4 Day Kenya Safari Samburu Game Reserve

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Samburu Game Reserve

A superb 4-day wildlife road safari that travels to Samburu National Reserve located in what used to be called the Northern Frontier District. Samburu Game Reserve covers 40 Square Miles (104 Square km) and is located 350 km north of Nairobi within Isiolo District.

Samburu Game Reserve is not particularly well–known and is therefore not too crowded  a huge plus in Kenya where so many reserves are often overflowing with tourists. It is often grouped with the Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves as they lie so close together.

Beginning from Nairobi, the tour heads north via the shoulder of Africa’s second-largest mountain, Mount Kenya, to the Samburu Game Reserve. Arrive at the lodge/ camp in time for lunch and embark on our first wildlife adventure – an exciting afternoon game drive in Samburu.

We spend our night in Samburu at a superb quality, well-located lodge/ camp of your choice. Days two and three are set aside for game viewing in Samburu, exploring its open grasslands and diverse landscapes in search of the variety of wildlife found here.

Samburu hosts beautiful forests, springs and rivers, offering stunning scenery. The game park is part of a lava plain that includes varied habitats, from thorn scrub, red dirt and dried river beds, to broken volcanic rock, steep hills and rocky outcrops.

This region of Kenya is home to the uncommon Grevy’s zebra with huge fury ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and the shy Oryx. Elephants and crocodiles are guaranteed sightings and lions, hippos and giraffes are also found in the reserve.

The bird watching is excellent, with over 365 species, including numerous varieties of weaverbirds and the martial eagle. Leopard sightings are also a special feature here. The Samburu area is also home to interesting people with a rich heritage, making for a colourful cultural experience.

After 3 rewarding days of game viewing in the vast Samburu Reserve, on the 4th day, we return to bustling Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, arriving in the afternoon. This marks the end of our 4-Day Kenya Safari Samburu Game Reserve.

Samburu Game Reserve Highlights | What to See and Do

Samburu Game Viewing: Samburu animals include cheetah, lion, leopard, impala, buffalo, hippo, and dik-dik, as well as the native gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and Beisa Oryx.

You are guaranteed to see most animals during the dry season as they converge at the Uaso Nyiro River, their main source of water during the long dry weather.

Elephants are also spotted during this time, and you can watch the Nile crocodiles swim in the river.

Samburu Bird Viewing: Samburu National Reserve is a paradise for bird lovers, with over 350 species of birds already recorded.

You can enjoy a colourful assortment of birds such as vultures, kingfishers, marabous, eagles, guinea fowl, Somali ostriches and many more.

Samburu Cultural Tours: Visit the local Samburu villages where you get a chance to interact with the colourful Samburu people in their traditional setting and experience their culture.

This is a good opportunity to purchase traditional Samburu souvenirs, art and collectables.

Kenya Safari Samburu Game Reserve 4 Days 3 Nights Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi – Drive to Samburu Game Reserve

0800 Hours: This morning we travel by road to Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. Wild and rugged, Samburu is fiercely beautiful with its arid savannahs watered by the lovely Uaso Nyiro River.

It is also one of Kenya’s most protected areas and home to species only found north of the equator, from the reticulated giraffe to Grevy’s zebras and Beisa oryxes.

1200 Hours: We arrive at our lodge/ camp and check in. Lunch follows.

1530 Hours: In the afternoon we explore the park in search of Lions, leopards, Cheetah, Buffalos, etc.

Accommodation Options
Luxury Accommodation: Larsens Tented Camp, Elephant Bedroom Camp
Mid-Range Accommodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge, Samburu Simba Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Lion King Bush Camp Samburu

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2 & Day 3: Full Day in Samburu National Reserve

These two full days in the Samburu Game Reserve will be spent searching for the big five, the Samburu five, and observing the vast unspoiled scenery during morning and afternoon game viewing drives.

Samburu game reserve is renowned for its rare species of animals unique to the park, namely: the long-necked gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, and Beisa onyx.

The elusive Kenya leopard is often known to visit the park, especially in the evenings. Other Kenyan wildlife present in the park includes cheetahs and lions, as well as elephants, buffalo, and hippos.

Birdlife is as plentiful as wildlife at Samburu National Reserve, which boasts over 350 different species of birds including vultures, kingfishers, marabous, bateleurs, guinea fowl, Somali ostriches, and others.

A camel-back safari is a speciality in Samburu, as well as a cultural visit to the Samburu people who depend on their cattle, goat, sheep, and donkey, can be arranged.

Accommodation Options
Luxury Accommodation: Larsens Tented Camp, Elephant Bedroom Camp
Mid-Range Accommodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge, Samburu Simba Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Lion King Bush Camp Samburu

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4: Samburu Game Reserve – Drive to Nairobi

0630 Hours – 0830 Hours: Enjoy an early morning Game-drive.

0900 Hours: Return to your Lodge/ Hotel for a proper sit-down English breakfast Breakfast.

1000 Hours: Check-out of the hotel and depart by road back to Nairobi arriving mid-afternoon.

Meal Plan {Breakfast}

Kenya Safari Samburu Game Reserve 4 Days 3 Nights Prices

Kenya Safari Samburu Game Reserve 4 Days 3 Nights Rates Includes:

Game drives + All meals included while on safari + All applicable Game Park entrance fees + Guaranteed window seating with open top + Safari vehicles carry cold drinks and mineral water + Round trip transport from Nairobi to Samburu Game Reserve + Multi-lingual Professional Safari Guide/ Driver Services + Accommodations of your choice in Samburu Game Reserve/ Buffalo Springs or Shaba National Reserve

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Kenya Safari Samburu Game Reserve 4 Days 3 Nights Rates Do Not Include:

* International Airfare
* Accommodations in Nairobi
* Cost of obtaining passport and visas
* A visit to a Samburu Cultural Village
* Gratuity for your professional driver guide
* Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner
* Gratuity for Porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps and airports
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
* Personal expenses such travelling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, and wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary

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