Samburu National Reserve covers an area of approximately 104sq. kilometers ( 65sq. miles) and it is located about 350km (217 miles) from Nairobi. The park’s topography is mainly savannah grassland with clusters of acacia trees, thorn trees, forests, grassland vegetation. Samburu National Reserve derives its name from the Samburu people who have lived in the are form many years. The Ewaso Ng’iro rive which flows through the middles of the park provides much-needed water, without which the game in this arid region could not survive.
While Samburu National Reserve is relatively small compared to the Maasai Mara and Tsavo; it is renowned for its rare and unique species of animals such as the long-necked gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, and Beisa oryx. Other wildlife present in the park include cheetahs, lions, elephants, buffalo, hippos, and the elusive African leopard.
Birdlife is also abundant with over 350 different species having been recorded in the park; the birds include grey-headed kingfisher, sunbirds, bee-eaters, Marabou stork, tawny eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, bateleur, vulturine guineafowl, yellow-necked spurfowl, lilac-breasted roller, secretary bird, superb starling, northern red-billed hornbill, yellow-billed hornbill, and various vultures including the palm-nut vulture.