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Amazing camp on banks of Ewaso River
My group of 26 enjoyed 2 nights at this most amazing luxury camp on the banks of the Ewaso River in Samburu National Reserve. They have 14 luxury tents with a dipping pool on each verrandah. The chef served AMAZING food & the service was excellent. Our group of 26 had a long candlelit dinner on the overlooking the river & 2 other couples had their own dining areas. We were all served our 5 course meals in record time. The game drives were fantastic. Elephant roam through & hang out by tents all day & night & you can watch the wildlife go by while you enjoy cool drinks from the spacious seating area. On game drives, I have seen wilddogs, striped hyena, cheetah, leopard (breeding), lions, elephant & all the usual wildlife with very knowledgeable guides.
Good but not great Rating 3.5.
Our first trip to Samburu. We were greeted warmly, staff were helpful, engaging, tent was lovely, and the plunge pool, while cold, was great in the heat. When we arrived we saw a parade of elephants across the river, wandering along the bank, playing, some crossing the river. Enchanting. Our guide Julius was superb, knowledgeable, and happy to make drives productive. Great job! For context, we have stayed at three other camps in Kenya, all in the Masai Mara. The rating would be higher but... Samburu has less wildlife than the Mara. Drove long times between sightings. Thanks to Julius, we saw interesting animals, but it was harder than expected. Food was OK, but not great. Heavy lunches, and menu items that did not match their description were a factor too. Lastly, when other camps include daily sundowners and drinks at camp, the cash bar here was a downer. When we asked for a glass of water with lunch, it was only provided at a cost. Filling water bottles for afternoon drives was a production. Laundry was charged as well, which was another irritant. Not big factors, but just took a bit away from the carefree enjoyment. We should add a comment on sundowners. While not offered on afternoon drives, they did have a reception (every 2-3 days) out on the way to camp that was more than the regular sundowner. Nice. Overall, pleasant, well staffed and enjoyable, just not up to the level of other camps.
Wow, what an amazing experience. This is something I have never experienced before and it was incredible. If you are able to have the opportunity to stay here, I would highly recommend it. The luxury tents are incredible and the food is world class. Not to mention we were able to see and elephant walk RIGHT by our tent. From the time we arrived to the time we left was paradise. I cannot thank the staff enough for their hospitality.
We had the best safari experience at the camp and inside the Samburu National reserve. The staff were amazing,had great food also had the opportunity to take a ride and we saw the Rare reticulated giraffes and Grevy zebras.The maasai were veryhelpful during our stay.I will surely come back.
Nice but areas need improvement
We had a mixed experience at this camp. It was a bit difficult for us coming from what was a true 5-star luxury camp and comparing Elephant Bedroom with that expectation. The camp itself needs a refurbishment. The grounds are well kept, but there are a number of small issues that take away from the overall experience. The tents, while large, are definitely showing signs of aging. There are stains, cobwebs, and some of the furniture requires repair. Our first tent had 2 major issues. There was a pretty bad bug infestation, and our toilet wouldn't flush. We understood that the bug issue was due to the unseasonable rains that happened, and management was able to put us in a different tent, but we did have to bring it up twice. Food: The food was excellently prepared with a many options available, many dairy free options, too. We really appreciated the smaller portion sizes as it really allowed us to actually enjoy a 3 course meal without feeling sick from overeating. Just be prepared to deal with bugs in the evening and an agressive hornbill during the daytime. Guide: Our guide was Anthony. He is everything you want in a guide. He is highly knowledgeable, excellent at spotting animals, and just fun to be around. The camp is lucky to have him. He has been a guide for around a dozen years, but is still so incredibly enthusiastic about his job. Please tip your guides as they are ones that make your experience! The Park (Not reflected in our score) The park has dense bush which can make spotting animals difficult. This isn't a park I would pick for first time safari goers. The park has handled poachers very well and as a result, the animals are not very fearful of cars. This means you can get very VERY close to some of them. You will want to visit this park in order to have the best elephant experiences, to see the 300+ different species of birds, and for the Samburu 5 that can only be found here.
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