THE REMOTE AREAS OF SHABA & SAMBURU
Moving up further northward from Meru & Mount Kenya, we come to a small cluster of national parks, including those of Shaba and Samburu.
Since this central part of Kenya is very close to and slightly north of the equator it gets a bit hotter here than it does in the southern parks, such as the Maasai Mara, so be aware of this, especially during the warmer months.
Shaba is not as well populated with wildlife as Samburu is. Go here more for the scenery and for relaxation - it is very tranquil, has some spectacular views, is not crowded, and still offers occasional sightings of wildlife.
Samburu, on the other hand, is a larger reserve at almost 60 000 hectares, and it is also well populated with a healthy variety of wildlife, including good numbers of elephant, a few rarer species such as the reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra, and interesting birdlife. In contrast to some other parts of Kenya and the Maasai Mara it is notably drier, with an almost desert-like landscape, and as such it makes a good addition to other destinations in Kenya, adding something different to your journey.