[words and photograph © Mark Eveleigh] Samburu is often considered to be a poor substitute to the more famous parks of southern Kenya. This is not a realistic outlook.
Not only does this great Northern Frontier District wilderness manage to avoid the crowds and tour buses of the south but it’s also extremely rich in wildlife (and some would say that it is even more spectacular as predator territory). I stayed for 10 days in Samburu area but in the course of just two memorable days I saw five lion, two different leopards and a pack of 13 wild dogs.
The ‘Samburu Special 5’ (Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk) can be an exciting alternative wish-list to the more hackneyed Big 5 and if you get a chance to visit a traditional Samburu manyatta you’ll find that these tough desert pastoralists have a unique culture that is actually far removed from the traditions of their more integrated Maasai cousins.