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Why a visit to Samburu National Reserve Never Disappoints

Endangered reticulated giraffe
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In one of Kenya’s vast but wonderful wilderness is the 165 square-kilometre long Samburu National Reserve sitting on the banks of Ewaso Ng’iro in Samburu County.

Samburu is 350km from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The arid reserve is home to a relatively huge population of the Big Five. African elephants at Samburu National Reserve are so many that an Elephant Watch Camp stands in the park.

During the dry season between September and October, the vegetation thins out and this is the time the reserve’s colours itself with wildlife estimated to be over 900 at the watering points. Hippos, cheetahs, leopards, buffalos, antelopes and giraffes are a common phenomenon here.

In its magical nature, Samburu National Reserve hosts few of Kenya’s mammals that adapt dry conditions otherwise known as the ‘Samburu Five’ among them reticulated giraffe – has a more striking pattern than the common Masai giraffe; Beisa Oryx, Generuk, Burchell’s Zebra and Grevy’s Zebra.


Oryx Beisa

Oryx Beisa at the Samburu National Park. [Photo by Romina Faachi]

Grevy's Zebra

Grevy’s Zebra at the Samburu National Park. [Photo by Romina Faachi]

Greater and lesser kudu antelopes are quite many in Samburu compared to any other game reserve in the country. Samburu National Reserve has about 450 species of birds among them, sunbirds, hornbills, kingfishers, bee-eaters, bishops, barbets, marabou storks, martial eagles, herons, egrets, doves, fiscal among others.

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Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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