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Samburu National Reserve Tours and Holidays 2017/2018

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 ...

12 Trips in Samburu National Reserve

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

Enjoy our Kenya in Style package where you will be visiting the most famous wildlife... ... Read More

First Choice Tours and Travel
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Kenya In Style Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Operator First Choice Tours and
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Next Departures Today Dec 15
From US$ 3,315 7 days
Highlights
  • Visit to some of the finest safari destinations in Kenya
  • Watching thousands of animal and bird species

On this incredible 16-day Kenya Safari trip, you will visit the following amazing and breath... ... Read More

Incredible Kenya Adventures Tours & Safaris
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16 Days Kenya Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Mombasa
  • Operator Incredible Kenya Adventures Tours &
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Next Departures Dec 16 Dec 17
From US$ 6,666 16 days
Highlights
  • Luxury safari services
  • Visit three of the major parks in Kenya

This 7-day luxurious safari features three major parks: * Amboseli National Park – Famous for... ... Read More

Incredible Kenya Adventures Tours & Safaris
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7 Days Of Luxurious Air Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Incredible Kenya Adventures Tours &
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Next Departures Dec 16 Dec 17
From US$ 5,280 7 days
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

This 8-day Kenya safari tour will take you to some of the most popular holiday... ... Read More

Bushthorns Adventures
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8 Days Samburu, Olpejeta, Maasai Mara Safari

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Bushthorns Adventures
  • Next Departures Dec 17 Dec 18
From US$ 2,493 8 days
Highlights
  • Great Sceneries of the northern part of Kenya
  • Unique Attractions (Gerenuks, Beisa Orxy , Grevy Zebras)
  • The park has the largest concentration of Elephants

This 3 day safari trip will take you to Samburu National Reserve to enjoy a... ... Read More

Bushthorns Adventures
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3 Days Safari To Samburu National Reserve

  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Bushthorns Adventures
  • Next Departures Dec 16 Dec 17
From US$ 890 3 days
Highlights

    Kenya - the name is almost synonymous with the word "safari". Perhaps no other place ... Read More

    Blue Ocean Safaris
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    16-Day Kenya Adventure & Beach Holiday

    • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Mombasa
    • Operator Blue Ocean Safaris
    • Tour Type Private Tour
    • Next Departures Dec 17 Dec 18
    From US$ 4,000 16 days
    Highlights
    • 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.

    Samburu National Reserve is a premium safari destination in Kenya for lovers of authentic game... ... Read More

    Dancom Tours and Travel Ltd
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    3 Days 2 Nights Samburu National Reserve Safari In Kenya

    • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
    • Operator Dancom Tours and Travel
    • Tour Type Private Tour
    • Next Departures Dec 16 Dec 17
    From US$ 715 3 days
    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. Kenya

    This safari will take you to 4 of the best game reserves in Kenya. The ... Read More

    Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
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    7-Day Safari In Africa: A Week In The Wild

    • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
    • Operator Africa Flash Mc Tours &
    • Tour Type Private Tour
    • Next Departures Dec 16 Dec 17
    From US$ 2,150 7 days
    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

    Samburu National Reserve is especially famous for the almost guaranteed sighting of the 3 cats: ... Read More

    Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
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    3-Day Samburu Park Luxury Safari

    • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
    • Operator Africa Flash Mc Tours &
    • Tour Type Private Tour
    • Next Departures Dec 16 Dec 17
    From US$ 739 3 days
    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.

    This 6-day tour offers a glimpse of African wildlife and visits all the Big Five ... Read More

    Pita Safaris

    6 Days Express Safari

    • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
    • Operator Active 11 hours ago Pita Safaris
    • Tour Type Private Tour
    • Next Departures Today Dec 15
    From US$ 2,212 6 days
    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

    This tour is the ultimate dream African safari which covers the top wildlife parks in ... Read More

    Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
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    8-Day Best Of Kenya Safari: The Ultimate Adventure

    • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
    • Operator Africa Flash Mc Tours &
    • Tour Type Private Tour
    • Next Departures Dec 16 Dec 17
    From US$ 3,066 8 days
    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.

    This safari-of-a-lifetime tour will take you to some of the most popular holiday safari destinations ... Read More

    Pita Safaris

    13 Day Legendary Expedition Safari

    • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
    • Operator Active 11 hours ago Pita Safaris
    • Tour Type Private Tour
    • Next Departures Today Dec 15
    From US$ 4,819 13 days
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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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