Samburu National Reserve: A Unique Kenyan Safari Experience

Samburu National Reserve: A Unique Kenyan Safari Experience

Nadine Duncan in Samburu

A visit to Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve is a great addition or alternative to a trip to the Maasai Mara!

Samburu's Gravy Zebra
Black & Abroad Founder, Eric Martin, points out Samburu’s Grevy Zebra.

Samburu is not your mainstream safari! It is located in Northern Kenya along the Ewaso Ng’iro river. This not-so-hidden gem is your ticket to a safari experience that’s all about authenticity, tranquility, and the thrill of discovering the lesser-known wonders of East Africa’s animal kingdom.

Much like the Maasai Mara, Samburu is where the wild beauty of the savannah meets the vibrant culture of its people. The safari experience here is not just about ticking off the Big 5, but it is about embracing the extraordinary moments and unique encounters that make Samburu truly special.

Where to stay on Samburu National Reserve:

Surana Buffalo Springs – Surana Buffalo Springs offers luxurious tents alongside an immersive experience that blends seamlessly with the surrounding wilderness.

Me at Surana Buffalo SpringsEvery tent has its own splash pool!

From guided nature walks to culturally enriching interactions with the Samburu people, Surana goes beyond the conventional safari, creating moments that linger in your heart.

Surana is surrounded by the most beautiful views I had every seen. From my tent, I felt like I was completely immersed in the grasslands around me. Even the bugs added to the experience of glamping on an African Savannah.

This is definitely a location I would return to in a heartbeat. This camp is ideal for solo travelers, couples, small groups, and families with teenage children.

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge – Sarova Shaba is a perfect blend of luxury and adventure. This lodge offers more of an all-inclusive resort vibe and is an ideal location for families with small children.

It offers not only comfortable accommodations but also a unique opportunity to connect with nature and wildlife. Picture you and your crew enjoying game drives, encountering majestic creatures in their natural habitat, and then returning to the warm hospitality of Sarova Shaba.

So Much More than the Big 5:

Samburu challenges the traditional safari narrative. There’s something magical about focusing on the overlooked wonders of the African grasslands. Samburu is the best place to view for the graceful reticulated giraffe, the elusive Grevy zebra, and the Beisa Oryx.

Samburu’s diverse ecosystem really showcases the beauty of wildlife beyond the typical Big 5 checklist. Every sighting is an opportunity for a unique and personal connection.

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Birdwatching Extravaganza:

Samburu is an avian paradise with over 450 bird species endemic to the region. It is the perfect location for bird lovers and birdwatchers. From the striking Martial Eagle to the elegant Somali ostrich, your binoculars are your passport to a birdwatching extravaganza.

A glimpse of the Somali ostrich.

Add Samburu National Reserve to your list and get ready for the unforgettable stories and photos you’ll carry back home!

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