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Elephant Watch Camp

Elephant Watch Camp is a small, unfenced, eco-friendly camp in the Samburu, home to Save the Elephants project.

  • Spend time with elephants
  • Expert guides know them by name
  • Bright, colourful tents
  • Communal meals with Italian-influenced cuisine
  • Visit a Samburu village

Elephant Watch Camp is a rustic, 6 tent camp on the banks of the seasonal Ewaso Nyiro River in the Samburu Reserve. The camp has excellent eco credentials and has been built using local natural materials. The camp is owned by Oria and Iain Douglas-Hamilton who run the Save the Elephants charity and monitoring project, and spending time getting to know the local elephant population with an expert guide is very much part of the Elephant Watch Camp experience.

The tents are furnished with bright textiles, cushions and Kanga robes and wooden furniture made from recycled trees and logs, and solar-powered lighting. All have en-suite facilities and an open-air bucket shower using sun-heated water from the camp's own well. There is a large common room with comfy sofas and chairs where you are welcome to browse through the collection of books while enjoying a drink from the bar.

Food is delicious, using organically grown fruit, vegetables and herbs from the Douglas-Hamilton's farm near Lake Naivasha. Meat is also from their own stock. There's an Italian influence to the cuisine, which features jams, honey, relishes, fruit juice and ice cream, all home-made, with bread, scones and pasta baked daily. Feel free to visit the kitchen and chat to the chef. Meals are usually served in the open air, lit by lamps, lanterns and the camp fire at night.

Game viewing including elephant tracking is offered each day. Guided walks and bird watching are led by local Samburu who are happy to share their knowledge of the environment, its plant and wildlife. Hikes into the hills around the camp and visits to a local Samburu village are also popular. 

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Client Rating for Kenya 5/5 from 58 reviews

We were all blown away by this beautiful place. Everything was first class and Hilary, Saba's great friend, was managing the camp in her absence. She was delightful and looked after our every need. All the staff were wonderful, the food divine and attention to detail was incredible. We loved it here and can't wait to go back.

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Elephant Watch Camp

Elephant Watch Camp

Elephant Watch Camp is a small, unfenced, eco-friendly camp in the Samburu, home to Save the Elephants project.

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