It looks like our motto is ‘go compare’. In our case it means staying at extremely different places, after some days in a luxurious lodge we try a very basic, budget camp. We have been doing it for years and still find it entertaining and challenging. We arrive at Riverside Camp in time for lunch which offers pasta, French fries, fried vegetables, salad and fruit, all very nice. Our tent is called Tembo (elephant), there are two beds, a small bathroom with flush toilet and a wash basin with only one tap. The access paths are set out with stones painted in zebra fashion which gives brilliant effect. At 4pm when the temperature is 37 C we start our game drive. It would be very appropriate to call it a drive through Elephant Kingdom. What should clever animals like elephants do when in the scorching sun? They play in water, of course. So we stay glued to the river bank the whole afternoon and watch big elephants, small elephants and baby elephants, on our side of the river, then crossing the river, going back, mock fighting, splashing. From time to time they would get interested in our vehicle and come very close. We were demonstrated how to feed the babies if you have breasts between the forelegs or how to rub against the trees. For the first time we were able to see some elephants actually lying down in the shade of a bush. When it is inevitable to start going back to the Camp, we are making a rather slow progress as the elephants are all the time around us: some are on our left, on our right and in front of the vehicle. When we eventually get back to our camp and our very appropriately called tent (Tembo) we are offered dinner with a perfect tomato soup with croutons, choice of rice or potatoes, stew, cooked vegetables, coffee. Generally the food is a very strong point of this establishment. We stay up long talking with our guide and the very friendly men who run this camp so efficiently. Our breakfast was also perfect, fruit - pineapple, mango, pancakes, warm toast, fried eggs, coffee. Remember: the choice is yours. …
Une nouvelle visite au riverside camp avec un couple d'amis , quelle chance pour nous juste avant le 2ème confinement en France! Que de bonnes surprises : un accueil des plus sympathiques et de nouvelles transformations pour encore plus de confort. Maintenant chaque tente a une agréable salle bains avec une vue sur le bush. Il y a aussi un bel espace pour les bagages. Un petit coin salon protégé du soleil permet de se détendre l'après-midi entre deux game-drives. Certainement le meilleur camp à Samburu si on recherche nature, authenticité et simplicité.
We spent two nights at this place. It is far more affordable than the lodges and it offers a much greater sense of adventure. Much of the sense of adventure comes from sleeping in a tent though this is not as dangerous as you may think. The beds and facilities are comfortable though I would advice to keep everything closed to stop uninvited visitors. And of course do not leave any food lying around. The meal facilities are basic to match the camp but meals are nevertheless very tasty. Staff are helpful, accommodating and knowledgeable. Don't be afraid to ask questions or to ask for things like towels or if you have food requests. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants that little bit of extra adventure in their visit to this wonderful park.
Wij zijn hier twee nachten geweest. 1 nacht in een gewone tent andere nacht in een grootte tent met eigen douche. Het kamp is overzichtelijk en netjes. Tenten zijn overzichtelijk en netjes. Sanitaire voorzieningen hebben wat onderhoud nodig maar deze volstaan. De locatie is echt perfect. Wij hebben ook gekampeerd op de publieke campsite 50 meter hiervandaan. Maar daar waait het hard en zitten veel baboons, voor een klein bedrag meer zit je op deze top locatie. Aanrader!
If you are looking for luxury this isn't the camp for you but if you are looking for the real African experience then this is the place to stay. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and Kelvin was a great guide - 9 visits to Kenya and at last we saw leopard! Yes, it is basic but the food was very good and it was clean, no frills but we came to see the game and you certainly won't be disappointed.