Endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers – welcome to Shaba and Samburu National Reserves. Located on the fringes of the vast desert once called the Northern Frontier District, the dramatic landscape of the region is dotted with rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry river beds, and fallen boulders. The backdrop is no less stunning – picturesque hills and the great red table mountain Lololokwi loom large in the distance. Samburu provides one of the few sanctuaries for the endangered Grevy’s zebra and the beisa oryx. Watch elephants roaming freely in the daytime before returning to bathe in the river at dusk.