Ng'iro Bridge crossing the Ewaso Ng'iro River in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.

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Samburu National Reserve

Northern Kenya

The most popular park in northern Kenya, Samburu's dominant feature is the Ewaso Ngiro River, which slices through the otherwise bone-dry country. The river acts as a magnet for thirsty animals, and large numbers of elephants, Grevy's zebras, giraffes and lions gather along the riverbanks.

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3. Umoja Village

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