The Samburu ecosystem comprise Samburu reserve, Shaba national reserve and Buffalo springs national reserve –with an altitude ranging between 800 to 1230 meters above sea level. Driving time is approximately 5 hours from Nairobi. The three parks offer a unique experience from the rest of the destinations in Kenya with the ‘Samburu special five’ of Beisa Oryx, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and Grevy’s zebra – all exclusively found to the north of Kenya. Large elephant herds, lions, cheetah and the elusive leopard are frequently sighted. In the recent past there has been sightings of the rare wild dogs as well. Over 450 bird species has been recorded here. The seasonal Ewaso Ngiro river is critical to the existence of the three reserves with both wildlife and the local human population depending on it’s flow, for water. The unique doum palms dot the river banks. While staying at Samburu, a visit to an indigenous Samburu village or a hike to the distinct Mount Ololokwe is recommended. A day trip to Reteti Elephant sanctuary can be arranged. Samburu is serviced by daily scheduled flights from Nairobi and as well as daily scheduled flights to Masai Mara. Charter flights and helicopter flights can be arranged on request.