Located just north of the equator in the rain-shadow of Mt. Kenya three separate reserves, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba protect a combined 40km² 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.
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.
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