Shaba National Park, Kenya


Where is Shaba?

In the arid North of Kenya, water means life. The water of the Ewaso Nyiro River draws wildlife in great numbers to its banks, creating an oasis of green.

How big is the park?
240 Km²

Liwonde N.P. elephants

Elephants move through the river area

Access to the park
Shaba is 100 Km north of Mount Kenya; about 7 hrs driving from Nairobi or a 1 hour flight.

Habitats of Shaba

Arid scrubland; grassland and verdant green forests along the riverbanks.

Animals of Shaba

Shaba is visited by large herds of Elephants, drawn by the promise of water. In the dry season, the elephants use their tusks to dig deep into the dry river beds, unearthing precious water. These waterholes then become a focal point for other game. Several endemic Northern species, including Gerenuk and Grevy’s Zebra are resident.

The forests along the river banks are home to many birds, including local species such as the Palm Nut Vulture and the Vinaceous Dove. These forests are also home to many Leopards, often seen at dusk. The sight of one of these beautiful and elusive creatures is always a rare treat.

Lions are also frequently seen on the riverbanks, and Cheetah can be found on the open plains. On rare occasion, packs of African Hunting Dogs are sighted passing through the reserve.

Accommodation in Shaba

Several pukka lodges and a variety of mid-market options.


Beisa Oryx – a dry land specialist

Park note

Shaba was where Joy Adamson, author of Born Free, spent her final years, returning a leopard to the wild. This was the subject of her final book, “Queen of Shaba”.

More recently, Shaba served as the location for the hit series Survivor Africa, which pitted its contestants against the challenges of this wild remote country.