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Ashnil Samburu Camp
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Ashnil Camp provides a hybrid type lodging experience as it is tent construction with personal hygiene areas that are standard construction. Facilities are well maintained and the staff is friendly. The meal buffets were adequate but were not extensive in choices. After the Range Rover Safari Vehicle ride over the bumpy roads from the airstrip, you can understand that adequate is OK since supplies come a long difficult road. Our driver and guide were native to the region with our guide college educated and did provide insights into the native life styles and villages near the camp. Our optional visit to a local village(1 hour drive each way) allowed us to visit with the local village/tribe. A tribal entrance fee is required that is shared among the surrounding tribes. To experience actual native lifestyles, facilities and people brought a different understanding of Kenyan Culture.
The area is dry and parched similar to other areas of the world with limited rainfall. The animals do provide excellent photography but there is a smaller choice of animals than the 2 other reserves we visited in Kenya.

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Location, accommodation, food, staff and wildlife were all wonderful! What more can I say! The manager of this hotel was very proud of his establishment and it showed. Thank you for a fantastic stay during our Somak Safari. Highly recommend

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

spent three nights at samburu ashnil camp, and had a great time. couldnt fault the accommodation, a fantastic view of the river, with elephants crossing it right in front of the tent, if you can call it that, its more like a luxury hotel room.the only thing I didnt like was the bed, far too hard.The staff were without exception, wonderful, compared to other camps we have been to,everyone seemed happy to be there.
The food in general was was very good,being a non meat eater, I always managed to find something nice to eat.
So if you like combing safaris with luxury accommodation, you wont go wrong here.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights on the second part of our safari.
The accommodation is in permanent canvas/wooded structures. Some of which overlook the river which is a great spot for watching elephants and giraffe.As is the bar and restaurant.
The bathroom facillities are great, the beds comfy and generally of a very good standard.
The food is all buffet style and of a good quality and selection.
The pool is small and rarely busy as most people are out on game drives the majority of the day.
Staff were excellent, especially Peter the local Naturalist whom you will find in traditional dress.
In the park we saw elephants, giraffe, zebra, lions and gazelles amongst many others.
An additional 2000 ksh will be needed per person if you wish to visit the Samburu village.
We were located in the last tent in the row which howled with wind during the night - my only critism.

Room Tip: Ask for a room nearer the reception overlooking the lake for the best views and limiting the wind!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This "tented" camp is really wonderful and is located right on the river bank. The welcome greeting was lovely with a hot towel and refreshing drink. The staff were excellent as was the food in the restaurant - a buffet with plenty of choice and taste.
A lovely swimming pool on site helped us to cool down between game drives and in the evening thay had a set up a bar right on the river's edge which was very special.
The rooms were wondeful - you did not feel you were in a tent at all - there was a verandah to sit out on and watch the river - the bed was very comfortable and the toilet and shower excellent.
If you have the chance to visit, try and request rooms 16, 17 or 18 to get a very special view of the elephants on the river

Room Tip: Rooms 16, 17 or 18 are furthest from the central area but give the best chance to see wildlife on th...
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Just got back from an eight day trip, we spent two nights at Samburu camp and that just wasn't enough. The staff are so welcoming, the setting was beyond our imagination. Our tent was in a fantastic location over looking the river. We had our first sighting of a Grevis zebra from our terrace, were treated to a show of a family of elephants bathing in the river and rolling in the mud. The resident velvet monkeys and baboons are very mischievous, just make sure you lock the zips on your tent or they will be in. The food was fantastic, something to suit everyone's taste and the Tusker beer went down well after a hot dusty safari drive. This camp was the first of four places we visited on our tour and it was by far the best, probably because it was smaller than the others. We said it would be a once in a lifetime trip, but definitely want to return to kenya and stay longer in Samburu.

Room Tip: The tents to the left hand side of the camp have the best views and are closest to the river.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

The first positive impression was the friendliness of their staffs. Then it was the monkeys around the site. Then there were the beautiful birds next to the restaurant tables. Bush dinner was stunning and well arranged. The rooms are comfortable with great views. All in all, a big YES.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Address: | Buffalo Springs Reserve, Samburu National Reserve 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Samburu District > Samburu National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Samburu National Reserve
Price Range: $183 - $451 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ashnil Samburu Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ashnil Samburu Camp sits in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve which takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the Western end of the reserve. It is separated from samburu National Reserve by Ewaso Nyiro River and is less hilly and dense yet equallly very attractive. After a gruelling game drive you can take a dip in our pool which is a wonderful viewing deck of the Ewaso Nyiro River and laze around in the calm. ... more   less 
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