Wildlife & Animals – Buffalo Springs NR

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Buffalo Springs offers great wildlife viewing. Especially since game drives can be conducted across Samburu and Buffalo Springs sister reserves. There are decent wildlife densities, and most safari animals can be spotted in a couple of days. Several habituated leopards make their home in the reserve and can be relied on for great sightings. Elephants are plentiful, and there is a good variety of antelopes, including both the greater and lesser kudu with their impressive horns. Of the Big Five, rhino are absent.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantAbundant
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraCommon
LionRare
LeopardOccasional
HyenaOccasional
Wild DogRare to none

Wildlife Highlights

Buffalo Springs is all about the specials – several dry-country adapted mammals that don’t occur in most Kenyan parks can be found here. The Reticulated giraffe has a more striking pattern than the common Masai giraffe. Beisa oryx is particularly well adapted to arid conditions. The gerenuk, with its elongated neck, is able to stand on its hind legs and nibble hard-to-reach leaves. Both the common Burchell's zebra and the bigger Grevy's zebra can be found alongside each other.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Buffalo Springs doesn’t get a lot of rain and can be visited throughout the year, but the best wildlife viewing is in the Dry season from June to October. At this time, the vegetation is minimal and animals congregate around predictable water sources. April is the wettest month, and wildlife viewing can sometimes be more challenging at this time.

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