The Samburu + Buffalo Springs National Parks

Samburu & Buffalo Springs National Park

 

 

Our Samburu Camp is set overlooking the Ewaso Ngiro River, high enough to be safe even when the river is in spate.
We usually have breakfast and lunch on a flat area overlooking the river under the shade of some fine Acacia Elatior
(River Acacia) and Acacia Tortilus trees. Often when we are having our breakfast or lunch Samburu tribes people
come to the other bank of the river to water their livestock and to collect water for domestic use with their donkeys.
Sometimes they stay to have a bath themselves often singing as they wash themselves and their clothes.
The sleeping tents are spaced out along the river bank.

 

Samburu Game Reserve

 

Samburu Game reserve was formed in 1962, due to the foresight of the County Council and generous assistance given by several individuals and foundations. Buffalo Springs Game reserve was opened to the public in 1965, followed by Shaba National Reserve in 1976.

 

People

Three main groups of people live in the area around the reserves: the Samburu, Turkana and Boran. The Samburu people are closely related to the Maasai, with whom they share a similar culture and language. The Samburu may be found in the area stretching north from Mt.Kenya to Mt.Kulal on the eastern side of Lake Turkana. Most are nomadic paternalists, moving across the harsh northern landscape in search of green pastures for their cattle sheep and goats. The Turkana are Nilo-Hamitic people inhabiting one of the harshest regions in Kenya, on the western shores of Lake Turkana. Recently, many Turkana have settled as far south as Isiolo, as repeated droughts and famines have ravaged their homeland. They are nomadic people and herd camels as well as sheep, goats and cattle.The Boran are Cushitic and are the largest Galla-speaking group in Kenya. Their traditional homelands straddle the Ethiopian border, but they are now found much further south. They herd cattle, sheep and goats, and in dry areas also keep camels.

 

Climate

Samburu/Shaba are generally hot and dry, with cold nights. The average annual maximum temperature is 30oC and average annual minimum temperature is about 20oC. The ‘long rains’ are generally expected from early April to the end of May. The ‘short rains’ are from mid-October to mid-December. Dry conditions usually prevail from June to early October, and December to April.

 

 

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