Overview - Samburu National Reserve

There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several large game species common to Kenya's northern plains can be found in abundance here, including the following dry-country fauna: Gerenuk,grevy's Zebra ,Oryx and reticulated giraffe.All th ethe three big cat,elephant,cape bufallo and hippopotamus are found here.Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Olive baboon,warthogs,grants gazelle,kirks dikdik ,impala and water buck. 

There are over 350 species of bird including vultures,Secretary birds,sunbirds ,northern red -billed hornbilled and may more varieties. The Ewaso Ng'iro river contains large numbers of Nile crocodile.

 

  • Best Time To Go June to October
  • High Season December to March
  • Size 163 square Kilomteres

Pros & Cons

During the month of June and October its normally a dry season at samburu reserve.

Pros:

  • The dry months are the best time for wildlife watching with short grass and animals grouped together at water sources
  • Almost no rain and plenty of sunshine
  • Malaria is almost absent
  • The leafy scenery is lovely
  • April to June is low season and lower rates may apply
  • Plenty of animals around despite wildlife viewing being better in the Dry season (November to May)
  • Best time for birders with the presence of migratory birds

Cons:

  • Road conditions can be bad in April and May
  • Very dry and dusty
  • Not as scenic with hazy skies

Best Time to Visit

Samburu can be visited year-round, but wildlife watching is usually best in the dry months from June to October and December to March. It is wise to avoid the height of the Wet seasons (November, April and May). During these months, spotting wildlife (which has spread out anyway with the availability of water) in the long grass is more challenging.

Wildlife


There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several large game species common to Kenya's northern plains can be found in abundance here, including all three big cats,the lion,cheetah and African Leopard.

Several dry-country adapted mammals that don't occur in most Kenyan parks can be found here. The reticulated giraffe has a more striking pattern than the common Masai Giraffe .Beisa Oryx is particularly well adapted to arid conditions. The gerenuk with its elongated neck, is able to stand on its hind legs to reach sparse leaves. Both the common Burchells Zebra and the bigger Greveys Zebra are found next to each other.

 

Weather & Climate

Samburu’s climate is generally hot and dry, although it cools down at night. The daytime temperature is usually in the region of 32°C/90°F, while the average at night time is 15°C/59°F. We encourage you to bring warm clothing for game drives in the early morning. The rainiest periods occur in April and November, but annual rainfall is low. The ‘long rains’ usually occur from mid-March to mid-May, and the ‘short rains’ from mid-October to mid-December.

Wild Life

  •   Occasional
  •   Common
  •   Very Rare
  •   Rare
  •   None
  • Giraffe

      Common
  • Elephant

      Common
  • Zebra

      Common
  • Leopard

      Common
  • Buffalo

      Occasional
  • Lion

      Common
  • Cheetah

      Common

Wild Life

  •   Occasional
  •   Common
  •   Very Rare
  •   Rare
  •   None
  • Giraffe

      Common
  • Elephant

      Common
  • Zebra

      Common
  • Leopard

      Common
  • Buffalo

      Occasional
  • Lion

      Common
  • Cheetah

      Common

Best time to Visit- Samburu National Reserve

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  •   Excellent
  •   Good
  •   Fair
  •   Poor

Samburu is located 355km/220mi north of Nairobi. Self-drive to the reserve is an easy option and the driving time is about six hours. There are also daily scheduled flights from Nairobi to Samburu’s airstrip.

Driving from Nakuru NP is also an option. The distance is about 300km/190mi and the driving time is roughly five and a half hours.

Safari-goers flying from Europe or North America to Kenya usually arrive at Nairobi – it’s the largest hub for most transport (including flights) in the region. The main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), which is located 15km/9mi southeast of Nairobi. Kenya’s second international airport is Moi International Airport (MBA), which is 9km/6mi west of Mombasa.

  • Best Time June to September & to January to February
  • High Season June to October & December to March
  • Low Season April to June
  • Best Weather June & December (After the rains)
  • Worst Weather April (A lot of rains)

Best time to Visit Samburu Reserve

Best Time: June to September and January to February are best for general wildlife viewing (Little to no rainfall)

High Season: December to March and July to October (The reserve can get quite busy)

Low Season: April to June (Low season rates may apply)

Best Weather: June and December (It tends to be cooler and fresher after the rains)

Worst Weather: April (Wettest month)

 

 

 

 
 

Dry Season

Dry season – June to September

This time of year is marked by hot and sunny days with almost no rainfall being recorded.

  • June & July – Hot and sunny conditions. Afternoon temperatures are in the region of 31°C/87°F.
  • August & September – Daytime temperatures are on the rise before the rains cool things down. September’s average temperature is around 32°C/90°F, although it peaks much higher.

Wet Season

Wet season – October to May

The Wet season is defined by the ‘short rains’ followed by the wetter ‘long rains’. The months of January and February are a dry period that separates the shorter and longer rains.

  • October, November & December – November is the wettest month. It rarely rains all day, but storms do occur in the afternoon. The daytime temperature is around 32°C/90°F, although it climbs higher before rain and falls when the showers have cleared.
  • January & February – A dry spell that falls between the short and long rains, though it is difficult to predict the exact timing. February is the hottest month. Average temperature in the afternoon is 33°C/91°F, but it can get much hotter.
  • March, April & May – Short afternoon showers are usual during the long rains, which typically break in late March. April is the wettest month, and driving on deteriorating roads can be challenging. Temperatures in the latter part of the day are around 32°C/90°F.

Safety

Samburu is considered a very safe destination. In general, crime issues that exist in urban areas do not affect any of the developed parks or reserves in Kenya. Visitors traveling independently should exercise caution in cities and towns between parks. 

Malaria & Vaccines

Your doctor can provide advice about which vaccinations you need before a trip to Kenya. Malaria is a risk when traveling around the country. It is advisable to take antimalarials and other safeguards, such as covering up at dusk and using mosquito repellent containing a minimum of 30% DEET. You should spray your room before bedtime if you don’t have a mosquito net. Malaria risk is worst in the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and October to November.

Weather And Climate

 

During the day, Samburu’s climate is hot and dry, although it cools down at night. The daytime temperature is usually in the region of 32°C/90°F, while the average at nighttime is 15°C/59°F. It is a good idea to bring warm clothing for game drives in the early morning. The rainiest periods occur in April and November, but annual rainfall is low. The ‘long rains’ usually occur from mid-March to mid-May, and the ‘short rains’ from mid-October to mid-December.