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Buffalo Springs National Reserve

The Buffalo Springs Reserve, forms part of a large complex of reserves- the other two is Samburu and Shaba. Buffalo and Samburu are adjacent to one another and are only separated by a river. The reserve boasts of a wide mix of animal and plant life, most of which rely on the Ewaso Nyiro River for survival. Wildlife found includes buffalos, cheetahs, eland, elephant, gazelles, gerenuk, hippos, leopards, lions, oryx. Four of the 'big five' can be seen with the exception of the rhino. A huge number of bird species (365) have been observed in the reserve including the heaviest flying bird; the Somali ostrich and the kori bustard.

The reserve is on gentle lowland plain and has a main feature in the form of an ancient lava- terrace that forms the Champagne Ride in the Southeast. The Ewaso Nyiro is the main source of water and is replaced by the Isiolo River when it runs dry-which is a rare occurrence. The Buffalo springs on the other hand are a permanent source of drinking water for the wildlife. The vegetation in the reserve is mainly riverine forest, grasslands and woodlands.

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Buffalo Springs National Reserve - elephants crossing Ewaso Nyiro river



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