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The essential and unpredictable waters of the Ewaso Ng’iro provide water to Samburu’s seminomadic tribes, their livestock, and its fascinating wildlife. This river carves through this scrub desert of dry savanna plains, thorny acacia trees, and tanned rocky hills. Its banks offer amazing vantage points to see wildlife drink from the water’s edge and to watch Samburu’s spectacular birds.

Striking beiges, burnt yellows, soft greens, bronze browns, and dusty oranges decorate this harsh but picturesque landscape. This muted backdrop contrasts the vibrant colors and contagious energy of proud Samburu people. Decorated with traditional bright beads and attire, Samburu people live in this harsh area and remain strongly connected to their traditions, culture, and environment. Their resilient, creative spirit plays an important role in wildlife conservation and ecotourism in Kenya. They are transforming their large ranches owned by community groups into ecotourism destinations, creating an income for the local community and a protected refuge for wildlife. Samburu guides and spotters are excited ambassadors for their communities, proud to teach and share in the discovery of this unforgettable place.


Kenya’s equatorial location creates little change between the seasons, and overall its temperatures remain fairly steady throughout the year. Samburu’s desert-like climate experiences higher daytime temperatures than the rest of the country, with cool evenings. Although there is some variability in the rains, Kenya typically experiences two rainy seasons throughout the year. The long rains typically last from April to May and fall as heavy rain showers. The short rains typically occur in November as intermittent, scattered showers.

HIGH (F°) 92° 94° 94° 92° 90° 90° 88° 88° 92° 94° 88° 90°
LOW (F°) 62° 64° 66° 68° 66° 64° 62° 62° 64° 66° 66° 64°
RAINFALL (mm) 36 36 93 279 135 10 5 7 10 162 230 82


Like its landscape, the wildlife in Samburu is raw, breathtaking, and captivating. Samburu’s unique beauty is reflected in the electric blue feathers on the vulturine guinea fowl, the stretched limbs of the gerenuk antelope, and the rounded ears of the Grévy’s zebra. Massive breeding herds of elephants and mighty tuskers swim and drink in the river as they meander through this arid landscape. Samburu’s minimal grass cover also makes for spectacular predator sightings. Previously diminished by poaching, poisoning, and habitat loss, populations of lions, leopards, cheetahs, and wild dogs have bounced back. This area’s highly adapted predators camouflage perfectly with this arid landscape and use it to their advantage while lurking along the Samburu’s lifeblood, the Ewaso River.

  • Explore the diverse wildlife and landscapes of this unique region from a 4x4 vehicle. Keep an eye out for Samburu’s “Special Five”—the reticulated giraffe, Grévy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, and fringe-eared oryx.

  • Hike to your campsite set in a remote corner of Samburu’s bush. Spend a night under Samburu’s starlit skies. After sharing stories around the campfire, retire to your guarded mesh tent and take in the incredible African night sky.

  • Learn about the rich culture of the Samburu people from your local guide and spotter, who are proud ambassadors of this special region.

  • Get involved in local conservation projects and learn about the Warrior Watch program started by Ewaso Lions in 2010. This program is the first in northern Kenya to involve warriors in wildlife conservation by engaging Samburu warriors to promote human-predator coexistence and reduce human-wildlife conflict.