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Samburu

A haven for elephant amidst riverine forest and russet red soils

Without water there can be no life. The animals and birds of Samburu know this only too well, so they concentrate on the fertile strips of land either side of the Ewaso Nyiro River. The elephant here are plentiful, and so too are Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe. Heading out in the early morning when the animals come down to the water's edge to drink, you can get remarkably close.

Driving through the riverine forest and acacia trees on a game drive, look out for the gerenuk and beisa oryx, the Cape buffalo, and signs of leopard and cheetah, too. Back at the oasis that is your camp you can expect the staff to be predominantly Samburu which adds a fascinating cultural element to the safari experience.
 
Black rhino have been reintroduced to Samburu, and you can once again see these magnificent creatures in the wild. You’ll need to track them on foot with a ranger in the Sera Community Conservancy; it’s the only walking safari of its kind in East Africa and an experience that’ll make you pinch yourself with sheer delight.
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Accommodation:
Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu is a veritable definition of “eco chic”. Set in the centre of the Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, the six magnificent villas boast some of the very best views in East Africa, and their interior design it a fitting match for the landscapes.

Accommodation:
Sasaab Lodge

Close to the Samburu National Reserve, Sasaab Lodge is proud of its Special Five: the Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Gerenuk antelope, and Somali ostrich. The wildlife is majestic - especially the elephant which come to bathe in the river - and Sasaab gives you a front row seat.

Accommodation:
Saruni Rhino

At Saruni Rhino you can track endangered black rhino through the Sera Conservancy. It’s a privilege to witness these remarkable creatures in the wild, and this is the only walking safari of its kind in East Africa. It’s time to walk with the giants.