The Samburu National Reserve is a game reserve located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro river in Kenya. In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng'iro flows through palm groves and thick riverine forests. It provides water, without which the game in this arid region could not survive.The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the best-selling book and award-winning movie Born Free.
There is a wide variety of animals and birdlife seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several large game species common to Kenya's northern plains can be found in abundance here, including the following dry-country fauna: gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, oryx, and reticulated giraffe.
All three big cats, the lion, cheetah, and African leopard can also be found here, as well as the elephant, Cape buffalo, and hippopotamus.
There are over 350 species of birds. The Ewaso Ng'iro river contains large numbers of Nile crocodile basks. Since 2005, the protected area is considered part of a Lion Conservation Unit. The park has many tours which include overnight and multi-day tours as well as hiking trails.
The Elephant Watch Camp, of which Saba Douglas-Hamilton is director, lies within the park. The Samburu National Reserve is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting oryx calves. Samburu National Reserve can be entered via the Ngare Mare and Buffalo Springs gates. Once inside the reserve, there are two mountains visible: Koitogor and Ololokwe.
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