Samburu National Reserve

Located north of Kenya, Samburu National Reserve comprises three national reserves (the buffalo, Shaba and Samburu National reserve), all clustered together and located on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River. Samburu offers the best opportunity of sighting the Leopard in Kenya, Lion, and Elephant.

The main attraction is the host of dry country specials absent or rare in most other East African parks. These are the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Long-Necked Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe and Beisa Oryx.

The Ewaso Ngiro River is an essential source of water for this complex dry country reserve. The Ewaso is a perennial river emanating from the slopes of the Aberdare ranges providing water for the mammals of Samburu. Another critical water source is the Buffalo Spring which bubbles from the earth a short drive from the Ewaso River and attracts a steady stream of thirsty Gazelles Giraffes, Zebra and other Ungulates. The Northern scrubland is especially rewarding for bird watchers—the noticeable species including vulturine guinea fowl and yellow-throated spurfowl.

Why Visit Samburu National Reserve

  • Outstanding wildlife viewing
  • Big Five are easily found (rhino excluded)
  • Home to the Samburu people, cousins to the Maasai

What to Do:

  • Game drive safaris
  • Nature and bush walks
  • Samburu cultural tour

Getting There:

  • An easy drive from Nairobi located 355km north of Nairobi
  • Scheduled and Charter flights from Nairobi.

Best Time to Visit:

  • Year-round, but wildlife sporting best in the dry months (June to October and December to March)


Samburu Sopa Lodge

The lodge is built on top of the raised ground allowing panoramic views of the distant Samburu hills to one side and El Ndonyo Keri – the Samburu name for Mount Kenya – on the other.

Thirty cottages, forming a buffalo-horn pattern, converge at the public facilities area allowing the resident wildlife to access the lodge’s waterhole at its open end. The architecture blends in with the area, similar to the style of the local Samburu housing. Each cottage has two tastefully appointed bedrooms, each with two queen-size beds, a shower and a private verandah.

Elephant Bedroom Camp

Set on the Ewaso Nyiro River banks in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs. This small and exclusive camp of 12 luxury tents – all furnished in rustic African style while offering all the comforts expected of a luxury Camp (hot & cold running water, electricity and herbal products).

The lounge and dining area offer vibrant safari colours with original oil paintings, soft intimate lighting designed to relax guests returning from an exciting game drive. Vast herds of elephants, feelings of pride of lion or the solitary leopard amongst other game are regular visitors around the camp providing excellent game viewing in spectacular scenic background of rugged rolling hills.

Dining is a culinary experience with al-fresco breakfast, three-course lunch, and a four-course candlelit gourmet dinner set either under the African sky or inside the well-appointed dining area.

Saruni Rhino

In partnership with Sera Community Conservancy, the secluded 3-banda camp of Saruni Rhino offers the first rhino tracking experience in East Africa. This unique experience provides a uniquely thrilling experience and allows guests to contribute to the protection of this iconic species actively.

Comprised of three elegant bandas and a prominent ‘mess’ cottage for dining and relaxing, Saruni Rhino is nestled amidst swaying doum palms dotted along a dry river bed with sweeping views of a nearby waterhole and dramatic landscape so typical of the north. There is also a beautiful infinity swimming pool built in harmony with the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. The dry river bed proves the ideal torch-lit bush dinner location under the vast African skies.

Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu’s six luxury villas are open and spacious, heralding spectacular views over Kenya’s Northern Frontier District and Mount Kenya. The lodge is celebrated for its innovative, eco-chic design as well as its Italian-inspired cuisine. Guests can enjoy the vast panoramas from the dining and lounge area, the two infinity pools and the spa. The warm hospitality makes for an intimate and exceptional experience.

Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in Kalama Conservancy, bordering Samburu National Reserve, with over 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness teeming with wildlife to explore exclusively. Guided by Samburu warriors passionate about their land and culture, you learn first-hand about their fascinating customs and gain ancient, local knowledge about the land and animals – a truly authentic safari experience.

Sasaab Lodge

Sasaab Lodge comprises nine individual rooms with huge thatched roofs, canvas sides and sensational views down the river, over the bush and beyond. Each room is uniquely styled with its private pool and open veranda.

The lodge sits at the heart of a community conservancy, rich in raw Samburu culture and traditions. It has been built with wildlife conservation and preservation of the environment foremost in mind. The lodge has been established in association with the local community, who benefit directly from your stay.

Sasaab offers invigorating walks through the wilderness, game watching, al-fresco dining, a unique cultural experience, and opportunities to get involved with the local community. It is the ultimate place to relax and unwind.