Embarking on a safari trip from Nairobi Hotel/Airport to Samburu National Game Reserve, you can expect a journey filled with scenic landscapes, vibrant wildlife, and a taste of Kenya’s rich natural beauty. The distance between Nairobi and Samburu is approximately 315km by road. The drive is expected to take at least 5hrs 30minnutes. A safari tour from Nairobi to Samburu Game Reserve is an exciting adventure through the stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife of northern Kenya. Here is a brief highlight of the spots you will pass and the things you can expect to see along the way. Among the beautiful scenes and spots, you expect to see as you commence your safari include;
Tea and coffee plantations, Mt. Kenya, Equator Spots, Isiolo, Archer’s post and finally the Samburu National Game Reserve. This is just but a few of the many spots you’ll expect on this safari.
Samburu National Game Reserve is a popular destination for safari enthusiasts in Kenya. Located in the northern part of the country, this reserve offers a unique experience with its diverse wildlife, stunning landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. Here is a glimpse of what you can expect to see during a safari tour at Samburu National Game Reserve.
Samburu 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 1230 m above sea level. This reserve is known for its unique wildlife species that are not commonly found in other parts of the country, such as the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, and Somali ostrich.
You will experience beautiful scenery including plantations, coffee farms, and the second highest point in Africa, Mount Kenya-the highest point in Kenya, with its snow-capped peaks, if the weather is clear on this particular day. The mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers stunning scenery of snow-capped peaks, dense forests, and unique flora and fauna.
Departure from Nairobi: Your safari begins in Nairobi Hotel/Airport, the capital city of Kenya where after checking-out our driver will pick you in our 4x4 wheel Landcruiser. You will embark on a scenic drive towards the beautiful Samburu. As you leave the bustling city behind, you will start to witness the transformation of the landscape into the vast wilderness of Kenya. Leaving Nairobi behind, you will pass through the town of Nyeri, which is known for its tea and coffee plantations. Take in the lush green landscapes and enjoy the picturesque views of the Aberdare Range.
Going further, the safari combines thrilling game drives, stunning landscapes, and cultural encounters to create a memorable safari experience. It is an opportunity to witness the unique wildlife of northern Kenya and immerse yourself in the rich cultures of the Samburu people.
Equator crossing: Before arriving at Nanyuki town lies the equator line, approximately 35 kilometres south of Nanyuki town, at the equator line, you can stop for a photo opportunity and witness the unique phenomenon of water swirling in opposite directions.
Mount Kenya: On your journey from Samburu to Nairobi, you will pass near Mount Kenya, Africa's second-highest peak. Enjoy glimpses of this majestic mountain, with its snow-capped peaks and verdant slopes. The sight of Mount Kenya against the backdrop of the Kenyan landscape is truly awe-inspiring.
Drive through the Great Rift Valley: Along the way, you will have the opportunity to drive through the Great Rift Valley, a geological marvel known for its dramatic landscapes. This scenic drive offers breathtaking views of the Rift Valley Escarpment and its stunning lakes, such as Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru.
Just before entering Samburu National Game Reserve, you will come across Archers Post, a small town serving as a gateway to the reserve. Take a moment to stretch your legs and savor the anticipation of the wildlife that awaits you.
Arrival at Samburu Game Reserve: Finally, you will arrive at Samburu National Game Reserve, a pristine reserve renowned for its unique wildlife and stunning landscapes. As you enter Samburu Game Reserve, you will be greeted by its picturesque landscapes characterized by rugged hills, acacia woodlands, and vast plains. Samburu is well-known for its unique wildlife species that are not commonly found in other parts of Kenya, such as the Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, and Beisa oryx. Here are some other animals you can expect to see during your safari in Samburu: Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Grevy’s Zebras, Oryx, Gerenuk and among other wildlife.
Check-in at Samburu Game Reserve: You will check-in at the hotel upon arrival at Samburu National Reserve, and lunch will be provided at the hotel. During your break from lunch, you'll have the opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy the stunning surroundings. You can explore Samburu National Game Reserve by going on game drives, guided walks, or even visiting local Samburu areas to learn about their rich culture and traditions. Along with the wildlife, enjoy the rugged beauty of the park's landscape, which includes dry riverbeds, acacia forests, and the Ewaso Ng'iro also the Ewaso Nyiro River.
