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Samburu National Reserve Tours and Trips 2019/2020

Spend your mornings in an open vehicle watching a herd of elephants bathing and drinking by the river and baboons scampering around the banks. Return to your campsite for a hearty breakfast. Sit by a shade watching all kinds of birds in the surrounding trees. Head out on an evening tour to one of the fresh springs ... Read More

15 Trips in Samburu National Reserve

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  • All-inclusive Multi-Day Trip with Informative, friendly and professional guide.
  • Witness the famous “Big Five”: lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and buffaloes.
  • View sisal and pineapple plantations en-route..
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya

3 Days 2 Nights Samburu National Reserve Safari In Kenya

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3 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip visiting Samburu National Reserve and Nairobi in Kenya. Read More
  • Operator Dancom Tours and Travel Ltd
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge & Eco Lodge
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 715 3 days View Tour
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Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Almost guaranteed sighting of the 3 cats: lion, cheetah, and leopard..
  • Explore the Ewaso Nyiro River which supports a wide variety of game.
  • Made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya

3-Day Samburu Park Luxury Safari

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3 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip visiting Samburu National Reserve and Nairobi in Kenya. Read More
From US$ 739 3 days View Tour
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Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Great Sceneries of the northern part of Kenya.
  • Unique Attractions (Gerenuks, Beisa Orxy , Grevy Zebras).
  • The park has the largest concentration of Elephants.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya

3 Days Safari To Samburu National Reserve

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3 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip visiting Samburu National Reserve and Nairobi in Kenya. Read More
From US$ 890 3 days View Tour
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Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Visit the forested slopes of the Aberdare Mountains in Aberdares National Park.
  • See abundant wildlife and great scenery in the northern part of Kenya.
  • See flamingoes and other 450 species of birds in Lake Nakuru.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya

7 Day Duma Lodge Safari

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7 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Kenya, visiting Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve. Read More
  • Operator Pita Safaris Limited
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge & Eco Lodge
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 2,595 7 days View Tour
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Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Visit to some of the finest safari destinations in Kenya.
  • Watching thousands of animal and bird species.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya

16 Days Kenya Safari

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16 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Kenya, visiting Maasai Mara National Reserve, Samburu National Reserve and Amboseli National Park. Read More
From US$ 6,666 16 days View Tour
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Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Head over to the iconic Maasai Mara to see the African Big 5.
  • Visit Lake Nakuru to see its mesmerizing flamingos.
  • Travel to Samburu and Mt.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya

7-Day Safari In Africa: A Week In The Wild

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7 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Kenya, visiting Maasai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and Samburu National Reserve. Read More
From US$ 2,150 7 days View Tour
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Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Visit the Sweetwaters Chimp Sanctuary to see chimpanzees and rhinos.
  • Witness the stunning Mt Kilimanjaro and the largest herds of elephants in Kenya.
  • Game drives across the most popular safari destinations in Kenya to see Big 5.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya

13 Day Legendary Expedition Safari

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13 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Kenya, visiting Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve. Read More
From US$ 4,819 13 days View Tour
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Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Interactions with Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo).
  • Visit to the Sweetwaters Chimp Sanctuary to see chimpanzees and rhinos.
  • Game drives across the most popular safari destinations in Kenya.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya

8 Days Samburu, Olpejeta, Maasai Mara Safari

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8 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Kenya, visiting Maasai Mara National Reserve, Samburu National Reserve and Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Read More
From US$ 2,493 8 days View Tour
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Aug 22
Aug 23
Highlights
  • View Kenya's northern wildlife species, including the Grevy's Zebra, only available here.
  • Visit the Tree trops lodge, Queen Elizabeth's favourite.
  • Visit Lake Nakuru, famous for unique bird species, the flamingoes, pelican and more.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya In Style Safari

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7 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Kenya, visiting Maasai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and Samburu National Reserve. Read More
  • Operator First Choice Tours and Travel
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping
  • Transport Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 3,315 7 days View Tour
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Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Ultimate dream African safari which covers the top wildlife parks in Kenya.
  • Indulge in midrange and luxury accommodation for that well-deserved holiday.
  • Explore the best of African wildlife.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya

8-Day Best Of Kenya Safari: The Ultimate Adventure

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8 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Kenya, visiting Samburu National Reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Maasai Mara National Reserve. Read More
From US$ 3,066 8 days View Tour
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Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Enjoy game drives in the famous Maasai Mara.
  • Take part in a rhino-tracking experience in Sera Community Conservancy.
  • Be part of the unique camel safari experience in Laikipia.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya: Off The Beaten Track

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11 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Kenya, visiting Samburu National Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve and Nairobi. Read More
From US$ 6,814 11 days View Tour
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Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Explore the Masai Mara National Reserve to see the Big 5.
  • See flamingoes and some of the other 450 species of birds in Lake Nakuru.
  • Observe wildlife up close.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
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6 Days Express Safari

