Palm and fig trees surround one of the most luxurious tented camps in the world. Set next to the Ewaso Nyiro River, the tents are well-spaced and come with such home touches as comfy slippers and fluffy bathrobes. The local monkey population can verge on cheekiness, but staff are on hand to chase away the bolder ones. The wildlife of Samburu National Park is on your doorstep.
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.