Shaba National Reserve is a peaceful reserve made famous by Joy Adamson, author of the famous book and film, 'Born Free'. Shaba, along with Samburu and Buffalo Springs are 3 small, adjoining savannah national reserves that lie on either side of the northern Ewaso Ngiro River. They were established in 1948 as the Samburu Isiolo Game Reserve.
The reserve is a semi desert, but attracts a good range of animals because of the river, which acts as a lifeline, while the combination of the arid desert, volcanic rocks and riverine forests make for a very interesting landscape.
Shaba is well known for its large prides of lions, which doze under thickets of toothbrush trees during the day.
Located in the heart of the Shaba Game Reserve, Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is perched along the banks of the Ewaso River and features indigenous trees, a fish pond and a large swimming pool. Free WiFi access is available in this lodge.