Samburu and Shaba National Reserves

There are several national parks and reserves in the East African Rift Valley. The unique relief of this area is formed due to the constant movement of the earth’s crust. The unique combination of unique landscapes with an arid climate, numerous reforms, and lakes has formed an unusual and developed African ecosystem.

Samburu National Park is also located in the rift zone in the northern region of Kenya. It is divided into 3 parts: Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba. They are united by an atmosphere of calmness because travelers rarely come here. Their fauna is similar, but the flora is very different in each of them.

Samburu is separated from Buffalo Springs by the Waso Ngiro River. It is the source of life for rare species of trees, animals, and representatives of ichthyofauna, and also saves the savannah from severe drought. Tripety travelers will be able to see antelopes, reticulated giraffes, and desert zebras who live there. Unfortunately, you will not be able to see rhinos in this park because of their mass extermination by poachers.

The Buffalo Springs landscape is a classic African savanna with poor vegetation. Acacias and thorny bushes grow here, and there is dense vegetation along the river. There are oryx antelopes, buffaloes, hyenas, elephants, zebras and giraffes in this park, but it is rare to see a leopard. Once you see a leopard there, do not forget to take some pictures and upload them to your Tripety blog. The river is home to crocodiles and a large number of hippos. There are about 365 bird species that live on the territory of the reserve.

Shaba is part of the Samburu natural complex. Its landscapes are the most picturesque, but it is rarely visited by travelers. There is Mount Shaba Hill above dry savannah and forests near the river. The fauna is similar to the rest of the park, and the flora here is diverse.

Shaba and Samburu National Reserves are very good places to visit with the Tripety travel planner.

  • One of Kenya’s smallest, but richest, wildlife national parks.
  • Home to the big cats; lion, leopard and cheetah.
  • Healthy breeding packs of endangered African wild dogs.
  • Likely to see rare northern species, including “Samburu Special Six”.
  • Birding hotspot with over 450 species recorded.
  • Walking and mountain bike safaris.
  • Visits to local Samburu tribal villages.

As Tripety travelers already know, Samburu National Wildlife Refuge is located in the northern dry and desert part of Kenya. The landscapes of the park are mostly dry hills and plains. Lions, elephants, buffaloes and other iconic African animals walk along these hills. The famous Samburu tribe, related to the notorious Masai, lives in the same district.

Samburu occupies 833 square kilometers; the river Ewaso Ngiro flows on its territory. The river bridge connects Samburu with another nature reserve – Buffalo Springs. The Shaba National Reserve is also nearby.

The rich vegetation along the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River attracts a variety of wildlife, including Somali ostriches, gerenuks, reticulated giraffes, basse oryx and Grevy’s zebras. Also, Tripety travelers will be able to see lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas.

For birdwatchers: the park is home to over 450 species of birds, some of them are endangered.

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