​User Reviews – Samburu NR

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Le Caylar   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: December 2010 Reviewed: Apr 16, 2012

Varied, remote country from rugged hills via dusty slopes down to the river. Flora & fauna to match.
Overall rating
5/5

Samburu has varied country from the rocky hills, through the dry and dusty slopes down to the Ewaso Ng'iro river. The fauna and flora were equally varied but there was evidence of stress from the changing climate. Samburu had suffered from drought and then, around the river, serious floods.
Our trip was just off-season so the park had few vehicles and the lodge had few guests. We saw big game (lion, cheetah, elephant etc) and numerous smaller animals. Although some trees had died, there were signs of recovery and those in flower were beautiful. The clear air meant it was easy to see birds.
The park is remote, from an outsider's point of view. We reached it by plane from Nairobi Wilson to Samburu airport and were picked up by a Samburu Lodge vehicle. So the first game drive was on the way to the Lodge! The guide was excellent. Later, we witnessed the aftermath of a kill, returning several times to see the animals and birds that turned up at different times.
The accommodation was excellent; food and service couldn't be faulted.

michi_z   –  
Germany DE
Visited: November 2009 Reviewed: Apr 15, 2012

Email michi_z  |  35-50 years of age

Hidden Secret
Overall rating
5/5

Samburu and ist sister Buffalo Springs are bit off the big tourist stream.
Maybe they a bit far in the north or the klimate is considered as too hot. I do not know.
There are a number of good reasons to stay there for some days just discovering and ejoying nature.
Both parks are divided by the Ewaso Ngiro river which is the only contant source of water in this dry area. Just spot a long the river a wait till the animals are coming for drink or bath. The elephants aren't shy and from a certain distance their interesting social behaviour can be observated. Further, the beauty retuculated giraffe, beisa oryx antelopes, the blue leged somali ostrich, the big grevy zebra and the gerenuk (long necke iraffe antelope) can be seen, but not to be found in the southern more popular parks. Samburu is a good place for spotting leopards (7 times in 4 days including a mother with a cub). Also Lions are in area. Further wildlife is al around just stop, be quiet, take time and enjoy.
Ony a few lodges and camps can be found in Samburu. It appears as a bit a remote place.
I am looking for wildlife and not so much interested in stars or whatever ratings of the lodges. There might be more exclusive and luxurious places.
The park is operated by the local Samburu community and was in 2009 in a good shape. Unlike other parks, no cattle was found grazing within the park. The staff was always friendly and helpful.

Barbara And Doug   –  
United States US
Visited: October 2019 Reviewed: Jan 1, 2020

Email Barbara And Doug  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Overall rating
5/5

Beautiful wildlife, some rare species that can’t be seen in other parks.

Lee Cooper   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: August 2019 Reviewed: Sep 10, 2019

Email Lee Cooper  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Overall rating
5/5

Fantastic variety of animals and scenery

Yu Luduo   –  
China CN
Visited: August 2019 Reviewed: Sep 6, 2019

Email Yu Luduo  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Overall rating
5/5

It is really good place to see animals,I saw the lions hunting in that morning.and the species of Samburu are special

Michael   –  
United States US
Visited: May 2019 Reviewed: Aug 3, 2019

Email Michael  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Overall rating
5/5

The bush vibe in Samburu was exceptional. It was really hot (almost too hot) but we still got to see an impressive array of animals, including the leopard, cheetah and lion. The hotel was beautiful and we really liked that we could see elephants drinking water by the river without having to leave our room! Spotting animals was pretty easy since there wasn't thick bush all around, and the scenery with the mountains in the distance, made for some very Mars-like impressions. We were really glad that we stayed here for two nights - loved Samburu!

Linda   –  
China CN
Visited: June 2019 Reviewed: Jun 28, 2019

Email Linda  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Overall rating
5/5

birds and other animals productive ,similar as Massi Mara,but there are birds special.

Ankit Desai   –  
India IN
Visited: September 2015 Reviewed: Mar 25, 2019

Email Ankit Desai  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Overall rating
5/5

Different world! Variety and River view is excellent.

Veronica Alvarado   –  
Mexico MX
Visited: February 2019 Reviewed: Mar 23, 2019

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

Overall rating
5/5

It was a little dry, but we know it was because of the time of the year, but it´ is great to see animals in diferent scenics.

Nicholas You   –  
Kenya KE
Visited: February 2019 Reviewed: Feb 9, 2019

Email Nicholas You  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Overall rating
5/5

Much less crowded than Masai Mara.

Average User Rating

  • 4.8/5
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