Did you read the first article about the North? We called it The Northern Treasures. We recommend you should check it out, just to get you excite and have your wanderlust spirits excited. We got to give a taste of how the North of Kenya ha more to offer than any of us imagine. We promised a few more information of that side of Mt Kenya, and we always keep our word.

So, Samburu & Bufallo Spring National Reserves…


  • Altitude 2,500 – 4,000ft.
  • Area Samburu 104 sq. ft. kms.
  • Area Buffalo Spring 131 sq. kms.
  • Distance from Nairobi 343 kms.
  • Two airstrips
  • Opened 1985
  • Scenic Beauty, Rivers & Forest
  • Leopard, Hippo, Elephant, Lion
  • Permanent Springs
  • Rich Cultural Inheritance

The Samburu Landscape

All these reserves offer unique vistas of rounded and rugged hills and undulating plains. The mix of wood and grassland with riverine forest and swamp is home to a wide variety of animal and birdlife, buffalo springs records over 365 species of bird. Game includes Reticulated giraffes, grevy’s zebras, elephants, oryx, Somali ostrich, hippos, crocodiles, gerenuk, buffaloes, lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. SHABA NATIONAL RESERVE is home to Joy Adamson’s Monument. It is notable for its hot springs. Samburu and buffalo springs, in particular, are popular tourist routes. There are three lodges in Samburu (total 270 beds), and one in Shaba with 178 beds and one tented lodge with 34 beds. There are a number of special campsites in each Park, favoured by the mobile tented safari operators. They have to be pre-booked. Shaba also has an airstrip.

Map of the area around Samburu National Reserve

MARALAL and LAIKIPIA GAME SANCTUARIES are also located in this area and can be visited by arrangement. Laikipia Plateau Reserve was opened in October 1991. It is north-east of Laikipia District, and borders Isiolo District. To the west is the Mkogodo Forest Reserve, a belt of riverine forests along the Ngare Ndare River. It is the home of a small unique ethnic group known as the Laikipia Maasai.

Samburu Saruni Lodge | Photo courtesy of 

The landscape is rich and varied. There are elephants, elands, buffaloes, grevy’s zebras, bushbucks, and cats (cheetah, leopard and lion). It is good for birdwatching. It is a little known area which is ideal for the intrepid traveller. No accommodation is available in the area.

A Samburu man looking to the Samburu National Reserve landscape | Photo Courtesy of

The Samburu Local Council has provided more information on this area.



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