An ancient and rugged wilderness, Samburu is intersected by the Ewaso Ng’iro River, which flows through the heart of the reserve, creating an oasis of palm tree groves and thick forests. This is the land made famous by conservationists George and Joy Adamson, who raised Elsa the lioness here, as documented in the book and movie Born Free. Hike along the banks of the river until the dusk sets and then enjoy an al fresco dinner around a blazing campfire in a comfortable fly camp before settling into your sleeping bag for the night. Fall asleep slowly as you gaze onto a kaleidoscope of constellations in the velvety dark sky.
As you are falling into your slumber, savour the tranquil hush of the serene surroundings of your fly camp. Listen out for stealthy rustles, the alarm calls of the antelope, the grunts and calls of the predators and the rumble of elephants roused from their sleep. Samburu’s sweeping savanna and lush forests make for magnificent big game country. All the best known predator species reside here and it is a refuge for the rare wild dog and enormous herd of elephants. This is a stunning destination to see an abundance of incredible wildlife that you won’t see on other reserves in Kenya.