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Why You Should Visit Bisanadi National Reserve


Bisanadi national reserve acts as a dispersal area for Meru National Park. Bisanadi national reserve

Is part of the Meru, Mwingi, Kora and Bisanadi conservation area; it is adjacent to northeast boundary of Meru, Isiolo district which covers an area of 606 km2. In Bisanadi national reserve the vegetation is mainly thorny bush-land and thicket with combretum which exists in the north and commiphora in the south.


To the west the combretum connects with a terminalia wooded grasslands. There are red flowered parasitic loranthus growing on the acacia reficiens branches along the rivers. There are dense riverine forests of doum palm hyphaene spp and raphia spp at the edges of the water courses.


Some of the riverine swamps have sedges cyprerus sp, nd grasses echinochloa haplacelada and pennisetum mezianum. The dominant grasses on the area are sehima nervosa, chloris roxburghiana and other species of pennisetum. The climate of Bisanadi national reserve is hot and dry and this makes the area to be accessible all year round. The area is at most of times free from interruptions from rain and any form of poor weather. The rains in Bisanadi national reserve come in March through May and November to December.


The average temperatures during the day time ranges between 24 to 300 during the day and 15 to 180 during the night. Though it can be accessed all year round the best time to visit Bisanadi national reserve is probably between January and March and June and October. The Bisanadi national reserve can readily be accessed through roads through the Meru National Park by use if the Murera gate.


The Bisanadi national reserve presently does not have fully established accommodation facilities. Therefore visitors in this area can use the adjacent Meru National Park where there are various options of accommodation.

In the Bisanadi national reserve the common activities which can take place include bird watching, game viewing and fishing in River Tana.


In an individual choose to visit Meru National Park they are fortunate since it is a real lonely wilderness and this is where Elsa was returned to the wild. The Bisanadi national reserve together with the North Kitui, Rahole National Reserve as well as Kora National Park forms a protective screen to the east and south and South of Meru. This has the benefit of offering to the wildlife increased movement freedom, and it also restricts individuals from settling in the area and human habitation and destruction of the environment would have serious impact to the wildlife.

This implies that Bisanadi national reserve and its neighbors are real pure and undeveloped sanctuaries. The area has poor roads and it becomes hard to access the area.


The accommodation is also not provided though one can secure accommodation in lodges and camps which are situated in the neighboring parks in Samburu, Shaba as well Isiolo town together wit the Leopard Rock Safari lodge and self service camp is only just across the border in the Meru National Park. This information indicates that Bisanadi national reserve is a true wilderness area and basically one will require a strong four wheel drive vehicle.


The Bisanadi national reserve can be assessed via the Meru National Park and there is an airstrip at Korbessa. If one organizes to visit Bisanadi national reserve then the wildlife sightings are likely to be tremendous and one can expect to view all of the Big Five, and it is among the best areas for seeing cheetah as well as leopard. A lot of elephants and buffalos will be seen especially during the rainy season since Bisanadi national reserve acts as dispersal area for wildlife from Meru.