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Samburu Game Reserve

In Kenya's semi-arid, rugged central region about 215 miles north of Nairobi lies the Samburu National Reserve, a small oasis that is home to many rare animals, including Grevy's zebras, long-necked gerenuk antelopes, Somali ostriches, Beisa oryxes and reticulated giraffes. You might also spot lounging crocodiles or elephants bathing in the Uaso Nyiro River, which runs through the reserve.

Established in the 1970s, the reserve is also home to such wildlife as lions, cheetahs, African buffaloes, impalas, waterbucks and more than 350 species of birds. The landscape encompasses lush forests, grassy vegetation, rock outcroppings and dried riverbeds.