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Camps and Lodges in Samburu & Shaba National Parks

The Samburu & Buffalo Springs Area

The Samburu National Reserve is situated in the hot fringes of the arid northern region of Kenya, where the Ewaso Ngiro River provides the only relief from the relentless equatorial sun. The region is epitomised by gaunt hills, punctuated by scrubland and occasional clusters of vividly coloured desert rose. Here you can view the rare Grey zebra, Reticulated giraffe and Beisa Oryx. Buffalo Springs National Reserve is separated from the Samburu National Reserve by the Ewaso Ngiro River and is equally scenic. Accommodation options in this region include safari lodges and clubs.

The semi-arid country of northern Kenya, framed by volcanic mountain ranges and dotted with lakes, each unique. Throughout the region, rare animals abound; the Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, Grevy’s Zebra, and long-necked Gerenuk. Adjacent to this area is the beautiful Meru National park home of Elsa the Lioness befriended by Joy and George Adamson and featured in Joy’s Book and the film, Born Free.

Similar in the flora and fauna the three reserves of Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs are situated around the Uaso Nyiro River. The park lies in a semi arid, open savannah plain broken occasionally by small rugged hills.

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge

In the heart of Kenya’s “Born Free Country,” and home to the great conservationists Joy and George Adamson, escape to the breathtaking Sarova Shaba Game Lodge, one of the various Samburu lodges, located in the Shaba Game Reserve.

Meet the colourful Samburu tribe or see unique game species during your born free safari only found in this area. Get to visit the crocodile infested Ewaso Nyiro River during your Kenya safari.

Joys Safari Camp

Joy’s Camp is located in the Shaba National Reserve some 200 miles north of Nairobi in the rugged landscape of Northern Kenya. George and Joy Adamson carried much of their famous work in this small reserve, and the camp is on the original site of Joy Adamson’s own home camp.There are ten large Bedouin Somali style tents at Joy’s Camp, each equipped with an adjoining bathroom. All of the tents have a viewing deck that overlooks the natural spring next to the camp. The resident wildlife uses the spring as their principal source of water.

Samburu Lodge

Samburu Lodge was opened in July 13, 1963, and is set in a rugged landscape with a backdrop of jagged mountains and its own indigenous wildlife unique to the northern region of Samburu Reserve.

The landscape, wildlife and vegetation are very different to the lush rolling grasslands of other parks. Samburu Kenya is a place for Lopard, Lion, Elephant and Crocodile. It is the place of the semi-nomadic Samburu tribe. A place of thorn bush open plains and vast horizons. It gives you a taste of the romance of the African desert in Kenya. Beautifully situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, everything at Samburu is geared to making the most of the lodge’s spectacular setting.

Samburu Serena Lodge

Set in a landscape of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, this refreshingly rustic lodge is renowned for the timeless beauty of its landscape and the serene tranquility of its setting. Nestled amidst the acacia groves that border the crocodile-filled reaches of the Ewaso Nyiro River, the lodge stands centre-stage to miles of lion-stalked grasslands, elephant-studded plains and wildlife-teeming bush. It is also ideally placed for visits to the neighboring parks of Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserve. Experience the serenity and tranquility of Samburu at the Samburu Serena Safari Lodge.

Elephant Bedroom Camp

Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs sits this small and exclusive camp of 12 luxury tents – all furnished in rustic African style while offering all the comforts expected of a luxury Camp (hot & cold running water, electricity and herbal products).

The lounge and dining area offer vibrant safari colours with original oil paintings, soft intimate lighting designed to relax guests returning from an exciting game drive. Huge herds of elephant, prides of lion or the solitary leopard amongst other game are regular visitors around the camp providing excellent game viewing in spectacular scenic background of rugged rolling hills. Dining is a culinary experience with al-fresco breakfast, 3 course lunch and 4 course candle lit gourmet dinner set either under the African sky or inside the well appointed dining area.

Elephant Watch camp

Situated in the dry north of Kenya, in a land of endless rugged beauty and untamed wilderness, Elephant Watch Camp is perched on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river beneath wide-spreading Kigelia and Acacia trees in Samburu National Reserve. It is home to some of the largest elephant bulls in Samburu .Everything about Elephant Watch is a feast for the senses, from the style of your room to the food on the table, and it is where your simple bush-life with nomads begins. Each tent has its own bathroom built around a tree to give guests the novel experience of showering under the stars .Six spacious, netted tents at Elephant Watch Camp are specially designed to catch the breeze and ensure maximum privacy and protection.

Samburu interpids tented camp

Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp set in the Kenyan semi arid north, offers 28 modern and newly refurbished tents with a private view over the wildlife-rich banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Each tent sits on a raised deck overlooking the brown river where the elephants sometimes make an appearance or the crocodiles come out to lounge by the river’s banks. Activities such as stargazing ,camel rides and family programs for children accompanying parents .
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