Wildlife: Rich in game, with many rare species including Grevy's Zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, beisa oryx (also referred to as the samburu special five), elephants(a minimum of 900), lion, (kamunyak the miracle lioness that adopted the baby oryx is a resident in the reserve), leopard, cheetah, wild dogs and over 450 species of birds recorded. Birds of the arid northern bush country are augmented by a number of riverine forest species. The lesser kestrel and the Taita falcon are species of global conservation concern both found in this reserve. Five species categorised as vulnerable have also been recorded here. These are the African darter, great egret, white headed vulture, martial eagle and the yellow billed ox-pecker. The critically endangered pancake tortoise (malacochersus tornieri) is also found here.
Access: Road: The reserve can be accessed by road from Nairobi through Isiolo on all-weather bitumen while Isiolos archer's post is gravelled. The road distance from isiolo to Acher's gate is 34.3km.
Air: The reserve has an airstrip, the oryx Samburu Air strip.
Best Time to visit: All year round.
Activities: There are various activities that visitors can engage in while at the reserve.These include; game drives, bird watching, sundowners, bush breakfast, nature walks, river rafting (depending on the water level) and the samburu cultural experience.