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Glittering snow-capped Mount Kenya tilts its 17,000ft crown at most every aspect of Samburu National Park. Nestled on the bank of the life-giving Ewaso Nyiro River and surrounded by wildlife in their thousands, our salubrious base is the aptly named Elephant Bedroom – famous for attracting the regular perambulations of our favourite gentle giants. With neighbours like these, there’s no better spot to fall into the timeless rhythm of the African wilderness. A truly classic luxury safari camp, every comfort is catered for at this stylish outpost.
The 14 tented double rooms are atmospherically draped in classic roll-up canvas walls and furnished in subtle earth tones. Spaced for shade, luxurious solitude, and the glorious Samburu panorama, each home-on-stilts provides a romantic refuge. When the sun is high, we retire to our private decks to relax, rest, and observe the mesmerising comings and goings at the adjacent riverbed, a vibrant lifeline to the magnificent elephants, hippo, lion and more who wander freely through sunny Samburu. The happy parentheses to our morning and afternoon game drives—the delicious food and drink the Elephant Room is known for. Typically, tasty breakfasts and lunches are served al fresco, perhaps in the bush for added frisson. Romantic evenings in the dining area pass under the warm glow of hurricane lamps. With everything from wi-fi, bedside reading lamps, and modern en-suite bathrooms with twin basins, sultry days under the shade of a doum palm and starry nights under glimmering African skies are spent here in calm, enriching comfort.
Water is life and the babbling Ewaso Nyiro River delivers it straight to our door. There’s glorious game viewing to be had at this river’s edge—and when yet another trunk-toting memory of elephants roams into camp, our deckchairs make for very VIP seating indeed. Of course, the exceedingly comfortable open-top 4×4s offer equal joy and, after a civilised wake-up call that includes delivery of tea or coffee tent-side, we depart to watch the wildlife at their most active. Stopping later at a beautifully laid table by the river for a cooked bush meal—another highlight. For a contrasting perspective on bush life, step into the thick of it all with a trained walking guide. Or join a cultural visit to a local Samburu village to experience traditional warriors sing, dance, and share stories of great legends and adventures. And at day’s end, a rewarding sundowner awaits us, raised in shared joy at yet another magnificent Samburu setting—yet one more rich safari tradition worth a toast.