Shaba National Reserve

Shaba National Reserve

LOCATED
–     In Northern Frontier District of Kenya 330kms from Nairobi

ALTITUDE
–     801m to 1525m

AREA
–     130 km²

PARK ENTRANCE PAYMENT METHOD
–     Prepaid Tickets or Cash

ACCOMMODATIONS
–     Sarova Shaba Game Lodge

ACCESS
–     By Road approx. 6 hours’ drive from Nairobi; Daily scheduled flights from Nairobi

ATTRACTIONS
–     Semi-arid conditions, Wildlife

Shaba is part of three small adjoining savanna national reserves that lie on either side of the Northern Ewaso Ngiro River: Samburu, Buffalo Springs, Shaba and is situated in the hot and arid fringes of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. It took its name from the Mount Shaba, a volcanic mountain that became extinct around 5,000 years ago. This game reserve was made famous by the late Joy Adamson and her lioness Elsa, referred to as the Born free country. The vegetation includes thicket with patches of Acacia tortilis woodland, forest dominated by patches of Acacia Elatior and Doum palm, Hyphaene coriacea, bushland and open areas of lava rock with scattered grass and shrubs with Ipomoea, Grewia, Acacia Senegal and Salvadora. The alkaline grasslands dotted with springs and swamps. Shaba has 17 springs where animals congregate during the dry season; many small hills dot the landscape and with four springs, Shaba is better watered than its neighbors. It is a place for the connoisseur, where the quality of the experience exceeds the extreme concentrations of wildlife. This National reserve has many different species of game and like in Sambury includes the Reticulated giraffe, Somalia ostrich, and Gravy’s zebra, hippo, crocodiles, gemuk, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, heyna and small herds of Elephants. Large flocks of helmeted and vulturine guinea fowls are a common attraction

 

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