Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

Larsens Camp

Larsens Camp

Insiders Take

Larsens Camp 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!

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, dik dik, waterbuck, birds… all cavorting on the red and green earth, beneath the lapis sky.

Accommodations

Shaded by whispering doum palms and acacia trees, Larsens Camp is situated on the banks of the Ewaso 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.

A note for families & children

Larsens is happy to host children, and baby-sitting services are available if arranged beforehand.

Amenities

  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Electricity available in morning, midday and evening
  • Hair dryer
  • Private veranda
  • Laundry Services
  • Safe deposit at reception
  • Spa
  • Heated pool

Activities

You’re awakened by a butler gently calling “Jambo” (Hello, in Swahili) in the soft light of dawn, carrying a tray containing 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.

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