Samburu Intrepids Camp Club renowned as a pioneer of luxury tented camp in one of the Africa last truly great wilderness areas.
Samburu Intrepids Camp is a luxury safari tented camp in the midst of the rugged and savagely beautiful semi arid desert of northern Kenya, located in the Samburu National Reserve on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River; the Samburu Intrepids offers unique game viewing in its immediate surroundings.
Located 345 kilometers north of Nairobi, the journey to the Samburu Intrepid Camp involves a 50-minute flight to the Samburu airstrip followed by a 20-minute drive through the reserve. Samburu Intrepids Lodge Hotel managed by Heritage Group of Hotels & Lodges is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests to Samburu National Park. The Samburu Intrepids Camp boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service. Samburu Intrepids Camp is characterized by a combination of modern comfort and traditional element of Samburu National Park, making it a distinct accommodation.
Samburu Intrepids will show you this dramatic wilderness from a world of fascinating perspectives: through stirring early morning game drives, walking safaris with skilled Samburu guides, sedate camel rides, and raft trips when the river is high. The acclaimed Adventurers Club offers a uniquely educational safari for children of all ages with Samburu guide, Stephen Lekango. He is great with children, is an avid photographer who knows just where to take you for the best shots, as well as being a very knowledgeable naturalist, is very community conscious and very involved with community work.
He loves instilling discipline and building team bonds to his young charges. Samburu Intrepids Club is lies at Altitude 1020 metres, 3300ft above sea level. Latitude: 00 deg. 37 mins. North. Longitude: 37deg. 35mins. East and an average annual temperature of 25 Deg. C 78Deg. F. By road from Nairobi it takes approximately 5 hours (345 Km via the Nyeri-Nanyuki road).
Samburu Intrepids Club 27 en suite tents and palm thatched main areas are set on stilts to catch the breezes, Like Mara Intrepids; its Adventurers Club offers children an outstanding interactive safari experience.
Activities include guided nature walks, butterfly identification, plaster-casting animal prints, traditional singing, dancing and craftwork sessions, and learning Maasai skills including spear throwing, archery and fire-building.
Teenage guests revel in the star-gazing and astronomy, first-aid and survival sessions, orienteering, guided bush walks, game drives and camel rides of the Young Rangers Club. Visiting the Samburu village of Kiltamany is a particularly worthwhile experience. They can step inside a mud hut, try to pump water, and see the school that was set up with a portion of guests’ fees. Between times, cool off and relax by the pool. Samburu Intrepids enjoys a unique perspective of one of Africa’s most celebrated wildernesses. The spacious tents boast the very latest in luxury camping, with soft four-poster beds, handsome mahogany closets, writing desks, and en suite bathrooms with steaming hot showers.
The bathrooms also offer twin washbasins, flush toilets, and sockets for shavers and battery charging. The main dining room has a seating capacity of 60, and opens onto an outdoor dining terrace, where buffet breakfasts and lunches are served overlooking the river. (Meals can also be enjoyed on your private verandah or at one of a series of specially selected 'bush sites' close to the camp.) Samburu Intrepids also boasts a spacious lounge and bar area, where our naturalists deliver fascinating slide shows on most evenings, and an intimate conference room with a television for viewing wildlife documentaries. Behind the bar, surrounded by shady sunbathing areas, is the freeform swimming pool - a soothing drop of blue in this otherwise arid land. Children welcome under parents supervision.
Samburu Intrepids Club is a relaxed a comfortable lodge sitting above the Uaso Nyiro River. The Samburu National Reserve itself is wonderful, with so many wildlife species unique to Samburu and the fact that it is not too crowded. The rooms are permanent tents sitting on platforms above the river bank; the rooms are cool, shaded by large trees and the beds are comfortable with ceiling fans to take the edge of the afternoon heat.
