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Shaba National Reserve

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Address: Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 20 600800

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Birds everywhere. No flies and mosquitos in Nov.

Wonderful park for bird photographers. We also saw elephants,giraffes,and lots of other animals. Game roads were good.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful park for bird photographers. We also saw elephants,giraffes,and lots of other animals. Game roads were good.

1 Thank welltravelled019
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Samburu National Reserve is always beautiful, whether dry or green.Even if at this time there were several domestic ainamls grazinz and coming for the river, the wildlife is still there. And the scenery is absolutely beautiful!

Thank Cheeriop
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been in expat residents in Kenya for many years and find Samburu to be our favorite national park/reserve. It is accessible as a self drive destination without destroying your vehicle (as in the road to the Mara or Amboseli). We enjoy the unique species of the more common animals (Giraffe, antelope, ostrich, etc) and the large population of... More 

1 Thank Dan B
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved how intimate this reserve was - there's so many roads so you can get close to the animals. The feel of this reserve is more chill than the others we visited as there's less people visited which makes for a more relaxed experience and you get to see way more animals. I highly recommend a visit!

Thank Jemma C
Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited at the end of October. It was very dry and hot so all the animals seemed to be concentrated together. It was great to see lion, leopard and cheetah, but don't forget the abundance of bird life too. Every game drive brought a new thrill. Take time to look at the stunning scenery when you are driving about.

Thank Aliena57
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Our guide managed to locate so many animals in their natural surroundings. The wildlife was comfortable around the vehicles and we saw lions, cheetah, and a leopard eating , all with a recent kill.

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A very different experience than Masai Mara with unique landscape and wildlife. Much smaller in size but not in the amount of wild life density. Best to stay inside the park for early morning and late evening drives, as it gets VERY hot in the afternoon. so many dirk dirks in the morning.

Thank rickyh759
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I've been in Kruger Park in South Africa but Samburu is much better, you really live the african feeling. I've seen almost all the animals, including Leopards and Lions, I visited twice, one at dawn and one at sunset. Recommended

Thank Maximilian479
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We started our 12-Safari here, and saw many animals in the wild that would may not or would not have seen had we gone to other locations. My personal favorite was the Dik-Dik, a small member of the Antelope family, looking like a baby fawn. Cute little critters running EVERYWHERE. Overall great place to see a lot of the animals... More 

Thank Carol T
Gilgil, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Shaba is an absolute gem of a reserve. The scenery is just breathtaking and there are very few other tourists. Very good game in patches along the river front tracks, although game is very sparse as soon as you move away from the river. If you are visiting Samburu and Buffalo Springs, then a trip to Shaba is a MUST!... More 

Thank IanShaw_60

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