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It was our first time in Samburu and we were truly delighted with the warm welcome we received after a long drive from Nairobi. The location is picture perfect- on the banks of the river with picturesque views. The tents are spacious and luxurious, with necessary amenities and a plunge pool in the verandah. Meals were all table-service- food was very imaginative and tasty! On the second day at the camp, we were visited by two elephants Obama and Tom just outside our tent which was a wonderful experience! During our game drives, we were lucky to have spotted a striped hyena amongst the Samburu five which are the grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk impala, Somali ostrich and beisa oryx. However, it was quite difficult to find big cats (leopard, cheetah and lion). The following staff members made our stay extra special and memorable: Bernard made us feel at home from the very beginning with a warm welcome. Raphael mastered our meal preferences, favourite drinks and condiments we would need with each meal just after serving us once- this was truly amazing! Moses also efficiently served us drinks and would make sure we were well looked after. Lucas promptly walked us back and from the lobby area to the tent and also took us close to one of the elephants visiting the camp to get some pictures. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, Jennifer organised for us some tea and coffee despite the kitchen being closed. And lastly, Carmen, she made sure our stay was perfect from the moment we arrived, her bubbly personality enriches the atmosphere and makes one feel at home. The camp had all necessary COVID-19 precautions in place and was very clean throughout our stay. Overall, we had a lovely stay and would definitely return!
I was so excited but also nervous about staying here, I'd never been camping or on safari or anything like it before so really wasn't sure what to expect, however I was so happy with the stay I've barely been able to stop thinking about it since! Upon arrival you're greeted with a cold fruit juice (lovely after a long drive and scorching heat) and taken to your rooms. I needn't have worried about "camping" - yes they are technically tents but the hard floors make it seem like a normal room. The rooms were lovely, nice furniture, toiletries, a fan, also a padlock for your tent - you must use this as the monkeys do know how the zips work! We popped back into our room for 'just a minute' and didn't lock it, next think we know it's a mad dash back to the door as a monkey had his head and arms in the gap he'd made from opening the zip and was almost in the room! I was worried about insects but the nets around the beds are great yes there were the odd few in the bathroom but honestly it wasn't as bad as I thought it might have been. The camp is on the bank of a very peaceful river. The whole environment is very serene and it's amazing how different it feels there to 'the real world'. A brilliant way to unwind and cut off from the daily grind of work and 'real life'. We didn't have any elephants come right up to the camp like so many others were lucky to have, but we had many monkeys and an elephant walked down the other side of the bank one afternoon. Our first night once we'd gone to bed there were all sorts of noises outside, which we think may have been an elephant but sadly it was too dark to see. You also do hear the monkeys running around on the roof of your room but I found this adorable. The guards walk you to and from your room if you want to walk at night time, in order to keep you safe. The breakfast is an amazing buffet down by the river and lunch / dinner was a set menu but you get a choice of two main courses and desserts. I'm a bit awkward when it comes to food but they were more than happy to accomodate my requests which was a relief. We had the same staff member 'assigned' to us for our stay who served us our drinks and meals the whole time. The dinner is served in the dark by candlelight so was a bit unusual at first and kind of hard to see what you're eating but I get why this is done (it's very atmospheric but probably mostly to keep bugs away at night time!) The food was always presented in a lovely manner and tasted great. You can tell they take great care over feeding their guests well! There's a gift shop too which sells souvenirs and basic essentials which is very handy. I believe the money goes towards the locals so I was happy to buy a few pieces on our last day. In fact my Mum liked the shampoo and conditioner in the rooms so much I bought her a bottle of each from the shop, it's locally made too which is always great to support. We booked a game drive for the our first morning. We had a wake up call that morning with a hot drink of our choice and biscuits which was very nice. Our driver, Samuel, asked what we wanted to see - my dream was to see elephants in the wild so of course I answered with 'elephants' and my goodness this drive did not disappoint. Samuel was great, often radioing to colleagues and following tracks. He took us right to the middle of a herd of elephants which we got to watch over sunrise. Simply amazing - an absolute dream come true. We then carried on and saw all number of other types of animals, and on our way back we saw another herd in the river a bit down from the campsite. Words cannot describe how amazing this was! I know it's all luck when it comes to wild animals but that's part of the beauty of safari vs zoo's! Samuel was very knowledgable, telling us facts and names of all different animals and birds, even plants. He would answer all the questions we threw at him too. We got back for breakfast which they had kept open for us and immediately booked an afternoon game drive that same day. That evening was similar but we also saw a Cheetah! On the way back Samuel drove us somewhere as a surprise - the whole camp had been taken down the road to a sundowner! We all relaxed by a firepit with snacks and drinks and watched the sunset before heading back as a group for dinner. We left the next morning after breakfast, but I really did not want to! The staff were so lovely and genuine, and the whole experience so wonderful I felt genuinely emotional leaving. At any other hotel the staff will ask "how was your stay?" as a matter of course but everyone here was just so nice I felt like they legitimately cared about you having a good stay; they even waved us off as we drove out - I've never stayed anywhere quite like it. Personally for me, it was magical.
Everything was perfect. The staff very friendly, caring and protective. Upon arrival at lunch the wonderful experience of elephants crossing the river and "disrupting" our lunch. During the day the guards walking with you follow the elephants walking through the camp. On our way into camp we saw a mom cheetah and her babies. On our safari as we left the camp- lions. Had a wonderful massage overlooking the area. Dinner outside under the stars. Great menu, great staff, great views, spectacular elephants, absolutely perfect.
Beautiful setting on the bank of the river. Nice spacious tents. Very friendly service. Food both imaginative and extremely tasty. Very good quality guides. But all comes at a price so somewhere for very special occasions.
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.
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