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Samburu National Reserve Tours and Holidays 2018/2019

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

14 Trips in Samburu National Reserve

Highlights
  • Visit to some of the finest safari destinations in Kenya.
  • Watching thousands of animal and bird species.
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Incredible Kenya Adventures Tours & Safaris
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16 Days Kenya Safari

On this incredible 16-day Kenya Safari trip, you will visit the following amazing and breath ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Mombasa
  • Operator Incredible Kenya Adventures Tours & Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 6,666 16 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 17
Dec 18
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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Bushthorns Adventures
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8 Days Samburu, Olpejeta, Maasai Mara Safari

This 8-day Kenya safari tour will take you to some of the most popular holiday ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Bushthorns Adventures
From US$ 2,493 8 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 17
Dec 18
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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First Choice Tours and Travel
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Kenya In Style Safari

Enjoy our Kenya in Style package where you will be visiting the most famous wildlife ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Operator First Choice Tours and Travel
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 3,315 7 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 16
Dec 17
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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Bushthorns Adventures
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3 Days Safari To Samburu National Reserve

This 3 day safari trip will take you to Samburu National Reserve to enjoy a ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Bushthorns Adventures
From US$ 890 3 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 17
Dec 18
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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Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
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3-Day Samburu Park Luxury Safari

Samburu National Reserve is especially famous for the almost guaranteed sighting of the 3 cats: ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 739 3 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 17
Dec 18
Highlights
  • Witness throngs of wildebeest thundering across the savannah during the Great Migration.
  • Enjoy Hell’s Gate National Park - one of the most atmospheric parks in Africa.
  • Amboseli offers a view of majestic herds of elephant & glorious views of Mt Kilimanjaro.
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Blue Ocean Safaris
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16-Day Kenya Adventure & Beach Holiday

Kenya - the name is almost synonymous with the word "safari". Perhaps no other place ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Mombasa
  • Operator Blue Ocean Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 5,000 16 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 18
Dec 19
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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Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
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7-Day Safari In Africa: A Week In The Wild

This safari will take you to 4 of the best game reserves in Kenya. The ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,150 7 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 17
Dec 18
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..
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Dancom Tours and Travel Ltd
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3 Days 2 Nights Samburu National Reserve Safari In Kenya

Samburu National Reserve is a premium safari destination in Kenya for lovers of authentic game ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Dancom Tours and Travel Ltd
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 715 3 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 17
Dec 18
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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Pita Safaris

13 Day Legendary Expedition Safari

This safari-of-a-lifetime tour will take you to some of the most popular holiday safari destinations ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Pita Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 4,819 13 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 17
Dec 18
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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Pita Safaris

7 Day Duma Lodge Safari

This 7-day safari tour will take you to some of the most popular holiday safari ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Pita Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,595 7 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 17
Dec 18
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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Wayfairer Travel

Kenya: Off The Beaten Track

Join us on this unique, 11-day 'Kenya: Off The Beaten Track' trip and travel to ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Wayfairer Travel Active 7 hours ago
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 4,783 11 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 17
Dec 18
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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Africa Online Safaris

Kenya Horizon

From searching for gerenuk (a long-necked antelope) to seeing the resident hippos of the Mara ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Africa Online Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,186 8 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 17
Dec 18
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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Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
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8-Day Best Of Kenya Safari: The Ultimate Adventure

This tour is the ultimate dream African safari which covers the top wildlife parks in ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 3,066 8 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 17
Dec 18
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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Pita Safaris

6 Days Express Safari

This 6-day tour offers a glimpse of African wildlife and visits all the Big Five ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Pita Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,212 6 days View Tour
Next Departures
Dec 17
Dec 18
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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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