An hour’s flight from Nairobi the capital city of Kenya or a five-hour, 345-kilometer drive on good tarmac road, will bring you to the northern frontier that is Samburu National Reserve home to Africa’s Big 5 – the elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino – including the rare ‘Samburu Special’ - the Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Gerenuk (giraffe-necked antelope), Somali ostrich and the Beisa oryx – all adapted to living in the dry zone.
Samburu Intrepids Camp is an award winning year-round camp, wedding and honeymoon destination complete with ultra-modern bespoke tented luxury with every modern facility. Set on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River along a riverine forest, its picturesque setting lends itself to memorable occasions like weddings and honeymoons.
Camp facilities include 30 modern tents with a private porch for a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks. The spacious tents boast the very latest in luxury camping, with soft four-poster beds, handsome mahogany closets and writing desks, and en suite bathrooms with steaming hot showers. The bathrooms are fitted with twin washbasins, flush toilets, and sockets for shavers and battery charging. The main restaurant in set on a raised platform overlooking the Uaso Nyiro River lined with indigenous trees for both in-dining and al-fresco including bush breakfasts and bush dinners under the stars. There’s a fully stocked bar by the banks of the river, a conference hall, a massage room for a wide selection of massages from aromatherapies to deep tissue massage. The camp features a beautiful gift shop with merchandise sourced from the local Samburu community groups and designer afro-chic. A unique feature at every Heritage property is the Adventurer’s Club for the pre-teens and the Ranger’s Club for the real teens where the local naturalists will take over your young charges and guide them through this natural heritage of the wild world. The camp also features a conference room, reliable 240-volt generator electricity supply, safety deposit boxes for all guests’ valuables, camp bookshop and guests’ reference library. Game drives are in custom-built four-wheel-drive safari vehicles.
Dining in the wild adds its own flavor. The menu is varied from meat to vegetarian including dietary specialties. The vegetables are organically grown in the camp yard while the meat and fish is sourced from the best suppliers adhering to eco-standards of sustainability. The three main meals are served in the dining area. Early morning tea and coffee can be ordered to your tent before embarking on the dawn game drive – or you may brew yourself a cuppa in the tent which is fitted with a kettle and the beverages. Breakfast is a huge continental affair. Lunches are exquisite buffets under the ‘barn’ while dinners are formal sit-down affairs. The bush dinners are lauded as the most romantic while breakfast by the river or on the plains is amazing within sight of the animals. Enjoy your sundowners in selected areas in the savannah either on the high brow of the hill giving superb panoramas of the reserve and the river or by the banks of the river while toasting to the wild as the sun sets. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will enjoy camel and walking safaris, nature walks including bird watching in the company of the naturalist, swimming and overnight fly-camping on sacred Mt Ololokwe.
Entertainment includes Samburu dances and talks in the afternoon and evening including a film show on the natural vistas.
The camp has been eco-rated Silver by the Eco-tourism Society of Kenya. Each tent is fabricated with canvas and set on stilts to conserve the local vegetation. The grey water is recycled into the camp grounds. All waste disposal save for the organic stuff is trucked to a central waste disposal plant in Nairobi. Visitors are politely asked to conserve water and not to litter.
Main attraction the 165-square-kilometer national reserve: 3-hour game drives – morning, mid-morning and late afternoon. Nature walks and bird walks, sundowner on the plains, bush breakfast and dinner, Visit to the Samburu homesteads and community areas, balloon safaris with champagne breakfast on landing, massages from a certified masseuse including facials, manicures and pedicures.
In keeping with the new ‘green movement’ of Kenyan tourism, Samburu Intrepids endeavours to uphold the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. The camp enjoys close relations with the local Samburu community, from which some 30 percent of our employees hail. When you stay at Samburu Intrepids, a percentage of your fees will help finance the development of the local primary school at Kiltamany, a bee-keeping training project, and cost-price medical services for villagers from the area.
28 luxury canvas tents all en suite with spacious shower and toilets and changing area. Each has a private bar and beverages stocked. Private deck with each tent with lounge chairs for relaxing by the river. Hot water all day, body massage available in room or massage room. Family tents available – numbering two, each has two rooms with double bed and two singles, complimented with a private lounge. Beautiful décor to reflect the surroundings.
Because of the warm climate, Samburu Intrepids’ public areas are all palm-thatched and open to the elements, raised on stilts to catch the cooling breeze blowing off the river. The main dining room has a seating capacity of 60, and opens onto an outdoor terrace where buffet breakfasts and lunches are served overlooking the river. (Meals can also be enjoyed on your private veranda or at one of a series of specially selected ‘bush sites’ close to camp.) Samburu Intrepids also boasts a spacious lounge and bar area, where our naturalists deliver fascinating slideshows on most evenings, and an intimate conference room with a television for viewing wildlife documentaries. Behind the bar, surrounded by a shady sunbathing area, is our freeform swimming pool – a soothing drop of blue in this otherwise arid land.
Samburu Intrepids offers a range of massages.
Two game drives a day, each between three hours, balloon safaris nature walks, bird watching, visit to the Samburu homesteads and community projects, star gazing and hiking at Mt Ololokwe.
Light entertainment, local Samburu dances.
Complimentary juice on arrival; personalized service; Sundowners, bush breakfast and bush dinner; full day game drive with picnic lunch.
Open all year round.
You have been planning for your nuptials and you want something different. We have an on-site wedding coordinator to help you choose where and how you want the wedding. We can also help you arrange a local ‘Samburu’ style wedding, a ‘bush’ or any other themed wedding. We assist in decorated venue selected by the couple, Sparkling wine toast with the ceremony, all registrars’ fees and the registrar himself to perform the ceremony, the marriage license and certificate and best man/witness (if required).
The lush ground around the camp are ideal for nature walks, bird watching or just relaxing.
Our offerings are as varied as they are bespoke. Our experienced staff will work with you to the last minute detail! Prices vary with the destination, setting and any special requirements outside the normal packages. The packages include:
Modern RoomsCamp facilities include 30 modern tents with a private porch for a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks.
EcotourismIn keeping with the new ‘green movement’ of Kenyan tourism, Samburu Intrepids endeavours to uphold the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility.
Award-WinningThe camp is eco-rated Silver by the Eco-tourism Society of Kenya. Each tent is fabricated with canvas and set on stilts to conserve the local vegetation.
DiningThe main dining room has a seating capacity of 60, and opens onto an outdoor terrace where buffet breakfasts and lunches are served overlooking the river.
WeddingsWe can also help you arrange a local ‘Samburu’ style wedding, a ‘bush’ or any other themed wedding.
ActivitiesTwo game drives a day, each between three hours, balloon safaris nature walks, bird watching, visit to the Samburu homesteads and community projects, star gazing and hiking at Mt Ololokwe.
|On-site Catering: Yes||Outside Catering: No|
|Wedding Planner: Yes||Indoor Ceremony Available: No|
|Outdoor Ceremony Available: Yes||Bridal Suite Available: Yes|