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Shaba National Reserve

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Address: Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Phone Number: 254 020 600800
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A reserve that is well maintained and contains a wide range of animals including elephants, lions, leopards, Gerenuk and Grevy's Zebras and a rich diversity of birdlife. A little... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Michael A
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A reserve that is well maintained and contains a wide range of animals including elephants, lions, leopards, Gerenuk and Grevy's Zebras and a rich diversity of birdlife. A little out of the way but with the visit.

Thank Michael A
Nairobi, Kenya
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315 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The reserve is outstanding in terms of animals and views. There used to be a good system of signs in place with numbered crossing etc. but most of the signposts are in bad shape with removed signs, no numbers etc. There are also no maps of the reserve available at the gate. So either you have a good GPS or... More 

Thank Barnskybeat
Norwich, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

At the moment, for reasons I do not fully understand, Shaba has significantly less than its neighbours: Samburu Reserve to the west and Meru NP to the south east. On the plus side that means that you can go on a game drive and see no other vehicles.

1 Thank Alan N
Nairobi, Kenya
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55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We went to Shaba when staying in Samburu, they are really close, Fo rme there is not such a difference between Samburu and Shaba. It has a dry landscape and in the places where there is water it is very easy to see plenty of animals. We like it a lot!!

Thank Jimenairobito
Vancouver Island, Canada
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

The standout animals here were the Samburu Special 5, especially the Giraffes and Oryx. Here we saw dozens of Giraffes grouped together regularly and could get close to them. Great intimate park that isn't as busy as others.

Thank ZestyAdventure
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

A small National park which during our visit had a lot of wildlife in it. During our stay the wildlife was mainly on the other side of the park resulting in a bit of a drive before seeing game, but well worth it. The scenery lends itself to some good photography with interesting backdrops to the wildlife.

Thank Andy.Crate
Nairobi, Kenya
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94 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We were there end Oct early Nov, and it was not too hot (which was nice), but very barren, and almost animal-free. We drove around for hours seeing little more than 'basic' animals - this was by far the worst park I've been to in Kenya. One sees more in 2 hours in Nairobi national park than we saw in... More 

1 Thank ddiddo
Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Am writing here to inform other travelers like me about Shaba National Reserve and to recommend the lovely lodge in Shaba known as Sarova Shaba the lodge staffs are amazing people we were received by warm welcoming and i love the kind of meals which we had there. But for travelers who are interested in wildlife safaris you should consider... More 

Thank Ray T
Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

An amazing park to visit while in Kenya, You will see lots of game and nice scenery totally different from other parks in Kenya, special species include the reticulated giraffe, beisy oryx, the long neck gerenuk, somali ostrich among others. A gem in the semi arid area of north Kenya.

Thank tripsw2015
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We did our own game drives and saw everything we could have. Very easy to navigate around as long as you have 4 x 4 and really wonderful game around every corner!

Thank Rebecca H

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