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.