Samburu National Reserve Special Five

Samburu National Reserve special five are animals unique to this conservation area. They are way cooler than the big five. And a special gem for the North.

Samburu National reserve is located in the north side of Kenya. It’s in the Samburu county and managed by the county government. Elsa the lioness was raised in this reserve by George and Joy Adamson. You can read more about their journey in the book “Born Free”.

Its one of the famous reserves that found their way into conservationist heart and success stories. Having Uaso Nyiro River cut across it, a huge wildlife population found their way into this park. The reserve is found within a savanna grassland area which experiences seasonal droughts once in a while. The area can be really dry but the river refuges in such times.

Samburu community surrounds the park. They have been able to positively deal with the frequent human-wildlife conflicts. As we all know most of the Kenyan wildlife live outside the protected areas. Nature conservancy and conservation bodies have made this possible. They have provided knowledge and alternatives to promote  humans and wildlife relations. The locals are now actively protecting the wildlife from the bad guys, poachers.

Samburu can be very hot during the day but the nights are cool. The locals are friendly and easy to mingle with. They are generous enough to teach and allow you enjoy some of their cultural events. They will teach you how to jump very high, apply your hair the red soil if you allow them, give you their delicious meals, among others. If you would like to enjoy all these, park your things and head there.

Back to our special five. These wildlife are rare and unique to this reserve hence the name.

They include:

  1. Reticulated giraffe
  2. Gerenuk
  3. Grevy zebra
  4. Oryx
  5. Somali Ostrich

    Reticulated giraffe

    Reticulated giraffe

    The giraffes with a coat that has a pattern of sharp edges that allows very thin lines in between them. It’s like lines made using a ruler. You can read more about them here.

    They are widely distributed in the northern Kenya, Samburu national reserve. Hence easily spotted during your game drive.

    Gerenuk

    Female Gerenuk

    Read the full article here.

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