Samburu National Reserve

 Grevy’s zebra

The Grevy’s zebra has a stripe pattern as unique as a human fingerprint, and large round ears which distinguishes it from other zebras. Other Kenyan wildlife presents in the park includes cheetahs, lions, leopards, impalas, buffalo, hippos, and dik-diks.  You are guaranteed to see most animals during the dry season as they converge at the Uaso Nyiro River, their main source of water during the long dry weather. Elephants are also spotted during this time, and you can watch the Nile crocodiles swim in the river.

Samburu National Reserve

 

Reticulated Giraffe

It is the largest land animal with a long neck and pelage with spots. However, there is more to this species because there are several types. One method of identifying the reticulated giraffe is looking at its splotches. This animal looks like it has a white net over its pelage, which is the reason for its name. The clear red patches with white lines around them make it easily recognizable from the other sub species. 

 

 Samburu National ReserveGerenuk

It’s a long-necked species of antelope. The head is small compared to the body, but the eyes and ears are proportionately large. They have short, black tipped tails. The legs are long and slender. Their long necks and legs in combination with the ability to stand on their hind legs allows them to obtain tree leaves that are out of reach for most other antelope species. The gerenuk is believed to be independent of free water, obtaining all the moisture it needs through its diet. Gerenuks use several vocalizations, including a buzzing sound when alarmed, a whistle when annoyed and a loud bleat when in extreme danger.

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Beisa Oryx

The oryx is a large antelope of striking appearance with long, spearlike horns. Oryxes don’t prefer to wander in their habitats; instead they like to dig shallow depressions in ground surrounded with bushes and shrubs for sleeping or resting. What makes the oryx such a beautiful creature is their characteristic markings on their bodies, face and legs. Oryx can survive without water for very long periods of time. The vegetation that the oryx consumes collects dew and provides both food and water.

Samburu National ReserveSomali ostrich

 They have a very receptive nose that can even sense rain. They follow the rare rainfall to feed on newly grown grasses. Birdlife is as plentiful as wildlife at Samburu National Reserve, which boasts over 350 different species of birds including vultures, kingfishers, marabous, bateleurs, guinea fowl, Somali ostriches and others.

Samburu Cultural Tours

Visit the local Samburu villages where you get a chance to interact with the colorful Samburu people in their traditional setting and experience their culture. This is a good opportunity to purchase traditional Samburu souvenirs, art and collectibles.