Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Shaba National Reserve - Sarova Shaba Lodge
Shaba National Reserve - Sarova Shaba Lodge:
It is impossible to talk about the Shaba National Reserve without mentioning Samburu National Reserve, and Buffalo Springs National Reserve, because they are all intertwined, and they form a trio of unusual and attractive game sanctuaries, and all neighbours.
Shaba is a relatively small National Park being a little over 239 sq. kms, and it is only 70 kms north of Mount Kenya, at an altitude varying between 700-1500metres.
Visitors go to Parks to see wildlife, and the Shaba Game is outstanding. You have a very good chance of seeing Giraffe, Cheetah, leopard, and lion. You can add to this gazelle, oryx, zebra, and Gerenuk, but of course it is the predators that are most sought after.
Shaba National Reserve is named after a huge cone of volcanic rock which dominates the whole area.
The Ewaso Ngiro River is the northern border of the park, and as the progress of the river is slow and wide as the river bends and straightens there is good viewing of the wildlife here, and there is a lot more water than the neighbouring reserves
It would be fair to say that visitors to Shaba don’t just come for the wildlife, this place in a real experience from the difficulties of access, only possible through Archer’s Post, and the near impossibility of the tracks in the wet season. Shaba is a total escape from 21st century life.
In addition to the previously mentioned wildlife species, you will have a chance of seeing the following at one of the seventeen springs where the animals congregate during the dry season.
Reticulated giraffe, Somalia ostrich, Baboon, Olive, Buffalo, African Bush Baby, Bushbuck, Caracal, Dik-dik, Kirk's Duiker, Bush, Eland, Elephant, Grant's Giraffe, Reticulated Klipspringer, Mongoose, Monkey, Beisa, Warthog, Waterbuck
It was at Shaba that Joy Adamson the author was murdered nearly thirty years ago, and for that reason alone a pilgrimage to Joy Adamson’s monument is a must do on any Kenya Safari Holiday to Shaba National Reserve.
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