A rugged and semi-desert game reserve that lies on the banks of river Ewaso Ngiro in Samburu County in Kenya. The river provides water to the wildlife in the game reserve. On the other side of Ewaso Ngiro river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The park size is 350 km² and its 350 Km from Nairobi City, capital of Kenya. The park is home to Samburu tribe, known for their remote culture, pastoral and nomadic way of life
There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several large game species common to Kenya’s northern plains can be found in abundance here, including the following dry-country fauna: Somali Ostrich, Gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, Oryx and reticulated giraffe. All three big cats known as the East African lion, Tanzanian cheetah and leopard can also be found here, as well as the elephant, Cape buffalo and Hippopotamus.
Other mammals frequently seen in the park include olive baboon, warthogs, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s dik-dik, impala, and waterbuck. The rhinoceros population is no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching.
There are over 350 species of bird. These include grey-headed kingfisher, sunbirds, bee-eaters, Marabou stork, tawny eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, bateleur, vulturine guineafowl, yellow-necked spurfowl, lilac-breasted roller, secretary bird, superb starling, northern red-billed hornbill, yellow-billed hornbill, and various vultures including the palm-nut vulture.