Arid, rugged and savagely beautiful, the area is protected as the Samburu National Reserve and the Buffalo Springs National Reserve, together covering an area of about 187 square miles. With less than 12 inches of rain a year the wildlife depends for its very existence on the Uaso Nyiro River, whose headwaters rise in the Aberdare Mountains, 185 miles away. The area is very scenic with hilly crags and trees, which follow the river courses and more vegetation of scrub desert, thorn bush, riverine forest, and swamps.
The region is noted for several wildlife species not found in other Kenya parks south of the equator, the most striking of which include the reticulated giraffe, Grey's zebra, gerenuk and Beisa oryx. Bird life is particularly abundant in this region with more than 400 species being recor ded. Lion, cheetah and leopard are also found here, and elephant are plentiful
The region is also home to the colorful Samburu people, cousins to the Maasai. They share much in common with the Maasai including their language, Maa, their dress and most p articularly, their love of cattle.
On the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the heart of Samburu National Reserve, Samburu Lodge is set in a rugged landscape with a backdrop of jagged mountains and its own indigenous wildlife unique to the region. The guest rooms are spread up and down the river and have en suite bathrooms, and some have verandas overlooking the river.
Facing the river, the open-sided dining room allows guest to enjoy the sights and sounds of the river as they dine. The famous Crocodile Bar is a great venue to relax and sip a sundowner.