Samburu Game Reserve, Kenya
National Reserve is situated on the banks of the Ewaso
Ngiro River in the dry northern reaches of Kenya. It is
a hot and arid area characterized by a parched landscape
of hills and plains. The presence, however, of the river
- and its shady trees - attracts plenty of wildlife.
Giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck and zebra (including the
endangered Grevy's zebra) from the surrounding savannah
plains trek to the water. Lion, leopard and cheetah are
also quite easy to spot, thanks in part to the lack of
grass cover. Samburu is also home to large herds of
elephants, and the reserve is well known for providing
the opportunity to see wildlife that only lives in the
dry north of Kenya. Be on the look out for gerenuks -
these odd, yet distinguished looking, gazelle have long
necks, and stand on their hind legs to feed.
For the birders, around 365 species have been recorded
and the river area is particularly rewarding. Across the
river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. A bridge
connects the two, and they are often grouped together by
tour companies. Nearby is the swampy wilderness of the
Shaba National Reserve.
There is a good selection of safari lodges and luxury
tented camps in the Samburu Region. Samburu Intrepids
and Samburu Lodge are just two of them. The Samburu
National Reserve was one of the two areas in which
conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised
Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book
and award winning movie Born Free.
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