Many travelers are familiar with Masai Mara, Buffalo Springs, Shimba Hills, and Samburu National Reserves but few know or ever visit Bisanadi National Reserve in the Isiolo County, hence the reason it still maintains its authentic appearance and variety of wildlife species.
The Basinadi National Reserve is found in the Meru Conservation Area near Meru National Park (found at the northern edge of the Reserve) although the reserve being home to a variety of wildlife, it receives fewer tourists compared to other national parks in the country. Other Protected Areas that are found 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.
The 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, it receives 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 the 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
There are a variety of different tourist activities tourists can enjoy in this game reserves and among which include;
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 are conducted within Rojewero and Tana Rivers offering tourists the chance of spotting several aquatic species of birds.
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.
The Banks River Tana is 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 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 destination can be accessed using 4WD Vehicles to enter the Park via the Murera Gate of Meru National Park.
Self-drive safari is possible to this reserve by hiring a 4×4 safari vehicle from Nairobi, there are a variety of car rental companies in the country like 4×4 Self Drive Kenya Ltd, Car Rental Kenya Ltd and others can offer you a strong and reliable 4×4 safari vehicle for hire at affordable price.
Accommodation Facilities within Bisanadi National Reserve
There are unfortunately no places to 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.
The park is a perfect destination to visit after visiting Meru National Park and it always has to be a one-day trip because there are no accommodation facilities in the reserve.