Larsens Camp

In the Samburu National Reserve, this classic tented camp sits by the languid Uaso Nyiro River – lifeline of Kenya’s arid north. Named after legendary Danish explorer Erik Ole Larsen, the camp has 20 freestanding guest tents, all constructed on stone plinths, with large ensuite bathrooms containing flushing toilets and hot water showers.

A la carte meals can be enjoyed in the central dining tent, on the riverbank or in the shade of fig trees. Sundowners are an integral part of the Larsens experience, served by the campfire or on the deck overlooking a waterhole.

Gameviewing in the reserve takes place in custom-built 4WD vehicles with roof hatches, and all excursions are led by qualified guides certified by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). Look out for the dry-adapted “Samburu 5”, comprised of Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, gerenuk and reticulated giraffe.

Birders can embark on informative walks in the bush surrounding Larsens Camp accompanied by the resident naturalist. There is also a refreshing pool to pass the hottest hours of the day, as well as a Jacuzzi and day spa where you can treat sore muscles.

Camp Location

How to get to Larsens Camp

Fly to Samburu airstrip from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport (around 90 minutes) or from another lodge in Kenya or Tanzania. A Land Rover awaits on the airstrip, and you will chauffeured directly to Larsens Camp (30 minutes).

Activities at Larsens Camp

  • Early morning and late afternoon game drives in a closed 4X4 vehicle
  • Bird-watching with naturalist
  • Nature walks
  • Sundowner drinks on the treehouse deck

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Larsens Camp Highlights

  • A classic safari camp within the beautiful Samburu National Reserve
  • Where you can discover the “Samburu 5”
  • 20 comfortable and spacious tented rooms
  • Friendly and casual atmosphere
  • Lovely dining areas with views of the Uaso Nyiro River

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Why should I travel to Kenya?
Since the early 19th century, Kenya has captivated visitors with its astounding quantity and diversity of wildlife as well as with its majestic scenery. The country has well-established tourist infrastructure and a good standard of accommodation.

When is the best time to see wildlife in Kenya?
Excellent gameviewing year round. Jul-Sep is popular when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara.

What is the culture of Kenya?
Maasai and Samburu pastoralists who continue their traditional way of life.

What is the climate in Kenya?
Temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to high altitude but hot in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). Hot and humid along the coast. “Long rains” take place in Apr/May, whilst “short rains” occur in mid-Oct to mid-Dec.

What can I combine Kenya with?
Tanzania, which is situated on Kenya’s southern border and is easily reached by road or air from Nairobi. Mt Kilimanjaro straddles the two countries and Kenya’s Masai Mara is part of Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem, the arena for the wildebeest migration.

How to get to Kenya?
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