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Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp
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Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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196 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Good, but big”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

This tented camp is vey good located in Samburu park itself. This makes game drives easy and interesting. The capacity of the camp is relatively large more than 20 tents/rooms. That is reflected in the capacity of the dining and recreation area.
Meals are either buffet or a la cart depending on the number of guests. The food is average of quality (perhaps with a slight improvement when the number of guests allows for buffet).
The accommodation is very tasteful and spacious. The rooms/tents are clean and give privacy and a nice view of the river. The park is teaming with animals, mammals and birds.
If traveling with kids this might be your perfect choice, not stuck up or over te top luxurious.
Nice pool area.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Richard Y, Manager at Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post this very good review of Samburu Intrepids Camp. We are very privileged that you chose our property as your safari destination.

As you have hinted we have 28 luxury tents with a medium size restaurant and our tents are all well secluded to offer enough privacy for all guests. Our standard of service in the restaurant when we have good occupancies is a full buffet for breakfast and lunch and then a 7 course sit down dinner menu in the evenings with different choices.

We have a very popular kids club at the camp which is very important for families travelling with children. Our two attendants who are also qualified Naturalists keep the children busy while the parents relax and enjoy their holiday.

I truly hope that when you plan your next safari holiday you will visit us again.

Best regards,
Richard Yoga
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

Contrary to some descriptions in guidebooks we read before that describe the tents as somber, we found them comfortable, with tasteful decoration and at the same toime very practical and luxurious. The satff are amazingly friendly and efficient. We used our own car, but the guide we got from the management of the camp - James Ntopai - accompanied us on several game drives in Samburu, Buffallo Springs and Shaba. He was very friendly, knowledgable and went out of his way to get us up close and personal with two prides of lions with babies, three leopards and all the other animals for which Samburu is rightly famous. The landscape is awesome on its own and much more interesting than that of some of the other game parks. We booked at very short notice and booked as our initial first choice, Elephant bedroom was not available. We didn't regret, as we think the Intrepid camp's location is much better for game drives, the staff were friendly, the food excellent and varied and as said above we got a great experience out of the stay, not just because of good luck, but also because we got a very good guide, who also provided us with interesting information on the Samburu people. We left with very fond memories, excellent photographs and fully satisfied.




  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Richard Y, Manager at Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for visiting Samburu Intrepids on your African Safari Holiday. Your description of the tent is very immaculate and I don’t think that it can be said any better than that. Thanks for mentioning the nice experiences that you had with James. Our organization is committed to rewarding employees who excel in their job and the best way to gauge their performance is through guest feedback.

I am very glad that you got to view such a rich variety of wildlife on your game drives and I hope that as you plan for your next safari holiday you will make Samburu Intrepids your first choice.

Best regards,
Richard Yoga
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

Samburu Intrepids is my favorite place in the world! Like a fantastic childhood dream come true. The people are amazing, as are all the animals. The tents were wonderful, the river roaring, the monkeys so cute. The staff were so kind and their knowledge beyond belief. I miss them all. I wish I remembered their names to thank each one again for the best time of my life. Frances shared his culture every evening - a true warrior! My time there was short and it has been a year since I was there, but it remains in my heart always. And the food was fantastic - of course.:) Traveled in April 2013

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Richard Y, Manager at Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post this excellent review about Samburu Intrepids Camp. We are very glad that you chose to visit our luxurious camp and we are very privileged to have been able to make your childhood dream come to life.

Your comment about the camp is nothing short of excellent. The team members are very encouraged that their efforts are much appreciated by you and I will personally pass these compliments to them. I am hoping that you will plan for another trip to Samburu in the future and hopefully you will have more time to enjoy the camp and the park.

