Samburu National Reserve is located on Samburu Tribe territory - the colourful 'family' of the Masai - in the hotter transfer area to the more open northern region Kenya. The temperature in this area is substantially higher and the plains are notably dryer. The Uaso Nyiro River acts as a cooling lifeline for the Samburu Reserve, attracting various game - some of which are unique to this area. Thanks to its location in the Rift Valley basin, it's possible to see for miles in some parts of the reserve.
Samburu National Reserve is located a long way from any form of industry. For many years the reserve was almost unreachable, which is why it is so exceptionally peaceful. The Uaso Nyiro River and the vegetation on its banks (acacia, fig, palm and thorn trees, as well as grassland) attract animals from far and wide. Nile crocodiles live in the river, which is wide in the reserve and flows languidly until it peters out in the Lorian Swamp, and in the low parts - where the river is joined by a tributary - pools have formed in which the hippos splash around.
In Samburu Reserve you will encounter types of game that are very rare elsewhere in Kenya, such as Somali ostrich, Grevy's zebra, beisa oryx, articulated giraffe and gerenuks (otherwise known as Waller's Gazelle). Waller's Gazelle can stand on their hind legs and eat leaves that at 2 metres high are out of reach for other types of antelopes.