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Northern Kenya Circuit Route

Northern Kenya Circuit of Kenya offers a great safari getaway off the beaten track. Regional highlights include Samburu National Reserve, Buffalo Springs, Shaba, and Laikipia wilderness which all share aspects of the Ewaso Nyiro Eco-system.

Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba

Ewaso Nyiro River flows through all three great reserves, sustaining a range of wildlife and various communities in an otherwise arid region between Mount Kenya and the Vast lowlands of the Northern Frontier.

These reserves are popular due to the diversity of free-ranging wildlife which is uncommon in other safari destinations. Huge African Elephant herds about 1000 strong and lions frequent the lush riverside in Samburu National Reserve while the plains are favored by Cheetahs.

Wild dogs on the run also pass through this reserve. Unique or rare species found in this area include the Somali Ostrich, Pancake Tortoise, Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy`s Zebra, and Beisa Oryx as well as Williamson lark.

The verdant riverine forest is the preferred habitat for the Leopard and abundant birdlife including 2 local species. In all, there are more than 400 bird species- the Taita Falcon, Great Egret, Palm Nut Vulture, and Yellow-billed Oxpecker.

Activities and Access

Game viewing is the primary activity via game drives and walks, as well as birding activities. Cultural interaction with the waters is high.

From Nairobi by road, the journey takes at least 6 hours via Nanyuki, Isiolo, and Archer’s post. For flight Safaris, the Samburu and Buffalo Springs airstrips are served by scheduled connections from Nairobi and private charters are available.

Laikipia Plateau

Laikipia is a celebration of biodiversity and ranks second in importance to the Masai Mara. The Ewaso Nyiro ecosystem supports a great range of large mammals in Kenya, including huge numbers of Elephants and Black rhinos.

Loisaba Lodge

Loisaba Lodge is a luxurious safari lodge with excellent facilities and a range of exciting activities to enjoy the sky limit.

Wildlife is abundant and what you see will depend on where your safari takes you in this region. You could see Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Wild Dog, Lion and Leopard plus plenty of plains. Specialties include Lelwel Hartebeest, Grevy`s Zebra, and Reticulated Giraffe.

There is a Chimpanzee sanctuary at Ol Pejeta which provides care and protection for rescued Chimps from the bush meat.

Activities and Access

There is plenty to do in this region. Safari activities include game drives and guided walks plus Camel Safaris. Other options would be scenic flights, quad biking, horse riding and mountain biking, fishing, and climbing.

The area is made up of mostly private ranches and it would be best to have a reservation so that you can gain access and make the most of your stay.

For more information visit Simba Paka Safaris

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