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Shaba National Reserve Kenya Safari Guide

A Guide To Shaba National Reserve Kenya

Shaba National Reserve Kenya is the home of Joy Adamson’s monument. There is one lodge in Shaba with 178 beds and one tented lodge with 34. The major attractions are the scenic landscape and riverine forest and 17 springs where animal congregate during the dry season. Animals in the reserve include the reticulated giraffe, Somalia ostrich, Grevy’s zebra  and Joy Adamson’s monument.

The park lies to the east of the Samburu National Park and covers an area of 130 square kilometres north of the Ewaso Ng’iro River.

Facts About Shaba National Park

Altitude: 700 – 1,500 meters above sea level.
Area: 239 sq km.
Location: Eastern Province.
Distance from Nairobi: 320 km north-east of Nairobi.
Gazetted: The reserve was established in 1948 and later gazetted in 1974
Climate: the reserve lies in a hot and dry semi-arid area.
Traditionally the long rains fall March/April and the short rains October/November.
Vegetation: varies between acacia woodland, bushland and scrubland and narrow riverine woodlands.
Wildlife: includes: elephant, cheetah, reticulated giraffe, oryx, gerenuk, vervet monkey, zebra, buffalo, hippo and crocodile.
Birds: over 350 species have been recorded.
Roads: 4WD is recommended for the journey to and within the reserve although 2WD vehicles with good ground clearance can be used outside the rainy seasons.

Shaba National Reserve Kenya – Remote wilderness

Together with the Samburu and Buffalo Springs, Shaba National Reserve Kenya is located in Kenya‘s Northern Frontier Province, a rugged and little visited region. Driving to the park you will often see Samburu herding cattle through the thorn bush or watering camels in the river. The Ewaso Ng’iro River is life giving for the area. The permanent water ensures that an abundance of wildlife exists in the reserve at all times.

What To See At Shaba National Reserve Kenya

The main attractions are reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, the Somali ostrich and the gerenuk. Elephant are plentiful and black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo and hyena can all be seen. Dik diks are always dashing across the red roads whilst vervet monkeys scamper about under the trees.

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Shaba National Reserve Kenya

Shaba National Reserve Kenya

What To Do At Shaba National Reserve Kenya

For such a relatively small area the bird life is strikingly numerous and colourful. Perhaps the most impressive are the immense flocks of helmeted and vulturine guinea fowl which make their way each afternoon to the river bank to drink. Large numbers of marabou storks patrol the skies whist you may also see thousands of sandgrouse and doves.

Shaba National Reserve Contacts

Attraction Type: Wildlife
Category: Game Reserve
Region: Eastern
City / Town: Isiolo
Telephone: 254 20 600 0800, 254 20 600 2345, 254 20 237 9407
Entrance Fee: Yes

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