Samburu National Reserve - Northern Kenya
The relatively new Sentrim Samburu Camp is a luxury tented camp, which is located within the boundaries of the Samburu Game Reserve. Situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, it offers just 20 tents, a central dining, bar and lounge area, gift shop, and a swimming pool, sundeck and Jacuzzi. The camp is 15 minute's drive from the airstrip.
The Samburu National Reserve of northern Kenya, conjoined with the smaller but no less attractive Buffalo Springs and Shaba Reserve, lies 320 kilometres from Nairobi (6 hours by road, an hour by air)at an altitude of 857 meters above sea level.
Kenya hotels and accommodation
Amongst the wide range of Kenya hotels, some make the ideal Kenya safari destination. Choose a safari lodge, safari hotel, bush camp, luxury lodge, safari camp, tented camp or bush lodge. National park accommodation usually takes the form of a traditional safari lodge or tented camp, but numerous other options exist on the park boundaries. Luxury lodges and luxury camp options are also offered in the private wildlife conservancies.
Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves
‘The Plains of Darkness'
Vast, magnificent and still largely unexplored, these three neighbouring reserves offer an evocative cocktail of uniquely contrasting habitats, veering from stark cliffs and boulder-strewn scarps to lush swamps and muddy sandbanks; and from bone-dry bush to fronded riverine forests. Hot and arid, this area is known by the local nomadic tribe, the Gabbra, as ‘the Plains of Darkness', whose heat-scorched scrublands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana. Uncompromisingly rugged, yet vividly beautiful Samburu, verdant Buffalo Springs, and the wildly volcanic Shaba (once the home of Joy Adamson of ‘Born Free' fame, and famous for its large prides of lion), all offer virtually guaranteed wildlife encounters, while elephant roam in large herds and are best seen crossing the river at dusk.
Wildlife highlights: elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, buffalo, hippo, zebra, oryx, gerenuk, gazelle, gerenuk, hyrax and klipspringer. Birds: 395 recorded species.
The lodge offers just 20 tents, (5 deluxe with private Jacuzzis). Each tent has an ensuite bathroom (hot and cold running water, shower and flushed WC), safe, fridge, hairdryer, ceiling fan, tea and coffee facilities, 24-hour generator power, laundry and room service.
Dining and bars
The central dining room is presented in traditional Samburu style and features a wide selection of typically buffet presentations, which reflect international and local cuisine and always provide vegetarian options. The bar overlooks the river. Cultural performances by the local Samburu people are offered during the evenings.
The camp welcomes children.
What to see and do
A place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, Samburu National Reserve lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the Northern Frontier District, whose heat-scorched scrublands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana and beyond. Physically dramatic, the 104 sq kilometre landscape of the Reserve features rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry river beds and fallen boulders rising out of the thorn scrub against a backdrop of the far-distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe. As for wildlife, Samburu provides one of the few sanctuaries in Kenya for the endangered Grevy's zebra, the rare beisa oryx and the blue-shanked Somali ostrich whilst large herds of elephant roam the gaunt hills during the day before returning to bathe on the banks of the river in the evening.
Activities include guided nature walks, game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles, sundowners in the bush and picnics.
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