We stayed for 3 nights at Samburu Intrepids in May 2014 and loved it! I had been worried about traveling in the rainy season but we got lucky, it wasn't a problem at all. The weather was lovely -- a bit dusty (as expected), not too hot, not too cold. We went there with the arrangement of Chameleon tours. Flew in from Nairobi on a small plane and were met by our guide and driver, Jelly, right on the airstrip. Jelly drove us out into the bush right then and there, for about an hour and a half, before our first lunch. Within minutes we saw giraffes, elephants and tons of birds. It was amazing. There aren't enough good adjectives in my vocabulary to describe Jelly, he is a fantastic guide. He's like the animal whisperer, he just gets them. He can immitate their noises even to make them come a bit closer, he can spot things from miles away, he follows their tracks, he is sweet and gentle. Our tents were great. Our waiter, Kenneth, was fantastic. James was a barrel of laughs and energy. We enjoyed the talks he gave each night and learned a lot from him. I never imagined myself as someone who would want to go to a hotel-provided lecture, but honestly they were fantastic and I highly recommend them. After reading other reviews, I am surprised that some people were bothered by the sounds on the other side of the river. For us, that was a highlight and when we went to Maasai Mara, we missed those sounds. After all, that is the reality of village life! If anything, we would have wanted more contact with the local villagers, not less. HIghly recommend! Keep in mind, this is quite a big camp with capacity for about 60 people so that makes a difference, if you want a tiny intimate experience you might want a different place. We loved Samburu and are so glad we added it into our itinerary -- it is much smaller than Mara but the landscape is prettier and we actually saw more elephants and giraffes there.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp Hotel Samburu National Reserve
- Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp Kenya/Samburu National Reserve