Welcome to the uncharted home of topi. Boni National Reserve is one of those Kenyan gems waiting to exhale. For now, it is the sleeping giant of the north. Boni National Reserve covers an area of 1,339 km2. The reserve derives its name from the Boni hunter tribe who live in this region. Boni National Reserve was gazetted in 1976 as a dry season sanctuary for elephants in Garissa and Lamu counties.
The Boni Forest, where the reserve is situated, is worth a visit. The forest is an indigenous open canopy forest and part of the Northern Zanzibar-Inhambane coastal forest mosaic. In the forest can be found densities of plant species that are among the highest in the world making it a biodiversity hotspot.
Common wildlife that can be spotted in Boni National Reserve includes the Hippopotamus, Bushpig, Warthog, Buffalo, Common Duiker, and Waterbuck. The reserve also boasts the largest population of Topi in Kenya. It is possible to also spot common carnivores such as the now vulnerable African Wild Dog and the Aardwolf. African Elephants can be seen, although extremely rare.