Rating: Mid-range Price from: Â£65-Â£205 pp full board
Samburu Intrepids Camp's location deep inside Samburu National Reserve guarantees close encounters with the region's wildlife. Situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the arid heart of Samburu National Reserve, Samburu Intrepids looks out over riverbanks where herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra come daily to drink, together with the rarer â€˜northern species' of reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx and long-necked gerenuk antelope.
This luxurious lodge offers 27 modern tents all with a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks. Tents are spacious and offer the very latest in luxury camping, with four-poster beds, handsome mahogany wardrobes and desks and en-suite bathrooms with hot showers. There is a thatched dining area and separate lounge and bar areas. The camp has a freeform swimming pool with sunbathing garden and a boutique selling souvenirs and safari essentials.
Samburu Intrepids offers guests early morning game drives, walking safaris with skilled Samburu guides, sedate camel rides and raft trips when the river is high. There are also trips to local Samburu villages. The Adventurers' Club and Young Ramgers Club offer a uniquely educational safari for children of all ages, under the expert guidance of the Samburu guides.
Open: Samburu Intrepids is open all year.
Location: Samburu Intrepids is in Samburu Game Reserve. It is by the Uaso Nyiro River. The camp is a 20 minute drive from the Samburu airstrip.
Rooms: There are 28 luxury tents ranged along the riverside. Tents are furnished with mahogany furniture, large 4 poster beds with mosquito nets and have en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, twin hand basins and flush toilets. Each tent has a secluded veranda. Tents are supplied with bottled water and insect repellent. You can charge batteries in your tent.
Activities: There are twice daily game drives, guided nature walks and bird walks, visits to local Samburu villages and camel safaris. In the evenings there are talks and presentations on culture and wildlife. You can enjoy bush breakfasts and dinners and romantic sundowners. The resident naturalist conducts star gazing excursions. Fly camping can be arranged.
Facilities: The lodge has spacious main areas including a dining deck and open-air lounge. There is a bookshop and reference library and a gift shop, which stocks batteries, charges and camera memory cards as well as handicrafts. There is a swimming pool and sunbathing terrace. The camp offers a currency exchange and laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The Adventurers Club arranges activities for those aged 3 to 11 and there is a Young Rangers Club for older children.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: The camp reception provides an email and internet service.
"After coming from a Porini camp we were rather disappointed that we had constant electricity and running hot water in the camp, and a menu for all meals! We had lost touch with "nature". This is a bigger camp, tents aren't really tents, more staff in uniforms milling around, and many more vehicles in the reserve. The level of comfort is very good, but it wasn't really a "bush" experience. The best thing about this camp was the excellent presentations on wildlife and Samburu culture the two evenings by Thilas - we learnt a lot and had a good discussion with him."