Buffalo Springs National Reserve


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The springs of life

Written on: March 09, 2014   |   I visited in September 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, the reticulated giraffe, elephants and many of the big game. What I never saw was the rhino. There are many Somali ostriches dotting the park with their long blue legs, too.
The Ewaso Nyiro river forms a boundary between Samburu Game Reserve, Shaba and Buffalo Springs with the three forming a complex. Now, if you are in Buffalo Springs do not cross the river at the bridge unless you are wiling to pay again. They lie in different counties and are managed differently. The Shaba Reserve way up lies in the same county as Buffalo Springs and a single ticket works for the two. It's here in Shaba that the famous conservationist and author of 'Born Free' Joy Adamson was murdered in 1980.

During the day, the animals tend to crowd along the river bank and the springs to drink as others browse the bushes. It gives a cool sighting of the animals with less travelling. Crocodiles and hippos bask in the midday sun as other predators lie in wait of visiting prey. All in all I liked the whole ecosystem of the park.
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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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