for something a bit more affordable than the exclusive camps but would prefer a smaller, more intimate option. The leopard is the big attraction and other big cats are fairly common, but you should also look for Grevy's zebra and the reticulated giraffe. Both species are particularly finely marked and can only be seen in Samburu. You can also expect to see elephants, greater kudu, gerenuk, oryx, Somali ostrich and the vulturine guinea fowl among many others.
Many a tale is exchanged around the fire each evening. Amidst the glow from the embers, the calls of the African night, a waft of cigar smoke and the kick of a White Mischief liqueur, game drives are relived and personal histories exchanged - it's a wonderful venue for making new friends and imbibing the essence of Africa as did the safari pioneers so many years ago. An animal viewing platform in a tree lets you scan the vast Samburu plain.
There are game drives, champagne breakfasts on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro river, sunset cocktails in the wild, bird walks and black tie dinner in the dining tent. The hotel dining options are an integral part of the Camp Larsens experience and are designed to pleasantly surprise: from a champagne breakfast by the river to a five-course dinner served by the campfire.
There are bath robes and slippers and a hair dryer if you wanted to use it. Laundry service is available but at a cost.
Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya is one of Kenya’s most interesting national reserves. Samburu is about 330 kms north of Mt. Kenya and lies in a warm low land occupied by the Samburu tribe. This reserve is relatively small but has so much to offer. Samburu National Reserve lies north of the equator and here, you will find some of the animals that are only found in the northern hemisphere. In spite of the Samburu National Reserve been small, you will be astonished at how many animals you will see in a single game drive. Life in Samburu obviously evolves around the Uaso Nyiro River which is a seasonal river.
During the dry seasons, all the animals gather around the winding river in search of water. Samburu also has large herds of elephant and a big group of impala. One also finds lions, leopards, cheetahs, waterbucks, guinea fowls, mongooses, gazelles, elands and a wide species of bird life. Due to its low altitude, Samburu National Reserve is hot most of the year. Even in July when most of the country is experiencing low temperatures, the sun will still shine in Samburu. Most of the lodges and tented camps are located along the Uaso Nyiro River. These are the Larsen’s Tented Camp, Samburu Game Lodge, Samburu Serena Lodge, Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp and Samburu Sopa Lodge. There are also several camp sites. Samburu National Reserve is one of the must-see national reserves on your visit to Kenya. One can get to Samburu by daily schedule flights or by road. It is possible to depart Nairobi in the morning and make it for lunch at Samburu National Reserve. The first 280 kms from Nairobi is tarmac road.
The dust road begins at Isiolo Town. Samburu has a beautiful landscape with rolling hills sparsely spread across the reserve. While at Samburu National Reserve, it would be prudent for you to visit one of the local Samburu villages. This gives you an interesting insight of the cultural lives of the Samburu folks. Their cultural beliefs are similar to those of the Masais who are in the same tribal grouping. They still live in mud houses and still depend on their cattle and goats as the main source of livelihood. They dress in beautiful red outfits and always carry a club and probably a spear during their daily chores. In the summer, Samburu is pretty dry, hot and dusty. Short pants and light clothing is advised. Due to the hot sun, always carry with you a hat and a pair sun glasses. Most of the lodges and camps in Samburu have swimming pools, so it will be a good idea to carry with you your swimming suit.
Larsens Safari Camp Hotel Accommodation
There are 20 free standing luxurious tented accommodations each with a private balcony. All tents are discreetly sited along the west bank of the Uaso Nyiro River with the result that the tents are bathed with light at sunrise. Each tent stands on a plinth of natural stone and all have en suite private bathrooms stocked with a range of Molton Brown toiletries, flushing toilets, constant hot water and 24 hour electricity (240 volts). Each tent features 1 king or 2 twin beds designed in chic safari style.
Larsens Tented Camp Restaurant
Larsens Tented Hotel dining options are an integral part of the Larsens experience and are designed to pleasantly surprise: from a champagne breakfast by the river to a five-course dinner served by the camp fire. The dining tent is open on three sides and faces the river. A first class dinner elegantly served by candlelight on tables set with silver and Larsen’s china.
Larsens Tented Camp Tree house - An excellent place to enjoy a sundowner as you look out onto the plains as the animals walk by
Larsens Tented Camp Tent Bar - In the bar, Eric Larsen’s old cabin trunks and pith helmets add to the period flavor while you play backgammon or chess on his original boards.
Larsens Lounge - For the rainy days of which there are very few, or for the evening that you can not sleep, a small `card' tent, stocks a number of board games and a library of magazines and wildlife books.
Larsens Tented Camp Camp Fire - Many a tale is exchanged around the fire each evening. Amidst the glow from the embers, the calls of the African night, a waft of cigar smoke and the kick of a White Mischief liqueur, game drives are relived and personal histories exchanged - it's a wonderful venue for making new friends and imbibing the essence of Africa as did the safari pioneers so many years ago.
Larsens Tented Camp Swimming Pool - Larsens does not have a pool, guests are welcome to use this facility at the nearby Samburu Lodge free of charge.
Guests can arrange to visit Samburu Lodge in the evening to view the baiting of the leopard and crocodile feeding.
Vehicles can be booked for game drives through African Safaris and Adventures Kenya safari consultant on www.africansafaris.co.ke
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