Samburu National Reserve camps - Elephant Watch Camp

Elephant Watch Camp

Elephant Watch has done something a little different from all the other luxury tented bush camps in Kenya and decided that concentrating on one animal is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when you have a lot to say about it. At Elephant Watch in Samburu the emphasis is on, well, elephants. Iain and Oria Douglas-Hamilton have been working with elephants for the last 30 years, have been responsible for several books, documentaries and bringing to the fore important conservation concerns relating to these gentle pachyderms.

Their daughters, Saba and Dudu also grew up with elephants and Saba is now a documentary presenter for the BBC. Their picturesque camp in Samburu serves as a base for important research into the animal's behaviour, where young Kenyan observers record their movements and interaction. And better still, there is no need to rough it. As guests at the camp, in riverine forest on the north bank of the Ewaso Ngiro River, you stay in large desert tents, furnished with billowing fabric and deep cushions and stamped with Oria's distinctive style, and accompany the guides into the park to watch and learn about these impressive animals.

While you would normally get a veneer of information on a species from your normal bush guide, this camp gives you the opportunity to really tune in and immerse yourself in the elephant's world as well as enjoying the other animals that Samburu has to offer. The guides at Elephant Watch are passionate and knowledgeable and their love for their subjects is is difficult not to become equally involved in the elephant's amazingly human ways. After a dusty afternoon out in the bush, you can return to a cold gin & tonic and a delicious gourmet feast round the communal dining table while the night creeps in and the sounds of the bush envelope you.

A visit to Save The Elephants conservation project, a visit to a Samburu village and a hike up a local hill are included

Incl. FB, drinks, laundry, game drives, walks, airstrip transfers. Excl. Champagne, visits to the elephant research centre.

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