Samburu National Reserve wildlife


Samburu National Reserve wildlife : Samburu National reserve is one of the famous wildlife destinations in East Africa, Samburu National Reserve is located in the Northern Kenya and is a premier game reserve situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river. This vast expanse of remote pristine wilderness measures 165 square kilometers in the area and borders the Ewaso Ngiro River to the south, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The Samburu National Reserve is the most wonderful and the unique wildlife conservation of various wildlife.

Samburu National Reserve offers the great wildlife viewing, and with the good densities meaning that the most safari animals can be seen within a couple of days, there are several habituated leopards and the sightings are not the unusual. The elephants are the most plentiful, and there is a variety of the antelope, including both the greater and the lesser kudu, with their impressive horns, only the rhino is not there in the big five in the Samburu National Reserve they are (Lion, elephant, leopard and the African buffalo). Large predators in the reserve includes the lion, leopard and the cheetah are the important attractions (Kamunyak the famous lioness that adapted a baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve). Samburu is in fact one of the better locations in Kenya to spot leopard, wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area and the an abundant with over 450 recorded species.

Samburu National Reserve has a variety of the wildlife that is the special five, the three big cats and various bird species inside the reserve. The Samburu national reserve has the three big cats that is the lion, cheetah and the African leopard these can be found inside the reserve as well as the 900 elephant, cape buffalo and the hippopotamus, and other the other frequently seen in the park also includes the olive baboon, warthogs, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s dik-dik, impala and the waterbuck, the reserve is also a home of the Grant gazelles, Warthogs, Hyenas, Elands, Jackals, Klipspringer, Mongooses and the bats.

The Samburu National Reserve has over 460 bird species, the reserve is the home of a very large numbers of birds that is the resident birds, the migratory birds. Bird species in Samburu National Reserve includes the grey-headed kingfisher, sunbirds, bee-eaters, Marabou stork, tawny eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, Bateleur, Vulturine Guinea fowl, yellow-necked spurfowl, lilac-breasted roller, secretary bird, superb starling, northern red-billed hornbill, yellow-billed and vultures including the palm-nut vulture, Abdim’s stork, African Darter, African Grey Hornbill, African Fish Eagle, African Harrier Hawk, African Open bill, African Spoonbill, African white backed vulture ,Bateleur, Black Chested Snake eagle, Black Headed Heron  and among other many bird species.

Samburu National Reserve is a unique wildlife conservation haven famous for an abundance of the rare species or the northern of animals such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx. The Samburu National Reserve is the only reserve which is having the rare species also known as the northern species that are listed above. These are more particularly well adapted to the arid conditions, the Gerenuk with its elongated neck, is able to stand on its hind legs to reach sparse leaves in order to get the food which it feeds on. Samburu National Reserve has the mammals which includes the Aardvak, Aardwolf, African Hare, Antelope, Banded Mongoose, Bat Eared Fox, Bush baby, Bushbuck, Coke’s Hartebeest, Common Eland, Red tailed Monkey, Crested Porcupine, Dwarf mongoose and among others.

Samburu National Reserve wildlife
Zebras in Samburu

Samburu National Reserve is an aromatic spot full of beautiful sceneries from savannah plains, rugged regions and many vegetation types including the acacia, thorn trees, riverine forests, and grassland vegetation and the reserve has two mountains visible of Koitogor and Ololokwe. The wildlife is plentiful here for the same reason dozens of species of plains grazers and the browsers gathering in the thick acacia and the doum palm forest along the river banks to drink and seek shade.

Focusing on the river banks and a few kilometers of dry bush on either side, the 104km2 Samburu National Reserve is one of a pair of much loved reserves in northern Kenya, the other half being the 131km2 Buffalo Springs National Reserve, on the south side of the river. Downstream, on the right bank and across the highway, lies the less well-known,239km2 Shaba National Reserve, with its gaut scenery, A 24-hour entrance ticket to any one of the reserves entitles you to visit the others during the same period.

What to do in Samburu National Reserve.

Samburu offers a number of notably exciting activities and one of the more thrilling of these is the safari game viewing and the bird watching the geography and the climate of the Samburu allows for quality wildlife viewing all around the year.

Another popular experience is Samburu cultural tour which allows visitors a fascinating insight into the unique way of life of the renowned Samburu people, a pastoralist and a warrior tribe found in Kenya and the other parts of East Africa, bush meals and the sundowners as some of the other popular activities available to enjoy in Samburu National Reserve as a tourist visiting this reserve.

Samburu National Reserve wildlife
The Special Five

How to get to Samburu National Reserve.

Samburu National Reserve can be accessed by both the road and the air means of transport from Nairobi to the reserve.

By the Road means

Samburu is located 355km/220mi North of Nairobi. Self-drive to the reserve is an easy option and the driving time is about five to six hours using the Thika Superhighway Road.

Driving from Nakuru National park is another option where the distance is about 300km/190mi and the driving time is roughly five and a half hours.

By the Air or Flight means.

Flying or air to Samburu is a more convenient option, being only about a 1.5 hours’ flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to a variety of different airstrips in Samburu. Air Kenya Express and Safari link flights are used from Nairobi to Samburu National Reserve twice daily.

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