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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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Good Reserve in the North

This park is relatively smaller than the big one in the south but you can see Lions, Elephants, Cheetah, Giraffe in a little time as it is situated near the river. I would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Hitesh S
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park is relatively smaller than the big one in the south but you can see Lions, Elephants, Cheetah, Giraffe in a little time as it is situated near the river. I would recommend this park as it is not crowded and lots to see.

Thank Hitesh S
Alameda, California
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want o see lions, go here. Saw a mother with three cubs she was shifting from place to place to keep them safe. As close as two feet away. Amazing!

Thank ernrich
Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

This park which is set in between mountains around the river is a gorgeous area to explore. Easy to do in a weekend and we loved all of the wildlife.

Thank ladyswashbuckler
Toronto, Canada
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102 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

This was our first park in Kenya and out first safari drive experience! It did not disappoint. Vegetation is greener and more abundant here than Mara, and much less over crowded. We barely saw any other vehicles while we were on our drives in the park. Elephants are abundant here and often gather in huge herds. We were slowed down... More 

Thank Yin_YY
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

books said not to go this month. It was the best. Barely no rain. No crowds. Lower prices. This is a secret.

Thank Tammy N
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We visited in January and found the animals to be very scarce on the ground. Seen elephants in abundance, beautiful but had to work really hard to find anything else. This was probably due to the heat, so will be returning when the weather cools down. Rangers a little off putting, got the impression as we hadn't employed their services... More 

Thank W_A_M75
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69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

Samburu reserve is a fantastic place to see animals - even the elusive Leopard was spotted during our trip. Gravy's zebras, reticulated giraffe, lions, and elephants in abundance... plus many, many others. Some beautiful birds and fabulous scenery helped to top the experience off - definitely recommended and, if driving from Nairobi, you can even include a trip to the... More 

Thank AndrewClareFred
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Firstly, Tripadvisor should make the following changes: Shaba national reserve is a separate reserve and Samburu is separate. In fact there are three national reserves i.e Shaba, Samburu & Buffalo Springs. This review is for the Samburu Game Reserve attraction. It is perhaps the best national park after Masai Mara if not on par with it. We did miss out... More 

Thank ankeet_sinha
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

From the moment we drove through Archer's Gate I was in awe of the landscape. We stayed in a tent with two bedrooms and our own lounge with all of the facilities we could possibly need. The staff were friendly and welcoming. I would like to specifically mention Josphat, our waiter in the dining area, who couldn't do enough for... More 

Thank Lesleyblahblah
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

Samburu is the best place for Elephants, they are always there, but during the rainy season, they all come to the reserve, you can easely see more than 100 éléphants together.

Thank OlivierTollet

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