Buffalo Springs, Shaba, and Samburu national reserves are a group of similar adjoining reserves, well known for their excellent wildlife viewing most of the occasional leopards.

Photographers, birders, and wildlife enthusiasts prefer having visit to this particular area of the country. The Samburu warriors are found grazing in most areas of these reserves, it’s a great chance to combine wildlife viewing and cultural experience, witness the high jumps of the nomads, and incredible sounds from both men and women. Have the best treat with key Savannah specials that have well adapted to this dry land of Kenya, beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe with its striking patterns, Grevy’s and Burchell’s zebras grazing closely together, Gerenuks-the long-necked antelopes that surprisingly stand on their behind limbs and feed on the dry plants, rare cheetahs and lions, plenty of elephants, diki diki and many others.

Together, Samburu, Shaba, and buffalo spring national reserves are rich in birds, with a long list of over 390 bird species, the open Savannah provides excellent birding opportunities to all bird lovers and photographers. Namely,



Chestnut weaver

Abyssinian ground hornbill

Acacia tit

Bare-eyed thrush

African palm swift

Ashy cisticola

Bare-eyed thrush

Black-bellied sunbird

Black-capped social weaver

Black-faced Sand grouse

Bristle-crowned starling

Brown-tailed rock chat

D’Arnaud’s Barbet

Chestnut-headed sparrow lark

Donaldson-Smith’s sparrow-weaver

Egyptian vulture

Fischer’s starling

Golden pipit

Golden-breasted starling

Greater Kestrel

Grey wren-warbler

Hunter’s sunbird

Lanner falcon

Mariqua sunbird

Northern brownbul

Palm-nut vulture

Pink-breasted lark

Pygmy batis

Red-bellied parrot

Red-necked falcon

Red-winged lark

Reichenow’s seedeater

Rosy-patched bush-shrike

Rufous chatterer

Secretary bird

Singing bush lark

Somali bee-eater

Somali ostrich

Spotted palm-thrush

Von der Decken’s hornbill

Vulturine guineafowl

White-headed mousebird

Yellow-vented eremomela



Best time to visit

Wildlife viewing in this dry open land is superb in the dry months of June to October and December to March. Between April and May, it’s a period of long rains that rain at any time and in November.  These rainy months compromise your wildlife viewing because animals disperse which makes the viewing difficult.


Getting there

Jomo Kenyatta international airport (NBO) is Kenya’s biggest transport hub in Nairobi city 15km southeast of the capital. Most travelers all over the world prefer this major airport due to its efficiency. However, Moi international airport is 9km west of Mombasa and is the second largest in the country, so any travelers to Mombasa could easily have a stopping point.


Domestic flights

As your tour operator, we book any charter flights between parks as part of your tour package. Wilson Airport 6km/4 mi south of Nairobi is the closest for domestic carriers.