Bisanadi National Reserve Kenya : Bisanadi National Reserve refers to as paradise unspoiled, located in the vast arid wilderness north of Meru National Park. The reserve hosts both hot and arid bush land -habitat to many species of mammals including elephants, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, buffaloes and truly a birder haven hosting over 400 bird species. Tourists who visit the place can go enjoy boating and fishing on the River Tana and Rujowero as well as camping under the brightening stars in this tough though beautiful area.

Bisanadi National Reserve

This game reserve was established in 1979 and has been managed by the Kenyan wildlife office tourists thus making their stay unforgettable by fishing at the Tana and Rujowero rivers within the reserve. The reserve’s size is enough for animal’s freedom to roam out of Mount Meru without facing human encroachment.

Note; Bisanadi National Reserve covers an area of about 600 kilometers squared arid wilderness.

Bisanadi National Reserve -Attractions

Wildlife; Mammal species include lion, elephant, cheetah, rhino, buffalo.

Birdlife includes; Malachite eagle, Kingfisher, Peter’s fin foot, Brown backed pecker and Huggins coarser among the rest. The best time for birding here is during morning and evening hours.

Fishing and boating on River Tana and Rojewero River

Camping is available

Activities At Bisanadi National Reserve

They include; Bird watching, fishing, Game viewing

Game viewing

Bisanadi game reserve expends its area to Mount Meru National Park, Kori national game reserve and Mwingi national reserve. List of mammal species to explore include; African elephant, African buffalos, Cheetahs, Lions, white rhinoceros, elands, impala, giraffes, wildebeest, hartebeest many more.

Bisanadi National Reserve

Bird watching

The game reserve is gifted with over 400 species of birds making it a hoven for birders, some of them to see include malachite eagle, kingfisher, peter’s fin foot, brown backed pecker and Huggins coarser many more. The best time to do birding   is in the morning and evening hours.

Cultural tour

Well, Africa is a home to many ethnic groups and different cultural values – Bisanadi is bordered by the Meru and the Boran tribes, visitors can visit the people and interact about their ways of life and enjoying their unique entertainment from the local dancing groups after along day game drive and acquire some unique handicrafts locally made by the people.


After game viewing, you can do fishing along River Tana that has got various fish species. We recommend you to carry your own fishing gears for this activity.

Boat riding

This is an impressive activity done along Tana River and if you want to enjoy more than you expected, take along ride at Tana River with your packed launch box during your boat experience.

Best time to visit;

Bisanadi Game Reserve is both hot and arid, therefore it can be visited throughout the year but those interested in a summer holiday is best done in drier months of January to March and June to October.

Where to stay;

Bisanadi National Reserve -currently has no accommodation inside but visitors can book their accommodation from the nearby towns of Mount Meru. Some hotels are Leopard rock safari lodge, Rhino River camp and Leopard rock lodge and others.

Getting there;

Road; The reserve can easily accessible via Meru National Park, Murera gate. Alternatively, you can access the park by use of domestic flights -organized to Korbessa Airstrip near Mount Meru National Park.

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