Best regards,
Richard Yoga
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

This Luxury Tented Camp is in the middle of one of the best national game reserves, one with many unique species of animals. There was a nice pool, helpful and friendly staff. etc. The food was superb - far better than we ever expected to find in such a remote location (more like what one would expect from a classy restaurant in a major city, like New York). Elephants walked by our tent at night and there were monkeys and genet nearby.
The only negative was the bed in our tent. The mattress was thin and one could feel the slats underneath. While this did not bother me much, it did bother my wife, who had difficulty sleeping on this bed (she had no problem with the beds in the other two tented camps where we stayed on this trip). Otherwise the review would be "excellent" rather than "very good".

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Richard Y, Manager at Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing to stay at our luxurious tented camp. At Samburu Intrepids our goal is to make sure that all our visitors leave with fond memories of the camp and the people who work here. I am glad you enjoyed our Special Samburu Five – unique to this region and you equally enjoyed the food and services we offer.

I have noted your comment on the mattresses and on behalf of camp management I would like to apologize for the inconveniences that this caused during your stay. Rest assured that we have taken this matter very seriously and I will personally initiate a process where all the mattresses will be upgraded to meet the guest requirement. I also want to mention that this is the sort of comments that really help us to improve and maintain our standard of service.

Thank you once again and I hope that we will be seeing you again in the not so distant future.

Regards,
Richard Yoga
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San Diego CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

The tent camp is a special treat. This place is right in the thick of things with monkeys, baboons bats and even elephants right in the camp. The sounds at night, while the generators are off, are spectacular. During our last night there, the elephants slept right outside of our tent....their dung proved that. It is like being out in the wild. The monkey's zip open the tents to steal biscuits. The food here is good, the Staff is excellent. There is a small gift shop.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Richard Y, Manager at Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, 30 March 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing to stay at Samburu Intrepids Camp. We are very grateful for your beautiful review about the camp. Staying in a tent gives one that feel of being out in the wild and in tune with nature and we are glad that you enjoyed this experience at the camp. Equally I would like to thank you for mentioning the good food and quality service. It is very encouraging for the team read such encouraging compliments from you.

Finally, thank you for the good advice to keep the tents properly zipped up and tied up to prevent those monkeys from getting in. They can be a bit messy but I guess dealing with them this also adds some flavor to the bush experience.

I hope that you will plan for another trip to Samburu and hopefully we will see you again.

Best regards,
Richard Yoga.
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

Safari trips with abundant and amazing wildlife viewing. Great lodge with Friendly staff in a wonderful setting The bar and restaurant area is comfortable and welcoming with friendly staff.
Everyone seamed professional

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Richard Y, Manager at Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, 29 March 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking time to post your review on Samburu Intrepids Camp. We appreciate the fact that you chose to visit our lodge and we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our motto is to ensure that each guest experience is unique and special in every way possible.

It is my hope that you will choose to come back to Samburu Intrepids when you plan your next Africa Safari.

Best regards,

Richard Yoga.
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

We have previously visited Samburu, but this time we decided to stay at Samburu Intrepids - what a wise decision. The place is simply stunning, the staff couldn't have been friendlier, the animals were amazing and you felt like you were eating in a 5 star restaurant each day.
The manager, Richard, is a credit to the site and took time out to dine with us on one evening.
Although drier than the Masa Mara we saw so many animals close up and the scenery was stunning.
Check the river out for the odd roaming hippo!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Richard Y, Manager at Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp, responded to this review, 29 March 2014
Dear Guest,

Allow me to begin by thanking you for choosing to stay at Samburu Intrepids Camp on what was your second visit to this game reserve. We are very happy that you had such a wonderful time and we really appreciate your excellent comments about our service and staff.

As a Manager I am very humbled by your kind words of appreciation and your wonderful remarks on the quality of food and services that we offer. All this good stuff would not be possible without the special team of associates whom I am very proud to be working with at the camp. They are the ones who truly make this a special place to visit.

As you have mentioned Samburu has a whole lot of animals to see not forgetting our special five; the Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich and Grevvy’s Zebra.

We look forward to welcoming you again on your third visit to Samburu.

Best wishes,

Richard Yoga.
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Property: Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Samburu National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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