Buffalo Springs National Reserve


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A leopard in Buffalo Springs | Apex Photo Safaris
A leopard in Buffalo Springs | Apex Photo Safaris
About Buffalo Springs National Reserve
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Parks total area:
131 km² (50 mi²)
Year established:
1985
Anti-malarial:
Not required
Park wildlife:
  • Big four
  • Cultural activities
  • Bird watching
  • Nature walks

Buffalo Springs National Reserve is located in the north of Kenya in the hot and arid lowlands of Mt. Kenya. In 1948, the reserve was established as part of the Isiolo - Samburu game reserve with the present boundaries established in 1985. The reserve covers an area of 131 km² (51 mi²) and has a altitude of between 850 meters (2,790 ft) and 1,230 meters (4,040 ft) above sea level. The management of the reserve is done by the Isiolo County Council.

The reserve is generally an old lava flow and olivine basalt volcanic soils plain that experience dry, hot and semi-arid climatic conditions. The reserve has also great features such as the Champagne Ride which is found in the southeast and an ancient lava-terrace.

Buffalo Springs National Reserve is home to the endangered Grevy's Zebra, elephant, gerenuk, oryx, giraffe, leopard, lion, cheetah, hyena and buffalo. The park has recorded over 365 species of birds that include the Somali ostriches that are widespread.

The reserve also has the rare flora and fauna flower vegetation because of its semi arid climate. Set up around stretch of the seasonal Ewaso Nyiro River, the river bank forest provides shade and therefore drawing plentiful of wildlife during the dry season and consequently maintaining many of the less migratory species all year round.

When is the best time of year to visit Buffalo Springs National Reserve?

The best season to visit the reserve is during the months of July and December in the morning or evenings to have an amazing experience.

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Mar 09, 2014   |   Visited: Sep 2013.
Tucked in the arid parts of northern Kenya is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve, eponymously named after springs in the park. The park is vast with endless plains of scrub and thorny bushes. Being on the rain shadow of Mt. Kenya, I found this place a bit hot. The animal population here I can say is medium. There are numerous herds of the endangered Gravvy zebra,... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 08, 2013   |   Visited: Mar 2011.
During the month of March, 2011, we visited the awesome Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The National Reserve is bordered by Samburu National Reserve, which is divided by the Ewaso Nyiro River. We got an open Safari truck that drove us through the reserve’s bumpy and rough road where we could see different kinds of animals. I happened to see some remarkable crocod... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Aug 06, 2013   |   Visited: Apr 2009.
Whoa! What are you doing this far north?!
Well, you will be rewarded for your intrepid nature, I assure you.
There are many of the same fantastic fauna that you can see elsewhere in Buffalo Springs. The true value here lies in the fact that you DID come this far north.
The change is radical, as you stand at the edge of a desert/nearly wasteland that stretches no... read more
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Safari suitability: 8 / 10
Four of the big five. Very small in size.
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