Wildlife Conservancy

Buffalo Springs National Reserve

A serene haven for diverse wildlife and natural hot springs.

Kenya
Location
131 km²
Geographic Size
Dry season
Best Time to Visit

About Buffalo Springs National Reserve

Buffalo Springs National Reserve offers a unique landscape characterized by its semi-arid climate, savannah grasslands, and acacia woodlands, interspersed with natural springs that attract a plethora of wildlife. This reserve serves as a crucial sanctuary for species like the Grevy's zebra, Somali ostrich, and reticulated giraffe, making it a vital...

When to go

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Seasons

June - September
Best time to go
The best time for wildlife viewing experiences.
April - May
Low Season
Heavy rainfall can make some roads impassable but offers a lush landscape and fewer tourists.
October - March
Shoulder Season
Short rains with intermittent sunny days, offering a balance of good wildlife viewing and scenery.
June - September
High Season
Dry season with clear skies, making it ideal for wildlife viewing as animals congregate around water sources.

What to do

Wildlife

Buffalo Springs National Reserve is renowned for its vibrant ecosystems hosting a myriad of wildlife, from majestic elephants and graceful giraffes to the elusive leopard.

Lion

Common

Elephant

Common

Black Rhino

Not Present

Cheetah

Rare

Hippo

Occasional

Hyena

Common

Leopard

Occasional

Giraffe

Common

Zebra

Common

Gazelle

Common

Buffalo

Common

Wildebeest

Common

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
The reserve is generally safe under guided tours. Vaccinations for yellow fever and antimalarials are recommended. Follow the advice of tour operators and park rangers for a safe experience.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Located in the Northern part of Kenya, accessible via Isiolo by road. The nearest airstrip is in Samburu, offering chartered flights from Nairobi.
Getting Around
4WD vehicles are essential for navigating the reserve, with guided tours being the most common way to explore.
Visas
Since January 2024, Kenya requires visitors to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) prior to arrival, with exemptions for certain nationalities. Check the eTA requirements based on your citizenship.
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