The staff at the intrepid are cheerful, helpful, informative and genuinely friendly addressing you by name in the majority of instances; you are made to feel very welcome. the evening talks, by local Samburu warriors came to life with their knowledge and enthusiasm. In addition to the morning and evening game drives you could take a guided walk with one of the Samburu warriors which opened a new dimension to a better understanding the eco
system that makes up the park. Samburu Intrepids was a wonderful tented camp, the reception, bar, dining lodge is a beautiful timber framed open sided pavilion overlooking the river. It really fills like a special place in the middle of the wild. The tents themselves are very nice with firm, comfy beds, nice linens, great bathroom. This is a lodge that goes out of its way to give you a warm welcome and to ensure that you leave with fond memories
Samburu National Reserve straddles the muddy Euaso Nyiro River and is one of the most picturesque parks of northern Kenya. Clusters of doum palms and acacia crowd the banks of the river and dry river beds that carve through the Samburu National Reserve.
As the main source of sustenance, the river is a focal point for wildlife and birds, both of which are plentiful. A wonderful morning can be spent just sitting in your open vehicle watching a family of elephants drinking, bathing and being sociable in the river.
The baboons in this park seem to be particularly precocious and so antics involving the hard doum palm nuts and adolescent baboons scampering around on the banks of the river can provide endless entertainment.
The Samburu National Reserve is hot and so activities are normally concentrated in the early morning and late afternoon, returning to camp for a big breakfast or hearty dinner. The middle of the day is spent relaxing and bird watching or snoozing in the shade.
The Samburu National Reserve is hot and so activities are normally concentrated in the early morning and late afternoon, returning to camp for a big breakfast or hearty dinner. The middle of the day is spent relaxing and bird watching or snoozing in the shade. There are quite a few lodges here and so you will see minibuses around but your guide will know the main routes and it is possible to still enjoy a rewarding game experience without feeling part of a human migration. Buffalo Springs Reserve adjoins Samburu and a drive into this area can be a nice change of scene, focusing mainly around a series of fresh springs which act like a wildlife magnet in this arid territory.
Samburu Intrepids Club Hotel Accommodation
Twenty Seven tastefully furnished spacious Safari tents are elevated on individual decks under the shade of huge acacia trees overlooking the river. Modern conveniences include hot and cold running water, flush toilets and electricity. The lodge is subtly constructed to enhance its closeness with nature. The occasional visits from the elephants and crocodiles below the decks will make your stay most memorable.
- 27 luxurious tents overlooking the riverbanks
- Large four-poster beds and classic safari furniture
- Modern en suite bathrooms with steaming showers
- Secluded verandahs with all-day bar service
Samburu Intrepids Club Hotel Restaurant
The main dining room has a seating capacity of 60, and opens onto an outdoor dining terrace, where buffet breakfasts and lunches are served overlooking the river. (Meals can also be enjoyed on your private verandah or at one of a series of specially selected 'bush sites' close to the camp.
Buffet luncheons and candlelight dinners are served on an elevated deck amidst the high shade trees.
Game drives start at 6:30 in the morning; earlier you will have had tea or coffee served to you in your tent. After a late breakfast you can laze by the swimming pool or take an escorted camel safari across the river. From the elevated deck across the river you can do some bird watching. Most evenings the Club's naturalist is on hand to explain the different species to you and take you on bush walks in the mornings or evenings. You will be tempted to browse in the shop filled with interesting artifacts and local craftwork.
Samburu Intrepids Club Facilities
- Breezy thatched dining areas overlooking the river
- Lounge and bar with nightly talks and slide shows
- Freeform 'oasis' swimming pool and sunbathing garden
- Small conference room with television/VCR facilities
- Boutique with souvenirs and safari essentials
- Reliable telephone, e-mail, fax and postal services
- Professional flex body therapy for half- or one-hour.
Samburu Intrepids Club Activities
- Twice-daily game drives with resident guides
- Bush breakfasts, sundowners and starlit dinners
- Tours of Samburu villages and 'bush secrets'
- Traditional dances by local warriors and maidens
- Lectures and slide shows on culture and wildlife
- Heritage's famous Adventurers' Club for the kids.