Game drives in Samburu Game Reserve: Once inside the reserve, you will have the opportunity to embark on game drives to explore the incredible wildlife. Accompanied by experienced guides, you will venture deep into the reserve in search of elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and many other fascinating animals that call Samburu home.
Cultural encounters with the Samburu people: In addition to wildlife sightings, Samburu Game Reserve offers the unique opportunity to interact with the local Samburu people. This semi-nomadic pastoral community has maintained its traditional way of life and cultural practices, and you can learn about their customs, traditions, and livelihoods.
Birdwatching in Samburu: Samburu Game Reserve is a haven for birdwatchers, with over 450 bird species recorded in the area. Keep your binoculars ready as you explore the reserve, and you may spot colorful bird species such as the Somali bee-eater, vulturine guinea fowl, and the yellow-billed hornbill.
Optional activities: In addition to game drives, Samburu Game Reserve offers a range of optional activities to enhance your safari experience. You can go on guided nature walks, enjoy sundowner drinks against the backdrop of the African sunset, or even embark on a camel safari across the rugged terrain.
Evening Game Drives: In the evening, expect to see the cinematic view of the sunset at Samburu National Reserve. The evenings at Samburu are always stunning with beaut. You’ll have a tented camping at Samburu and bonfires alongside as you enjoy the cool breeze of Samburu. You’ll spend the night at the hotel as you wait for your exploration of Samburu Nat. Reserve the following day.
Overnight & Dinner: To fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Samburu Game Reserve, spending a night at Samburu will the best option, you can spend a night at one of the lodges or tented camps within the reserve. In the evening, expect to see the cinematic view of the sunset at Samburu National Reserve. The evenings at Samburu are always stunning with beaut. You’ll have a tented camping at Samburu and bonfires alongside as you enjoy the cool breeze of Samburu. You’ll spend the night at the hotel as you wait for your exploration of Samburu National Reserve the following day. Fall asleep to the sounds of the wild and wake up to breathtaking views as you continue your wildlife exploration.
Early Morning Drive: The early morning drives at Samburu are always filled with astonishing beauty. You’ll have an opportunity to view clear sun rising at Samburu as you venture into early drives across the park’s wildlife and beautiful vegetation. Your expectations will be that, you’ll have a prestigious opportunity to view the Kenya’s range of wildlife and a wide variety of fauna as they set to venture their day-to-day activities at the park. As mentioned earlier, wildlife at Samburu include; Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Grevy’s Zebras, Oryx and Gerenuk.
Breakfast: After the morning drive, you’ll be driven back to the hotel for breakfast. Breakfast will be provided at hotel as well as get the necessary preparations in place for the day’s Safari. You’ll have time to freshen up after breakfast and also prepare for the mid-morning drive.
Game Drives: While on the Safari drives, you’ll have a prestigious opportunity to view the Kenya’s range of wildlife and a wide variety of fauna. As mentioned earlier, wildlife at Samburu include; Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Grevy’s Zebras, Oryx and Gerenuk, some of which are specifically found in Samburu National Game Reserve.
Elephants: Samburu is home to a significant elephant population, including the unique and endangered species known as the Samburu elephant. These elephants are known for their distinctive long tusks and their ability to adapt to the arid environment of the reserve. Watching these gentle giants move gracefully through the landscape is an awe-inspiring experience. Samburu is known for its population of elephants, which can often be spotted in large herds. These elephants have adapted to the arid environment and have unique behaviors and physical features.
Lions: Samburu National Game Reserve is known for its population of lions. These majestic predators can often be spotted lounging in the shade of acacia trees or gracefully patrolling their territory. Observing these impressive creatures in their natural habitat is a highlight of any safari tour. The reserve is also home to a healthy population of lions, including the iconic "Samburu Special Five," which are lions with unique characteristics specific to this region.
Giraffes: Samburu is also home to populations of reticulated giraffes, which have a distinctive coat pattern of large brown patches separated by white lines. Spotting these elegant creatures gracefully roaming through the bushes and feeding on treetops is a memorable experience. The reticulated giraffe, with its distinct pattern of patches, is a common sight in Samburu. Observe these graceful creatures as they feed on acacia trees.
Grevy's Zebras: Samburu National Game Reserve is one of the best places to see Grevy's zebras. These zebras have unique narrow stripes and are larger than other zebra species. They are often found grazing on the open plains, creating captivating scenes against the backdrop of the reserve's stunning landscapes. Samburu is one of the best places to spot Grevy's zebras, which are larger and have narrower stripes compared to other zebra species.
