Bisanadi National Reserve

Bisanadi national reserve is situated in isiolo county in Kenya covering an area of about 600 kilometers squared arid wilderness, the reserve acts as a dispersal area during the rains as it’s adjacent to mountain Meru national park it’s boasts with various wildlife and over 400 species of birds.

Bisanadi national reserve is characterized with Savannah grasslands, forests, swamps ad combretum thickets. The park is found on the Kinna boarder dividing two local tribes the Meru and the Bisanadi, the reserve is very remote and the safari vehicle must be a four wheel drive car,

The reserve was established in the year 1979 and has been managed by the Kenyan wildlife officestourists can make their stay memorable by fishing at the Tana and Rujowero rivers within the reserve. The reserve hives animal’s freedom to roam out of Mount Meru without any human encroachment.

Activities at the reserve

Game viewing

Bisanadi game reserve acts as a dispersal area for Mount Meru national park, Kori national game reserve and Mwingi national reserve. Some of the animals at the park are; African elephant, African buffalos, cheetahs, lions, white rhinoceros, elands, giraffes, impalas, wildebeest, hartebeest,

Bird watching

The park is blessed with over 400 species of birds making it a birders paradise some examples of birds to be seen include malachite eagle, kingfisher, Peter’s fin foot, brown backed pecker and Huggins coarser among the rest. The best time to do birding is in the morning and evening hours.

Cultural experience

Africa is a land of many ethnic groups and different cultural values, Bisanadi game reserve is bordered by the Meru and the  Boran tribes, tourists can visit the people and interact about their ways of life and also enjoy entertainment from the local dancing groups after along day game drive and acquire some unique handicrafts locally made by the people.


Apart from game viewing and bird watching, tourists can compliment their safari by enjoying fishing at the river Tana that has got various fish species. Tourists are always enjoy encouraged to come along with their own fishing gears for this activity.


Boat riding at Tana river Tana

For those not interested in getting into water, they can enjoy their safari by carrying a  launch box and enjoy it during the bait ride at the magnificent river Tana.

Best time to visit

Bisanadi game reserve is hot and arid and therefore can be visited throughout the year but for those interested in a summer like experience the best time is in the drier months of January to March and June to October,

Where to stay

Bisanadi national reserve currently has no accommodation within but tourists can access accommodation from the surrounding are or from Mount Meru some of the suggested hotels are; leopard rock safari lodge, rhino river camp and leopard rock lodge among the rest.

How to get there

Bisanadi national game reserve can be reached by air or by road, when traveling by road it’s easily accessed through Mount Meru national park by Murera gate the Kenyan domestic flights can be organized to Korbessa airstrip near Mount Meru national park.

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