It was at Shaba that Joy Adamson’s famous movie” Born Free” was filmed. The dominating feature in the whole reserve is the Uaso Nyiro River on whose banks the lodge stands. All along this river grow doum palms and acacia and other plants that have adapted well to the arid surroundings. Along the entire length of this river are many different species of wildlife and birds some only found in this hot and dry habitat. The Grevy Zebra, the Gerenuk, the Beisa Oryx, and the Somali Ostrich are some of the unique animals found only in this reserve. The reserve is also home to the big cats- lions and leopards, and also has a fairly large population of crocodiles.
The Rift Valley lakes are a group of lakes in the East African Rift that runs north-south through the eastern side of the African continent, from Ethiopia in the north to Malawi in the south. These lakes include some of the oldest, largest, and deepest lakes in the world. Many are freshwater ecoregions of great biodiversity, while others are alkaline "soda lakes" supporting highly specialized organisms.