The Shaba National Reserve is a rugged wilderness
featuring bubbling hot springs, rolling savannah, miles
of scrub & desert and the Ewaso Nyiro River which
supports a diversity of wildlife.
Shaba National Reserve is part of three small
adjoining savannah National Reserves that lie on either
side of the Northern Ewaso Nyiro River, 340km North,
North East of Nairobi (Samburu, Buffalo Springs and
Shaba). They were established in 1948 as the Samburu
Isiolo Game Reserve. Now they are managed by their
respective county councils, Samburu and Isiolo.
Shaba National Reserve consists of a low lying, semi
arid plains on the southern bank of the Northern Ewaso
Nyiro river. It lies 9 km east of buffalo springs
national reserve, from which it is separated by the main
road from Isiolo to Marsabit. Its Northern section
includes a 34km stretch of the Ewaso Nyiro River; here
and elsewhere in the reserve are numerous springs and
swampy areas, although some have bitter tasting water.
Major attractions in Shaba National Reserve are
Scenic landscape and riverine forest, Permanent Springs.
Shaba National Reserve has 17 springs at which animals
congregate during the dry season. Reticulated giraffe,
Somalia ostrich, Grevy's zebra, Joy Adamson's monument
are some of the attractions of the reserve.