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Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

This was our first safari - a long held ambition finally realised. We could not fault anything at Samburu Intrepids. The tent was luxurious and clean, the setting was beautiful, monkeys and other occasional camp vistors were charming, and the food was superb. Sorry again to the staff that we could not finish all our meals - no reflection on the quality - more to do with the quantities!.
All the staff were warm,welcoming and friendly, and quick to laugh and joke with us. It's difficult to name names as everyone was so nice, but we have to say thanks to Jelly for being a great guide - we saw so many wonderful animals and with Jelly's skill we never felt we were intruding or hassling the animals, despite being able to see so much at close range. Josphat our waiter - watch out for his occasional teasing - he kept catching us out! Francis the naturalist is a great character and it was so good to know that the people like him and Jelly who see these incredible sights every day still get as much of a thrill as we first-timers do. We used to have a "never go back" rule for holidays, however much we enjoy them, as there are so many other places to visit, but we are confident that we will be making a return trip here as soon as we can.

Room Tip: All rooms I'm sure are really nice
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Luxurious tented accommodation over looking the Uasa Nyira River, all mod cons, electricity in all tents ( No power after 12 o'clock at night) but flash lights are available should you need them.

The tents are spacious, with a four poster bed, plenty of storage space, a walk in shower, double hand basins and toilet.

Note from my Wife for the ladies NO hair driers so if you need one take it with you.

Hot drinks brought to your tent when you get your 06:00am wake up call in readiness for the day's Safari.

We would like to thank our driver Jelly for a superb Safari and of course all other staff members for making our stay a memorable one.

Hope to see you all again in the not to distant future.

Gill & Al Rogers Portsmouth UK

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

We stayed at this camp in January 2012 and really enjoyed it. The meals and accommodation were great and we loved the talks by Francis and the guided nature walk. Also, everyone was very helpful. Would love to go back again!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2012

Dear Guests,
You indicate in your response to the Tripadvisor hw much you would like to come back. We can only tell you how honored we shall be to host you again.
We are glad you came.
The Samburu Team

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Reviewed 27 February 2012

We have visited Kenya many times and done lots of safaris . This is definitely the most luxurious place we have stayed. The tents are spacious, with a four poster bed, plenty of storage space, a walk in shower, double hand basins and toilet. You have to be careful to close the tent up whenever you leave, to keep out the vervet monkeys, who apparently have mastered zips.

Meals are taken in a central wooden, open sided building. The food was excellent: buffet breakfast with everything you could possibly want including my favourite of lots of tropical fruit, lunch is also a buffet, including delicious vegetarian curries, dinner is a 5 course a la carte menu - a bit over the top for us, we settled for a main and pud.

The staff were charming and helpful. I took a nature walk with a Samburu warrior, accompanied by a lodge assistant and an armed guard, which I would definitely recommend. The swimming pool was a reasonable size for a decent swim.

Of course there are lots of animals to see: many elephants, giraffes, oryx, gerenuk, waterbuck, mpala, dik dik, ground squirrels, etc. Lots of birds.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2012

Dear Guests,
Just a short note to thank you for such a wonderful review. The Samburu Team is MAD (Making a Difference) and we are glad we created an impression to you.
We shall forever treasure the moments you shared with us and look forward to hosting you again soon.
God Bless
The Samburu Team

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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Samburu Park is famous for its ‘specials’ – gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, vulturine guineafowl and Grevy’s zebra – and we’d booked 4 days at Intrepid’s so see them all really well. We chose this camp because of consistently good TA reviews, and booked directly with Heritage Hotels, owners of Intrepid Camps, instead of going through an agent, as this was/is cheaper and more efficient, and included flights and park fees. The rate of US$1,840 covers airstrip transfers in Samburu, 2 game drives per day, and full board accommodation. Additional tourism fees (park entry) are $70pp/day; the flight rate is $285pp/return from Wilson airport.

There are 13 other lodges/camps in this small park – actually a reserve, managed by Isiolo Council and not KWS - far too small for so many tourists, especially considering that the ‘Buffalo Springs’ section of the park was inaccessible due to a flood-destroyed bridge. We ended up going up and down the Ewaso Nyiro River’s gameviewing loops, and found that 4 days were 2 too many. We could have seen all in two days; actually saw all ‘specials’ already in the first half hour after landing; thereafter concentrated on birds.

The Airkenya Express flight in a small 12-seater was pleasant and took 2 ½ hrs (with stop-over in Nanyuki, on the return flight stop-over in Meru Park). Mt Kenya was well visible, and so were the Aberdare mountains.

Intrepids Camp did not disappoint, the staff was wonderfully attentive, especially waiter Josphat and chef Nicholas, guide Dominic friendly and knowledgeable, and their food very good indeed (always 3 menu choices). For my diabetic husband’s birthday, Chef had artistically carved a ‘cake’ out of a watermelon (see photo), which was presented after dinner in a conga-line ceremony by all staff, singing and dancing, and banging pot-lids for rhythm.

