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Samburu, Shaba & Buffalo Springs
Samburu, Shaba & Buffalo Springs

The Ewaso Nyiro river flows through three great northern reserves, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba. The waters of this great river draw wildlife in great numbers to its banks, creating an oasis of green. The verdant riverine forest is a stark contrast to the arid thorn studded plains. Samburu is visited by large herds of Elephants, drawn by the promise of water.

In the dry season, the elephants use their tusks to dig deep into the dry river beds, unearthing precious water. These waterholes then become a focal point for other game.
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Samburu - How to get there
Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba are all accessible by road via Isiolo and Archers Post. Driving time from Nairobi is approximately 6 hours.

There are airstrips in both Samburu and Buffalo Springs, with daily scheduled flights from Nairobi. Private charters can also use these strips. Accessing the Reserves is difficult without private transport.

Most visitors come here as part of a Safari package from Nairobi or in a Hire Car. Samburu and Buffalo Springs are contiguous reserves, while the separate Shaba is a short drive to the east. The reserves have well established internal roads and tracks.
Samburu - Where to Stay
Samburu and Buffalo Springs both have a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, tastes and interests. There are very basic campsites where you can pitch a tent and sleep under canvas in the wild, well appointed safari lodges, luxury tented camps with large, fully furnished tents, and small private camps for your exclusive use.

Shaba has a more limited range of accommodation. Outside the reserves, private sanctuaries offer both luxurious guest house and simpler camping accommodation.

Accommodation Options in Samburu and Shaba

Samburu - What to do
A safari through Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba is a rich and rewarding experience. Travelling along the banks of the Ewaso N'giro provides a fascinating procession of varied species. Elephant come to the river to drink, and in the dry season, use their tusks to dig deep wells in the dry river beds.

These elephant excavations then become a focal point for other plains game and troops of baboon, attracted by the fresh water supply.
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Samburu - Cultural Safari
Samburu takes its name from the nomadic tribe who live throughout this area. Shaba and Buffalo springs are also Samburu land.

The Samburu have long used the waters of the Ewaso N'giro as a water source for their herds of goats, sheep and camels. In dry periods, they dig wells into the dry river bed, or take advantage of ready made wells dug by elephants.

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