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Samburu National Reserve

The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro river in Northern Kenya; on the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.

It is 165 kmĀ² in size and 350 km from Nairobi, and ranges in altitude from 800m to 1230m above sea level.

In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng'iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests. It provides the water that the game in the reserve needs to survive in this arid country.


The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa, the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free.


There is a wide variety of animal and bird life at Samburu National Reserve. All three of the big cats (lion, cheetah and leopard) can be found here, as well as elephant, buffalo and hippo.


Other mammals frequently seen in the park include gerenuk, warthog, gazelle, dik-dik, impala, waterbuck, zebra, oryx and giraffe.

There are over 350 species of birds in Samburu.

The Ewaso Ng'iro river also contains large numbers of crocodile.