Samburu offers haven like no other for bird watchers

The park is home to more than 360 species of African and exotic birds.

Monday March 14 2016

Buffalo Springs National Reserve is home to more than 360 species of African and exotic birds. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Buffalo Springs National Reserve is home to more than 360 species of African and exotic birds. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By VIVIAN JEBET
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Bird lovers in search of an unforgettable adventure will find Buffalo Springs National Reserve in Isiolo probably the best place to be.

The park is home to more than 360 species of African and exotic birds. Buffalo Springs National Reserve is just 20 kilometres from Isiolo Town and is easily accessible by road.

The reserve is home to hornbills, weavers, plovers and spur fowls, which come from northern Tanzania. They easily adapt to northern Kenya’s climate.

The many trees in the reserve attract a variety of birds, some which cannot be found anywhere else on earth.

It also has fine Safari lodges and camps, built using traditional materials.

One can have a view of the plains, animals and birds while in one of these lodges.

However, the Samburu-Simba Lodge offers the perfect location to watch the birds, especially the rock trush bird, which can play up to 16 tunes.

The lodge overlooks the Buffalo Springs and the River Ewaso Ngiro. The cool breeze from the river soothes one as he or she watches hundreds of birds feeding.

The world’s heaviest flying bird — the Kori Bustard — is rarely found anywhere else on earth. They are plenty in the reserve.

Yellow golden palm weaver, rock trush and the vulturine Guinea fowl are among the most loved birds by tourists and ornithologists.

The view of the stunning plains and the sunset can offer a relaxing feeling while one listens to melodies.

Sometimes, one need not go on a game drive around the park since the restaurant, bar and rooms overlook the river where tens of elephants, crocodiles, reticulated giraffes, Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx, hippos and monkeys can be seen.

The lodge also nestles unobtrusively into the landscape, making it an unrivalled location that can offer a variety of adventures.

The Samburu-Simba lodge offers a perfect venue for any event and one can enjoy a special touch for food and beverages.

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