Samburu and Shaba Safaris

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Located just north of the equator in the rain-shadow of Mt. Kenya three separate reserves, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba protect a combined 40kmĀ² of mountains, plains, savannah and scrub desert. Set along the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River this stunning wilderness area is not as well-known as other reserves, which offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Kenyan wilderness away from the crowds.

Saruni Samburu Sundowner Samburu Samburu Safari Joy's Camp landscape on a Samburu and Shaba safari

Important elephant migration corridors exist in this heartland, as well as northern specialty species like reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, beisa oxryx and gernuk. Healthy numbers of predators are frequently seen here. Lions, hyenas and leopards live alongside unusual stripped hyena and Grevy's zebra. A unique activity on offer at Samburu is a trekking safari; Samburu warriors will guide you through the rugged hills of the surrounding wilderness for the incredible experience, tracking elephant on foot, following a honey-guide bird through the bush to find its hidden nests and learning the survival techniques of the Samburu people.

Shaba is a slightly drier area, boasting similar wildlife and known for its connections with Joy Adamson, the author of the book, and inspiration for the film, Born Free. An exclusive camp now stands where her former campsite once was. Birding on a Samburu and Shaba safari is excellent, with the Williams lark, black-capped social weaver and yellow-billed stork calling the area home. Explore with bush walks, game drives, visits to rock art sites and bush meals along the river.

Samburu And Shaba Highlights

  • Unique trekking safaris led by Samburu warriors
  • The Uaso Nyiro River - popular with elephant and lion
  • Ancient rock art dating back thousands of years
  • Untouched, remote natural beauty
  • Important elephant migration corridors
  • Home to the Northern 5, Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe, Oryx, Grevy's Zebra and Lesser Kudu

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Selected Samburu And Shaba Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Samburu And Shaba

All Kenya Itineraries
Saruni Samburu Bedroom

Magnificent Mara & Scenic Samburu Safari Special

Days
8
Cost Per Person
From $6,120 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Kenya
Locations
Masai Mara, Samburu & Shaba
View from Elsa's Kopje Camp, Mount Meru

Kenya Safari Adventure

Days
10
Cost Per Person
From $7,100 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Kenya
Locations
Masai Mara, Samburu & Shaba, Meru National Park, Nairobi
Asilia Africa Mara Bush houses walking safari Jackson kids by Stevie Mann

Child Friendly Kenya Safari Holiday

Days
8
Cost For Family of 4
From $17,620 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Kenya
Locations
Masai Mara, Samburu & Shaba
Lake Nakuru - Photo by Govenors Safaris

Kenya Driving Safari Holiday

Days
8
Cost Per Person
From $3,800 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Kenya
Locations
Masai Mara, Rift Valley Lakes, Samburu & Shaba, Aberdare National Park

Samburu And Shaba Accommmodation

All Kenya accommodations
  • Joy's Camp
    Tent interior - red design

    A tribute to famous conservationist Joy Adamson, the tented suites are raised off the ground for better views while the surrounding landscape is made to explore.

  • Saruni Samburu
    Kudu House

    Surrounded by an impressive 240,000 acres of private wildlife conservancy, explore from your luxury villa taking in plenty of wildlife and local culture.

  • Sasaab
    Aerial view

    With views over the Ewasio Nyiro riverbed, this camp's great location combines with spacious rooms and vibrant local culture to provide a fantastic safari experience.

  • Samburu Game Lodge
    Exterior

    Expect superb game viewing and from this lodge, which is set in 10 acres of land nearby the Uaso Nyiro River. Discover rare species while on game drives and spectacular birding.