Three Day Samburu Special Five Safari

Three Day Samburu Special Five Safari

Short Overview

An often overlooked gem, Samburu Game Reserve in northern Kenya offers a truly unique safari experience. Not only is the park home to iconic animals such as elephants, lions, and leopards, but it's also home to the Samburu Special Five - a quintet of five animals found nowhere else in Kenya.

A unique itinerary that can be done as either a drive safari or a fly-in safari, our Samburu Special Five safari gives you the opportunity to spot both the Big Five and the park's 'Special Five' - reticulated giraffes, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, besia oryx, and the Grevy's zebra.

A fly-in safari cuts the lengthy drive out of the equation, allowing you maximum time inside the reserve to look for both the Big Five and the Special Five.

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Details of Three Day Samburu Special Five Safari

This safari can be done as either a driving safari departing from Nairobi in a safari car, or as a fly-in safari to maximize your time in the park.


You'll be picked up from your hotel or the airport.

If you're driving, you'll set off for Samburu Game Reserve. If you're flying, you'll be taken to Wilson Airport to board your light aircraft for the flight north to Samburu Game Reserve.

Upon arrival, you'll enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge, where you'll drop off your belongings and have lunch.

After you've dined and freshened up, you will head out on a game drive in the semi-arid park that showcases the unique wildlife that Samburu is home to. In addition to more 'conventional' safari animal sightings, you'll also have the chance to spot the Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, long-necked Gerenuk and Grevy's Zebra - the famous 'Special Five'.

The park is also home to large herds of elephants, as well as lions, leopards, zebras, and more.

After your game drive, you'll overnight close to the reserve.


You'll have a full day to explore the park in search of its rarer inhabitants as well as the likes of leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetahs, antelopes, and more. While Samburu is smaller than other Kenyan parks and reserves, its diverse wildlife tend to cluster closer together near the life-giving Ewaso Ng'iro River, making it an ideal place to set up camp and do some game-viewing.


Wake up early for a sunrise game drive through the Samburu Game Reserve. The cooler air and low-light are the ideal time to spot hunters such as lions and leopards on the prowl, and the early morning light is also quite spectacular as it sets fire to the landscape.

After a late breakfast, you'll fly or drive back to Nairobi where you'll be transferred to the airport or your hotel.


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Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1 - NAIROBI - SAMBURU Afternoon game drive. (L,D)

  • DAY 2 - SAMBURU Full day game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3 - SAMBURU - NAIROBI Morning game drive. (B)

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner


  • Spot the Samburu Special Five.

  • Early morning game drive to spot predators.

  • Lions, leopards, elephants, and more.

  • Can be done as a driving safari or a fly-in safari.

  • Fly to the heart of the Samburu Game Reserve to maximise your time there.

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We specialize in tailor-making your tour to suit your tastes and budget. We can customize everything from routes to accommodation to optional activities.
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With offices in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, the USA, Europe, and Australia, you have access to Shadows of Africa personnel 24/7. We’ re with you from the planning stages all the way through to dropping you off at the airport at journey’ s end.
World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

Our drivers are all fluent in English and all have at least a decade of safari experience. Our guides are chosen to be personable and knowledgeable, and with no limit on drive distance – you can game drive from dawn until dusk.
Specialized Safari Vehicles

Specialized Safari Vehicles

Our safari fleet is made up of specially customised 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers equipped with large windows, pop up roof, phone charging stations, comfortable seats, and a fully stocked supply of water, coffee, and tea.
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With offices in the US, Europe, Tanzania, and Australia, you can make payment to whichever is most convenient. We also accept payments via credit card and PayPal.
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We can arrange safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Kenya, as well as beach getaways to Zanzibar, the Kenya Coast, or the Seychelles.