Samburu National Reserve
Samburu National Reserve offers what is arguably Kenya’s greatest -
and least changed - encounter with the wild Africa of yesteryear.
This harsh, savagely beautiful wilderness depends on the steady flow
of the Uaso Nyiro River for its existence; the river waters a wide
variety of animal species not found south of the Equator, including
the majestic Beisa Oryx, the reticulated giraffe, the thin-striped
Grevy’s zebra, and the ‘giraffe-necked’ gerenuk antelope, which
stands on its hind legs to feed. Elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard
can all be seen along the river, and the 400-plus species of birds
are positively spectacular.
Together with neighbouring Buffalo Springs and Shaba National
Reserves, Samburu comprises 833 sq km of protected semi-desert land.
This is the home of the Samburu tribe, cousins of the Masai, who
share the same nomadic, cattle-herding existence, and an even
stricter adherence to their age-old rites and customs.