During our stay in the Samburu Game Reserve we made three gamedrives early in the morning and late in the afternoon. In this arid area in the north of Kenya, water means life. So the waters of the Ewaso Nyiro river draw wildlife in great numbers to its banks.
Samburu National Reserve is visited by large herds of elephants. The Samburu region is the best place to find endemic species of the north, including the gerenuk, the giraffe, and zebra. The forests along the river banks are home to many birds, including local species of the vulture and the dove. These forests are also home to many leopards. Also lions are frequently seen on the riverbanks. The cheetah can be found on the open plains.
Archer Post is the village at the eastern side of the Samburu National Reserve. Not far west from this village we had our first camp on the northbank of the Ewaso Nyiro River.
We arrived late after a long route, coming from Marsabit in the north. We were tired and dirty after a long day and at arrival it was allready dark. So we had the feeling to be in the middle of nowhere.
We decided to return to the village in search for a dinner in one of the small local restaurants and do some shopping for the next days. Luckily we had our dinner and found enough bread and vegetables in three different small shops and streetstalls.
The next morning we saw how scenic our campsite at the riverbank and the area really was.....
The Samburu and Buffalo Game Reserves are along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River and cover an area of about 300 sq. KM. The river provides the central feature of the landscape.
The surrounding area is essentially a lava plain that features steep sided gullies and rounded hills. The vegetation comprises predominantly acacia woodland with bush, grass and scrubland.
Because of the dry country ecosystem around this area attracts large variations in the animal populations as they move in search of water and pasture.
Poaching has completely wiped out the rhino herds, but lion are often seen and large elephant herds. The range of species also includes reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra and Somali ostrich. The birdlife is diverse including marshal eagle, pygmy falcons, hornbills and Egyptian geese.
The Ewaso Nyiro River is not only the central feature of the landscape in the Samburu National Reserve, but also the lifeblood of the ecosystem.
Because of the dryness in this area the river attracts a lot of animals in search of water. Along the river you find riverine woodland with acacia and doum palm.
The huge elephant herds are responsible for the ruination of several parts of these riverside forests.
Do make a visit to the Samburu people, who live on the edges of the game reserve.
Yes, you have to pay, but it's worth it. I was so moved when the women sang me a welcome song. They also explain about the social hyrarchie, show you their house, visit the spear maker, ...
At the end of your visit, all the women show their goods on the 'market'.
Games drives, taking pictures, hair blowing in the African breeze, glass of wine at sunset, wake up call with a knock on the door, big breakfasts, dust on your skin, never wanting to leave...
Samburu GR has a wide variety of wildlife.
You'll see the usual impalas and gazelles, elephants, genets, giraffes, oryx, cheetahs and offcourse the Grevy-zebra.
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