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Samburu National Reserve is ranked among the best parks in northern Kenya - and it’s easy to see why. Nestled on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River with views of the Koitogor and Ololokwe mountains, the park’s picturesque setting is hard to beat. And the wildlife is pretty spectacular too. The main hub of activity is along the meandering river, which attracts elephants, zebras, buffaloes, hippos and various other mammals to its lush banks to feed and drink. It sounds like your typical African wildlife experience, but Samburu has a slight edge that sets it apart from the rest. Thanks to its smaller size and far-flung location, the park has a remarkably peaceful atmosphere and more concentrated game viewings. Less driving, more wildlife. What’s not to love?
As well as being celebrated for its rare and endemic species, Samburu National Reserve has been the home of some of the world’s most famous predators. Elsa the lioness, known from the best-selling book and film ‘Born Free’, was raised by Joy and George Adamson in the reserve. You may have also heard of Kamunyak, the lioness known for adopting several oryx calves and starring in the popular film ‘Heart of a Lioness’. Visitors can trace the paw prints of these legendary residents and hear tales of their unique adventures.
Though the wildlife is a major draw, Samburu also offers the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture. The reserve derives its name from the Samburu people, who have lived in the area for hundreds of years. This colourful nomadic tribe are closely related to the Maasai and just like them, they still practice age-old traditions and have learned to live in harmony with Kenya’s animal kingdom.
If exciting wildlife encounters with a dose of authentic culture sounds like your kind of trip, make sure you add Samburu National Reserve to your East Africa itinerary.
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