The contiguous riverine forests are a wonderful attraction for birding in Kenya and in the late afternoon, you will have an exciting view of the leopard as they rest on the surrounding trees along the river. When it’s a rainy season, the Eswaso N’giro river becomes flooded thus making it a desert oasis. Large population of wildlife such as buffalo, impala as well as the reticulated giraffe visit the river banks to drink some water.Herds of elephants come across the river to gulp some water.
The area is a home to many crocodiles, these come along the riverbanks for sunbathing. You must have a wide open eye to catch a glimpse of the crocodiles because they are hard to identiful from the surrounding sandbanks. Because of the many wildlife that frequent the riverbanks, lions are usually spotted hunting the innocent animals that come to take water.
The best areas to discover include the hills as well as the open plains; you will come across animals like cheetah, Grevy’s Zebra along with Gerenuk. The slopes of Kopjes and other hills are a good spot for Kudu and a habitat to many prides of lions. Once you visit this place, you will be well assured of spotting the lions in their environment. Safari lodges as well as camps are situated close on the river bank, it has an excellent game viewing from all corners of the lodge.
To catch a glimpse of the various kinds of wildlife, its best done early morning or late afternoon. During midday the heat is a lot and many animals just got o the riverbank to cool off the heat and at this time they are quite invisible. As you enjoy the game drives, you will observe the true experience of African sunrise as well as sunsets.
Game viewing is carried out in tailored made vehicles; they are spacious with an open topped roof that is suitable for photography taking. The reserve can offer bird walks, camel rides along with guided walks, this is done along the riverbanks of Ewaso N’Ggiro.Your safari lodge or camp can organize this for you with a reliable safari operator.
If you have a specilised birding or wildlife fascination, get a safari operator who will provide you with particular information that will suite your demands.
White Water Rafting
One of Kenya’s most exciting venture safaris is a rafting trip along river Ewaso N’giro River. Water rafting trip takes about 3 to 8 days, the best time to visit is when the water levels are high that will enable you feel the adrenaline rush. Safari gear for this activity and an experienced guide to offered for this thrilling adventure. The river breezes its way in the beautiful white waters. Rafting is in five classes and the rapid takes about 30kms, this activity depend on your physical condition. If you are physically fine, you can enjoy all classes as long as you have enough energy.
Taking on this trip will surely reward you a true experience of Africa, the game is in plenty and the river is a habitat to hippos and crocodiles that relax at the river banks. Other animals that are attracted to this place include giraffe, zebra, antelop and herds of elephants. Rifting tours to this destination to have been famous for experiencing the prides of lions.
Camping is the best accommodation for rafters along the sandbank; they usually want to enjoy the natural sounds of the African night. This is the most thrilling moment for all adventures and the memories are for a lifetime. The best time to enjoy your rafting is during the months of May and December when the water levels are so high.
Trekking is one activity that many tourists enjoy doing and this can be organized by the booked safari lodge or camp; they have a wonderful package for game hikes as well as walks. Hiking is done around the reserve although with the help of an experienced guide. The best alternatives for walking are usually adjacent to the private havens, you get a chance to interact with the Samburu guides who will give a brief introduction concerning the reserve and its surrounding.
A guided foot safari is one of the adventurous ways that will give a chance to encounter with the African bush, as you walk through the forest; you come across different kinds of wildlife and the unspoiled land. Tracking the big game is so thrilling and these can be spotted by their sound, you enjoy the natural small of the earth and the cool breeze of the forest. An experienced guide to give you the best directions to use when tracking and how to cover up your scent with the wind. If you want to get an up close of the animals, you are required to move quietly so as not to destruct them in their environment.
When you get closer to the animal, you feel delighted and its one of those best experiences you would watch to see. You will have a chance to see them feed, play and rest in their natural setting. Some animals are a bit tough and they may threaten you, in this case you get an adrenaline rush that may live you so scared for some time until you calm down.
The best experience you can ever get is when you get a closer adventure with the buffalo, lion or even elephants. Believe me the encounter will be for a lifetime. As you take on this trip, be sure to get a reliable safari operator that is so familiar with the reserve you are intending to visit.
Samburu is one destination well known for its camel, if you love riding camels organize a safari and you will get the best experience of your lifetime. Majority of the safari camps and lodges situated in the reserve can a package for camel rides or trips to those that wish to see every corner of Kenya and its natural beauty.
If your safari is for longer days, you will get all chances to visit the attractions of Samburu.Camel is best used in the Northern part of Kenya because of its landscape. The major aim of these animals is backpacking, riding is not usually important. As they trek through the African bush, the camel takes up the load. Saddles are normally used for riding. Several came safaris carry loads of equipment and at times supplying them to different locations. Some vehicles are also used as back up particularly if you are organizing for a campsite. The only way to enjoy a camel ride to the wilderness is by an expert guide who will give information about the African bush as well as the wildlife. Experience a true nature of Africa by taking a guided walk; you will be welcomed by the sounds of the wildlife and the cling of the camel bells. You move at your own pace as you through the natural forest.
The remarkably bleak stone of Ol Olokwe that covers an area of about 30kms and located north of Samburu Reserve has an amazing climbing trails, its peak is approximately 1.853meters.The best way to enjoy your ride is by having appropriate safari gear and an experienced tour guide with all the information about the area.
This area is frequented by many birdwatchers; birding safaris can also be organized depending on what you want. Buffalo springs; Shaba as well as Samburu are famous birding spots with over 380 species. Common species seen include Vulturine Guinea fowl, Bristle Crowned Starling, shining Sunbird,Hornbill,Somali Ostrich, Donaldson-smith’s sparrow weaver as well as the scarce species known as William’s lark, migratory Kestrels and Taita Falcon.
Visitors interested in traditional medicine, this region is the best to visit. Safari operators can plan for you a day to go and see the traditional rites of Samburu and get information on how the medicine is manufactured. The local people of Kenya believe so much in the herbal medicine and they have a strong attachment to it. Traditional healers used to mix so may herbs to get the actual medicine that used to heal people’s diseases. The trend continues as herbal medicine men are providing traditional treatment to people with difficult diseases. According to the study done, this medicine is believed to work miracles, so many people that have used it testify.
The only problem if I may say is that the herbs are tracked down orally, they have no everlasting records. This is simply means that they keep on changing different herbs as they want to try out and see if they work well with a certain disease. Therefore it becomes hard for people to trust and so the scientific part has to come in an evaluate if it’s true medicine for human consumption. Visitors can plan a tour to visit the traditional healers as well as herbalists and get genuine information of how the medicine works.
Another exciting and vanishing part of this traditional is the act of fortunetelling and prophecy that is not based on true religion. The samburu use the sky to predict what is going to happen in the nearby future. As you spend your time with these traditional healers, you will surely learn a lot about customs and beliefs.