Luxury safari Samburu, Kenya - private safari package

Proud Samburu warrior enjoying the spectacular views at Saruni Samburu


Top reasons to choose a Samburu luxury safari

Samburu Special Five - unique rare northern specialist species

Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, somali ostrich, generuk. The Samburu Special 5 occur besides the more usual species also found elsewhere in Kenya. 

Proud Samburu professional guides

Your qualified professional safari guide is a proud member of the Samburu community who shares his authentic and intimate local knowledge of the land, its wildlife and people with you. The Samburu take great pride in their distinctive appearance, and the guides adorn themselves, often lavishly, with brightly colored beads, feathers and copper. 

Abundant wildlife along the Ewaso Nyiro river

This river is the lifeblood of Samburu land and the riverine forests attract plenty of free ranging wildlife from the surrounding savanna plains and support diverse wildlife populations, including giant herds of elephants and over 450 bird species.

Good predator sightings

Samburu is known for large predators such as lion and cheetah. Leopard that are often seen lying on rocky outcrops. Packs of the endangered African wild dog often traverse the plains. 

One of the most exciting wildlife regions in Kenya

Your activities could include game drives and night drives, guided bush walks, visits to local caves, cultural village (manyatta) visits and interaction with the proud Samburu tribes in an unspoiled and non-commercialized way, and even camel excursions or fly camping. Samburu luxury lodges offer massages, private plunge pools, child-friendly family activities, intimate romantic honeymoon options, nature picnics and bush dinners with firelight and Samburu dancers.

Unique ecosystem for a pure and wild safari adventure

The Samburu ecosystem includes the Samburu National Reserve (also sometimes referred to as the Samburu National Park), Buffalo Springs National Park, and surrounding private wildlife sanctuaries on Samburu tribal lands such as Kalama Conservancy and West Gate Community Conservancy. These private reserves offer sublime and exclusive luxury Samburu safari accommodation in an otherwise rugged and remote semi-arid country.

Ancient traditions and customs of a culturally authentic ethnic group

By resolutely clinging to their ancient beliefs, traditions, customs and values the Samburu have remained one of the few culturally authentic ethnic groups in Africa. At the same time, many are committed Christians. The Samburu tribes have a strong oral tradition, passing down their history and customs through stories and riddles that instill respect for the land, the animals and their elders. These fascinating tales are told to the children of the tribes around crackling fires inside the manyattas, or under moonlit skies on the arid plains around the villages.

Being a nomadic pastoral group, the Samburu people roam from one part of their territory to another in resonance with the rainfall and in search of water and fresh pasture for their cattle, goats, sheep, and in the more arid parts, also camels. Their normal diet consists of milk and meat from their livestock, and some vegetables. They are a vibrant and colorful people, culturally related to the Maasai, with a rich and picturesque heritage of artful bead work, song and dance. The local craft in Samburu land are mostly made from wood, animal skins, bones, horns, reeds and beads. Women craft calabashes, clay pots, bead work and clothing, while the men make spears, clubs, swords, shields and wooden bells for their domestic livestock. 

Our preferred Samburu luxury accommodation

On request your personal safari itinerary could include alternative Samburu camps or lodges.

Make a difference in an African community - book a Samburu luxury safari

Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in Kalama Conservancy, and the sole source of income for the communities found in the area. Saruni Samburu provides jobs, income, training and guidance to the local Samburu people. Tourism directly supports conservation – by visiting Saruni Samburu, you are directly giving back to the community who protects this beautiful land, improving their quality of life, while at the same time encouraging continued conservation of the area. Saruni Samburu is part of Pack for a Purpose. More substantial donations can be channeled and monitored through the Saruni Communities Trust (SaCoT) which distributes scholarships, helps families with special needs, identifies suppliers with community business background, support local charities, local schools and provides emergency assistance for people affected by calamities. Sasaab is located in the West Gate Community Conservancy where tourism is the main source of income. When staying at this lodge, a percentage of your conservation and park fees go to this community, benefitting over 600 local families.

Support conservation efforts in Samburu

The Samburu is a very intelligent and sensitive people and are regarded as pioneers of eco-tourism in Kenya. The Kalama community where Saruni Samburu is situated, understands the importance of the continued and sustainable protection of their wildlife sanctuary. Saruni Samburu and Kalamu are part of the Northern Rangelands Trust, an organisation that is widely seen as a model of how to support community conservancies. Sasaab is partnered with the Kenya Wildlife Trust, an organisation that focuses on predator conservation, community projects which reinforce conservation values, and wildlife education to ensure the future conservation of Kenya’s wildlife.

Best time of year for a luxury safari in Samburu

Samburu is great for safaris year-round. Temperatures range between an average minimum of 20˚C and an average maximum of 33˚C. The coolest months are from June to September and the hottest months are from December to March. Samburu land is one of the driest areas in Kenya. Long rains are expected in early April to the end of May and short rains from mid October to mid December. Dry conditions usually prevail from June to early October and from January to March. But the rainfall pattern is unpredictable and at times the area receives no rain in a whole year. 

Contact us for a personalized African luxury safari itinerary that includes Samburu

We create a private luxury African safari package, tailor-made to suit your own specific profile and requirements. We recommend to combine your luxury Samburu safari with other luxury lodges and  safari camps in Kenya or elsewhere in East Africa. On request your luxury Samburu safari can also be combined with luxury safari camps and lodges in Southern Africa, but this will involve more travelling.

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