The Samburu region is less visited than the Maasai Mara so you enjoy safaris away from the crowds. The landscape is drier and has a different beauty, and is home to animals such as gerenuk found nowhere else in Kenya. Also, you get to meet the friendly and flamboyantly colourful Samburu people – also known as the 'butterfly people'.
Unique safaris in Samburu National Reserve
The Ewaso Nyiro River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Samburu safari-goers thus head straight to the river for incredible wildlife sightings!
What wildlife lives in Samburu National Reserve?
What is the Samburu Special Five?
Gerenuks (dainty and long-necked antelopes – see below) Grevy's zebras (the rarest kind of zebra) Reticulated giraffes (which have a very different patterning to Maasai giraffes) East African (or beisa) oryxes Blue-necked (or Somali) ostriches
What's that hill in many photos of Samburu?
Where is Samburu National Reserve?
The inspiring Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
Can I visit Reteti Elephant Sanctuary?
The Samburu tribe – the 'butterfly people'
Kenya is one of the world's most diverse countries, having around 150 different ethnicities within its borders. A fair number live very traditional lifestyles, and the Samburu are one of them.