Shaba National Reserve

Shaba National Reserve

Shaba National Reserve

Shaba National Reserve in northern Kenya offers the astute African traveller 92 square miles (239 square kilometres) of breath taking scenery amidst arid grasslands and sparse woodland set against the backdrop hills of Shaba, a volcanic extinct highland. The reserve is named for the 1525-meter Mount Shaba that was the yesteryear source of varied lava flow across the reserve. Along the northern border, the Ewaso Nyiro River winds through deep gorges, along sandbanks, then cascades down Chandler’s fall and finally draining it all at Lorian Swamp.

Shaba and its two interconnecting reserves – Samburu and Buffalo Springs – encompass a large ecosystem, and with varied natural springs, Shaba enjoys the greatest abundance of water amongst the three. The water and marshes enrich the soil with moisture to nurture vegetation upon which herbivores graze and forage, including the endangered grevy’s zebra, the most distinct in its stripes. Other rare species include beisa oryx, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and Somali ostrich. While these animals are endemic to Shaba and its surrounding wilderness.

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Shaba, which is often used as a base for wildlife viewing in neighboring Samburu ...

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The main attractions are reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, the Somali

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How to get there

Shaba is situated 355km/220mi north of Nairobi. If you’re in Nairobi or another park,

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