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GUIDE ON SHABA NATIONAL RESERVE IN KENYA

Shaba National Reserve in northern Kenya offers the astute African traveler 92 square miles (239 square kilometers) of breathtaking 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 Falls 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, AfricanMecca guests are also sure to see common species such as buffalos, elephants, grant’s gazelles, dik-diks, hippos, waterbucks and many more! Predators survive well with numerous prey animals, so you are likely to see cheetahs, lions, leopards and even Nile crocodiles to nocturnal fauna like aardwolves and striped hyenas. The forests and arid areas attract more than 450 species of birds. White-throated bee-eaters, palm nut vultures, verreaux’s eagles, yellow-necked spur fowls, red-billed hornbills and secretary birds are just some of the avi-fauna that have been recorded in Shaba.

The reserve is also the southern limit for three arid country species – Donaldson’s Smith sparrow-weavers, bristle-crowned starlings and shining sunbirds. Visit from October to April, and you can also record migratory species. From the action-adventure tours of Shaba of game drives to the more leisurely and intimate exploration of nature walks, the reserve fits your personal style of discovering a remote and wild landscape. Game drives are offered every day in the morning and afternoon, and we can arrange a full-day game drive that includes a delectable bush lunch. These drives are exceptional options for photographers as you cross the varied terrain under different light conditions to capture some of the most iconic images of East Africa. Guided nature walks are customized to your pace to suit your fitness and interest level. Guides describe small aspects of the ecosystem that are easily missed during high-paced game drives. AfricanMecca highly recommends that you schedule time for a village visit to interact with the local Samburu tribe. While you learn about some of the native cultures during game drives and nature walks, being in a village is quite a different experience. You may be invited into a home for meal preparation, learn traditional jewelry making, cattle herding and even attend an elder’s counsel. Members of the local villages are especially accommodating to children and arrange unique activities to fit their age level and curiosity.
WHERE TO STAY IN SHABA
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WHERE TO STAY IN SHABA

We recommend Joy's Camp for a premier safari experience offering the utmost in service, food, room quality, location, exclusivity, guides and much more. Sarova Shaba attracts budget value clientele.

SAFARI & TOUR IN SHABA
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SAFARI & TOUR IN SHABA

Your safari of Shaba Reserve ignites your imagination as you anticipate the moment that you see the majestic lions, striking cheetahs, stealthy leopards and other carnivores stalking their prey.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT SHABA

From the herd of animals around the Ewaso Nyiro River during the dry seasons to the lush flora that springs forth after the rains, Shaba offers a renewed wilderness experience every time you visit.

AFRICANMECCA REVIEWS

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  • Dear Altaf, The itinerary you helped us set up was perfect in showcasing it as it allowed us to experience 3 completely different landscapes (Samburu, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara). Thank you...
    Wee Siang Neo & John Lau - Singapore
  • Jambo, Asante Sana! I just wanted to thank you both for a marvellous trip to Africa on our honeymoon. It was everything we hoped for. We saw all of the BIG FIVE. Our favourite place was the Samburu..
    Regan and Brad Bewick - Manitoba, Canada
  • We are writing to tell we really had a great safari experience in Samburu during our Earthwatch Volunteer Project. The Samburu was wonderful and the game drives were a dream come true.
    Sabine, Michael and Yana Schwarze - Hamburg, Germany
  • Dear Raza, I want to thank you and your team in Kenya for enabling my daughter and me to once again experience a series of fantastic game drives, safaris in Samburu, and two locations in the Masai Mara.
    Larence Seigford and Laura Stinson - Florida, United States
  • This is to let you know my guests, The Bryant's, had a wonderful time on the trip Samburu, Masai Mara/Kenya, Chobe/Botswana & Victoria Falls/Zambia. Everything was perfect! Thank you..
    Christine Milan - MT Carmel Travel - Connecticut, United States
  • Jambo Altaf and Raza! We are back on earth now after our fabulous honeymoon. This is to say THANK YOU so much for organising a week in Kenya that we will never forget.....!
    Dr Krina Zondervan, Oxford University - United Kingdom
  • Dear Raza, Wow. Incredible. Amazing. Exhilerating. You planned it to perfection. The places I stayed, the people who worked there, the food, the tours, the parks (Samburu is my favorite).
    Madison Hildebrand - New York, United States

EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR SHABA IN NORTHERN KENYA

When visiting Shaba National Reserve, we recommend combining your safari with a visit to Amboseli, Masai Mara, Nakuru and Naivasha Great Rift Valley Lakes. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru or Tsavo ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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