Amazing experience at Sentrim Samburu!
Each of the tents is built on top of a wooden platform, with a full feature bathroom attached. Really well decorated inside, and with a balcony facing the Uaso Nyiro river.
This is way better than a standard lodge. Very cool at night, besides being just by the river. On the first night there was a surprise thunderstorm, and you could feel the wind passing through the tent - quite scary at first but great! After that a peaceful night sleep, with no problems from heat or insects.
Suprisingly I was the only guest on my first night there - the camp was quite new and yet not too publicized before the events of early 2008 in Kenya, which drastically reduced the number of tourists visiting the country throughout 2008. I was glad to find one review of Sentrim Samburu after I came back, which means the camp will finally get the attention it deserves from travellers.
Food was great and varied, I was indeed surprised with the variety given the low occupation rate. Staff was very attentive. One last thing - at the time I was there was still not cell phone coverage in the lodge area (which no doubt added to the remoteness of the place!), except for a very small place by the river. The staff can take you there at night with a torchlight if you need to make a phone call, but I guess a repeater station might already be installed by now in the hill just next to the entrance gate.
The road from Sentrim to the central section of Samburu was always full of dik-dik, vultured guineafowl, helmeted guineafowl, spurfowl and sometimes elephants. On one morning I saw a troop of over 100 baboons just after the gate of Sentrim Camp. The giraffes and zebras seem to prefer the central area of the reserve.
Samburu and Buffalo Springs are great reserves, one of the few places where you can see beautiful species such as Reticulated Giraffes, Grevy Zebras, Gerenuk, Somali Blue Ostriches and Oryx - quite a different fauna from Mara and Serengeti!
Sentrim is not so centrally located as other lodges in Samburu, but you can still make great day trips in Samburu and Buffalo Springs from there, and its relative remoteness undoubtedly adds to the experience. Highly recommended!
- Also Known As:
- Sentrim Samburu Kenya/Samburu National Reserve
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River in Kenya and covers 165 km². It is located in Samburu District of the Rift Valley Province. It is one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free. It is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting Oryx calves.Climate Generally hot and dry fanned by a cool breeze. Long rains are anticipated from mid April to May and the short rains from November to early December. ... more less