Samburu Game Reserve: “the oasis of life in the Northern Semi-Desert”
Situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River, Samburu National Reserve is home to Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffes, etc. This area is also home to Samburu tribe, cousins of the Maasai, who share the same nomadic, cattle-herding lifestyle.
The Samburu Game 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 starkly beautiful landscape is dominated by Shaba hill to the south.
The Uaso Nyiro river waters house 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. The 400-plus species of birds complete the perfect experience in Samburu. This is the home of the Samburu tribe, cousins of the Maasai, who share the same nomadic, cattle-herding existence, and an even stricter adherence to their age-old rites and customs.
Attractions: Scenic landscape and riverine forest, permanent springs. Shaba has 17 springs at which animals congregate during the dry season, Reticulated giraffe, Somalia ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, Joy Adamson’s monument.