The tents are a bit small, and the villagers across the river a bit noisy. Instead of lions and hyenas one hears donkeys and dogs at night, and laundry and ablution activities are clearly visible during the day from the camp’s tents and dining room. We were told that there are plans to move the village … hopefully soon.

One thing, true for all lodges, is that their exchange rates are terrible ($1=KSh77 instead of that week’s KSh85). When paying the final bill, charges that had been quoted in US$ are converted into KSh, then re-converted into $$$ by credit-card companies, causing tourists to pay bank charges twice. If quoting in US$ why not charge in the same currency?!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2012

Hello,
I am glad you posted your feedback on the Forum. This means a lot for us. Have noted your wonderful comments. Further all the constructive remarks about the Village across, The Bridge that washed away making going towards Buffalo Springs a challenge, The view of Laundry and services areas.
All these comments are now on my screen and I will be dealing with them shortly.
We are glad you came
The Samburu Team

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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Our first time to Samburu Intrepids and we were not disappointed. Our guide was Francis, the resident naturalist, who knew everything there is to know about the location, animals, and culture. The game drives were great, especially the baby elephants.

The accomodation was excellent, the food was of a high quality and the staff very courteous and attentive.

Thanks to all at Intrepids,
Julian & Elaine.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank for the review you just posted on the Tripadvisor forum. we are glad you took time to let us know how you felt.
The team and particularly Francis looks for ward to seeing you again soon.
Kind Regards,
The Samburu Team

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Reviewed 14 February 2012

Spent 3 nights here in October 2011. We flew into Samburu from Wilson Airport and were met by our guide Dom. The wildlife sightseeing started on the way from the airport to the camp - with over 100 photos taken. Dom would stop and point out animals to ensure we got good photographs.
The journey from the airstrip to the camp took around 30 mins and the scenery was delightful. The camp is situated down by the river and on arrival we were taken to the reception area. The dining and reception area can best be described as an open wooden deck, which looks fantastic in its surroundings. Booking in was very quick during which we were given a lovely cooling drink. We were also treated to the sight of a number of the local samburu tribe singing and dancing - tyhis is a chance for them to try and get you to visit their village during your stay. We did not manage this and in hindsight I wish we had.
We were taken to our 'tent - the tents stretch out either side of the reception area - a short walk away. Those to the east side of the reception have a better river view. The tents are well appointed - 4 poster beds with mosquito nets and good shower/washing facilities. There are ample power points for recharging batteries etc.
Food at the amp was of a very high standard - how hey manage to prepare the meals in the location astounds me! Wine and beer is available at a cost - however given the location its reasonable.
There is a swimming pool near to the reception - its a little tired looking - however it was lovely to be able to ahve a swim on the hot afternoons. There is also wifi accesss in the main reception area and here are computers available for general use. We noted a small gift shop near to the main bar.
A local Samburu warrior gave some very interesting lectures before dinner - well worth seeing.
Another of the warriors always plays his flute at lunchtimes to keep the monkeys away from the food - he alternates between the flute and a catapult! The flute is one of the most haunting noises I have heard and this will remain as a highpoint of the stay.Entertainment was excellent - the local tribe dancing for and with us and the kitchen satff doing an impromptu dance/sing song for our anniversary - thanks to you all!
We had two game drives - about 6:30am in the morning for 2-3hours and again at 3:30pm in the afternoon until about 6pm. Lions/Elephants/iraffe/ Antelope and off course the famous Samburu 5 could all be seen. We were lucky to also see Leopards and wild dogs. The guides are excellent and know the animals routines well.
This was an excellent start to our safari before we then flew out to Masi Mara.
I would highly recommend the camp - the staff in particular our guide Dom and Eric who looked after us at mealtimes were excellent.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2012

dear Guest,
As you must have noticed, i do try to respond to as many comments as possible. I also read them all.
I must say this is one of the ones which is very elaborate and we thank you for taking time to give us all these feedback.
Have taken note of all the comments. Where we surpassed your expectation, we shall to make it even better. Where we struggled, we shall itemize this as an agenda of improvement and will certainly work on it.
We have mention to Dom and Francis how much you appreciated them. Same for the Guy who plays the Flute.
We are glad you came and hope to see you again soon
The Samburu Team

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Address: Archers Post, Samburu National Reserve 74888, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Samburu District > Samburu National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Samburu National Reserve
Price Range: £272 - £697 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Samburu Intrepids' location deep inside the reserve guarantees close encounters with Samburu's shyer species, including elephant, leopard and Samburu famous 'special five' - the rare reticulated giraffe, long-necked genernuk antelope, Somali ostrich, Grevy's zebra, and majestic Beisa oryx. This luxurious tented lodge offers modern tents with a private view over the riverbanks. ... more   less 
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