​User Reviews – Samburu NR

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Luanne   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2018 Reviewed: Nov 1, 2018

Email Luanne  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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This was the first park we encountered on the road and it was so exciting to see giraffes all taking a drink in the river, elephants munching on leaves, zebras and crocodiles along the shore by our hotel.

Claudia   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2018 Reviewed: Oct 1, 2018

Email Claudia  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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This was our first park and we saw so many animals. (I didn't even know there were different kinds of zebras.) Our game lodge was on the river so we could watch the crocodiles, elephants and birds hanging out and fishing. This was my second favorite park because of the number of animals.

Dan   –  
United States US
Visited: July 2018 Reviewed: Aug 12, 2018

Email Dan  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Samburu was such a different place than the other parks in Kenya. It is warmer here but the wildlife was incredible there is quite a variety of wildlife. It was a unique experience. The birding was good but there are better places-- Lake Nakuru. The Samburu tribesmen were very interesting to see. The park is very nice and we would return here in the future.

TR   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2018 Reviewed: Aug 11, 2018

Email TR  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Easy access to animals. Only place we saw Leopard, narrow stripe Zebra and Riticulated and Rothchild Giraffe

Gillian Ashworth & Hugh Epsom   –  
Spain ES
Visited: July 2018 Reviewed: Jul 27, 2018

Email Gillian Ashworth & Hugh Epsom

Another excellent safari in a new [to me] park
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Elephant Bedroom lived up to its name as ele's munched outside our tent. Also saw herds of 25 and 60+ ele's which, after sniffing us, walked calmly past. About 50 walked past each lunchtime on the other side of the river. Leopard in a tree was a plus, but pity we missed the cheetah. Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffes, large herds of oryx, rare Somali ostrich, usual gazelles including dik dik, plus gerenuk, warthogs etc. and plenty of birds, too. The well-appointed tents were very comfortable, gourmet food, staff friendly and our driver, Julius, was excellent, managing to find a lioness and three cubs before anyone else did! The only negative: the weather was cooler than expected/usual with a pesky strong wind.

Debra   –  
Canada CA
Visited: February 2018 Reviewed: May 11, 2018

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Samburu lived up to & exceeded all of my expectations
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I visited Samburu National Reserve in the last week of February 2018. The weather was beautiful everyday. I stayed at Larsens Tent Camp which was a wonderful 5 star experience with exceptional service & food.
The very first day we arrived at Samburu we saw most of the wildlife we hadn't seen elsewhere, such as Greater Kudu, Somali Ostrich, Gunther's Dikdik, Beisa Oryx, Vulturine Guineafowl, Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated & Rothschild Giraffes as well as many different bird species and a special highlight was seeing a Striped Hyena, as well as seeing the usual, most still fantastic wildlife Samburu has to offer.
Our guides supplied by Rhino Safaris through Cheesemans' Ecological Safaris were outstanding. They were extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful and great drivers.
I would highly recommend Samburu National Reserve to anyone interested in going on a safari in Kenya and I would love to go back one day myself!

Mr Alun Pritchard   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: February 2018 Reviewed: Mar 19, 2018

Email Mr Alun Pritchard  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

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A rugged beauty - a sense of the wild.

Em   –  
Australia AU
Visited: September 2017 Reviewed: Sep 29, 2017

Email Em  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Great diversity of wildlife and ecosystems. Could have spent longer than our 2 days here. So much to see.

Lynn   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: January 2014 Reviewed: Nov 22, 2016

Email Lynn  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Just that bit different and special.
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We are travelling back to Samburu in January 2016, for our 7th visit, which has to say something about the reserve. We have spent time in the Masai Mara, Nakuru, Amboseli, Tsavo all of which are beautiful and have been privileged to witness some amazing game viewing, but for me Samburu has a special place in my heart and I feel as if I am 'home'. It probably has a lot to do with the number of elephants and the close encounters we have experienced in their company, but Samburu is special and totally different to all the other reserves, mentioned above, that we have visited.

Gavin Rowley   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: September 2016 Reviewed: Oct 2, 2016

Email Gavin Rowley  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Unforgettable experience
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Congratulations has to be given to my guide, Steven from Rhino Safari, he was very knowledgable, helpful, accommodating and took care of us. I wanted to see a Leopard and he delivered! He went above and beyond my expectations.

Samburu was, in my opinion, the ultimate all round intimate safari experience. For example staying near the river, the game drives in Buffalo Springs. I preferred Samburu to the Masai Mara as it was more personal towards the animals.

The food was excellent, I actually returned from Safari heavier! The local people cannot do enough for you.

Overall I would highly recommend going to Kenya and in particular Samburu. Africa is a beautiful country with beautiful wildlife and people. I feel very fortunate to have experienced this in my lifetime.

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