Buffalo Springs the reserve has a serene setting where you escape into a vast landscape of amazing flora and fauna. The protected area comprises of unique landscape that includes lava terraces, rolling grasslands, doum palms, forests, scrub brush, Ewaso Nyiro River and springs for which the reserve is named.

Buffalo Springs Reserve is part of a larger Samburu ecosystem that includes Samburu National Reserve to the north and the nearby Shaba National Reserve. The extensive open protected land allows the wildlife to traverse safely between the reserves

Bird-watching haven, Buffalo Springs is an ornithological hub   with more than 450 species recorded here that includes birds that are found in arid northern bush country and riverine forests.

Globally threatened species that thrive under the protection of the reserve includes the lesser kestrels and Taita falcons.  The great egrets, martial eagles, African darters and yellow-billed ox-peckers are on the list of vulnerable species. Endemic species include lilac-breasted rollers, grey-headed kingfishers, and bee-eaters, yellow-billed hornbills only to mention a few.


Buffalo Springs Reserve: What Game

  • The rare northern species of reticulated giraffes, vulturine guinea fowls and Grevy’s zebras, Somali ostriches, Beisa oryx and Gerenuks. Also found here is wildlife that is present in many of Kenya’s other parks, reserves and private conservations.
  • Other browsers and grazers include elephants, hippos, the frolicking olive baboons; buffalos, Grant’s gazelles, as well as the elusive predators, such as leopards, lions, and cheetahs even have a chance to see African wild dogs.

Buffalo Springs Reserve: What Activities

  • For the adventurous tour and explore the scenic landscapes, animals and inhabitants
  • On game drive travel across vast reserves with an expert guide to locate diverse wildlife for a ones in a life time experience such as witness a predator e.g. a lion or cheetah make a kill for meal
  • Experience the playful teasing of gazelles on the savannah grasslands obvious of the menacing African predators
  • Motherly instinct of a protective mother elephant fend off crocodiles on the beach banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River
  • A guided nature and birding walk so that you can discover the small and delicate details of the reserve while uncovering the hidden smaller insider’s information that peer from bushes, trees and rocks accompanied by members of the local Samburu communities.
  • Culture immersion - The Samburu are generously personable and happy to share their traditions and beliefs, visit their villages for a complete learn their ancient culture

Buffalo Springs Reserve: Best time to visit

  • All year round

Buffalo Springs Reserve: Where to stay

  • Samburu Simba Game Lodge and Ashnil Samburu Game Lodge
    • Ashnil Samburu Camp

      Ashnil Samburu Camp Luxury Tented Camp is built on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in sits in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve. Buffalo Springs Game Reserve takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the western end of the reserve. It is separated from Samburu National Reserve by Ewaso Nyiro River and is less hilly and dense yet equally very attractive. Ashnil Samburu Camp:Highlights Wildlife and Scenery-The topography of the reserve is characterized by gentle rolling lowland plains and Ancient lava-terrace that forms the Champagne Ride in the south east. The buffalo springs – are permanent and provide drinking water for the wildlife making it attractive to diverse fauna. The vegetation consists of doum palm and acacia riverine forest with a combination of scrubs and grasslands well adapted to the dry region. ‘The Special Five’; Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Beisa Oryx and the Gerenuk Prolific bird life – about 400 species of indigenous and migratory birds Variety of reptiles and aquatic species in the Ewaso Nyiro River Rich Cultural and community attractions – cultural villages which sell their traditional crafts, traditional dances, traditional food and a smile that lasts forever The spectacular Great Rift…
    • Samburu Simba Lodge

      Samburu Simba Lodge is located in Buffalo springs Buffalo Springs Game reserve, within Isiolo District. Buffalo Springs National Reserve is for those who desire a discerning and untrammeled adventure safari trip in northern Kenya’s bush country.  Explore both the Samburu National Reserve and Buffalo Springs.  The park is located on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Kenya, across the river is the Samburu National Reserve and neighboring the famous Shaba National Reserve where Joy Adamson of ‘Born Free’ film lived. Expect to see Gravy’s Zebra, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, buffalo, Waterbuck and crocodiles in the Uaso Nyiro River. Large predators such as the lion, leopard and cheetah that reside in the buffalo springs reserve. Samburu Simba Lodge: Highlights The lodge is set such that it has a magnificent viewpoint to the activities at the river bank and the waterhole from either your room terraces, at the lodge or restaurant. A chance to spot Samburu’s own Special Five -- Somalia ostrich, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and gerenuk the giraffe-necked antelope. Other grazers like kudus, Grant’s gazelles, dik diks etc. each on the alert for predators like lions, cheetahs, leopards and wild dogs A birdwatchers delight abundant…