A semi-arid land in northern Kenya rich in culture and tradition, where people, livestock and wildlife thrive side by side against the backdrop of a beautifully diverse landscape. Samburu’s unique combination of savannahs, forests and mountains encourages plenty of varied wildlife, most notably all the big cats. The leopard is especially significant given its importance for the Samburu people.
Home to some really special creatures, known collectively as the ‘Samburu Special Five’ (five species unique to the area): the elegant, long-necked gerenuk, Grévy’s zebra with their mesmerising narrow stripes, the beisa oryx with spear-like horns, the Somali ostrich and the jigsaw puzzle pattern of the reticulated giraffe. If you’re lucky you’ll see them all.
In addition, there are other more common but no less wonderful inhabitants; elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile, among others, and of course the big cats, lion, leopard and cheetah. The remote landscape is drier, more rugged and largely volcanic, with the Ewaso Ng’iro River bringing life-giving sustenance, its lush banks lined with spectacular palm trees. This ribbon of green attracts and sustains over 350 species of birds including the ostrich, vultures, kingfisher and the rather special vulturine guinea fowl.
Besides the traditional game drives, bush walks, bird watching, fly camping, camel trekking, and quad biking are all available.