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Samburu National Reserve

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Samburu National Reserve

Rugged and remote, these wildlife reserves lie within the fascinating semi-desert area of Kenya's Northern Frontier District. The Samburu National Reserve - a lava plain with steep-sided gullies and rounded hills - is physically dramatic with the great Ololokwe table mountain in the background. The central feature of the reserve is the winding and looping Ewaso Nyiro river. On either side of the river, a green ribbon presents a gallery of forest acacia, doum palm and Tamarind, which act as host to a multitude of birdlife. Some of Kenya's rarer species like the long-necked gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa Oryx and blue-shanked Somali ostrich can be seen here. The Buffalo Springs Reserve butts onto Samburu in the south and is more or less an extension the same kind of environment. However, as the name implies, the major source of relief in this reserve is an outflow of clear spring water which attracts migrant game and predators from miles around. This reserve is bounded in the north by the Ewaso Nyiro which doesn't reach the sea but buries itself into the Lorien Swamp to the east.

Your Choices of Accommodation in the Samburu National Reserve

As with all El Moran Safaris, we offer a wide range of choices in accommodation for the Samburu National Reserve.

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Ashnil Samburu

Ashnil Samburu Camp sits in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve which takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the western end of the reserve. It is separated from Samburu National Reserve by Ewaso Nyiro River and is less hilly and dense yet equally very attractive.
There are a total number of 24 deluxe en-suite tents, 12 with King or Queen sized beds, 9 with twin beds and 3 with triple beds. Each of the exclusive comfortable deluxe tents gives perfect view of the Ewaso Nyiro River, surrounding beautiful landscape and all lives this brown river supports. Every spacious tent consists of a dressing area, sitting area, luggage rack and en-suite facilities to provide a memorable stay close to nature.
The main guest area, shaded by a canopy of acacia trees consists of the reception, lounge area, dining area, bar and veranda deck with a view of the river.
Other facilities include, Restaurant, Lounge Bar, Conferencing Facilities, Souvenier Shop, Swimming Pool, Clinic/Dispensary.


Samburu Serena

The Samburu Serena Safari Lodge is set in a landscape of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers. This refreshingly rustic lodge is renowned for the timeless beauty of its landscape and the serene tranquillity of its setting. Nestled amidst the acacia groves that border the crocodile-filled reaches of the Uaso Nyiro River, the Samburu Serena Lodge stands centre-stage to miles of lion-stalked grasslands, elephant-studded plains and wildlife-teeming bush. It is also ideally placed for visits to the neighbouring parks of Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserve.
The Rooms - Each room is accommodated in a prettily shingled timber cottage with its own blossomed veranda looking out over the river. The de'cor melds world-class luxury with quintessential Africa and features a tranquil blend of traditional safari colours, draped nets, soft lamps and stunning Samburu art.
The Dining - The breeze-cooled bar and dining area overlooks the flood-lit expanses of the river and game viewing arena where lumbering herds of elephant gather nightly and shy leopards are lured to the forked branch of an acacia tree where a haunch of meat has been laid out for them. Menus are styled to feature traditional bush barbecues, spicy ethnic cuisine, internationally-themed dishes and a broad selection of hearty safari favourites.


Sarova Shaba

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge offers a unique experience that extends beyond game drives in the reserve. The lodge has a plethora of activities to indulge in, from bird watching to camel safaris, the viewing deck along the river and feeding and watching crocodiles, making it a destination in itself.
On August 26, 2011, Sarova Shaba Game Lodge became the first game lodge within Shaba, Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves to be connected to the national electricity grid. Sarova Shaba Game Lodge previously ran on a diesel-powered generator.
Luxurious Sarova Shaba Game Lodge set in the Kenyan semi-arid north, offers 94 modern rooms in chalet style with a private views of the wildlife-rich banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Each room overlooks the river where the elephants sometimes make an appearance or the crocodiles come out to lounge by the river's banks.
All chalet style rooms and suites at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge have: private balconies with close views of the river and game park, ensuite bathrooms with permanent showers and WC, running hot and cold water, razor outlets with 220 and 240 volts, beds with mosquito nets and duvets, overhead fans, tea and coffee making facilities.
The eighty chalet style rooms are across two storeys, four rooms to a block and are designed to incorporate intricate detail, offering amazing views of the Ewaso Nyiro River and the numerous live springs that run across the lodge. The ground floor rooms are suitable for persons with limited mobility.


Samburu Lodge

Within the Samburu National Reserve, a unique area with its own unusual wildlife and rugged landscape.
Enjoy excellent cooking from a dedicated team of chefs accompanied by the thrilling sounds of the bush in the lovely open-sided dining room, with views across the river, or relax in the famous Crocodile Bar, where you can make eye contact with these fabulous beasts while sipping an excellent cocktail. At night you can watch wildlife videos here under the stars. The Crocodile Lounge is open from 6am, ensuring there's always somewhere welcoming to relax. There's plenty to do between game drives - catch daily displays of Samburu dancing in the lodge arena, relax in the swimming pool or wait for night time to watch the leopards and crocs that live near the lodge.
Each of the 61 rooms is entirely unique, a mixture of cottages and traditional bandas set up and down the banks of the river and bearing a variety of sensitive de'cor styles. Each has a bathroom, and some have private terraces overlooking the river.