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Buffalo Springs National Reserve is located in Northern Kenya. Buffalo Springs is located just South of Samburu National Reserve, only separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River which sustains the ecosystem of the park.

Like Samburu, Buffalo Springs provides a great alternative for travellers who want to enjoy a Kenyan wildlife safari but without the big crowds of the Masai Mara. It is one of Kenya's hidden gems for wildlife experiences.

In Kenya's Buffalo Springs National Reserve, you will see animals such as hyena, leopards, elephants, hippos, rhinos, buffaloes, crocodiles, oryx, and more than a hundred bird species.


On your visit to Buffalo Springs National Reserve, you can enjoy any of the following activities.

  • Wildlife game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Walking safari
  • Community visits
  • Camping
  • Photography

When To Visit

Whereas you can visit at any time of the year, the best time to visit Buffalo Springs National Reserve is during the dry month of June to October. This is when wildlife congregates near the water bodies and can easily be spotted in big numbers.

The wet season is also very good, especially for birders as well as wildlife photographers.

Related article: Best time to visit Kenya for safari

Getting There

Buffalo Spring National Reserve is located about 300 kilometres from Kenya's capital - Nairobi. You can go to Buffalo spring using a car and the 5.5-hour drive will take you through scenic countryside with various options for stopovers.

Alternatively, you can get a local flight from Nairobi to any of the airstrips around Buffalo Springs and Samburu National Reserves.

Where To Stay

Buffalo Spring National Reserve has plenty of accommodation options ranging from camping to luxury lodges. Since the park is across the river from Samburu, guests can also stay in Samburu and explore Buffalo Springs.

Whatever your preference, Buffalo springs will offer great options for your stay and even great experiences with the wildlife and natural biodiversity.