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National Reserve, Kenya
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National Reserve, Kenya
National Reserve Background
Shaba National Reserve 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). They were established in 1948 as the Samburu
Isiolo Game Reserve, part of the once extensive
Marsabit National Reserve. Now they are managed by
their respective county councils, Samburu and Isiolo.
The reserve consists of a low lying, semi arid plain
on the southern bank of the Northern Ewaso Ngiro
river. It lies 9 km east of buffalo springs national
reserve, from which it is separated by the main road
from Isiolo to Marsabit. The reserve was gazetted in
1974 and is administered by the Isiolo CC. Its
Northern section includes a 34km stretch of the Ewaso
Ngiro river; here and elsewhere in the reserve are
numerous springs and swampy areas, although some have
bitter tasting water.
The starkly beautiful landscape is dominated by Shaba
hill to the south, at the foot of which is a rugged
area with steep ravines. The sandy soils are volcanic
National Reserve Climate:
The climate is hot and dry. Rainfall averages
250-300mm per year.
How To Get To Shaba
The reserves are reached by tar road via Isiolo from
Nairobi, a total distance of 343 km.
National Reserve Major Attractions:
Scenic landscape and riverine forest, Permanent
Springs. Shaba has 17 springs at which animals
congregate during the dry season, Reticulated giraffe,
Somalia ostrich, Grevy's zebra, Joy Adamson's
National Reserve Common Vegetation:
The vegetation in the reserve includes; thicket with
patches of Acacia tortilis woodland; riverine woodland
and forest dominated by patches of Acacia elatior and
doum palm, Hyphaene coriacea; bushland and open areas
of lava rock with scattered grass and shrubs,
dominated by communties of Commiphora spp. with
Ipomoea, Grewia, Acacia senegal and Salvadora; and
Sporobolus spicatus alkaline grasslands dotted with
springs and swamps.
Source: Kenya Wildlife Service.