Are you looking for a truly remarkable African wild experience? Come and explore Kenya’s magical Samburu National Reserve while enjoying a memorable Kenya safari. A wildlife safari Kenya takes you to numerous Kenya wildlife safari national parks and national reserves and Samburu National Reserve is one that shouldn’t be skipped on this safari to Kenya. Samburu National Reserve is found in Kenya which is located in the eastern region of the African continent along geographical co-ordinates of 03o37’5”N 31o 31’48”E. Samburu National Reserve is located in central Kenya and its bordered by Buffalo springs national reserve in the south, West Gate Community Conservancy in the north west and Kalama Community Conservancy in the north. This reserve spans over a distance of 165sqkm.
A Kenya wildlife tour to Samburu National Reserve puts you in a right position to have an intriguing encounter with the best of Africa wildlife as Samburu National Reserve is famous for its rich bio diversity in terms of wildlife which include a good number of the kings of the jungle with their prides, elephants, warthogs, olive baboon, kirk’s dik dik, impalas, waterbuck, rhinoceros, zebras, gerenuk, African leopards, reticulated giraffes and a number of cheetahs a can be spotted within the reserve.
A truly remarkable birding site
Take Kenya birding safari as Samburu National Reserve has about 350 bird species and these include grey headed king fishers, marabou stock, tawny eagle, vulturine guineafowl, yellow billed hornbill, secretary birds, northern red billed hornbill, singing bush lark, spotted palm thrush, white headed mouse bird, yellow vented eremomela, lanner falcon, hunter’s sunbird, acacia tit bare eyed thrush.
Have ever had a close encounter with the largest land mammal on the planet?
A game drive in Samburu national reserve while on a wildlife tour in Kenya gives a unique opportunity to see these graceful creatures as they roam freely over the Samburu plains. African elephants are the largest land mammals in the world with a male elephant weighing in at 4,700-6,048kg or 10,362-13,334Ib and a shoulder height of 3.2-4.0m or 10.5-13.1ft while their female counterparts weigh in at 2,160-3,232kg or 4,762-7,125Ib and a shoulder height of 2.2-2.6m or 7.2-8.5ft. these land giants have 24 teeth in their mouths and usually lose their teeth 4-6 times in their life time which lies between 60-70 years.
The uniqueness of these majestic land beasts.
What sets these land giants apart from the rest of crowd is their elongated tusks which are in fact their second set of incisors. If you are lucky enough while doing a game drive during either your short Kenya wildlife safari or long Kenya wildlife safaris expect you will see these elephants put these tusks to good use because they are very strong and can be used to up root trees and also as weapons they use while rambling for various reasons such as fighting for mating rights or fighting against any predators like lions that usually like to prey on their young ones. The tusks weigh between 23-45 kg or 55-99Ib with a length of 1.5-2.4m or 5-8 ft. elephants usually live in groups called families which comprise of 10 or more closely related females with their calves and each of these families is led by an older female called a matriarch.
How do elephants communicate with each other?
On this incredible ride to the African savanna plains of Samburu while on this Kenya safari tour definitely expect these creatures call out each other and trust me when I say its absolutely magical to hear them call out each other. Elephants have the ability to distinguish and communicate with each other using low frequency infrasonic calls. With a body mass that is compared to nothing else on land,
Dining among the elephants
African elephants have to feed on an average of 450 kg or 992Ib of foliage to sustain their huge bodies and also drink to over 50 liters of water per day. In fact, these elephants have the ability to smell water to up to 20 km or 12miles away. All elephants have a very poor metabolism and that’s why they eat a lot of food but ¾ of it will come out of the elephants undigested as dung. Due to the poor metabolic system, elephant calves have been recorded doing something bizarre and that is eating dung that has been passed out by their mothers but this is all because elephant calves can’t process raw grass hence have they have to resort to eating pre-processed food that has been passed out as dung.
Elephants unique fight against the incessant and unforgiving african heat.
Elephants have an exposed skin so in order to control over heating of their body, they flap their big ears so as to carry away the heat or bathe in water ponds. It is believed that when an elephant flaps its ears, it can lose about 10oF of heat hence always staying cool even in the hottest temperatures. They also employ their elongated trunk to carry water and pour it over their ears to try and cool themselves. These land giants have very thin hairs around body parts such as eyes and noses and these are mainly for ensuring that germs and other bacteria don’t find it easy to enter the elephant’s body through these parts.
The elephant trunk is a master piece of creation as it is equipped with 40000 muscles which is way more than an entire human body has at only 639 muscles. This makes the trunks a very strong and agile part of the elephant that can do many things. The elephant trunk is also used for breathing, snorkeling and also as an extended arm for holding, lifting or pushing anything they want to carry.
Reproduction among these savannah giants.
A female elephant reaches sexual maturity at the age of 10-12 years and can reproduce after every 3-6 years throughout its lifetime.They have a gestation period of up to 22 months being the longest in all land mammals. Just like humans and apes, elephants are also highly intelligent species with a brain that weighs about 5kg or 11Ib which about 4 times heavier than that of human making it the heaviest brain of any land mammal. With such a brain, these land giants are believed to exhibit character traits like grief, learning, sense of humor, compassion, self-awareness, a very strong and vivid memory, play and use of tools and possibly a language.
You can see these majestic creatures and more on a visit to other east African wildlife parks in all countries of east Africa like Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda. There are both short Uganda wildlife safaris and long Uganda wildlife tours in Uganda to give the best of Uganda’s wildlife such as 3 days Queen Elizabeth national Uganda wildlife safari tour, 4 days Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth Uganda safari,3 days Murchison falls national park Uganda tour. You can also undertake an Africa wildlife safari in other east African national parks such as Lake Manyara National Park Tanzania, Serengeti National Park Tanzania, Ngorongoro conservation area Tanzania, Tarangire National Park Tanzaia, Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. Safari tour packages to Tanzania include 3 days Tanzania wildlife safari to Serengeti National Park, 5 days Tanzania safari to Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro. Long Tanzania wildlife safaris to Serengeti National Park include 6 days wildlife safari in Tanzania & 10 days Tanzania northern circuit & birding safari.