Bisanadi National Reserve, Kenya Wildlife Safari

Many travelers are familiar with Masai Mara, Buffalo Springs, Shimba Hills and Samburu National Reserves but few know or visit Bisanadi National Reserve, hence the reason it still maintains its authentic appearance and numerous wildlife species.  It is found in Isiolo County within the Meru Conservation Area near Meru National Park (found at the northern edge of the Reserve) yet receives fewer tourists compared to the latter. Other Protected Areas that lie within the Meru Conservation Area include Mwingi National Reserve and Kora National Park.

Bisanadi National Reserve covers an area of 606 square kilometers (234 square miles/60600 hectares) comprising of mainly savannah grasslands, combretum thickets, riverine wetlands with sedge and forests on the banks of River Tana.

Once you discover the interesting attractions Bisanadi National Reserve offers, you will regret not visiting it during your Kenyan safari. Also regarded as a dispersal area for other National Parks especially Meru National Park within the Conservation areas, Bisanadi is a haven to a wide range of wildlife species such as wildebeests, impalas, white rhinos, giraffes, Lions, cheetahs, elands, hartebeests, African buffaloes and African elephants among others as well as more than 400 species of birds including sunbirds, malachite kingfishers, African fish eagles, Pied Kingfishers and others.

Other phenomenal places to explore within this Game Reserve include the beautiful Adamson Falls in Meru National Park, Rivers Tana and Rojewero that are ideal for fishing adventures, boat rides and many others.

CLIMATE OF BISANADI NATIONAL RESERVE AND THE BEST TIME TO VISIT

Bisanadi National Reserve is dry and warm all year round with two rainy seasons-short rains from November to October and long rains from March to May while the dry season is from December to March and June to September with average temperature being 25 Celsius degrees during the day and generally cool temperatures at night.

PERFECT TIME TO VISIT BISANADI NATIONAL RESERVE

The dry months of June to September as well as December to March. However, visitors can explore this part of Kenya all year round.

ACTIVITIES WITHIN BISANADI NATIONAL RESERVE

Safaris to this part of Kenya allow tourists to enjoy;

Wildlife viewing

With a place gifted with several game species such as elephants, rhinos, leopards, hartebeests, lions, giraffes, cheetahs and impalas, African buffaloes, wildlife viewing is therefore the number one activity for every tourist to Bisanadi National Reserve.

Boat rides

Boat rides are conducted within Rojewero and Tana Rivers offering tourists with the chance of spotting several aquatic species of birds.

Fishing

Trout fishing tours/adventures are mainly conducted within Tana and Rojewero Rivers.

Cultural tours of the Meru and Boran tribes

These tribes have their boundaries and live in communities marked by Bisanadi Reserve and tourists can enjoy cultural tours to learn more about their lifestyles and unique culture and traditions.

Bird watching

The Banks River Tana are one of the important bird spots in the National Reserve with numerous aquatic bird species. With over 40o species of birds including malachite kingfishers, African fish eagles, Pied Kingfishers and many others, the area shouldn’t miss on your itinerary.

HOW TO GET TO BISANADI NATIONAL RESERVE

With chartered flights from Korbessa airstrips to Meru National Park, tourists can be able to connect to Bisanadi National Reserve but also by road, this site can be accessed using 4WD Vehicles to enter the Park via Murera gate of Meru National Park.

ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES WITHIN BISANADI NATIONAL RESERVE

There are unfortunately no places of stay within this National Reserve but many options of comfortable overnights and dinner are found within the nearby Meru National Park like Leopard Rock as well as within Samburu and Shaba National Reserves.