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Buffalo Springs National Reserve reviews

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“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.” - Lisa

The springs of life

Views: 438 Visited: Sep 2013 Reviewed: Mar 09, 2014

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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