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Samburu National Reserve is an arid, wild and little-visited region, well known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife not found in the south: the elegant reticulated giraffe, the rare Grevy’s zebra with its large furry ears, the gerenuk antelope that stands on its hind legs to feed, and Somali ostriches with their distinctive blue legs. You may also see elephant, cheetah, leopard, eland, oryx, impala, dikdik, waterbuck, birds… all cavorting on the red and green earth, beneath the lapis sky.
Shaded by whispering doum palms and acacia trees, Larsen’s Camp is situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River—birds, vervet monkey and dik diks wander freely around the camp. Understated classic safari elegance is the order of the day: hurricane lamps, wooden floors, and oriental rugs make the rooms cozy and comfortable. View elephant bathing in the river from the private deck of your tent or from the cool comfort of the dining tent.
You’re awakened by a butler gently calling “Jambo” (Hello in Swahili) in the soft light of dawn, carrying a tray containing of fresh-brewed coffee and homemade shortbread to fortify you for the morning’s adventure: a sunrise game-drive, rife with opportunities to view predators and prey alike. Lion, leopard, elephant, and Cape buffalo are all resident here, as well as some species indigenous to the area: gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe
Game drives aplenty call us here, but if we prefer we can also swim in the large heated pool, take long walks in the bush with a local guide, have a relaxing massage in the indoor/outdoor spa. Each day ends as it ought…with sundowner cocktails on an escarpment, watching the surreal landscape glow golden as the sun dips over the horizon.
Larsen’s staff strikes the perfect combination of attentive service and genuine warmth, so you feel as comfortable and relaxed as if you were at home. One excellent example of this is the Samburu warrior who stands at attention in the dining tent, carrying a traditional slingshot and threatening bold monkeys with it whenever they approach, eyeing a bowl of fruit. Grumbling, the monkey dashes away to collect his own lunch, and the warrior breaks into a sweet grin, accompanied by cheers from guests. You’ll adore the kind and charming staff so much you’ll hardly want to leave!
A note for families & children:
Larsen’s is happy to host children, and baby-sitting services are available if arranged beforehand.
Private deck with a river view at Larsen's
Evoking another era, the Larsen's bedroom
Larsen's lounge under canvas
Every tent at Larsen's affords a view of the river and its wildlife
Up close and personal with a lion
A baby elephant is just one of many glorious safari sightings