Elephant Bedroom Camp
This small and exclusive safari camp is located within the Samburu National Reserve right on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River.
Twelve luxury tents set deep inside the lush plains offer everything you could want from a top-end hotel – comfy beds, bathrooms, plunge pool and a lounge bar.
Each has a private porch overlooking herds of elephants quenching their thirst from crystal blue streams, monkeys leaping from branch to branch of the acacia trees, lions roaring in the distance and crocodiles lurking menacing by the river bank.
Activities here are geared around introducing you to the flora and fauna of Samburu National Reserve. You have plenty of opportunity to see a wide variety of Kenya’s wildlife – the lesser-known species as well as the Big Five – on the high quality game drives. These are taken in open sided 4×4 safari vehicles for the best possible game-viewing experience.
The camp has a resident naturalist who imparts a wealth of knowledge. The educational guided bush walks take you as close as possible to the indigenous plants and animals to learn how the local people use the surroundings in their everyday routine. The camp also has regular visits to a local village where guests can learn more about Samburu culture and witness a little of Samburu life.
The early morning game drive may end with an unforgettable breakfast in the bush, surrounded by the stunning landscape and distant rolling hills. In the evening the drive will take in a scenic point in order to stop for sundowners to observe the sun setting over the African plains.
Elephant Bedroom Camp has many perfect places to unwind after a busy day on safari. There is an elegant open-front lounge tent with comfortable armchairs and sofas and a beautiful view of the river. There are hammocks slung between the trees on the riverbank and a riverside seating area around a campfire – an ideal spot for sharing the day’s adventures over a drink when the sun has gone down.
Samburu and Buffalo Springs
This is the biggest of the three reserves in northern Kenya. Samburu has good populations of elephant, buffalo, cheetah and lion, but it is the best place to Kenya to spot leopard. What’s more, there is the ‘Samburu Five’ which are endemic: the Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Besia Oryx, and long-necked Gerenuks, all of which are commonly sighted. Another delightful sight are dik diks (the smallest of the antelopes) dashing across the roads or seeking shade in thickets.The reserve has some wonderfully intimate camps.
The location of the Samburu National Park forms a unit with Buffalo Springs and the Shaba National Reserve. It lies on the Ewaso Nyiro River and is part of a wondrous savannah which is broken up by mountain slopes. Parts of it are strewn with volcanic rock – another unique wildlife setting.
Between the savannah and forests, a picturesque landscape is created and arguably this scenery is a reason alone to visit. The diverse range of animal species it has to show off is not just an added extra, but a welcome accompaniment.