​User Reviews – Samburu NR

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

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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.

Ludoc007   –  
Malaysia MY
Visited: June 2016 Reviewed: Jul 1, 2016

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Small but very interesting birding and wildlife destination
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Wild life was plentiful and within easy reach . Birding was very good

Cookswell Jikos   –  
Kenya KE
Visited: April 2016 Reviewed: May 4, 2016

Email Cookswell Jikos  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

On of the best National Reserves in Kenya!
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One of the best places I have been in Kenya in 31 years of traveling around Kenya! The wildlife is prefuse and qutie friendly and accustomed to vehicles. The roads are fine as far as park roads go and the river is magnificent! We stayed at the nicest campsite under huge old acacia trees with a very helpful campsite attendant who much to our amazement was able to source cold beers and fresh bread and milk from out of thin air.

The drive to Samburu from Nairobi is an easy one, there is a very good cafe mid-way just before Nanyuki - One Stop Cafe opposite Barneys airfield. Camping and park fee's for what the experience is worth should be much higher as it is in almost all Kenyan parks.

If you want to see the South of the North of Kenya - Samburu is your park - if you dont like camping, Elephant Bedroom Camp is the best place to stay by a mile.

NSStone   –  
Australia AU
Visited: January 2016 Reviewed: Apr 3, 2016

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

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It was incredibly hot and dry when I visited, but what I saw made up for the weather. We spotted a leopard in tree and saw its mother bring back a kill. I stayed a Elephant Bedroom camp - simply stunning accommodation, great views and the odd elephant wandering through camp. Listening to lions at night right by camp was awesome.

Senthil   –  
Kenya KE
Visited: December 2015 Reviewed: Jan 3, 2016

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About wildlife I saw all the animals. I saw leopard which I never seen other parks. Different weather than nairobi. Food is very good. Stayed at umoja camp nice one. Peter who organised the safari. Very nice person. Thanks for Peter he done everything arranged good at samburu.

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