Elephant Watch Camp
At a Glance
Expect a warm traditional Samburu welcome and expert warriors to guide you on your safari
The setting on the Ewaso Nyiro river offers amazing elephant sightings as they cross the river
The camp's close connection with Save The Elephants allows you to lean more about elephant conservation and interaction on a visit to their HQ
Take to the skies on a helicopter safari to witness the immensity of the landscape
The camp has strong eco-credentials and is focused on preserving the precious and fragile environment it is situated in
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Elephant Watch Camp is closed from the beginning of April to mid-May and beginning of November to mid-December.
The main season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.
Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.
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Elephant Watch Camp in Kenya's Samburu National Reserve offers a rounded safari experience with an emphasis on the elephants that the reserve is famed for. Samburu-led game drives offer a unique insight into these giants and their surroundings.
Elephant Watch Camp is the perfect camp for a safari stay in Samburu, particularly for those with an interest in elephants, as the camp has strong links to Save The Elephants and the Douglas-Hamilton family.
Elephant Watch Camp has a wonderful position on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya. The reserve offers fantastic game viewing and is home to the rare Samburu five - Grevy's zebra, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and long-necked gerenuk - as well as one of Africa's most impressive elephant populations.
An intimate stay is guaranteed at Elephant Watch Camp, with just six spacious tents which are furnished in vibrant colours using traditional fabrics. Each tent has a thatched roof which helps to keep them cool and has a private veranda which offers wonderful views. The tents have an en-suite bathroom with bucket showers which will be filled with solar-heated water by night and cool water by day.
The focus on elephants at Elephant Watch Camp and its association with Save The Elephants offers guests a unique, immersive safari experience. A warm and traditional Samburu welcome awaits and game drives are conducted by Samburu warriors who have grown up here and have an in-depth knowledge of the reserve. In addition to game drives guests are able to visit the Save the Elephants visitor centre which is just downstream of camp or visit a traditional Samburu village to learn more about this colourful and traditional tribe.
Elephant Watch Camp has six eco-tents all of which have en-suite bathrooms with bucket showers as well as a private veranda which enjoys fantastic views.
Children of all ages are welcome at Elephant Watch Camp but please note that there are no formal childcare arrangements and there may be age restrictions in place on some activities.
Activities at Elephant Watch Camp are focused on game drives led by experienced Samburu guides. Additional activities include tours of the Save The Elephants visitor centre, visit to a Samburu village, bush walks, hiking up Mount Ololokwe, camel safaris and helicopter safaris.
Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle
Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.
A scenic flight is the ultimate way to enjoy Kenya's spectacular landscapes, whether by helicopter or in the wonderful Waco bi-plane, it is an experience of a lifetime.
Walking Safaris in Laikipia
Explore the African bush on foot with your experienced guide and tracker. A fantastic opportunity to experience a different perspective, away from the noise of a safari vehicle.
Location & directions
Elephant Watch Camp has a fantastic location in the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi, followed by an hour-long flight to Samburu in a light aircraft from Nairobi Wilson Airport.