Samburu & Buffalo Springs National Reserves
Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves are located in a semi-arid area between Mount Kenya and the arid Lake Turkana region in Northern Kenya. Like Rose, Chloe and Thabiti we have driven around the dry plains with swaying grasses, looking for wildlife.
Dominating the Samburu landscape is the knife-like Koitogor, a central feature that appears to transform from escarpment to pyramid and back again as you drive around it. Almost due north of Koitogor, about 20km away, stands the impressive of Ol Olokwe, a huge slab of a mountain.
Samburu National Reserve is peaceful and attracts animals because of the Ewaso Nyiro River, (meaning “brown water”) that flows through it. The river is dependant upon rain from Mount Kenya and in the dry season is reduced to a trickle. Elephants are frequently seen drinking from it.
Traditional Samburu tribal dancing does take place at some of the lodges and hotels in the area.
The Grevy’s zebra has seen it’s numbers plummet as a result of hunting, drought, disease, interbreeding with Burchell’ zebra and loss of habitat.
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