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Accompanied by expert Samburu naturalists, this safari based at the luxury Elephant Watch Camp offers the opportunity to observe elephants at close range and participate in an exciting programme of activities.

During the week-long itinerary you will join game drives and walks, bird walks and bush picnics, and learn about the social structure of Samburu’s wild elephants.

Although the primary focus is inevitably watching and learning about the prolific local elephant population, you will also see a whole host of other wildlife and there will be no shortage of things to do!

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Nairobi & fly to Samburu

    On arrival at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and transferred to Wilson domestic airport in time for a scheduled flight by light aircraft north to Samburu. On disembarking at the airstrip you will be met by lodge staff and transferred to the Elephant Watch Camp. After settling in and having lunch, you head out on your first game drive to watch elephant, acompanied by a naturalist guide. You return as the light is fading, making a stop for a welcome sundowner, with time to relax before dinner.

    Accommodation: Elephant Watch Camp, 4-nights

  3. Days 3-5 : Game drives & walking safaris with Samburu guides

    Over the next three days of your stay you participate fully in the Elephant Watch Camp programme of activities. 

    Invariably you rise early to make the most of the coolest time of day, when the birdlife is at its most active, but there is always time to rest and relax following lunch, when the sun is at its highest and relatively little wildlife is stirring.  Heading out once again in the mid to late afternoon, you have an opportunity to see the day's other period of transition as the sun drops and nocturnal species start to emerge. It's at this time that most predators start to become active.

    During your stay you will have an opportunity to visit the local Samburu manyatta and the school for an insight into everyday life in this northern outpost, as well as the Save the Elephants Research Centre to learn about the work of the project.

  4. Day 6: Morning wildlife viewing, fly to Nairobi

    A final short early morning game drive in the conservancy followed by breakfast and then leave camp to transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Wilson Airport, Nairobi.

    Accommodation: Hotel or tented camp in Nairobi, 1-night

  5. Day 7: Fly back to the UK

    This morning transfer to Nairobi International Airport to check in for a daytime flight to London. 

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 7 days from £4,945 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 6 days from £4,095 pp
  • Single supplement: From £315
  • When to go: Jan-Mar: Elephants congregate daily by the river; good time to see big cats; May-Jun: Elephants congregate in vast herds; Jul: Elephants gather near camp to feed on acacia seed pods; Aug-Oct: Elephants congregate daily by the river; good time to see big cats; Dec: Elephants congregate in vast herds
  • Activities available:
    • Photography
Featured locations:

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu is a remote, arid wilderness of scrub desert and scorched savannah coloured with sandy creams, muted greens and earthen ochre; perfect camouflage for its wildlife and bird species rarely found elsewhere. Large herds of elephant are attracted by the Ewaso Ng'iro River, which bisects the reserve.

  • Where: Northern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: beisa oryx, gerenuk, Grévy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Nile crocodile
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Vehicle safaris

Nairobi

Kenya’s bustling capital is more than just a starting point for your wildlife safari. Places to visit in the city include the Karen Blixen Museum, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre. For those staying longer, nearby Nairobi National Park has a wide diversity of wildlife.

  • Where: Nairobi Province
  • Excellent for: City stopover