Reserve Map : The Samburu National Reserve is a national reserve is on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Kenya, on the other side of the river there is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve, in the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Nyiro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests, it provides water without which the game in this arid region could not survive. The Samburu National Reserve is one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the best – selling book and award winning movie Born Free. The reserve is also a home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting Oryx calves.
Samburu National Reserve has awide variety of animal and bird life in the reserve, the reserve has the rare northern Samburu Special Five like the Grevy Zebra, Beisa Oryx, Reticulated giraffe, Gerenuk and the Somali Ostrich, also the three big cats are found in the reserve like the lions, cheetah and the African leopard as well as the elephant, cape buffalo and hippopotamus. Other mammals frequently seen in the reserve includes the olive baboon, warthogs, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s dik –dik, impala and the waterbuck, the black rhinoceros’ population has been re- introduced in the reserve after an absence of 25 years due to heavy poaching. The Samburu National Reserve was established in 1985.
The bird species in Samburu National reserve are over 350 species which includes the grey- headed kingfisher, sunbirds, bee-eaters, Marabou stork, tawny eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, bateleur, Vulturine Guinea fowl, yellow- necked spur fowl, secretary bird, superb starling, northern red- billed hornbill, yellow- billed hornbill and many various vultures including the palm- nut vulture.
Location of Samburu National Reserve.
The Samburu National Reserve is 165km2 in size and is situated 350 kilometres from Nairobi, the reserve ranges in altitude from 800 to 1230 meters above the sea level and geographically the Samburu National Reserve is located in Samburu county. Samburu National Reserve is in a county in the former rift valley province in Kenya, it covers an area of roughly 21,000km2 (8,00mi2) in the Northern Kenya where the Samburu, Turkana and many other tribes live. It stretches north from the Ewaso Nyiro to the south of Lake Turkana.
Samburu National reserve has its surrounding reserves (Shaba and Buffalo Springs) and group ranches such as Kalama, West Gate community and Kamanyak conservancies, showing the location of all major lodges, tented camps, attractions, campsites, rivers and the roads. Also listed on the map of the Samburu National Reserve.
The map shows the different gates of the reserve and clearly gives and shows you the entrance gate, while entering Samburu National Reserve. Samburu has five gates to enter it that is the Archer’s gate, which is the main gate near Archer’s Post, just a few kilometres off the Marsabit highway; West Gate at the Western border of the reserve with West Gate Community Conservancy; Kalama Gate in the north at the border with the Kalama Community Conservancy ; as well Samburu National Reserve can be accessed or entered through the Ngare Mare and the Buffalo Springs gate, once inside the reserve, there are two mountains visible that is the Koitogor and the Ololokwe. Samburu National Reserve is avery peaceful and attracts animals because of the Ewaso Nyiro that runs through it and the mixture of the acacia, riverine forest, thorn trees and grassland vegetation. The Ewaso Nyiro flows from the Kenyan highlands and empties into the famous Lorian Swamp. The natural serenity that is evident here is due to its distance from the industry and the inaccessibility of the reserve for many years.
Samburu National Reserve has been accessed by both the road and the flight means of transport from Nairobi up to the reserve. Samburu National Reserve is located 355km/220mi North of Nairobi, here using the road means drive to the reserve is an easy option and the driving time is about six hours. By flight, there are also scheduled flights from Nairobi to Samburu’s airstrip which takes 1.5 hours in flight which takes you 226km.
Samburu National Reserve is situated 350 kilometres from Nairobi on the northern banks of Ewaso Nyiro river, the reserve borders Shaba Game Reserve and the Buffalo Springs National Reserve and both are separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River, this unique jewel covers 165 sqkm in size equivalent to 583 square miles.
Samburu National Reserve map is typical guide for all the guests especially the first time guests to the Samburu National Reserve, all the detailed information helps the guest to know where the reserve is located, the wildlife in the reserve, features in the reserve as well as the gates and the game drives, bird watching and other activities done in the reserve and all your expectations for your safari and among others. The map indicates the boundaries of the reserve, campsites and lodges that are found inside the reserve.