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There is no doubt why Elephant Watch Safaris was selected as a world "hot spot" by Conde Nast Traveler and Best Tented Safari by The Week magazine. The Camp is owned as well as managed by the Douglas-Hamilton family who has been privileged to work with elephants for more than thirty years. The books "Among the Elephants," was written by them and an account of their time spent studying elephants in Lake Manyara and "Battle for the Elephants," which documents their years undertaking an Africa wide elephant census to put an end to the slaughter of elephants for the ivory trade. As chairman of "Save the Elephants", a registered charity, Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton was also involved in the recent making of the Discovery Channel IMAX film, "Africa's Elephant Kingdom."

Accommodation at The Elephant watch camp consists of:

Five spacious desert tents with en-suite bathrooms, awaits guests, perched on the sand banks and sheltered under the Acacia and big Kigelia tree forest. Accommodation can be provided for ten guests. The rooms are adorned with African splendor and eco friendly furniture. Colorful cotton cloths are draped in the room. The unusual and unique wooden furniture is made from fallen trees and mats are woven locally. Start your day with a cup of rich Kenyan coffee delivered to your tent at any time you choose. Conclude your day with a sundowner at the edge of the world or relax on the huge cushioned sofas at the camp and listen to the night awakening. Local and farm supplied foods are prepared and selections of good wines are available, rounding off a bush feast.

Elephant Watch guides meet their guests at either of the two airfields and drive straight to the Reserve where time is spend with the well known elephant families. Situated in the Samburu National Reserve, Elephant Watch Camp is completely private and surrounded by lush vegetation and animals life on the edge of the Ewaso Nyiro River.

The guides know every elephant in the reserve and the elephants know them allowing you to get very close to them. Daytime visits to the "Save the Elephants" research center and the local Samburu community is also on our agenda. Guests are invited to see the northern species of wildlife and hike bush trails to see some of the 400 bird species in the reserve. Early morning or evening bush walks along well traveled Elephant paths or collecting medicinal plants and honey and always accompanied by our Samburu Warriors. Elephant Watch Safaris is perfect for all ages.
Game Viewing
Hiking Take early dawn or sundown bush walks along common elephant paths or collecting medicinal plants and honey.
Tents 5 Five spacious desert tents
Lounge With huge cushioned sofas
Local and farm supplied foods are prepared and selections of good wines are available, rounding off a bush feast
Coffee and Tea
Outside dining facilities Bush dinners etc
Picnic facilities
Bird watching
Tour operator
Forest Views Situated in the Samburu National Reserve, Elephant Watch Camp is completely private and surrounded by lush vegetation and animals life on the edge of the Ewaso Nyiro River.
Ensuite bathroom
24hr medical support

Samburu does have malaria, thus precautions must be taken. In addition to bringing insect repellents containing DEET, malaria prophylactics are necessary. Most malaria prophylactic regimes must be started prior to travel so please see you physician early to obtain the appropriate prescription.

Certain vaccinations are required for travel to Kenya. Many vaccinations must be received at least a month prior to travel, so please plan in advance. Do contact us or your physician for a list of required vaccinations.

We also recommend full medical and travel insurance. EWS can organize emergency evacuation cover with the Flying Doctors’ Society of Africa if requested.

Braai Area
Airport Transfers
Child friendly
No smoking
Dining Area
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Cleaning service
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Full Kitchen
Bedrooms
Linen
Tea and coffee facilities

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Property Type Bed and Breakfast, Camp, Game Lodge, Self Catering
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Reviews

mellowmarcia
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.

steve100
29 October 2017

My wife and I were there the first week in October. Upon arrival we were met by Saba (owner/manager) and team. We were given the camp overview and shown our room. The camp was supporting a Samburu celebration that evening and the patrons were invited. What a fantastic night. The walk was interrupted with several test of skill like running and rock throwing by the warriors and patrons. The Samburu warriors were there cooking goats on the open fire on a bluff over looking the entire valley. The dancing and singing as the full moon was rising was mystical. This went on for a while. The singing continued on the way back in the land cruiser. Just fantastic!!
Lesirin (Bernard) and Lekoyan were our guides and what fun it was. We tracked lion prints for 100's of meters to find the pair working there way toward the river. This was just an example of the daily safaris.
The food was very healthy and fresh and well prepared, how do they do it so well in the middle of the bush??
The tents were very comfortable and spacious.
An afternoon with the Save the Elephant group was well worth the time. Meeting people with a single passion is rewarding.
A great stay.

Wynne UK
01 September 2012

Magical, the design of the "camp" is wonderful especially the semi open air bathrooms with the hand crafted basins set in drift wood. The food is Michelin star quality and the guide Simeon can spot game and birds at 500m with the naked eye.
Highly recommended.
Wynne and Barbara

Superb. 5 out of 5

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