BEST TIME TO VISIT SHABA FOR A NORTHERN KENYA SAFARI
Fauna relocates to the few remaining water sources to drink and find food. During this time, you are more likely to see groups of varied species in one location, and observing the animals is easier because the vegetation is sparse. The roads and trails are also dry, and this accommodates eventful game drives and nature walks. These factors create the perfect conditions for wildlife viewing. Additionally, this time of year coincides with summer vacations in Kenya for American and European families and the wildebeest migration in Masai Mara. As a result, visitor levels are highest during the dry season, though, with limited presence of accommodations in Shaba, you will not find masses of tourists in comparison to the Mara. Also, accommodations charge peaks season rates for rooms during this time.
November and December mark the short rainy season during which some watering holes form in the reserve. Wildlife is slightly more dispersed than during the long dry season. Guest levels do decrease, and the rains have little impact on roads and trails during this time due to the high evaporation rate. However, Christmas, New Year and Easter are popular holiday periods at Shaba National Reserve, so guest levels do increase slightly during these times. The short hot, dry season of January and February is followed by the long rainy season from the end of March through the late May and parts of June. The regular precipitation soaks the ground, bringing renewed life to the parched grasslands and forests. The rains begin as light sprinkles during the last two weeks of March with the heaviest rains occurring in April and May. This time of year not only invites flora to emerge, but it is also when some herbivore mammalian species give birth due to ample of food and water.
The combination of lush vegetation and small newborns of the long rainy season gives every guest a truly magical experience unlike any other time of year. The rains also keep visitor levels low, so you have this virtual paradise almost entirely to yourself. Another advantage of the long rainy season is that accommodations in Shaba reduce their room prices, although rates associated with travel, other AfricanMecca tour logistics, conservancy fees and other costs remain constant throughout the year. Should birdwatching in Kenya be a safari fauna priority, we recommend that you visit the reserve between October and April as this gives you the chance to see migratory avi-fauna species together with varied residents. Temperatures in Shaba range from highs of 84 F (29 C) to 90 F (32 C) during the days conditional on your travel month while temperature falls to an array of 61 F (16 C) and 66 F (19 C) at night. January to March are the hottest calendar months while June to August are the coolest periods.
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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.
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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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GUIDE ON SHABA RESERVE
Shaba offers the astute African traveler miles of breathtaking scenery amidst resident wildlife, arid grasslands and sparse woodland set against the backdrop of an extinct volcanic mountain.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR SHABA IN NORTHERN KENYA
When visiting Shaba National Reserve, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West 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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