A wonderful place for anybody with an interest in elephants, Elephant Watch Camp bursts with character and colour. It reflects the passion of its owner, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, the daughter of Iain - one of Africa's foremost elephant conservationists and founder of Save the Elephants.
Saba calls the camp home and, although her presence is never guaranteed, she acts as host whilst she is there. The camp sits just upstream from Iain Douglas-Hamilton's original elephant research camp. As such, its relationship with elephant conservation is deeply ingrained. The Save the Elephants research centre is only a short drive away, allowing for an insight into conservation in action.
Why We Like Elephant Watch Camp
Thanks to this unique relationship with Save the Elephants, the guides at Elephant Watch Camp are especially well trained. Able to recognise more than 900 elephants on sight, they are well versed on the complicated family structure of Samburu’s elephants.
Each of the six spacious, open tents, has a thatched roof and natural wood supports, with rugs and cushions scattered across the floors. Colourful cotton drapes down from the ceiling to form light, airy walls. These remarkable structures have all been cleverly designed from trees and logs knocked down by elephants.
Bathrooms have environmentally friendly long-drop toilets and solar-heated showers, built around gnarled acacia trees. Above, they are open to the brilliantly clear African sky.
The main areas include a bar, small library, dining area and lounge. The camp has a very bohemian feel, with natural designs and colourful fabrics draped amongst the thatched building.
The focus is very much on elephants, with guided game drives, visits to the research centre and elephant watching. However, there are a number of other activities. These include:
- Bush walks with local Samburu
- Village visits
- Mountain hikes
- Scenic helicopter flights.
Situated in a stand of riverine forest on the northern bank of the Ewaso Ngiro River, Elephant Watch Camp sits at the heart of Samburu National Park. The tents sit only a short distance from the river, where elephants can often be seen cooling off during the day.