3 Days Kenya Safari to Samburu National Park and Cultural Tour of the Samburu people starts from the southern corner of the Samburu district, the rift valley. It lies in the semi-desert Samburu National Reserve, named after the Samburu people who have lived in the area for many years. The word Samburu comes from the Maasai word sambur, which is a traditional leather bag for carrying honey and milk. Amidst the park flows the life-giving Ewaso Ng’iro River.
Parks in This Trip
Samburu National Reserve
It derives its name from a local language – and it means brown or muddy water, this river attracts a large population of Kenyan animals to the reserve. The unfenced park is relatively small in size compared to other Kenyan parks such as Tsavo and Masai Mara.

Travel Highlights

Day 1: Transfer and afternoon game drive.
Day 2: Morning game drive and Samburu village tour.
Day 3: Transfer to Nairobi.

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Detailed Itinerary

Your adventure begins right from the moment you leave your hotel after breakfast has been served at 8:30 am. You have a 2 hours’ drive to the first stop at Karatina open Market. This stop brings you to face to face with East Africa’s largest open-air retail outlet which is majorly known for a variety of goods, ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables, Kiondos, (baskets made from sisal), all types of cereals, and many other market goods with stalls that can hold up to 3,000 traders.
You will spend 30 minutes at this stop to get a feel of the local market activities before embarking on a 1-hour drive to Nanyuki town for Lunch at Ibis Hotel. Thereafter, you will yet have another 1-hour drive to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
This is the home to amazing wildlife where a 2-hour game drive will give you an opportunity to see the Rhinos, Gravy’s zebras, elephants, and many other animals. You will then switch to and half hours’ drive to Samburu National Reserve, reaching in time for you to check-in, dinner, and overnight stay as you prepare for more adventures the following day.
Accommodation: Luxury: Samburu Game Lodge., Midrange: Ashnil Samburu Camp., Budget: Samburu Riverside Camp
Your day starts with early breakfast at the camp, at exactly 7:00 am, you will leave for an extensive game drive in the reserve. The park exploration will bring you closer to the wildlife including leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetahs, antelopes, etc. Samburu’s diverse wildlife tend to cluster close together near the life-giving Ewaso Ng’iro river which meanders through the reserve, leaving a trail of lush pastures for the reserve’s thousands of wild game species.
After 3-hour game drive, you will head back to your camp for a snack and thereafter a Kenya cultural safari experience at Samburu village where you will interact with and learn about the fascinating local people in this area. The cattle, goat and camel-herding Samburu people are closely related to the Masai and they also wear similar traditional dress of blankets and beads and maintain a very similar lifestyle.
You will discover more about their nomadic way of life, and participate in the numerous activities that define a typical Samburu homestead. These include goading cattle into pens, making traditional ornaments and milking goats. All these are worth noting and appreciating different life styles of different communities.
The activities at this stop last for 2 hours, after which you will return to the camp in time for your dinner and overnight stay.
Accommodation: Luxury: Samburu Game Lodge., Midrange: Ashnil Samburu Camp., Budget: Samburu Riverside Camp
On your last day, you will have breakfast at the camp and prepare for your departure at 8:30 am by road en route to Nairobi.
You will branch off at Nanyuki sports club for lunch and thereafter drive to Nairobi for overnight stay at your hotel or airport as you wait for your departure flight.
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Indeed the Grevy’s Zebra holds a special place in wider local culture as a symbol of both peace and beauty, but also as its braying acts as both an alarm clock. Visit a traditional Samburu tribal village in Kenya while on an african safari, during which you get to see how the Samburu tribe live in their villages.