Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
The Samburu National Reserve is situated in the hot arid northern region of Kenya, 325 kilometres (202 miles) from Nairobi and 90 kilometres (56 miles) north of Mount Kenya. The park covers an area of 165 square kilometres.
The Ewaso Ngiro River, which rises in the Aberdares runs through the park resulting in a permanent water source. While the wildlife experience in Samburu is not as exciting as many of the southern parks, Samburu's scenic beauty more than makes up for this. Due to the constant abundance of water the banks of the river are lined with rich riverine woodland vegetation. Acacia woodland with bushland, grassland and scrubland all occur in this region.
The Samburu National Reserve is home to a number of animal species rarely found elsewhere. Among these are the Grevy's zebra, reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx, all of which are only found north of the equator. Samburu's birdlife is diverse and prolific. Crocodiles occur in abundance and can be seen at virtually every bend on the Ewaso Ngiro River's sand banks. Further downstream where permanent pools have formed, hippo's are a common sight. Elephants roam the scrubland regions and seek solace in the shallow waters of the Ewaso Ngiro. Due to poaching, Rhino sadly no longer occurs in Samburu.