Samburu specialises in being that little bit different. Take the wildlife, for example. The reserve is home to some pretty unique species including Grevys zebras, reticulated giraffes, blue ostriches and gerenuks. Then there’s the landscape: hot and dry plains cut through by the Ewaso Ng’iro river as it winds its way through the reserve.

Several communities live next to the reserve, and it’s not unusual to see brightly coloured Samburu Warriors (cousins of the Masai) herding their cattle, sheep and goats. 

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We recommend flying into Nairobi, a transfer to Wilson airport then a flight to the local airstrip. Samburu adds a different dimension to a Kenyan safari.


The Samburu enjoys a good climate year round. January to March are particularly warm and dry, and the April rains bring a freshness to the arid landscapes. July to September is prime time for game viewing as it’s dry, the bush is less dense and animals are attracted to watering holes and rivers. From October onwards, it’s quieter and less crowded – expect occasional short showers, mainly in the afternoon.


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