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Swap the urban world for national reserves in the heart of Kenya, where the river is king. On the banks of the Ewaso N’giro spot everything from baboons to buffalo. Venture out from your safari vehicle on a guided walk along the shore to spot impala, or take to the water on a rafting trip. Then enjoy a sundowner on the river’s edge as you watch an unforgettable African sunset.

Spectacular safari and sunsets across the savannah: experience the essence of luxury in the epitome of wild Africa.

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Samburu is serious big game country, but much quieter than other reserves, and it’s here you’ll have the chance to encounter some unique species. Samburu National Reserve and Buffalo Springs are home to the rare Gravy Zebra, Beisa Oryx and the Reticulated Giraffe. Head out on a game drive from your boutique hotel after sunrise for the best chance of spotting them.


Arrange for a private guide to take you to a Samburu ‘manyatta’ and you’ll learn a great deal about the way of life of these fascinating people. They travel the dusty landscape in this part of Kenya, driving cattle, goats and camels. If you’re lucky, you may be able to venture on a camel safari with a Samburu guide.


In Samburu, it’s not so much about what you eat but where. You could enjoy breakfast on the riverbank and savour the sight of impala drinking before the day gets hot. Don’t leave without a sundowner experience. This safari tradition from a bygone era will see you sipping an aperitif and nibbling snacks as you watch elephants cooling off under the setting sun.

Don’t pack any blue clothing for a safari. This colour attracts the tsetse flies, and they can leave a nasty sting.

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