As we have been asked twice to write a review we have decided to do so. We booked Elephant Watch direct one week before going because we were offered 'exclusive use of a vehicle and your own guide'. When we arrived one week later we were told that we could not have a vehicle and guide to ourselves. We were given different excuses and felt we had been deceived. The opportunity of being on our own in silence with the elephants meant a lot to me and was the main reason for us choosing this camp.
We were taken out on our own but never before 10 am. each day. We had no flexibility or discussion about what we would like to do and when.
When booking we were asked to pay an additional $25 per person per night 'service charge' whereas custom is normally to tip staff on leavng. Many people may be unaware of this and possibly tip twice.
The location and camp were lovely and most of the staff were excellent, helpful and friendly but I did spend one night lying in a soaking wet bed after a midnight thunderstorm and with a leaking roof. You need to unzip your tent and go outside to get to your bathroom so if it is raining you get wet underfoot and from above.
We have stayed in many African camps and lodges over the years. This one, although beautiful, fell short of our expectations, and the response afterwards to the various problems we had was sadly met with derision and rudeness. It shouldn't have been like that and perhaps would not have been had management been in camp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Elephant Watch Camp & Safaris Kenya/Samburu National Reserve