Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Shaba National Reserve - Sarova Shaba Lodge; Samburu National Park

It is impossible to talk about the Shaba National Park without mentioning Buffalo Springs National Reserve and Samburu National Reserve,, because they are all entwined, and they form a trio of unusual and attractive game sanctuaries, and all neighbors.

Shaba National Reserve is a reasonably small National Park being a little over 239 sq. kms, and it is only 70 kms north of the snow-capped Mount Kenya, astounding at an altitude varying in between 700-1500metres.

Visitors go to Parks to see wildlife, and the Shaba Game is outstanding. You have a very good chance of seeing Giraffe, Cheetah, leopard, and lion. You can add to this oryx, gazelle, Gerenuk and zebra, certainly it is the predators that are most sought after.

Elephants in Shaba National Reserve, Buffalo Springs National Reserve and Samburu National Reserve during Kenya safari
Elephants in Shaba National Reserve
Shaba National Reserve is titled after a vast cone of volcanic rock which dominates the whole area.

The Ewaso Ngiro River is on the northern edge of the park, and as the progress of the river is slow and wide as the river bends and straightens there is excellent viewing of the wildlife here, and there is a lot more water than the neighboring reserves

It would be fair to mention that visitors to Shaba Game Reserve don’t just come for the wildlife. The only option to access this location is through Archer’s Post. There is difficult access in the wet season. Shaba excursion is definitely a total escape from the 21st century life.

In addition to the earlier mentioned wildlife species, you will have a chance of spotting the following at one of the seventeen springs where the animals congregate during the dry season. Animals to be found here include Somalia ostrich, Reticulated giraffe, Baboon, Buffalo, Olive, African Bush Baby, Caracal, Bushbuck, Dik-dik, Kirk's Duiker, Elephant, Bush, Eland, Grant's Giraffe, Mongoose, Reticulated Klipspringer, Monkey, Warthog, Beisa and Waterbuck

It was at Shaba that Joy Adamson the author was murdered nearly the past thirty years ago. It is for that reason alone an excursion to Joy Adamson’s monument is a must go on any Kenya Safari Holiday to Shaba National Park

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