Leopards: Though elusive and harder to spot, leopards can be found in the thickets and rocky outcrops of Samburu. With their incredible stealth and camouflage abilities, leopards blend seamlessly into their surroundings. Your safari guide will use their expertise to help you catch a glimpse of these elusive predators. Samburu is known for its leopard sightings, although these elusive creatures can be challenging to spot.
Cheetahs: Samburu National Game Reserve is known for its cheetah population. These fast and agile hunters can often be found perched on termite mounds or rocky outcrops, scanning the landscape for potential prey. Witnessing a cheetah in action as it hunts or rests is a thrilling sight.
Crocodiles and Hippos: The Ewaso Ng'iro River runs through the reserve, providing water and habitat for various species. Keep an eye out for Nile crocodiles lurking in the riverbanks, and don't miss the opportunity to see hippos cooling off and basking in the water.
Oryx, Gerenuk, and other Wildlife: Samburu is home to a variety of antelope species, including the long-necked gerenuk and the striking Beisa oryx.
In addition to the wildlife, enjoy the rugged beauty of the landscape, with dry riverbeds, acacia forests, and the Ewaso Ng'iro River snaking through the park. Samburu National Reserve also offers breathtaking landscapes that add to the safari experience. Here are some notable sceneries you will see among the floras found in the area:
Vegetation at Samburu National Reserve: Acacia Trees and Thorn Bushes; The reserve is dotted with acacia trees and thorn bushes, which not only provide shade and food for wildlife but also create a picturesque setting for your safari adventure. You can prefer to seek shade in these acacias, have your packed lunch of even have a rest as you continue with your safari.
Arid Savanna: Samburu has a unique arid and semi-desert environment, characterized by vast open plains, rugged hills, and rocky outcrops. The contrasting colors of the landscape, with golden grasses and red-earthed tracks, create stunning visuals.
Doum Palm Groves: Doum palms, also known as gingerbread trees, are a common sight along the Ewaso Ng'iro River. These majestic trees provide a beautiful backdrop and serve as a habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Samburu Culture: In addition to the wildlife, landscapes and vegetation, a safari tour in Samburu National Game Reserve offers an opportunity to experience the local Samburu culture. You can visit traditional villages, interact with the Samburu people, and learn about their unique customs, dances, and way of life. Take the opportunity to encounter the local Samburu people and experience their rich cultural heritage. Visit traditional villages, witness their unique customs, dances, and traditional attire. This cultural immersion adds a deeper layer to your safari experience and offers insight into the lives of the local communities. This semi-nomadic pastoral community has maintained its traditional way of life and cultural practices, and you can learn about their customs, traditions, and livelihoods.
Lunch: As the day goes by, you’ll be driven back to the hotel for lunch and afterwards you’ll have time to stretch as you further embark again on the afternoon adventures on your safari at Samburu National Reserve. You can also opt for packed lunch as you leave the park in the morning and devour it amidst the wildlife in the park at a venue of your choice during the noon hours. Although this is optional, lunch shall however be prepared at the hotel/lodge.
An afternoon safari at Samburu National Reserve is a great way to see the park's abundant wildlife and experience many more variety of adventurous activities.
Afternoon Game Drive: The afternoon safaris typically start in the late afternoon, around 3:00 PM. You will be picked up from your lodge/camp and driven into the park in an open-top safari vehicle. This allows you to have a 360-degree view of the animals and scenery. The safaris typically last for 2-3 hours. During this time, you will drive along the park's many dirt roads, looking for animals. Your guide will be experienced in spotting animals, and they will point them out to you.
In the afternoon, the animals are more likely to be active, so you have a better chance of seeing them. You may see lions hunting, elephants bathing, or giraffes browsing for food. You may also see zebras, antelope, and many other animals in their natural habitat at their natural behaviour.
In addition to the animals, you will also see the beautiful scenery of the park. The reserve is located in a semi-arid region, so the landscape is dominated by dry bushland and acacia trees. However, there are also some rivers and lakes in the park, which provide water for the animals.
The afternoon safaris are a great way to see the wildlife and scenery of Samburu National Reserve. They are also a great way to learn about the park's unique ecosystem. With a little patience and luck, you're sure to have a memorable afternoon safari in Samburu National Reserve.
