Samburu national park ecosystem comprises of a mixture of acacia, grassland vegetation, thorn trees and riverine forest. It’s a peaceful and serene park, attracting animals mainly because of the Ewaso Ng’iro River (meaning brown water) that runs across the park and empties into the renowned Lorian Swamp. Buffalo Springs National Reserve is right next to Samburu national reserve, on the other side of Ewaso Ng’iro River.
There are quite a number of attractions that you will encounter on a trip to Samburu Park. When inside the park there are two visible mountains: Ololokwe and Koitogor which make for a good photography experience for the photographic tourists. Many large game species famous in the plains of Northern Kenya are present here in abundance like the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk and oryx. In addition to the Cape buffalo, hippopotamus and elephant, the three big cats can also be spotted roaming the grassland vegetation, the lion, leopard and cheetah.
The reserve is home to some 450 bird species, among which 5 species are reported to be vulnerable: Yellow-billed Ox-pecker, Great Egret, African Darter, Martial Eagle and White-headed Vulture. An interesting activity tourists can indulge in aside from game viewing is hiking up the Koitogor hill which offers panoramic views of the reserve and one can also spot numerous primates.
Another rather intriguing activity is a visit to the local Samburu village where you can meet and learn about the Samburu community’s culture and lifestyle. The Samburu are a nomadic, herding tribe just like the Maasai and they are both related.