Where can you visit three parks, see both northern and southern animals of Kenya and see the big cats of East Africa all within the same location? Comprised of three parks; Samburu, Buffalo springs and Shaba, Samburu National Reserve is the simple answer! Yet it is one of the most underrated game reserves in Kenya. Although it lies in the drier rugged terrains of Northern Kenya, it is well served by the Ewaso Nyiro River and other water sources like Buffalo springs.
Animals always flock to the banks of this river for a swim and a drink. You certainly don’t need to move around a lot to see the big cats (lions, leopards and cheetahs); the Northern Five (Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the rare gerenuk) and to top it all, , being on the Equator, this is one of the two places you can see both the northern and southern animals in Kenya; if you miss the northern Grevy’s zebra, the southern common zebra, the northern Maasai ostrich and the Somali ostrich up in Laikipia – Ol Pejeta – drop by this place. The sunrises are amazing here too, like the one photographed here.
The cultural tour experience crowns a tour to this game reserve. This region is home to Samburu people, some of the few tribes that are still clinging on to their cultural identity. So buckle up……this ride will be long and pleasant.
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