Samburu National Reserve is a rugged and semi-desert park located in Samburu district in the Rift Valley Province in central Kenya. The park neighbor’s the homes of the Samburu tribe of Kenya, a tribe known for their remote culture, a pastoral and nomadic way of life. The Ewaso Nyiro River is the lifeline of the area. Crocodile and hippo share the river with many small herds of elephant who bathe and frolic in the muddy brown waters during the heat of the day, before returning later to browse the lush vegetation of the riverine forest. Due to its remote nature, Samburu has become the preferred game reserve for tourists looking for a quieter safari with fewer game vehicles; however, it receives the second-highest number of visitors after the Masai Mara. The Samburu people live on the outskirts of the reserve in rural villages that survive primarily off the land. There is a lot of cultural interest at these villages and guests are given the opportunity to visit as a part of day-trip activities. This is one of 2 reserves where researchers and conservationists, Joy and George Adamson, became famous for raising a lioness, Elsa. Their story was portrayed in the well-known book, Born Free. The months of December through March and July through October are dry, making them by far the best months to visit. This is the period when large numbers of elephants and predators alike flock to the Ewaso Ngiro River.