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Elephant Watch Camp & Safaris

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Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
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About Elephant Watch Camp & Safaris
Situated in the semi arid North of Kenya, in a land of endless rugged beauty and untamed wilderness, Elephant Watch Safaris has established its camp on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve. Oria Douglas-Hamilton, together with her husband, Iain, have been associated with elephants for more than 40 years, and have been pioneers in studying the intricate lives of elephants and their intelligent social behaviour. They have brought their scientific studies to the attention of the world, highlighting a well-organised family structure, with a conscious level of emmotions, pain, speech, and protection. Elephants form an integral part of the socio economic livelihood of the Samburu people who share the land with the elephants.
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Erica W wrote a review Dec 2019
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It is an amazing magical place, the staff are wonderful, informative and friendly. All the game drives are private just your party. We arrived and were taken immediately on a game drive with a picnic lunch, so no time wasted, within minutes we saw zebras. It was way beyond our expectations. One day we were out from 9 am until 7 pm and the time just flew by, the guides are exceptional trackers too. The camp is lovely and meals are served on the river bank. Wonderful place.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Carol C wrote a review Sep 2019
Brisbane, Australia27 contributions44 helpful votes
The Highest recommendation. We were look after so well. The management and staff were wonderful. The camp was very clean and well maintained. The safari were wonderful and our safety was never an issue. The animals were in abundance.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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IanfromBErks wrote a review Oct 2018
Newbury, United Kingdom17 contributions11 helpful votes
On my nineteenth safari I went to the Elephant Watch Camp in Samburu National Park in Kenya. I have stopped in Samburu before (twenty years ago) but whilst I liked the park I found it slightly depressing with the quality of the game drives and the regimented approach from the camps I stopped at. I investigated very fully before committing to a six night stay. The first thing on any safari is the guiding and game drives and these were excellent. Starts were leisurely and for the good reason that the white van brigade start early and finish at about 9.30 , we often went out about this time and in consequence we often had good sightings to ourselves, especially of the elephants crossing the river. The elephants were very relaxed with the vehicles from Elephant Watch Camp (it has very close ties to Save The Elephants) So we had great viewing , often alone. It was like a high end camp in Sabi Sands, but with a concentration on elephants rather than leopards. If you want to photograph or learn about elephants this may well be the best camp in Africa for that purpose. Also the camp is quite happy to drive in the adjoining (and I think prettier park of Buffalo Springs. I saw three leopards in six days and one occasion all three species of big cats on one drive . Though two were very sleepy Food and hospitality The food was generous, lots fo fresh vegetables from another property run by the Douglas-Hamiltons . A friend (Hilary) was running the camp for Saba when I was there and she was an excellent host. There was a great ambience about the camp and a determination that it would be as close to nature and very much intertwined with the Samburu people. At the same time is very comfortable, more like a house party with rotating guests than a lodge. The showers are bucket showers but you learn to move quickly and in a place where traditionally there is little rainfall for many months . All right there has to be at least one negative and with me, it was that the bed was overly firm. That's it. One other highlight was the Sundowner - where you could walk or take a Land Cruiser I had expected lots of photos, I didn't expect such a musical
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Prodengwest wrote a review Oct 2018
St Austell, United Kingdom39 contributions18 helpful votes
Leaving EWC today was so emotional after what can only be described as a truly remarkable trip to the most enchanting place on the planet. We were looked after by friendly happy local Samburu people, our guides out in the bush were the brilliant Bernard and his able assistant Boniface. Bernard arranged for us to go to a local Samburu village where we were invited to join a wedding ceremony, what an honour. Hilary met us in the absence of Saba and looked after everyone like royalty, her efforts were very much appreciated as were those of her faithful and very helpful staff. The meals provided were outstanding, the kitchen staff would put a lot of world famous chefs to shame ! Accommodation is out of this world, to lie on the comfortable beds and listen to the creatures of the bush at night is awesome, the tent facilities are brilliant with bucket showers after a safari drive to freshen you up before dinner being a real treat. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for memories that will fill us with that special Samburu warmth for the rest of our days. The plan now is to return as soon as possible to “heaven on earth”
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Date of experience: October 2018
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schisto wrote a review Jul 2017
San Francisco, CA119 contributions61 helpful votes
Elephant Watch camp is absolutely fantastic. The luxury tents look like something from the Arabian Nights, the common room where you have drinks or use the computer is exotically gorgeous and comfortable. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner outside every night we were there, and the food was excellent. We had one member of our party of ten who has celiac disease and a few allergies and they easily accommodated her. Hillary was our host the first few days, and she was very welcoming and lovely and helped us arrange a walk to a goat roast with local Samburu warriors one night (on top of a table hill with a giant moonrise...heaven!), and arranged to get all of us to a Samburu wedding of one of the camp guides that we had been invited to and helped us to figure out what to bring the bride as a gift (a goat, what else?). Frank and Saba returned for our last couple of days, and they were as interesting and fantastic and lovely as always. Our guides and spotters were fantastic, and we had absolutely amazing experiences with them, particularly with the elephant families, which they all knew by name. Samburu has many animals you won't see other places, gerenuks, reticulated giraffes, and Grevy zebra, etc. and the guides were excellent at explaining everything to us. The ensuite bathrooms are quite fun, with bucket showers filled after the afternoon game drive. Surprisingly the buckets of warm water provide more than enough water for a satisfying shower. This camp is very special, not only for how lovely the tents are, but for the people who run it. Everybody makes sure that you are comfortable, there is an enormous amount of knowledge about the wildlife and cultures in the area. Make sure to visit the Save the Elephants headquarters (and make a donation!) while you are staying here. It is very interesting and they are great at explaining elephant conservation.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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