Further up North from the Rift Valley in the Northern Frontier District lies a trio of semi-contiguous reserves; Samburu National Park, Buffalo Springs National Park and Shaba National Park flank the Ewaso N’giro river which is Kenya’s second longest river which eventually flows into the Lorian swamp – oddly enough is situated in the Arid zone.
The NFD & surrounds are home to endemic mammal species such as the Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe, the endangered Grevy’s Zebra and a great region to see Oryx and Elephant. Large tracts of private concessions form an integral role in conserving many vulnerable species such as Rhino and the Grevy’s Zebra. The NFD is a great place to experience the interesting Samburu culture first hand.
This region along with nearby Meru National Parkgained international recognition through the conservation efforts of Joy & George Adamson with their rehabilitation of big cats; Joy Adamson wrote several books based in the region & the movie hit “Born Free” was also filmed here. Of late there has been ongoing research on a number of Elephant herds by world renowned Elephant authority Ian Douglas-Hamilton.
For the really adventurous at heart I would suggest a camel safari – which is a walking expedition through the region with Samburu tribesmen as bush interpreters and camels to carry the bedrolls and other necessities such as Gin & Tonics…