This company’s name translates as ‘from the earth of Africa’, hinting at the very authentic nature of all their camps! Elephant Bedroom is an excellent adventurous camp, a brilliant base for exploring the Samburu. And if you love elephants, it is absolutely ideal! Highly recommended by YZ.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Elephant Bedroom is situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, deep in the Samburu National Reserve. The property is approached along a sandy road through the Reserve. It has a fabulous riverside location, surrounded by immense doum palms and acacias that provide plenty of shade all the way down to the River.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The communal lounge, dining area and bar occupy two large tents, raised above ground level to ensure spectacular views of the River and the savanna, which stretches as far as the horizon. The lounge contains ample wood-framed well-cushioned seating and many other comfortable touches, such as vibrant rugs and soft lighting. We love the style, which might be described as Africa meets Europe! Many of the furnishings were created by local craftsmen. Their work is also on display in the camp’s dining tent, which has sturdy upright chairs around solid separate tables. The bar, in a central position, is equally characterful. These main areas flow out onto a delightful deck with additional seating, where guests can sit, eat, and enjoy even closer views of the Ewaso Nyiro! The grounds have a picnic site too – and there are even a few benches positioned just a few metres from the water. The camp also has a small shop, selling a range of curios. But perhaps the main attraction is… the elephants! These gentle giants are often spotted at a nearby waterhole – and they like to come all the way into camp to meet and greet the visitors! A viewing platform at the back of the property is fantastic for taking in all the sights here.
Elephant Bedroom’s guest accommodation is linked to the main areas of camp via stone-lined sandy pathways. In total, there are 12 Meru-style tents – four with king-size beds and eight with queen-size beds. A single bed can be added if need be. The majority of tents are raised on wooden decks, with just three on ground level. Each boasts a veranda with a table and chairs – and a private plunge pool! Inside, the décor is similar to that of the mess tents, with lovely wooden furniture including bedside tables, a storage trunk, a writing desk and chair, a coffee table, and a wood-framed sofa or easy chairs. The en-suite facilities are situated at the back of the tent – here, you will find a flush toilet, twin washbasins and hot/cold running shower! There is also hanging space and a towel rail. Overall the tents are comfy and stylish, a combination we like a lot at YZ.
At Elephant Bedroom, you do not need to leave camp to see the ‘grey guys’, but guests who venture farther into the Reserve can expect to see loads of other wildlife! Samburu boasts its very own Big Five – Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, and Somali ostrich. Four of the traditional Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo and, of course, elephant – also roam the woodlands and plains. Other highlights are cheetah, hyena and wild dog, in addition to some seriously impressive birdlife! Both game drives and guided walks are available from camp, for guests to get to know the Reserve and its inhabitants. Cultural activities are also on offer – you can visit a local village and enjoy entertainments provided by Samburu warriors! And a local naturalist gives really interesting talks on Samburu culture.