The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river and is part of the Rift Valley in Kenya. In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng’iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests that provide water without which the game in the reserve could not survive in the arid country.
Samburu Reserve is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting oryx calves.
This area is home to a wide variety of animal and bird life. Several species are considered unique to the region, including reticulated giraffe and the long-necked gerenuk. Lion, cheetah and leopard can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalos and hippos. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Grant’s Gazelle, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck, Grevy’s Zebra, and Beisa Oryx.
There are over 350 species of birds. These include Somali Ostrich, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Guinea fowl and Vultures. The Uaso Nyiro River contains large numbers of Nile crocodile.