About Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves:
Size: Samburu 165 km2/64 sq mi, Shaba 280 km2/108 sq mi, Buffalo Springs 131 km.
Location: Samburu is 347km, Buffalo Springs is 300km, Shaba is 343km north of Nairobi.
By air there are three airstrips that have daily and sometimes twice daily flights from Wilson Airport in Nairobi.
By road it takes around 6 hours driving from Nairobi.
What To Do:
Game Drive, Birding, Guided nature walks , Samburu tribe village visit. You may be invited into a home for meal preparation, learn traditional jewelry making, cattle herding and even attend an elder’s counsel.
When To Go :
Best time to visit from October to April, and you can also record migratory species.
Samburu Reserve is preserved and operated by the resident Samburu communities under a centralized local council. It has molded a wilderness that is home to some of the most threatened species in the world. Samburu is home to an abundance of animal species. The most notable and sought after are known as the Samburu Special Five – Somali ostrich, grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and beisa oryx.
Mammals like grant’s gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, dik diks, olive baboons, elephants, warthogs, hippos and many other prey animals support an active population of carnivores, including lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, leopards and African wild dogs that have been recorded in the reserve. The safari guide will help you locate signs of the critically endangered pancake tortoise. During your birding tour you will find not only the diverse sunbirds, bee-eaters, kingfishers, woodpeckers, hornbills but also the palm-nut vulture, verreaux's eagle-owl, Egyptian vulture, lappet-faced vulture etc. Sighting a vulnerable species, such as great egrets, African darters, white-headed vultures, yellow-billed ox-peckers and martial eagle will be added excitement.
Shaba National Reserve, a volcanic extinct highland! Shaba enjoys the greatest abundance of water amongst the three. You will find the endangered grevy’s zebra, the most distinct in its stripes. Other rare species include beisa oryx, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and Somali ostrich. Visitors are also sure to see common species such as buffalos, elephants, grant’s gazelles, dik-diks, hippos, waterbucks and predators like cheetahs, lions, leopards and even Nile crocodiles to nocturnal fauna like aardwolves and striped hyenas. Bird lovers will enjoy watching white-throated bee-eaters, palm nut vultures, verreaux’s eagles, yellow-necked spur fowls, red-billed hornbills and secretary birds. The arid areas attract more than 450 species of birds.
Buffalo Springs National Reserve has unique features of the reserve include lava terraces, rolling grasslands, doum palms, forests, scrub brush, Ewaso Nyiro River and springs for which the reserve is named. Species of reticulated giraffes, vulturine guinea fowls and Grevy’s zebras, all of which are unique to the region. These beautiful animals are joined by other rare species, including Somali ostriches, beisa oryx and gerenuks. The foragers and grazers include elephants, hippos, olive baboons, buffalos, Grant’s gazelles, are few of them. You will sight the well-hidden hunters, such as leopards, lions, cheetahs,wild dogs and Nile crocodiles.