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Getting there
Samburu Game Lodge is a 6+ hour (or 300 km/185 mi) drive from Nairobi. You pass Aberdare National Park and Mount Kenya National Park en route.
Samburu also has airstrips that you may reach from Nairobi in about one hour.
In Nairobi, safari flights depart from and arrive in Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), not Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK). The transfer time between the airports is 20–30 minutes.
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Samburu Game Lodge
Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves
Samburu Game Lodge is a tourist class lodge in Samburu National Reserve in the northern part of central Kenya. It's set by the Ewaso Ngiro River, which origins in the Aberdare Mountains in the south-west. The river is a permanent source of water to the Samburu wildlife, and is home to a strong crocodile population.

The lodge has some 60 rooms in bungalows or two-floor buildings, lined along the riverbank. All rooms have an ensuite bathroom an a veranda or balcony facing the river. There are some family rooms, and one room with wheelchair access.

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Crocodile feeding
Samburu Game Lodge has a restaurant, where genets may be seen at night (because the staff feeds them). There are two bars; one next to the restaurant, and one on by the river. Here, the staff baits an area next to the bar at dusk, to make crocodiles come out of the water for the meat.

The lodge has a swimming pool, a stage area where members of the Samburu tribe perform, a souvenir shop, wireless Internet, 240 V around the clock, and a nurse. Petrol/gasoline and diesel is available at the lodge workshop.

Samburu Game Lodge offers game drives (mainly for guest that arrive without their own vehicle, i.e. by air) and guided bird walks in the lodge garden.

More about Samburu and Shaba
Samburu National reserve, and neighbouring reserves Shaba and Buffalo Springs, are situated some 100 km/60 mi north of the equator, and just north of the fertile Central Plateau of Kenya. These parks are a first taste of the drier areas of northern Kenya.

Few safari-goers travel further north than this; all major parks of Kenya are further south. Samburu and Shaba are drier than most of these, and offers habitats for some animals not found further south, for example beisa oryx, Grevy's zebra, gerenuk and reticulated giraffe. This giraffe has been considered a subspecies of the general giraffe, but recent studies indicate that it may be a full species.

A lot of crocodiles can be seen in the Ewaso Ngiro River, and the water attracts a lot of animals to the shores, for example elephants, antelopes and monkeys. All the three African big cats are present in the area; lions, leopards and cheetahs.

Bar overlooking the river in Samburu Game Lodge.

The swimming pool area in Samburu Game Lodge.

The restaurant in Samburu Game Lodge.

The Samburu tribe
Samburu's name comes from the local Samburu tribe, which is closely related to the Maasai that inhabits southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. Both tribes are pastoralists, living from cattle breeding.

Wildlife around the lodge
Samburu Game Lodge is set close to the bush, and animals may be seen around, including most species present in the park. The animals most likely to be encountered within the lodge area are monkeys and birds. You may look along the river for crocodiles and Nile monitor lizards.

 
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