The landscape of the Samburu area is beautiful – arid and scrubby with magnificent mountains in the background. The three reserves of Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs are situated about 350 kms north of Nairobi. The Ewaso Niro River, the only water source in the dry season, bisects Samburu and Buffalo Springs Reserves and crocodiles are often spotted sunning themselves along its edges and sand bars. An unusual forked palm, the doum palm, grows along the banks of this river and adds striking beauty to the panorama. Wildlife is surprisingly abundant for such a dry place and includes species such as gerenuk, dik-dik, grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, elephant, cheetah, leopard and lion. There are several species, which are unique to the area including; Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and Somali ostrich. Not to be overlooked are the hundreds of species of birds to be found here. This is home to the Samburu people, “cousins” to the Maasai and the young warriors’ colourful dress and ornamentation distinguishes them from other members of the tribe.