Dramatically hot under the harsh equatorial sun, watered by the Ewaso Nyiro River, rich in huge Nile crocodile and Hippo, Samburu contains some rarely found species, including reticulated giraffe, blue legged somali ostriches and grevy’s zebra.
Buffalo Springs Game Reserve, which is on the edge of Samburu takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the western end of the reserve. It is separated from Samburu National Reserve by the Ewaso Nyiro River and is less hilly and dense yet equally very attractive. The topography of the reserve is characterized by gentle rolling lowland plains.
Getting to Samburu and the Ashnil Camp
Ashnil Samburu camp is approximately 345 kilometers from North of Nairobi – approximately 5 hour drive and 12 kilometers from Ngare Mara Gate. By air; Buffalo springs airstrip is 12 kilometers away from the Camp.
Major Attractions Include
- Ancient lava-terrace that forms the Champagne Ride in the south east.
- The buffalo springs – are permanent and provide drinking water for the wildlife.
- The vegetation consists of doum palm and acacia riverine forest with a combination of scrubs and grasslands well adapted to the dry region.
- Home to the big five and other wildlife
- Prolific bird life – about 400 species of indigenous and migratory birds.
- Variety of reptiles and aquatic species in the Ewaso Nyiro River.
- Rich Cultural and community attractions – cultural villages which sell their traditional crafts, traditional dances, traditional food and a smile that lasts forever!!
- The spectacular Great Rift Valley
- Buffalo Springs - a gallery made from a bomb explosion during the second world war
- The amazing escarpments – Ololokwe Mountains, Ndoto, Nyiro (Mathew ranges)
- Ewaso Nyiro river meanders through the rugged landscape