There are three reserves lying adjacent to each other, and are located in the hot, arid northern region of Kenya. The three reserves are in the beautiful and still unspoilt country of the Samburu people. Proud, happy, friendly, they defy the modern world to go about their traditional business and still cherish the customs and colourful ceremonies of their ancestors. Ewaso Nyiro River goes through the three reserves. In fact this river forms the boundary between Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves. Each reserve is run separately.
As the area is so arid, game is concentrated along the banks of the river, making game viewing particularly good. The reserves are within the land of Samburu cousins of the Masai and contain wildlife species rarely found elsewhere. These include what is called the “Samburu Five” – the Somali Ostrich, gerenuk, Beisa oryx, Grevy’s zebra and the reticulated giraffe. There are also large herds of elephant that sip or dip in Ewaso Nyiro River in the heat of day. Bird life: Marshal eagle, pygny falcon, blue-legged Somali ostrich, hornbill and Egyptian geese