Samburu & Meru

Why Visit Samburu & Meru

  • A dramatic landscape of semi-arid desert, lush springs and sacred mountains
  • Walking safaris reveal with Samburu warriors, reveals a rich cultural heritage
  • Desert adapted rare species including gerenuk, Beisa Oryx and Somali ostrich
  • One of the best places in Kenya for good sightings of black and white Rhino

 

A Little More about Samburu & Meru

The Samburu eco-system lies north of Mt Kenya and the Laikipia plateau, characterised by semi-arid desert and dramatic landscapes softened by lush springs, doum palms and is characterised as much but its colourful communities as much its wildlife and scenery. This is a region of big skies and jagged peaks and where the Ewaso Nyiro River flows, giving a life-force to this northern area and sustaining excellent plains game and predators, but most noticeable are the rare species, specially adapted to this harsh landscape. Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx and Somali ostrich mingle with the big cats and enormous herds of elephants.

A real highlight of your time here is enjoying walking safaris and game drives in the shadow of sacred mountains, worshipped by the colourful Samburu tribes, whose decorative beadwork puts their southern cousins to shame. Their humour and deep love of the region gives the region a personality all of its own.

To the south of Samburu is Meru National Park, made famous by the pioneering work of Joy and George Adamson and now ranks as one of the most rewarding and most overlooked park in the country. The big 5 are all found here in an area that is fed by a series of 13 streams, so a beautiful mix of grassland, woodland and uncrowded wilderness hide a handful of excellent lodges providing exceptional game viewing in a refreshingly wild environment.  

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