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Samburu National Park

Samburu National Reserve lies in the Northern part of Kenya. Samburu National Reserve is one of the 56 protected areas in Kenya. It is famous North of the equator because of the richness of flora and fauna; it can be reached through Nairobi-Isiolo-Marsabit road and Maralal-Wamba-Isolo road. Lying on the flood plains and bottom land of Waso Nyiro drainage system in the Great Rift Valley.

Vegetation
Botanist have identified more than 2 dozen plants communities, but thorny scrubs cover much of the reserve and the most common are Acacia elator, Acacia tortolise, Salvadora pesica and the Down palms.

Animals
There are over 50 species of wild animals in the reserve including unique species of Gravy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Besia Oryx, Grater and Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk, Somali ostrich, pancake tortoise and others.
There are over 450 species of birds identified and aquatic species in the Waso Nyiro River.

Communities
The neighbouring communities to the reserve are the Samburu tribe a clan of the Maasai. They play a major role as part of tourist attraction in the area due to their unique cultural experiences by tourist through traditional ceremonies, food, dances and sale of traditional crafts.

Major attractions
Its home to the big five
Elephant
Lion
Rhino
Leopard
Buffalo
Other animals of interest are:
Gerenuk
Reticulated Giraffe
Somali Ostrich
Gravy Zebra
Besia Oryx
Wild Dog- Endangered
Pun cake Tortoise - Endangered

The major Topographical features include
The spectacular great Rift valley
Lake lokipi hot spring the breeding site of flamingo and home to various reptiles.
Lake Turkana (known as the Jade sea)
Largest indigenous forest in Kenya is located here
The amazing escarpments - Lolokwe, Ndoto, Nyiro (Mathew ranges)
Waso Ngiro River meanders through the rugged landscape and provides the only source of water in Samburu national reserve and

Visitors may stay either in:
Lodges in SNR - Samburu Lodge (120beds), Samburu Heritage (54 beds), Larsen’s Luxurious tented camp (34 bed)
Campsite in SNR – There are public & private camps

Outside the Samburu Reserve there are other nearby facilities such as:
Maralal Safari Lodges
Yare Safari Lodge
Desert rose
Sarara camp
Kitich camp
Umoja campsite

Access is simple– by Air and Road
Through the Isiolo – Marsabit A2 main road
Nairobi to SNR 347 km
Maralal to SNR 222 km
The access infrastructure is fairly complete.
Good and controlled game drive road network in the reserve.