After the afternoon safari, you’ll depart to your hotel. This evening hours you’ll also be privileged to see animals on your way to the Hotel. At the hotel, you’ll have time to refresh from the strenuous day’s activities. You’ll enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the hotel.
Evening Game Drives: In the evening, expect a cinematic view of the sunset at Samburu National Reserve as you set to your hotel. The evenings are always stunning with beauty and fun-filled experience. Animals are hurriedly rushing to their places of residence. While in the park you can check out for owls who are active in the nights.
Overnight & Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel as you set to enjoy your tented camping and bonfires. To fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Samburu Game Reserve, spending a night at Samburu will the best option, you can spend a night at one of the lodges or go for tented camps within the reserve. Enjoy the cool breeze of Samburu at the tented camps alongside open lit bonfires.
Meals: Breakfast at Samburu Game Reserve.
The chilled morning at Samburu offers a thrilling moment of the area, you’ll be thrilled to have an interesting morning at the hotel. After refreshing for the onset of the day.
Early Morning Drive: The early morning drives at Samburu are always filled with astonishing moments. You’ll have an opportunity to view clear sunrise at Samburu as you venture into early drives across the park’s wildlife and beautiful vegetation. Your expectations will be that, you’ll have a prestigious opportunity to view the Kenya’s range of wildlife and a wide variety of fauna as they set to venture their day-to-day activities at the park. As mentioned earlier, wildlife at Samburu include; Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Grevy’s Zebras, Oryx and Gerenuk. Before leaving the reserve, you will have the opportunity to embark on morning game drives to explore the diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes as you bid farewell to the park’s serene environment. Marvel at the sight of elephants, lions, leopards, and the many bird species that inhabit the area that maneuver early in the morning for food and keeping away from predators.
Breakfast and Check-out: After the early morning drive within the park, you’ll be driven back to hotel for breakfast. You’ll also have time to stretch out and refresh before checking out from the hotel.
Departure to Nairobi: A safari tour from Samburu Game Reserve encompasses the best of Kenya's wildlife, landscapes, and cultural heritage. You will encounter an array of unique animals and explore picturesque sceneries. As you make your way towards Nairobi, catch glimpses of Mount Kenya and experience the local Samburu culture. Finally, conclude your tour in Nairobi, where you can enjoy additional wildlife encounters and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant atmosphere. This safari tour promises an unforgettable adventure, showcasing the natural and cultural wonders that Kenya has to offer.
After checking-out from the hotel, you’ll have a scenery of parting ways with Samburu’s adventurous wildlife and the grassland savannah of the area on your way to Nairobi Hotel/Airport. The safari tour from Samburu National Game Reserve to Nairobi Hotel/Airport offers a delightful journey filled with captivating wildlife, stunning landscapes, and the chance to immerse yourself in Kenya's cultural heritage.
The Safari comprises the best of Kenya's wildlife, landscapes, and cultural heritage. Leaving Samburu, you will encounter an array of unique animals and explore picturesque sceneries. As you make your way towards Nairobi, catch glimpses of Mount Kenya and experience the local Samburu and other eye-catching sights along the way to Nairobi.
Scenic Landscapes: As you travel from Samburu to Nairobi, be prepared to witness Kenya's breathtaking landscapes. Marvel at the acacia trees and thorn bushes dotting the savanna, the golden grasses, and the rugged hills. Pass by the Ewaso Ng'iro River, where crocodiles and hippos find refuge, adding to the picturesque array of the park’s abundance wildlife.
The Great Rift Valley: Along the way, you will have the opportunity to drive through the Great Rift Valley, a geological marvel known for its dramatic landscapes. Take a breathtaking view of the Rift Valley Escarpment and its stunning lakes, such as Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru.
Mount Kenya: You will pass near Mount Kenya. Enjoy glimpses of this majestic mountain, with its snow-capped peaks and verdant slopes. The sight of Mount Kenya against the backdrop of the Kenyan landscape is truly awe-inspiring.
Equator Crossing: As you continue towards Nairobi, pass through the town of Nyeri, known for its tea and coffee plantations. Proceed to the equator crossing approximately 35 kilometers north of Nanyuki town.
Drop off: Arrival at Nairobi, you will be dropped off at the hotel/airport by our driver in 4x4 land cruiser taking a moment of all the safari experience and encounters at Samburu game reserve, the unique wildlife at Samburu, scenic landscapes and beautiful natural features and phenomenon on you way to Samburu Game Reserve.