Elephant Watch Camp


Your local travel agent can help arrange your international flight to Kenya, or you can simply book online. An increasing number of airlines fly direct or connect to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, including Kenya Airways, KLM, British Airways, Air France, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad, Qatar and Turkish Airlines. If you arrive in Nairobi at night we can book you into one of our favourite boutique hotels for a restful overnight stay before you head up to the wild north of Kenya.

If your international flight arrives in the morning, we can arrange for you to be met by a hostess right as you come off the plane who well help you through immigration and customs. You will then be transferred straight to Wilson Airport, which serves all of Kenya’s domestic destinations. The journey across Nairobi takes between 20 and 90 minutes depending on traffic, and you can have breakfast at Wilson’s Aeroclub before you catch your flight.

From here the hour-long flight to Samburu in a light aircraft will take you past the spectacular Aberdare Mountain Range, Mt. Kenya, and then out over the extraordinary scenery of the Great Rift Valley in the north. An Elephant Watch Camp guide will meet you at the Reserve airstrip in one of our modified four-wheel drives, to whisk you straight out to the elephants where your wilderness adventure will begin.

Samburu National Reserve is also easily reached by road in five to six hours from Nairobi, mostly on tarmac roads, via Thika, Karatina, Nanyuki, Isiolo and finally Archer’s Post. We’d recommend leaving the capital early morning before the traffic starts, stopping after three hours or so at Barney’s La Rustique restaurant at Nanyuki airstrip for brunch, then powering on to be with us in time for a late lunch. Keep to the 40kph speed limit in the reserves.

Camp coordinates are N 00°35.33, E 037°28.794. If you’d like to charter a plane or helicopter for a different flight time or route, it is easily organized.


Our stay at Elephant Watch was pure magic. The staff and guides welcomed us with such friendliness and joy. To be so close to the elephants was a dream come true. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
L. Spader

Never in my life could I have imagined such beauty, generosity, warmth, kindness and magnificent natural wonders. I will never forget my time here and it will stay in my heart always as one of the most amazing of my days on this earth. Thank you EWC family and friends for the single most amazing vacation of my life.
E. Heald


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