11 April 2018
I have stayed in man yhigh-end camps and lodges in East and Southern Africa . Elephant Watch stands out as a uniue experience from the setting to the decor to the staff. The loving project of Oria Douglas Hamilton, the tented camp exudes her flair and love of the bush. Living is indoor/outdoor -- with a beautiful outside bathroom/shower. Washing water is supplied from beautifully painted pots. Furniture is made from salvaged wood. Floors are covered with hand woven mats from the coast. If you want to live in a cocoon, this is NOT the camp for you. But if you love luxury camping you will love it!
Expect to be treated as guest, not a client. Food, wine and service are perfect. Saba, the daughter of Oria and elephant researcher Iain Douglas Hamilton, and accomplished naturalist in her own right, is often in camp with her family. In addition to Saba, you are hosted by a manager and wonderful local guides who can tell you everything you want to know about the local Samburu people and well as the elephants (and every other animall in the park). One of the highlights for us was walking to a hill for sundowners accompanied by a several handsome and charming Samburu warriors. Another highlight was the visit to the Save The Elephant research headquarters.
In sum if you, like me, define luxury as exclusivity, autthenticity, charm, and great experiences you will love this camp.