Shaba National Reserve

Established in 1968 at Isiolo and Neighbouring Samburu Reserve, Shaba is smaller with a greater occurrence of riverine forests with acacia trees, doum palms and a dramatic landscape. Although Shaba is greener than Samburu, it offers a lower frequency of game spotting than Samburu of species such as giraffes, zebras and plains game.

Shaba game reserve is a semi desert with a rugged hilly terrain, with great rocky kopjes (small isolated hills) and lots of springs supporting the abundant wildlife.

The solitary mountain rises to 2,145m from an otherwise flat area.

Shaba is another area made famous for its association with the world famous conservationists George and Joy Adamson and the film Born Free which was inspired by their work. The site was also home to Penny the leopard who was the heroine of her last book. Joys Camp, a luxury safari camp built on the site of the Adamson’s tented home, is the perfect choice for wildlife enthusiasts who are looking for an authentic wildlife experience. The camp overlooks a large natural spring which attracts as a diversity of animals, allowing for continuous game viewing.


This park is 314 kms from Nairobi To get there by air is 45 minutes and by road 5 hours


Temperatures range from 30ºC during hottest months to 20ºC between July and September. Annual rainfalls range between 100mm to 300mm on average usually divided into two seasons, short rains in October/ November and long rains between February and May.

Kenya National Parks & Reserves


Besides normal species found elsewhere in Kenya, the area is a natural home to the five rare species known as the five northern species which are endemic to this area. They are Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the gerenuk. Shaba is also the home for the highly endangered Williamson’s lark. All these rare species can only be found inside this game reserve.

1. Mount Kenya National Park 2. Aberdare National Park 3. Lake Bogoria National Reserve
4. Lake Baringo Reserve 5. Hell's Gate National Park 6. Laikipia Conservancies
7. Samburu National Reserve 8. Shaba National Reserve 9. Meru National Park
10. Tsavo East National Park 11. Chyulu National Park 12. Lake Nakuru National Park
13. Shimba Hills National Park 14. Tsavo West National Park 15. Amboseli National Park
16. Maasai Mara National Reserve