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Sarova Shaba Game Lodge.
  Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
Getting there
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is a 5–6-hour (or 300 km/185 mi) drive from Nairobi. You pass Aberdare National Park and Mount Kenya National Park en route.
You may reach Nairobi by air in about one hour from an airstrip not very far from the lodge.
In Nairobi, safari flights depart from and arrive in Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), not Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK). The transfer time between the airports is 20–30 minutes.
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Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
Shaba National Reserve
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is a tourist class lodge in Shaba National Reserve in the northern part of central Kenya. It's set among doum palms by the Ewaso Ngiro River in the north-western part of the park. The dry landscape and the red water of the river dominate the area.

80 rooms are standard rooms with private bathroom, mosquito nets, fan, 220–240 V outlets and a river view. There are also 5 suites. The lodge has a restaurant, two bars, a swimming pool and an observation deck.

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Sarova Shaba Game Lodge offers bird walks, bush walks and camel riding. There are also other activities, inspired by the season of the reality television show Survivor that was shot in Shaba.
More about Samburu
and Shaba
Samburu National reserve and neighbouring reserves Shaba and Buffalo Springs are located some 100 km/60 mi north of the equator, and just north of the fertile Central Plateau of Kenya. These parks are a first taste of the drier areas to the north.

Few safari-goers travel further north than this; all well known parks of Kenya are further south. Samburu and Shaba are drier than most of these, and offers habitats for some animals not further south, for example beisa oryx, Grevy's zebra, gerenuk and reticulated giraffe. This giraffe has been considered a subspecies of the general giraffe, but recent studies indicate that it may be a full species.

Room at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge.

The swimming pool area at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge.

A lot of crocodiles can be seen in the Ewaso Ngiro River, and the water attracts a lot of animals to the shores, for example elephants, antelopes and monkeys. All the three African big cats are present in the area; lions, leopards and cheetahs.

The Samburu tribe
Samburu's name comes from the local Samburu tribe, which is closely related to the Maasai that inhabits southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. Both tribes live from cattle.

View of the Ewaso Ngiro River in Shaba.

Wildlife around the lodge
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is set close to the bush, and animals may be seen around, including most species present in the park. The animals most likely to be encountered within the lodge area are monkeys and birds. You may look along the river for crocodiles and Nile monitor lizards, and for animals that come to drink.

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