Heralded as a ‘biological bonanza’ by the BBC News, this glorious patch of rainforest in the Matthews Mountain Range has flourished within a mini-eco-system.
By day you can explore forest trails and crystal clear mountain streams, and local Samburu guides share their knowledge of the abundant hardwood trees, cycads, orchids, birds and butterflies. At night the atmosphere is magical, when the glade is lit for guests to watch the cautious trail of nocturnal visitors Melanistic (black-coated) leopard, elephant, bushbuck, and buffalo coming to drink and hunt by the river.
Kitich is a wonderfully remote, private camp in a forest glade on the upper slopes of the Mathews Mountains. With only 6 tents spaced out under a dense tree canopy, overlooking the Ngeng River, this camp is a low-key classic, offering old-fashioned safari comforts: soft fresh linen, comfortable double beds, iced drinks and gracious dining.
Samburu and Buffalo Springs
This is the biggest of the three reserves in northern Kenya. Samburu has good populations of elephant, buffalo, cheetah and lion, but it is the best place to Kenya to spot leopard. What’s more, there is the ‘Samburu Five’ which are endemic: the Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Besia Oryx, and long-necked Gerenuks, all of which are commonly sighted. Another delightful sight are dik diks (the smallest of the antelopes) dashing across the roads or seeking shade in thickets.The reserve has some wonderfully intimate camps.
The location of the Samburu National Park forms a unit with Buffalo Springs and the Shaba National Reserve. It lies on the Ewaso Nyiro River and is part of a wondrous savannah which is broken up by mountain slopes. Parts of it are strewn with volcanic rock – another unique wildlife setting.
Between the savannah and forests, a picturesque landscape is created and arguably this scenery is a reason alone to visit. The diverse range of animal species it has to show off is not just an added extra, but a welcome accompaniment.