Ketas Safaris

Buffalo Springs Game Reserve

  • Size: 131 sq Kms
  • Province: Eastern, Isiolo Districts
  • Geographical Location: Shaba is part of three small adjoining savanna national reserves that lie on either side of the Northern Ewaso Ngiro River, 340km North, North East of Nairobi (Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba).
  • Altitude: 800 - 1,230 meters above sea level
  • Distance from Nairobi: 340 Kms


Buffalo Springs records over 365 species of bird. Game viewing and visibility is excellent. Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Elephant, Oryx, Somali ostrich, Hippo, crocodile, the long necked Gerenuk, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, cheetah and hyena.

Buffalo Springs is south of the river from Samburu and, unlike Samburu, has populations of the common zebra as well as the Grevy’s zebra. It’s an unexplained phenomenon why the common zebra is not found on the north side of the river.

If you want to visit this region, think carefully about when to go. Daytime temperatures regularly reach 40°C between January-October, even when it rains.


Dry and patched most of the year


The landscape is rich and varied; game includes elephant, eland, buffalo, zebra, bushbuck, duiker, bush pig, Gerenuk, Plains game and the big cats: cheetah, leopard and lion. Good for birdwatching, it is a little known area which is ideal for walking holidays and camel safaris for the intrepid traveler.

Where to Stay/Accommodations

Only 3 lodges are available, the Samburu Serena safari lodge, and Ashnil Lodge and Buffalo springs Lodge.

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