Samburu National Reserve lies in the Northern part of Kenya on a semi rugged desert with the doum Palm groves . Situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River, there is plenty to attract wildlife from the surrounding Savannah plains. There are over 50 species of wild animals and 350 species of birds in the reserve including unique species of special five: Gravy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Oryx Besia, Gerenuk, Blue necked Somali ostrich, the three cats lion, cheatah, leopard, pancake tortoise and others like Greater and Lesser Kudu.
Neighboring communities to the reserve are the Samburu tribe a clan of the Maasai. They play a major role as part of tourist attraction in the area due to their unique cultural experiences by tourist through traditional ceremonies, food, dances and sale of traditional crafts.
The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. Some of the famous ones include: lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.
It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular phenomena event of the natural world takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. The Masai Mara is classic African savannah, and the sheer density of wildlife is amazing.