Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves

Samburu Safari Camps and Lodges

Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba form a big block of conservation area in the remote Central Northern Kenya. The lifeline of these reserves is the Ewaso Nyiro River.

Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves are located just north of the equator in the rain-shadow of Mt. Kenya on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River these 3 reserves protect 300 sq km of mountains, plains, savannah and scrub desert.

Not particularly well known Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves offer an 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.

Buffalo Springs and Samburu Reserve are separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River and thus share the same ecosystem. An unexplained phenomenon is the presence of the Common Zebra in Buffalo springs and the absence of the species in the Samburu, just across the river.

The presence of the Ewaso Nyiro river (shared by Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves) – and its shady trees – attracts plenty of wildlife. Giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck and zebra (including the endangered Grevy’s zebra) from the surrounding savannah plains trek to the water. Lion, leopard and cheetah are also quite easy to spot, thanks in part to the lack of grass cover. For the birders, around 365 species have been recorded and the river area is particularly rewarding.

Apart from the usual game drive and cultural tours and bird watching, a unique activity on offer at Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves is a trekking safari. Samburu warriors will guide you through the rugged hills. This is your chance to track elephant on foot, follow a honey-guide bird through the bush to find the hidden nests and learn the survival techniques of the Samburu people.

Safari camps and Lodges in Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves

Ashnil Samburu Camp

Ashnil Samburu Camp is found in the Samburu National Reserve of northern Kenya, conjoined with the smaller but no less attractive Buffalo Springs and Shaba Reserve, lies 320 kilometers from Nairobi at an altitude of 857 meters above sea level. Ashnil Samburu Camp is...

Samburu Game Lodge

Samburu game Lodge is set in 10 acres of pristine riverine forest on the western bank ofthe Ewaso Nyiro River within the Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya. Samburu Game Lodge blends in perfectly with the natural environment, using native materials and...

Sentrim Samburu Camp

Sentrim Samburu Camp is located deep inside the Samburu reserve thus guarantees it's guests close encounters with Samburu's shier species, including elephant, leopard and Samburu’s famous “Special five” the rare reticulated giraffe, long necked Gerenuk antelope,...

Samburu Sopa Lodge

Samburu Sopa Lodge is situated 325 kms from Nairobi, in the middle of the Samburu National Reserve, next to the new Oryx airstrip. It is accessible from the main Isiolo – Moyale road at both Ngare Mara as well as Archers post junctions. Samburu Sopa Lodge is built...

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Ashnil Samburu Camp

Ashnil Samburu Camp is found in the Samburu National Reserve of northern Kenya, conjoined with the smaller but no less attractive Buffalo Springs and Shaba Reserve, lies 320 kilometers from Nairobi at an altitude of 857 meters above sea level. Ashnil Samburu Camp is...

Samburu Game Lodge

Samburu game Lodge is set in 10 acres of pristine riverine forest on the western bank ofthe Ewaso Nyiro River within the Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya. Samburu Game Lodge blends in perfectly with the natural environment, using native materials and...

Sentrim Samburu Camp

Sentrim Samburu Camp is located deep inside the Samburu reserve thus guarantees it's guests close encounters with Samburu's shier species, including elephant, leopard and Samburu’s famous “Special five” the rare reticulated giraffe, long necked Gerenuk antelope,...

Samburu Sopa Lodge

Samburu Sopa Lodge is situated 325 kms from Nairobi, in the middle of the Samburu National Reserve, next to the new Oryx airstrip. It is accessible from the main Isiolo – Moyale road at both Ngare Mara as well as Archers post junctions. Samburu Sopa Lodge is built...