An unbelievably close experience with elephants in the Samburu National Reserve.
This camp offers you extraordinary encounters with wildlife before you even head off on safari – its surrounding doum palms attracts local elephants and as a result, the magnificent animals have been known to frequent the camp day and night. It isn’t uncommon for staff to alert you to make way for a passing elephant!
With just 12 tents, all spacious enough to hold two double beds, the atmosphere is authentic and intimate with warm and friendly staff, some of whom have been at the camp since it first opened ten years ago. Gaze over the stunning views from your deck, angled towards the Ewaso Nyiro River to showcase the landscape, and cool off in the heat with a dip in the miniature plunge pool on your front deck. The comfortable shade of parasols makes breakfasting by the river an easy affair, where you can watch the frolicking monkeys nearby. Settle down to evening meals served by lantern light, with the option to arrange private dinners on your deck, too.
As well as the classic Big Five, Samburu also has its own special five animals only to be found north of the Equator – including the endangered Grévy’s zebra and the large-eyed gerenuk, a long-necked antelope that eats on its hind legs and can reach up to eight feet. Complete your safari experience the most picturesque way – with sundowners, enjoying drinks and snacks to the backdrop of sunset.
On the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in the Samburu National ReserveAirport transfer time:A short flight from Nairobi’s Wilson airport to Samburu airstrip followed by a 30- to 60-minute game drive Rooms:12
12 elegant tents
• Head out on a game drive in the reserve • Take a guided walking tour to try and spot native birds and insects* • Visit a local Samburu village* • Have breakfast out in the bush*.
Dining and lounge tent
Lodge Package • Breakfast, lunch and dinner al fresco or in lounge tent • Local return airstrip transfers • 2 shared game drives per day • Sundowners