Samburu National Reserve lies in the Northern part of Kenya. Count Telekis Companion Von Holnel, visited the area in the early 1860s and described it as teeming with game especially buffalos and rhinos. The Waso Nyiro became renowned early this century as “big game country” and attracted such famous hunters as Arthur Neumann who set up a camp on the site where Samburu lodge now stands.
The climate for Samburu is hot dry with cool nights with an average annual maximum temperature of 30ºc (86F) and minimum annual temperature of 20ºc (68F).
Samburu National Reserve receives 350mm (14 inches) during peak rainfall in April and November (Variable). Long rains are expected in early April to the end of May and short rains from mid October to mid December. Dry conditions usually prevail from June to early October and from January to March.
There are over 50 species of wild animals in the reserve including unique species of Gravy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Besia Oryx, Grater and Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk, Somali ostrich, pancake tortoise and others.
There are over 450 species of birds identified and aquatic species in the Waso Nyiro River.
The neighboring communities to the reserve are the Samburu tribe a clan of the Maasai. They play a major role as part of tourist attraction in the area due to their unique cultural experiences by tourist through traditional ceremonies, food, dances and sale of traditional crafts.
Other animals of interest are:
- Reticulated Giraffe
- Somali Ostrich
- Gravy Zebra
- Besia Oryx
- Wild Dog- Endangered
- Pun cake Tortoise - Endangered
It contains over 450 species of indigenous bird
There are variety of reptiles and aquatic species in the Waso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve
The major Topographical features include
The spectacular great Rift valley
Lake lokipi hot spring the breeding site of flamingo and home to various reptiles.
Lake Turkana (known as the Jade sea)
Largest indigenous forest in Kenya is located here
The amazing escarpments - Lolokwe, Ndoto, Nyiro (Mathew ranges)
Waso Ngiro River meanders through the rugged landscape and provides the only source of water in Samburu national reserve.
By Road through the Isiolo – Marsabit A2 main road
Nairobi to SNR 347 km