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Samburu National Reserve

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Samburu National Reserve is among three reserves that offer unique vistas of rounded and rugged hills and undulating plains. The mix of wood and grassland with riverine forest and swamps is home to a wide variety of animal and birdlife during the Kenya safari . Buffalo Springs records over 365 species of bird. Game viewing and visibility is excellent. Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, elephant, oryx, Somali ostrich, hippo, crocodile, gerenuk, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.

Shaba National Reserve is home to Joy Adamson’s Monument. It is notable for its hot springs, Grevys zebras and the William’s lark for birders. Shaba was gazetted in 1974, very famous for it was the setting for the book Born Free and the Out of Africa film. It is the greener of the three pars, Samburu and Bufallo Springs. It is also served by Ewaso Ngiro river that serves the other two reserves.

Samburu and Buffalo Springs, in particular, are popular Kenya safari routes. Samburu covers an area of 104 Sq. Kms and is 343 Kms from Nairobi at an altitude of 2,500 Ft. Buffalo Springs covers 131 Sq.Kms and both were opened in 1985. Both lies in the same ecosystem. There are three lodges in Samburu, one lodge in Shaba and one tented lodge. There are a number of special campsites in each park, favored by the mobile tented safari operators, which have to be pre-booked. Shaba also has an airstrip.

Maralal and Laikipia Game Sanctuaries are also located in this vicinity and is easily accessible on prior arrangement. Laikipia Plateau Reserve was opened in October 1991. It is north-east of Laikipia district and borders Isiolo district. To the west is the Mkogodo Forest Reserve, a belt of riverine forest along the Ngare Ndare River. It is the homeland of a unique small tribe known as the Laikipia Maasai.

The landscape is rich and varied, game includes elephant, eland, buffalo, zebra, bushbuck, duiker, bush pigs, Gerenuks, Plains games and the big cats include cheetahs, leopards and lions. A great haven for bird watching and walking adventures including camel safaris.

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