The Samburu National Reserve is a rare gem. The poeticism associated with it reveals an esoteric wild that is eerily untapped. Despite the title of this excerpt, there is a soft spot in the Samburu wild as the national reserve is home to the reputable lioness, Kamunyak, that adopted Oryx calves.
Samburu National Reserve is located in Kenya along River Ewaso Ng’iro. It is in the Samburu County and is approximately 350km from Nairobi city. Its area is approximately 165km2. The river Ewaso Ng’iro has been important in attracting several wild animals and also for the growth of the palm and riverine plantations.
The gates to the Samburu wild are opened at the Buffalo Springs gate and Ngare Mare introducing one to the unexpectedly relaxed wild air of the Wild Kenyan North. Riverine plantations and the acacia woodlands certainly raise the hype of the Samburu.
The park has an assortment of wildlife and bird life. The big cats; East African lion, leopard and the Tanzanian cheetah are all present. More big game includes the cape buffalo, the elephant and the hippo. Other wild animals present include; the zebra, Oryx, giraffe, impala, waterbuck and the olive baboon. Unfortunately, though, the rhino population in the Samburu has died down as a result of poaching.
The Samburu wild would not offer the full bundle if there were no birds but this region boasts more than 300 species of birds. Some of these include; the Guinea fowl, hornbill, vultures, starling, secretary bird and the marabou stork among others
The Samburu people, like their Maasai cousins have learned to live with wild animals. The natives of Samburu are the Samburu, a subtribe of the Maasai. They speak Samburu which is a dialect of Maasai. Their population is slightly over 160,000. Their culture is just as rich and deep-rooted as the Maasai. The Samburu people decorate their bodies with bracelets, anklets and necklaces.
The remoteness of the Wild Kenyan North – Samburu has attracted travelers looking for more tranquil expeditions. Travel plans to Samburu are available on request. Most of these packages however include transport cost, food, accommodation and tour guide fee.
Since the Samburu National Reserve is over 300km from the capital, Nairobi, plans are made in advance by the service providers so as to allow adequate time for arrival and the actual expedition in the Samburu wild.