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.

All year round


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.


  • All meals on the safari. When staying at lodges it will be on full board basis and when budget camping then our accompanying chef will prepare delicious warm meals.
  • All Park entrance fees & taxes.
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars.
  • Camping equipment if applicable (tents mattresses sleeping bags pillows table and chairs)
  • Flying Doctors rescue insurance for the time of the tour with Shadows of Africa.
  • Game safari to national parks as specified
  • Hotel/lodge/camp accommodation for the duration of the safari.
  • Private 4x4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch and sliding windows for 360 degree view of the wildlife surrounding you
  • First aid kit - Every safari vehicle comes standard with a fully stocked first aid kit. Our guides are all trained in providing basic first aid.
  • Spare tires - for any unforeseen issues that may arise on bumpy African outback
  • Charging station - Each car includes a charging station so you can charge your phone, camera battery, or laptop while on the road.
  • WIFI - Our Tanzanian vehicles come standard with WiFi so that you can stay connected while on the road.
  • Tea & Coffee - Every safari departs with a box including coffee and tea that can be enjoyed at any point during your safari.
  • Binoculars - 1 pair per car
  • Professional English speaking safari and tour guide / driver
  • Water and hot drink (coffee and tea) during safari.
  • Wildlife tours according to your itinerary preferences.
  • All game viewing activities specified Safari
  • Excluded

  • Any sightseeing excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Entry visas
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions
  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew - recommended: 15-20 USD per day to safari driver
  • 10 – 15 USD per day to safari cook
  • Travel insurance
  • Addons

    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.