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6 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Kenya, visiting Maasai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and Samburu National Reserve. Read More
From US$ 2,212 6 days View Tour
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Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Enjoy wildlife safaris in Samburu National Reserve.
  • Learn more about Samburu culture & interact with the Samburu tribe.
  • Visit Masai Mara, which is known for its amazing wildlife viewing opportunities.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya

Luxury Kenya Safari Holiday

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7 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Kenya, visiting Samburu National Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve and Nairobi. Read More
From US$ 4,259 7 days View Tour
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Aug 24
Aug 25
Highlights
  • Visit Samburu National Reserve, where Elsa the Lioness was raised.
  • Travel to Aberdare National Park, located in the hills of Kenya.
  • Go out on wildlife safari trips in Maasai Mara.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
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Kenya Horizon

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8 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Kenya, visiting Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve. Read More
From US$ 2,186 8 days View Tour
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Aug 21
Aug 22
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Samburu National Reserve - Overview and Facts

Spend your mornings in an open vehicle watching a herd of elephants bathing and drinking by the river and baboons scampering around the banks. Return to your campsite for a hearty breakfast. Sit by a shade watching all kinds of birds in the surrounding trees. Head out on an evening tour to one of the fresh springs which act as a magnet for wildlife in these vast arid lands. Encounter a train of camels walking in a single file en-route. And if you’re lucky, you can also see the odd predator or two lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce on the thirstiest herbivore.

Experiences such as these are common at the Samburu National Reserve. Those small hills and savannah grassland presents a variety of colors – sand yellows, mute greens, and every possible shade of brown you can possibly think of. This also acts as the perfect camouflage for the thousands of animals who live here. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying a fascinating experience in the wild. Your guides can easily take you to pockets that are often frequented by animals and you just might be able to see all the action unfold right in front of your eyes.

The Samburu National Reserve gained popularity as one of the two areas where Joy and George Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness. So if you’re still wondering why the name of this reserve sounds so familiar, you might want to take a second look at the award-winning movie, Born Free.

Samburu National Reserve, a semi-desert national park, is located at a distance of 200 miles from Nairobi, very close to the equator. It stretches over 104 sq. kms. and feels quite small when compared to the Maasai Mara or the Tsavo National Parks. But don’t let that size fool you either. Despite its apparent lack of water (the erratic Uaso Nyiro River is the only water source in the area), Samburu hosts a breathtaking array of birds and wild animals.

  • Wildlife Rating: 4 stars out of 5
  • Scenery Rating: 4 stars out of 5
  • Bush Vibe: 5 stars out of 5
  • Altitude: 762 to 1,219 meters

Like most other national parks in Africa, Samburu National Reserve has a huge population of game animals. It has several species that are only found in the northern parts of the continent such as the grevys zebra, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and vulturine guinea fowl. Other species found here include hippos, dik-diks, crocodiles, elephants, cheetahs, lions and as many as 350 species of birds.

Samburu National Reserve is also located very close to the traditional home of the Samburu people, an ancient tribe that still believes in its nomadic way of life and remote culture. Visiting the park also gives you an excuse to meet this remote tribe, see their beautiful jewelry and understand ancient cultural beliefs. Since the park is very difficult to get to, it also showcases the African bush at its beautiful best – untouched surroundings, ancient cultures and beautiful animals. This is where you see as many animals as you wish without having to come across another tour group throughout your holiday.

Pros and Cons of Samburu National Reserve

Pros:

  • Wide range of accommodations
  • Concentrated wildlife
  • Spectacular bird watching opportunities
  • Watch the elusive leopard in broad daylight

Cons:

  • Remote location
  • Malarial area

Accommodation in Samburu

Samburu National Reserve Reserve doesn’t just spoil you with its untouched natural beauty, it also hosts some of the best lodges in the country. The luxurious Larsens Tented Camp is perfect for high-end travelers while the Samburu Sopa Lodge, Samburu Game Lodge Sarova Shaba and Samburu Serena Lodge offer budgeted options. Samburu also has four campsites, but Buffalo Special Campsite is the only one with toilet and shower facilities.

Best Time to Visit Samburu

The months of July to October are the best time to visit the Samburu National Reserve. They coincide with the dry season, making water scanty, and animals easy to find. You could also visit Samburu between the months of December to March. April to June represents the wet season, and although animal sightings are plenty, the constant rain makes things difficult for visitors.

Extend Your Vacation from Samburu

  • Buffalo Springs National Reserve: Samburu’s next door neighbor might not be as popular, but it is certainly as beautiful and equally remote. Buffalo Springs lets you enjoy a discerning safari in the midst of bush country.
  • Mombasa: With so many wildlife adventures and safaris to choose from, one tends to forget that Africa is also home to some of the most exotic beaches on the planet. Mombasa might not be ‘close’ to Samburu, but it always makes sense to go the distance. Mombasa is full of exclusive beach resorts and a number of beach lodges that present the very best beach escapades in the country. A much-needed respite after a couple of days in the bush!
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