Elephant Watch Camp
Quirky luxury and intimate elephant encounters in Kenya's lovely Samburu.
Elephant Watch Camp
Stay in luxurious, imaginatively-furnished netted tents at eco-friendly Elephant Watch Camp. Set in the Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya, the camp is small but perfect, with not a single fence to separate you from the animals that live here. Watch and listen to elephant scooping nutritious Acacia tortilis seeds from your roof. (You're quite safe, so simply enjoy the experience.) Then wake in the morning to birdcalls, step outdoors to explore the camp, satisfy your appetite with five-star meals and tread softly with your Samburu guide as you discover the wildlife and learn the ways of the bush.
At the lodge
The communal area, like the tents, is built of fallen trees and colourfully decorated. Meals are served under cover or beside the Ewaso N'giro River, on whose banks the camp lies. The camp staff make all the food using locally sourced ingredients, so the Italian-meets-African cuisine is fresh and fabulous. Enjoy picnic lunches in the wilderness, and starlit dinners accompanied by the hooting of owls, a lone Samburu flute and the splash of animals in the water. Wi-fi is available.
There are six thatch-covered tents, all decorated in a fusion of luxury African-style bush living and bedouin tent bohemian. The walls combine canvas and netting to keep bugs out but allow in the sounds and scents of the wilderness. Inside, flowing fabrics cascade to the floor, there's a king-sized bed with crisp cotton sheets, lamps, a flashlight, fluffy towels and storage space. The en-suite bathrooms are private, with a bucket shower that is filled with steaming water at night.
Elephant watching is what this place is truly about (some 900 elephant roam free in the Samburu National Reserve), but there's lots more to see from camp – vervet monkey, baboon, mongoose, lizards, crocodile, big cats and a plethora of birds – listen out for the tiny Scop’s owls, which call “trrruk” in the trees every few seconds. Learn to identify the landscape with the Samburu guides, who are happy to help you interpret the signs of the wild.