A place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers! Samburu National Park lies on the fringes of the vast, arid desert, once known as the Northern Frontier District. It’s a great place to witness large herds of elephant, who roam the hills during the day before returning to bathe on the riverbanks in the evening. Samburu National Park also provides one of the few sanctuaries in Kenya for the endangered grevy’s zebra and the rare beisa oryx. Enjoy wonderful game drives and, outside the national park, walking safaris and visits to remote villages of the Samburu people.

Themes

  • Landscape
  • Wildlife

Highlights

  • Elephants Herds and Lions
  • Cultural Experience with Samburu People
  • Rugged Mountainscapes

Places to Stay

Exterior of tent at Elephant Bedroom Camp in Samburu, Kenya
Elephant Bedroom Camp

Style: Camp

Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs sits this small and exclusive camp of 12 luxury tents - all furnished in rustic African style while offering all the comforts expected of a luxury Camp (hot & cold running water, electricity and herbal products).

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Elephant Watch Camp

Style: Camp

Elephant Watch Camp is located on the in Samburu National Reserve, close to Save the Elephants research centre. The camp offers eco-luxury and a wonderful wildlife experience, thanks to its long links to pioneering elephant conservation.

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Elefanten im Samburu Nationalpark, Kenia
Joys Camp

Style: Camp

Joys Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson's tented home in Shaba National Reserve.

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Elefanten im Samburu Nationalpark, Kenia
Kitich Camp

Style: Camp

Kitich Camp, owned and run by Gulio Bertolli, is hidden in the hills on the banks of the Ngeng River and nestled in a lush grove of fig trees, indigenous flowering shrubs and prehistoric palms in the remote Mathews mountains.

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Saruni Samburu

Style: Lodge

Saruni Samburu is a design lodge located on Kalama Conservancy next to Samburu National Reserve.

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Activities in Samburu

Samburu Village Visit

Experience a bit of Maasai life on this trip to a Maasai village, accompanied by your local guide. Understand the relationship between these age-old warrior-pastoralists and their ancient land. Appreciate their natural conservation efforts in the way they live their lives alongside wild animals, plants and domesticated livestock. Explore a typical Masaai village with its traditional mud huts. Join in the vibrant songs and dances that the community may perform for you in all their ritual finery. You may also find excellent hand-made beaded jewellery crafted by village women on display. If you’re lucky enough, you could even catch the villagers celebrating a traditional rite of passage ritual.

Game Drives in Samburu National Reserve

Game drives in Samburu

Activities at Saruni Samburu

Shared game drives, night game drives, guided bush walks, bush meals, one complimentary massage per cottage, transfers to cultural visits, sundowner & picnic excursions

Activities at Kitich Camp

Guided bush walks, game tracking, river swimming, bird watching, bush picnics

Activities at Joys Camp

Day & night (pre-dinner) game drives, guided bush walks, sundowners, bush breakfasts along Ewaso Nyiro river & gorge

Activities at Elephant Bedroom Camp

Game drives

Rhino Tracking at Saruni Rhino Camp

Saruni offers a scintillating, ‘thrill-of-a-lifetime’ experience: a walking safari tracking black rhino on foot, accompanied by an expert Saruni guide and a highly-trained Sera Community Conservancy ranger, equipped with a transmitter correlating to the GPS whereabouts of the 11 rhinos throughout the 54,000 hectares-large sanctuary. The vast rhino sanctuary has been fenced in what is one of the most advanced conservation projects in Kenya. Operational only throughout certain hours of the day for maximum protection, the use of the transmitter allows guests to game drive up to a tracking distance away from the nearest rhino, leaving the vehicle and continuing on foot (very lightly to not give away our presence) to meters from the grazing rhino. The tension is palpable as you come across the rhino in such close proximity for the first time; heart beating, pulse racing, curiosity and excitement mounting – it doesn’t get more thrilling than this! (Duration: 4 nights/5 days; Minimum age: 16 years; Fitness Level: Difficult; Please bring sturdy hiking boots, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, binoculars & cameras).a

Be part of Elephant Conservation

Take this unique opportunity to learn all about elephant conservation efforts at the Elephant Watch Camp in Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve. If you have ever despaired about the elephant poaching crisis in Africa, this is your chance to do something and spread awareness. For decades, the Elephant Watch Camp has remained connected with elephant conservation in Samburu, pioneering conservation work that also creates sustainable employment opportunities for the local community. Proceeds from your stay and wildlife activities at the Camp go to fund community building projects and the conservation charity, ‘Save the Elephants’ (STE). Be a part of the field team working to save Kenya’s pachyderms, learn how to collect data on elephant behavior, movements and rangelands. Experience STE’s unusual conservation tours at the Samburu National Reserve, and book your opportunities in advance. You could also donate to this world-renowned conservation charity. (Duration: 1.5 hrs, Time of Day: Afternoon; Fitness Level: Difficult; Please bring sturdy hiking boots, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, binoculars and don’t forget your cameras).

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