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Samburu & Meru

About Samburu & Meru

To the north of Mount Kenya and Laikipia lies Samburu, an arid land of red soil, isolated hills and the muddy, palm fringed waters of the Ewaso Nyiro River.  With its contrasting scenery and different species such as reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra and the long necked gazelle the gerenuk, Samburu is the perfect place to combine with a southern park such as the Masai Mara.  The area is most well-known for its elephants that are the subject of a number of research studies and lion, leopard, buffalo and cheetah can also be seen.  As well as the Samburu National Reserve adjacent reserves include Shaba, home to Joy’s Camp and the Kalama conservancy where guests of Saruni Samburu can enjoy an exclusive safari away from other camps in the company of local Samburu guides.

To the east of Samburu, Meru National Park is famous as the place where the lioness Elsa of Born Free fame was released.  A contrast to Samburu, the park is criss-crossed by rivers with lush grasses, doum palms and dense forests of fig and mahogany trees.  There are very few camps here, the pick of them is the hilltop Elsa’s Kopje, so visitors can explore the park with relative exclusivity.  In addition to prolific birdlife, animals found in Meru include the northern specialities seen in Samburu as well as elephants, large herds of buffalo and, in a specially protected part of the reserve, rhinos are thriving. 

Experiences

  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Cultural visits
  • Fishing
  • Rhino tracking

Wildlife

  • The Samburu special five – reticulated giraffe
  • Grevy’s zebra
  • Somali ostrich
  • Gerenuk
  • Beisa oryx
  • Elephant
  • Rhino
  • Buffalo

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