LARSENS CAMP – SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Larsens camp is located in Kenya’s famous Samburu National Reserve is named after Erik Ole Larsen, a legendary Dane credited with the defining the luxury safari under the canvans. The camp is bordered by the Ewaso Nyiro River on one side and nothing to see but the pristine nature on the other three. For ultimate safari experience, you need to visit the Larsens camp with the raw wilderness, established the benchmark for all the luxury camps, the Larsens was the first person to establish a tented camp that boasted not only silver- service dining, but also antique furniture, gorgeous rugs and impossibly opulent bathrooms, Larsens legancy has defined Kenya Safari industry, no one has however replicated it so well, or so simply. Ideally located at the very centre of one of the world’s few remaining sanctuaries for the endangered Grevy Zebra, the rare Beisa Oryx and the blue shanked Somali ostrich, the camp stands on a bend in the mighty Ewaso Nyiro River, with the uninterrupted views to the plains beyond.
Services and facilities at Larsens camp in Samburu National Reserve.
The generally sized, mounted on a river stone plinth and sheltered by a natural thatch roof, each of the 20 tents offers either the King –sized bed or the two twin beds. At the back of the tent is a luxury ensuite bathroom (24- hour hot water, power shower and flush WC), tastefully furnished with antique-styled safari furniture, each tent offers a dressing area, seating area and its own private veranda overlooking the river. The tents are provided with 24-hour electricity, during the night the winding paths that link them to the central dining area are softly lit by traditional safari hurricane lanterns full valet, lauary and in- let room services are all provided.
Larsen’s flair for the creation of under- canvans luxury, it was his commitment to the presentation of the finest gourment cuisine. Today Larsens chef’s holds true to this tradition and excels in the provision of a breakfast, lunch and dinner experience more in keeping with that of a 5-star city city hotel than atented camp on Kenya’s northern frontiers, nor experiences confined to the dinning tent, we also excel on presenting the exquisite menus against the backdrop of the river and the bush.
There is also proficient in presenting the most conducive atmospheric breakfasts, sundowners and the bush inners against the breath taking backdrop of the sublime Samburu.
The Tented bar.
The tented bar was constructed from the local sustainable materials and blend river stone with the twisted wildwood, traditional safari lanterns with the authentic safari memorabilia. Variety of drinks the wines reflect the best of old to new world wines, beers, cocktails, juice as Mr. Larsens would have expected.
The swimming pool set in the midst of the acacia bush, it looks outwards the volcanic shoals of the northern frontier. The sweeping river stone pool deck offers a range of comfortable loungers in both sun and shade, while our brasserie- styled café survive offers a wide range of snacks, ices and cool drinks.
The Sundowner experience.
This is an integral part of the true Kenya safari experience, this is one of the unforgettable icons of safari life, served as the sun sinks over the horizon, the sundowner will be served in an exceptionally scenic spot and features waiter service and arrange of a home – made savouries. At Larsens the sundowner typically takes place on the river banks of the Ewaso Nyiro as the elephants come down to drink while sighting them.
Child – friendly.
The Larsens camp offers the great special menus and the mealtimes for children. Additionally, also the adjoining family tents, a listening service to keep watch over children, baby-sitting (by prior request), games, books, educational videos and the guided walks around the ground all these are provided to tour child at the Larsens camp.
The Wilderness health and Wellness.
During your safari at the Larsens camp, the camp offers a wide range of nature- inspired body massages, scrubs and wraps, energizing facials and luxury manicures and pedicures. All raised on a wildwood deck overlooking the plains, the spa allows you to appreciate the sights of the bush while enjoying the unique range of treatments, all of which are based on entirely natural local ingredients such as flowers, spices and coffee.
Here you experience a different culture, by interacting with your hosts, here the guests interact with the Samburu which means butterfly reflects the elusive vibrancy of their essence, the Samburu musicians as part of the dinner entertainment and are delighted to arrange visits to the local Samburu villages, where the genuine hand – crafted beadwork and carvings ae often offered for sale.
Honeymoon in the wilderness. (Wildly romantic).
African romance is quite different and special which gives you memory as sleeping under canvas walls, as you can listen to the sounds of the bush, on the hand surprise and delight are arranged which features an intimate dinner for two in the bush or on your private veranda, a honeymoon breakfast in bed or at the river.
Special events, meetings and the conferences.
At Larsens offers the ideal venue for the special times in life, such as anniversaries, birthdays or the corporate incentives, similarly provision of the gala dinners, champagne breakfasts in the bush or the captivating surprise riverside breakfasts. If you wish it the entire camp can also be reserved for your own exclusive use.
The Larsens camp is connected by the telephone, VHF radio and wireless internet, also the forex and medical services while the reception tent features a gift shop offering both the Kenya safari Tour essentials and enchanting range of locally crafted gifts. The services include the Forex service, 24-hour electricity, laundry, valet, medical service, housekeeping, free parking all are provided at Larsens camp.
Larsens camp gives you the best birding spots for different bird species for over 100 species in a day forexample the rare Somali Ostrich, Secretary birds, Vulturine guinea fowls while along the river storks fee and sand grouse congregate at dusk, both the red- billed and Von der Deckens’s hornbills are common. The rugged nature of the reserve also provides an ideal raptor habitat like the pygmy falcons, martial eagles and the Verreaux’s eagle owls that is for those who would like to learn more about them, the resident naturalist offers guided nature walks at 10 am daily. The camp also gives the best view of the wilderness, as you know Samburu is famous of the wildlife like the Samburu special five, big cats and the big nine, typically there are game drives set off 6:30 am and 4:30 pm and can be timed to coincide with a bush breakfast, sundowners on the river or dinner watching the elephants as they come down to bathe.