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.

Accommodation in Samburu National Park

Camps and Lodges

Ashnil Samburu

Ashnil Samburu Camp sits in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve which takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the western end of the reserve. It is separated from Samburu National Reserve by Ewaso Nyiro River and is less hilly and dense yet equally very attractive.

There are a total number of 30 luxury tents; 18 doubles, 9 with twin beds and 3 with triple beds. Each of the exclusive comfortable deluxe tents provides a perfect view of the Ewaso Nyiro River and beautiful surrounding landscape. Every spacious tent consists of a dressing area, sitting area, luggage rack and en-suite facilities to provide a memorable stay close to nature.

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is located in a natural oasis in the heart of the Shaba Game Reserve or “Born Free Country” that Joy and George Adamson called home for many years.

It is set along the bank of the Ewaso Nyiro River laid out around the natural springs that flow into the river. The Lodge has a virtual mini forest of indigenous trees, a fish pond and a large free form swimming pool.

Samburu Sopa

Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panoramic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond.

The lodge is built to reflect the architectural heritage of the local communities whose sons and daughters make up the majority of the work force at the lodge. Fifteen cottages, each with two bedrooms are built in an arch formation on either side of the public areas to surround the waterhole but leaving a wide gap to allow the animals free movement to the water.

Sentrim Samburu

Sentrim Samburu is located in the Samburu Game reserve. The entire camp is set amongst acacia trees on the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River. The main guest area consists of the reception, lounge area, swimming pool, restaurant and bar.

Sentrim Samburu has 21 en-suite luxury tents each with sitting area inside and outside. A Family House with a kitchen, lounge and 2 en-suite bedrooms.