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Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve
IUCN category II (national park)
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Map showing the location of Samburu National Reserve
Map showing the location of Samburu National Reserve
Location of Samburu National Reserve
Location Kenya, Samburu County
Coordinates view on map
Area 165 km2 (64 sq mi)
Established 1985

The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro river in Kenya. On the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The park is 165 kmĀ² in size and is situated 350 kilometers from Nairobi. It ranges in altitude from 800 to 1230m above sea level. Geographically, it is located in Samburu County.

In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng'iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests. It provides water, without which the game in this arid region could not survive.

The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free.

The Samburu National Reserve is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting oryx calves.

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