In addition to the list of the top safari destinations in Kenya is the Samburu National Reserve. The reserve is situated at the southeastern corner of Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The name was derived from the Samburu people of Kenya who have lived in the area for many years. The Samburu National Reserve is on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River. It covers an area of 165 Km² and is located around 345Km from Nairobi. Large predators such as the Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah are main attractions in the reserve. The reserve is also home to other wildlife like the elephants, buffalo, and hippos. The game reserve is renowned for the abundance of its rare species. Some of the rare northern species which are found in the Samburu National Reserve are the Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy Zebra, Beisa Oryx, Somali Ostrich, and Gerenuk. There are also more than 900 elephants roaming around the safari’s plains, as well as wild dogs sightings. Aside from the numerous wildlife found in this game reserve, the park is also a bird haven. There are over 350 different species of birds in the reserve including marabous, vultures, kingfishers, bateleurs, guinea fowl and many others.
Visitors are guaranteed to see most animals during the dry season. This is because most animals converge at the Usaso Nyiro River. The river is their main source of water during the long dry weather. Nile crocodiles can also be seen swimming in the river, as well as the Elephants.