Essential Destination: Shaba National Reserve

Apart from receiving far fewer visitors than its better-known neighbours (Samburu and Buffalo Springs), Shaba National Reserve offers broad landscapes, the meandering Ewaso Nyiro River, lovely Doum palms and picturesque mountain backgrounds, perfect ingredients for an unforgettable adventure.

Shaba home to elephants, lions, cheetahs, grevy’s zebras, giraffes, gerenuks, buffalos, oryx, grants gazelles, dikdiks and waterbucks.

It is also where the renowned Born Free author Joy Adamson spent her final years, and was the  subject of her final book Queen of Sheba.

The reserve was also put on the world map when it served as the location of the hit US reality series Survivor in 2001 making it the first African destination to be featured on Survivor.

You can also experience unique social interactions with the local Samburu and Ndorobo people barely influenced by tourism. The warm and welcoming hospitality makes for an intimate and exceptional experience.

3 Days/ 2 Nights Safari Itinerary

Depart Nairobi at 0700 in the morning for Shaba through the Great Rift Valley arriving in time for check-in, lunch.

Enjoy an afternoon siesta or engage in activities on offer from the lodge; proceed on an evening game drive in the reserve.

The Shaba reserve is semi-arid with the Ewaso Nyiro river cutting through the park giving a source of life and a habitat for the Nile crocodiles and an array of assorted bird species.  You may encounter lions, cheetahs, rhinos, reticulated giraffes, grevy zebras and the Somali ostrich making the reserve a special destination.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/ Camp

Explore the reserve further with an early morning game drive after breakfast and expand your scope in immersing your self in nature.

Look out for reticulated giraffe, the grevy zebras, African bush elephant, Oryx, crocodiles and the hippos. The reserve also has huge numbers of special bird species like Somali ostrich. Return for lunch.

Plan for a visit to the local village (during the game drive or after lunch) for an interactive cultural experience with the community.

All meals and overnight at the Lodge/ Camp

Have an early bush breakfast combined with a morning game drive at the reserve for an alternative of wildlife watching adventure.

Check out by 1030 hrs. and embark on the return trip to Nairobi, lunch stop over enroute.

Why You'll Love This Trip...

The scenic beauty is a highlight, together with the huge number of elephants. Also saw a lion, a leopard, giraffes... Highly recommended to make the most out of Samburu and Shaba, and especially experience the sunset over sundowners.
Svetlana. O
Moscow, Russia

Trip includes

  • Pick up and drop off Nairobi
  • Professional photography & guiding services
  • Transport in Private Tour Vehicle with open roof
  • 2 nights accommodation at an Amboseli lodge
  • Meals on Full board
  • Comprehensive game drives
  • Services of professional tour guide driver
  • Personalized service
  • Drinking water, throughout the tour
  • All Entry Park Fees

Trip excludes 

  • International flights and taxes
  • Passport visa
  • Traveller’s insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to driver/guides
  • Laundry
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Entrance fee to activities labelled as ‘Optional’
  • Others labelled as ‘Extra Cost’

*Note – Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to COVID-19 protocols, security, entry and exit requirements, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check with us for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.

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