What Samburu National Reserve Known For

What Samburu National Reserve Known For : Samburu National Reserves’ location is situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river. This vast expanse of remote pristine wilderness measures 165 square kilometres in area and borders the Ewaso Nyiro in the South, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.

The Samburu ecosystem is one of the most exciting in East Africa and is made up of several national reserves, private ranches and communally-owned group ranches that are all interconnected. Famous for its large population of elephants and the unique northern species of animals found only in this area of Kenya, Samburu stands out as a unique, wildlife and diverse wilderness. Samburu National Reserve is made up of the scrubby, open bush land and savannah, with the fringing riverine forest of acacias and large doum palms extending along the edge of the Ewaso Nyiro, this is where plentiful wildlife can be seen in the reserve.

Samburu National Reserve is a unique wildlife conservation haven famous for abundance of rare species of animals such as the Grevy Zebra, Somalia Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx. These rare species of animals can be found in Kalama conservancy, this is the wildlife sanctuary where the Saruni Samburu is located and which borders Samburu National Reserve, has an abundance of other rare species like the leopard, the striped hyena, the African civet and African wild dog or painted hunting dogs. Trained by Lewa and the Northern Rangelands Trust, the Kalama rangers have been protecting this area for several years and have been reporting a steady increase in wildlife numbers and sightings, the waterholes built by Saruni and the Kalama community with water coming from Buffalo springs, are bringing to the area a precious element that is often missing from this part in Kenya. The constant availability of water will make the Saruni area an unavoidable stopping point for all the wildlife of this large and still pristine area, where there are no roads, no people, no buildings and no signs of human civilization.

The Samburu national reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants, though they are 66 families of elephants that lives in the reserve and among the surrounding ecosystem, depending on the rain seasons, these individuals  can be joined by up to 500 more, coming together to socialize. In Samburu national reserve is where you find elephants in big breeding herds and where many are well habituated to vehicles, with the headquarters for save the elephants in the park researchers are with the elephants most of the day, and they have become familiar with vehicles, so the guests can experience an amazing encounter with these impressive animals which tend to be found in big breeding herds. The Elephant watch camp is a wonderful camp to base yourself while in Samburu, when the acacia trees fruit after the rain that’s the best moment to see the elephants, you don’t even need to leave your room to spot elephants as they wander through camp picking the fallen fruit, What Samburu National Reserve Known For.

The Samburu National Reserve has got over 75 mammals that includes the  Aardvak, Aardwolf,  African Hare, Antelope,  Banded Mongoose, Bat Eared Fox, Bushbaby, Bushbuck, Coke’s Hartebeest, Copper Tailed Monkey/Red Tailed Monkey, Crested Porcupine, Dwarf Mongoose, Grant’s Gazelle, Honey Badger, Impala, Kirk’s Dik-Dik, Klipspringer, Olive Baboons, Oribi, Pangolin, Side Striped Jackal, Slender Mongoose, Spotted Hyena, Spring Hare, Straw Coloured Fruit Bat, Thomson’s Gazelle, Topi, Vervet Monkey, Warthogs, Waterbuck, Wildebeest and among  others. These mammals are mainly found in the medium and tall grasslands including the savannahs of Samburu national reserve, some of the mammals in the reserve are rare in other national reserves and national parks but can be only spotted in Samburu national reserve, the reserve is unique because of its rare species. Not only the mammals the Samburu National Reserve also has other number of wildlife species that is the big three cats and they include (Lion, cheetah and the African leopard) cape buffalo, hippopotamus. The (Kamunyak the famous lioness that adapted a baby Oryx is also a resident in the reserve) Samburu national reserve is the best spotting area for many animals in Kenya such as leopards, wild dogs.

What Samburu National Reserve Known For
Wildlife in Samburu National Reserve

The Samburu National Reserve is also known for over 450 recorded bird species, the reserve protects a variety of habitats, home to different bird species including arid acacia savannah, scrub and gallery forest a long side the Ewaso Nyro River. The dry, open country offers very rewarding birding opportunities and boasts a number of northeast African dry-country species shared with Ethiopia and Somalia, such as Vulturine guinea fowl, Somali bee-eater, Kori bustards, secretary birds golden-breasted starling.

Best Time To See The Rare Species In Samburu National Reserve.

 The best time to visit Samburu National Reserve is during the long dry seasons that is from July to October, thus enjoying the sunny, blue skies with almost no rain, then the water sources are limited due to the absence of rainfall that which makes the animals congregate along the Ewaso River to drink and feed, during this moment you can be able to spot very many animals in Samburu national reserve.

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