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Namunyak means 'the place of peace' in the Samburu language.

The Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, an area of approximately 75,000 hectares, lies folded around the southern corner of the fabled Mathews Mountain range of northern Kenya, home to the proud Samburu tribespeople, a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists who have for long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle. The Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust was set up in 1995 specifically to promote wildlife conservation and to assist the local community to benefit from tourism, in return for protecting the wildlife species living on their land. The Trust is represented by a democratically elected 'Board of Trustees'.

The aims of the Trust are;-

- The advancement of conservation efforts and the development of wildlife resources.

- The advancement of environmental education and awareness of the use of water development and other natural resources.

The primary activities of the Trust thus far have been to set up basic infrastructure and to generally improve the security of the area. A project co-ordinator and a fully trained team of game scouts were employed in 1995, an administrative office set up in Wamba, and an efficient radio network, consisting of both VHF and HF base station radios deployed throughout the area.

To date the Trust has received extensive donor support from AcaciaTrails Ltd, Mr. Halvor Astrup, Mr. Hugo de Ferranti, the Tusk Trust, Save the Elephant, and IFAW as well as a considerable amount of logistical backup from the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

The conservation work carried out by the Namunyak Trust to date has been hugely successful. As a result of the severe ivory poaching crisis of the mid 1970's and early '80's, there were no recorded elephants remaining in the Mathews range by 1985.

Today, several thousand elephant are recorded as living and breeding peacefully in the southern Mathews range area, together with a wide variety of other wildlife species such as buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog (possibly 70), greater and lesser kudu, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, impala and dik dik.


The Namunyak area is generally warm and dry, with crystal clear starlit nights. Average rainfall is around 14 inches per annum, the majority of which falls during the months of November and May.


The lower areas (around 3,000' asl) consist mostly of acacia tortilis and deciduous commiphora bushland, together with an attractive mix of newtonia hildebrandii and delonix elata occurring along the Sarara riverbed and other prominent watercourses.

The Mathews rainforest (8,000' asl) consists of tall evergreen trees dominated by podocarpus and croton megolocarpus. There are also patches of olea africana and juniperus procera. Of particular interest is the presence of large numbers of the endemic 'cycad' Encephalartos Tegulaneus which only occurs in the Mathews range and on Mt. Sabache (Lolokwe).

Butterflies, birds and wildlife living in the forest are varied and fairly unique. Elephant, buffalo, bushbuck, bush pig and Colobus monkey are common and normally easily seen.


The Samburu people are of nilo-hamitic stock related to the Laikipiak Maasai. During the mid 19th century they controlled a very large tract of land stretching from all the way from Lake Turkana to Ethiopia. As a result of subsequent clashes with the warlike Turkana and Purko however, they were forced to retreat south to their present day range.

There are approximately 1,200 registered families making up the 'Namunyak' community.

One of the highlights of the Namunyak area must be a visit to the famous 'Sarara Singing Wells'. Samburu warriors bring their cattle to these watering holes on a daily basis during the dry season. Some of the wells are up to 10 metres deep. The warriors strip off, descend to form a human chain and chant traditional Samburu songs as they pass water up by hand for the cattle. This mind blowing ritual goes on for severalhours a day.

Visits to local cultural villages may also be arranged, although we do please request that visitors do not take photographs as this changes the people's lifestyle forever.


In addition to the usual viewing of big game, the main focus of activities on Namunyak are as follows;-Escorted bush walks with our expert local field scouts

Hiking into the Mathews rainforest

Climbing to the top of Lolokwe with donkeys

Fly camping safaris with camels along the wide sand 'luggas'

Moonlit bush dinners beside natural animal watering points

Day trips to Samburu and Shaba game reserves.

Bird shooting on request.


Main lounge and dining area with wooden deck

5 Double Tents, each with flushing toilet and open air shower

Natural Rock Swimming Pool

Animal Waterhole

Bush Homes of East Africa Ltd/Richard Bonham Safaris
P O Box 56923, 00200 City Square, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 254-(020)-600457, 605108, 609745, 609699, 605980
Fax: 254-(020)-605008

Email: bushhome@africaonline.co.ke

Website: www.bush-homes.co.ke