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The Samburu National Reserve is a game reserve on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in Kenya. On the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The park is 165 km² in size and is situated 350 kilometers from Nairobi. It ranges in altitude from 800 to 1230m above sea level. Geographically, it is located in Samburu County.
In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng’iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests. It provides water, without which the game in this arid region could not survive. Wikipedia
The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the best-selling book and award-winning movie Born Free. The Elephant Watch Camp, of which Saba Douglas-Hamilton is director, lies within the park.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Pick up from the airport or your Nairobi hotel in the morning and depart for Aberdare’s arriving with a short game drive at The Ark hotel, check in and have lunch. The Aberdare forest is the third highest range of mountains in Kenya, reaching a summit of just over 4000m. This massive range is well known for its thick salient forests, and its prolific game. It’s a paradise of birds and large herds of elephants and buffalos can be easily spotted. It’s here where you will find your unique lodge and check in and have lunch. The lodge is set high in the canopy and has viewing decks with balconies and lounges to provide superb game viewing from the comfort of the lodge. Night sees an unending procession of game emerging from the forests to visit waterholes and natural salt licks. Later dinner and overnight at The Ark hotel.
Have an early breakfast at the lodge, check out and leave for Samburu game reserve. You will have a game drive en-route, along the way you will notice the difference in the vegetation and wildlife species. Arrive in time for lunch and check in at Ashnil camp, have lunch and relax. Later in the afternoon go for a game drive across the park which has a unique resident wildlife species like the Blue necked Somali Ostrich, the Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx and Grevy’s Zebra commonly known as the Samburu five, Dinner and overnight at the Samburu Sopa Lodge.
Wake up Before dawn and get ready for an early morning search for; the cats as this is their best hunting time and the Samburu special five. Later return to lodge for breakfast and relax at your room or the swimming pool before the next game drive or rather have a packed lunch and have a full day game drive. All meals and overnight will be at the Lodge. The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the best-selling book and award-winning movie Born Free. Situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River, there is plenty to attract wildlife from the surrounding savannah plains. The reserve is also home to elephants and large predators such as the lion, leopard, cheetah and Wild dogs’ sightings are common attraction to this unique protected area. Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded.
Pre-Morning game drive return to the Lodge for Breakfast check out, then depart for Nairobi the world’s only wildlife capital have Lunch enroute arriving in the evening hours. Drop off at your city Hotel or at the Airport to connect with your flight on time for your international departure.