The presence of four springs in Shaba National Reserve means that this reserve is better watered than any of the surrounding reserves. Due to the vast amount of rain that falls in the rainy season, the roads here are only passable in 4x4s. On the way to the reserve you will have to drive across hardened lava flows, which adds to the authenticity of your safari experience in this reserve. Shaba is most definitely a reserve for Africa-lovers - for those who attach more importance to the experience itself, than to the high concentrations of game.
Shaba's unique position in Kenyan history
Located in the heart of Kenya, Shaba National Reserve is named after Mount Shaba - the extinct volcano on the edge of the reserve. Right up until her death in 1980, writer Joy Adamson helped tame leopards that she had rehabilitated be released back into the most rugged wilderness of the mountainous Shaba Reserve. Such amazing feats have given rise to Shaba's unique position among the Kenyan game reserves.
Game in Shaba
There are many wild animals to admire in the 220 km2 that make up Shaba National Reserve, such as our old friends the elephants, buffalos, lions, cheetahs, zebras, oryx, gazelles, giraffes, waterbuck, dik-diks, gerenuks and numerous bird species. In the north, the Uaso Nyiro River meanders lazily towards Chanler Falls, only to peter out in the swamps further along.