Report of Samburu National Park

by Chris

Here’s my report about my visit to Samburu National Park, more to the north of Kenya. I enjoyed this park a lot. We saw loads and loads of elephants there.

When night came (darkness is early in Kenya) they all came to places with water and you could watch them perfectly. But even during the game drives, the elephants didn’t mind us a lot.

The scenery of the park is wide and open. You’re really in the wild here. At one point it stroke me that this landscape probably hasn’t been touched by human hands for a thousand years. What a difference with the Netherlands, our crowded country, where every square meter is used and regulated – even our forests!

The lodge we stayed in was pretty decadent. Each night at 5 PM the local leopard was bribed to come just outside the lodge with a juicy piece of meat. At 6.30, the same for the local crocodile. It’s all for the tourists, so they can see wild animals without leaving their lodge.

Our breakfast drew a lot of monkeys. They came close and stole everything they could! Very aggressive animals and pretty annoying after a while.

All in all, I can certainly recommend to visit Samburu if you’re going to Kenya. Because it’s more up north, not so close to Nairobi and the beach resorts it doesn’t draw the herds (heh heh) of tourists that some of the other parks get.

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A good travel tip....
by: Arjen Koopman

hi Chris, thanks for your story. Indeed, if you want to avoid the big tourist crowds, then don't go to Masai Mara or Amboseli (although they are fine parks), at least not in December-January or July-August... but go to Samburu National Reserve or any of the other parks more up north or farther from the tourist centres. Outside the months I mentioned, there are much, much less tourists anywhere in Kenya. Thanks!

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