Just north of Nairobi and Isiolo are the three National Reserves, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba all of them along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River and covering a area of about 300 sq km set in the lands of the colorful Samburu pastoralists close relatives of the Maasai. They are mainly scrub desert and open savannah plain, broken here and there by small rugged hills.
The river supports a wide variety of game and you may see elephant, buffalo, cheetah, leopard and lion as well as dik dik, wart hog, Grevy's zebra and reticulated giraffe. Crocodiles can also be seen on certain sandy stretches of the riverbank. You are guaranteed close up sightings of elephants, reticulated giraffe and various species of smaller gazelle in both Samburu and Buffalo Springs.
Samburu national reserve is famed for rare game species such as the grevy's zebra, long -necked gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and beiza oryx.