Reasons why Samburu National Reserve is different : Perhaps you are unfamiliar with Samburu. Samburu is just as diverse and stunning as Kenya’s southern reserves, although being less well-known and perhaps frequented by seasoned safari travelers rather than novices. Due of how unique it is, I believe it to be my personal favorite.

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Unique Wildlife.

Disregard the “Big 5.” You may cross off a far more exclusive list of wildlife in Samburu. The five animals known as the Samburu Special are unique and native to this region. Where else can you witness an antelope using its hind legs to climb trees and forage for food? Some of Kenya’s rarest species, including the African wild dog, civet cat, and striped hyena, can be found in Samburu. Elephants also adore it there, and let’s be honest—who doesn’t love an elephant? Samburu has a remarkably wide variety of wildlife. Though you (or your guides!) have to work a little harder for sightings here, they may be even more satisfying than on a Masai Mara safari, where you won’t be tripping over it.

Reasons why Samburu National Reserve is different

Intriguing Landscape.

Although most people go on safari to see the animals, I think the scenery is just as significant. What truly distinguishes Samburu from other Kenyan reserves is the landscape. It’s fascinating to have landforms on the horizon instead of simply endless stretches of grassy plains, and the diversity of the savannah, forests, and mountains is a stunning combination.

Samburu People.

Interactions with the locals are genuine and unpretentious, unlike in some other Kenyan tourist safari destinations. The reserve is a sizable wilderness area run and administered by Samburu communities in the area, who skillfully strike a delicate balance between wildlife protection, tourism, and human living. Local Samburu people make up the majority of the workforce at these lodges.  Even though they are armed with spears, they are just regular kind folks, and it’s great to get to know them that way. The majority of them also possess amazing senses of humour.

Singing Wells.

It may not seem like the highlight of an African safari to see a cow. But it can, I promise you. The Samburu herders go to the family well first thing in the morning to fetch water for their animals. They then start to sing, and to their amazement, the cattle come down for a drink once they recognize the distinctive tune. Clever. Samburu is a hard place to live, and during dry spells, cattle and their owners must wander kilometres in search of water, thus we frequently encountered them. Discovering enormous herds of livestock in the middle of the jungle, getting to know the people looking after them, and getting such a close-up look at everyday life is a thrilling safari experience.

Exclusive Feeling.

Samburu National Reserve feels far more exclusive than its southern sisters because it’s not one of Kenya’s most popular wildlife viewing safari destinations. Because there are fewer resorts, there are less visitors and less competition when it comes to seeing wildlife.

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