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 who can often be spotted cooling down in the riverbed, resting in the shade, or hoovering up seedpods beside the tents.
Elephant Watch is the ultimate in eco-luxury and an unrivalled wildlife experience, thanks to it’s long links to pioneering elephant conservation in Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve. Spend magical days among wild animals with charming professional guides and meet leading conservationists in the field. Return to camp to immerse yourself in a luxury that is highly sensitive to the environment’s fragility.
Elephant Watch’s six en-suite tents are crafted from all-natural materials, including trees felled by elephants, and stand in woodland by the Ewaso Nyiro river. The camp lives by it’s eco-principles, so electricity comes from the sun, and food is locally sourced from the foothills of Mt. Kenya or grown on their organic farm in Naivasha.
What to do?
Game drives: Years spent among Samburu’s elephants means that the herds are now so habituated to the open vehicles and expert guides that they allow visitors right into the heart of their family groups. Elephant Watch are also experts on the big cats and part of a Lion Watch monitoring programme that gets them first on the scene.
Guests can also visit the Camp’s nomadic neighbours in the Samburu communities who welcome them like long-lost friends.
When to go?
The long rains run from end of March to early May, and the short rains are mostly in November. The period in between is hot and dry!
From Nairobi an hour-long flight to Samburu in a light aircraft will take you past the spectacular Aberdare Mountain Range, Mt. Kenya, and then out over the extraordinary scenery of the Great Rift Valley in the north. An Elephant Watch Camp guide will meet you at the Reserve airstrip and take you straight out to the elephants where your wilderness adventure will begin.
Samburu National Reserve is also easily reached by road in five to six hours from Nairobi, mostly on tarmac roads.
Speak to our team:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm
1 Market Place Mews,
Henley-on-Thames, OXON RG9 2AH