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Samburu

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Samburu  National Reserve is one of the lesser-known national parks, but is nevertheless teeming with life. It is situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River, in the Samburu District in Northern Kenya and measures approximately 65 sq. miles.The reserve lies within an area classified as arid and semi-arid. The days are extremely hot while the nights are cool.
The annual mean temperatures range between 64º F and 86ºF, while the mean annual rainfall is 345 mm with peaks in November and April.
The dry season starts in late May, and goes up to early October when a large concentration of wildlife is found in the reserve due to availability of lush vegetation along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the main source of water to the Reserve and the nearby communities.
The famous conservationist George Adamson and his wife brought up the Lioness named Elsa here. The lioness became famous all over the world due to the award winning movie and bestselling book Born Free. A lioness named Kamunyak lives in the Samburu National Reserve. She adopted oryx calves that were very unusual.
 
The Animals
Samburu National Reserve is rich in game with many rare species found here: Cheetah - Hippopotamus - Antelope - Grevy’s zebra- Ostrich - Reticulated giraffe
Gazelle - Gerenuk - Dik-dik - Impala - Beisa Oryx - Leopard

Birds
Over 450 species of birds have been recorded here. Some of them include: Kingfisher -  Sunbird - Bee-eater -  Marabou Stork - Tawny Eagle - Bateleur
Guineafowl- Lilac-breasted Roller - Vulture - Red-billed Hornbill
Verreaux's Eagle

Attractions and Activities
Game drives are designed to take you close to the wildlife rich spots in the Samburu National Reserve. This gives you an opportunity to view wild animals in their natural habitat as they go about their daily activities.
Game drives are often done in the morning and late afternoon. Early morning game drives start just before sunrise, when one is woken up to a cup of steaming hot Kenyan highland coffee. As the sun rises, you are out on the savannah, taking in the fresh smell of the moist grasses and observing the scenic nature and its amazing wildlife. Afternoon game drives start late afternoon ending just before the darkness fall upon Samburu.
You are accompanied by your driver-guide knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, landscape, and Kenyan culture.

Bird watching: In Samburu, bird watching is done while taking safari walks or game drives accompanied by competent bird guides. You will get to know the birds’ names, their colors and other features. Since so much of the Samburu is open grassland or bush, the birds are also relatively easy to see.

Sundowners: The best way to watch the African sun go down in the horizon is with a cocktail in your hand!

Bush Meals: Drive, walk or ride to a secluded area in the wild. The mouth-watering local dishes, the roaring bonfire for chilly evenings and enchanting Maasai dancers are recipe for a memorable meal.

The People & Cultural Visits: Samburu is home to the Samburu people, those tall, proud nomads whose legendary prowess in battle and single handed acts of bravery in fights with wild animals has spread across the globe. Perhaps more than any other community in Kenya, the Maasai have learned to live in complete harmony with their environment and the wildlife which surrounds them. All round the park are occupied and abandoned manyatta - Maasai villages - quickly built out of bent poles and sticks and plastered with cow dung and equally swiftly abandoned when the grazing is finished and the herds must move on.
During a cultural visit, you get a chance to experience the Maasai way of life. The Maasai eagerly welcome guests into their homes to show their lifestyle and culture. Visit the local school and meet pioneer teachers who struggle to bring education to the bush.

How to Get There
By Road: Located 217miles from Nairobi, the reserve can be accessed to by road through Isiolo on all weather bitumen while Isiolo Archers Post is gravelled. The road section distance from Isiolo to Archer’s gate is 21 miles.
By Air: The reserve has an airstrip called the Oryx Samburu Airstrip.