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Larsens Camp.
  Larsens Camp
Getting there
Larsens Camp is a 6+ hour (or 300 km/185 mi) drive from Nairobi. You pass Aberdare National Park and Mount Kenya National Park en route.
Samburu also has airstrips that you may reach from Nairobi in about one hour.
In Nairobi, safari flights depart from and arrive in Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), not Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK). The transfer time between the airports is 20–30 minutes.
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Larsens Camp
Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves
Larsens Camp is a good tented camp in Samburu National Reserve in the northern part of central Kenya. It's set by the Ewaso Ngiro River, which origins in the Aberdare Mountains in the south-west. The river is a permanent source of water to the Samburu wildlife, and is home to a strong crocodile population.

The camp has 20 furnished safari tents (both doubles and twins) lined along the river. They are spacious and have a pleasant atmosphere. All have ensuite bathrooms with hot water around the clock, a veranda facing the river, and 24 hour electricity (240 V, British plugs with three rectangular pins).

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Tent in Larsens Camp.
Larsens Camp has a huge mess tent housing a restaurant, a bar and a lounge. The swimming pool area has a traditional pool, a whirlpool, and a massage area, all facing the park.

The main activities offered by are game drives (mainly for guest that arrive without their own vehicle, i.e. by air) with KPSGA qualified guides, and bird walks.

The lounge/restaurant tent and the swimming pool area in Larsens Camp.
More about Samburu and Shaba
Samburu National reserve, and neighbouring reserves Shaba and Buffalo Springs, are situated some 100 km/60 mi north of the equator, and just north of the fertile Central Plateau of Kenya. These parks are a first taste of the drier areas of northern Kenya.

Few safari-goers travel further north than this; all major parks of Kenya are further south. Samburu and Shaba are drier than most of these, and offers habitats for some animals not found further south, for example beisa oryx, Grevy's zebra, gerenuk and reticulated giraffe. This giraffe has been considered a subspecies of the general giraffe, but recent studies indicate that it may be a full species.

A lot of crocodiles can be seen in the Ewaso Ngiro River, and the water attracts a lot of animals to the shores, for example elephants, antelopes and monkeys. All the three African big cats are present in the area; lions, leopards and cheetahs.

The Samburu tribe
Samburu's name comes from the local Samburu tribe, which is closely related to the Maasai that inhabits southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. Both tribes are pastoralists, living from cattle breeding.

Grevy's zebra in Samburu.
Wildlife around the lodge
Larsens Camp is set close to the bush, and animals may be seen around. The animals most likely to be encountered within the camp area are monkeys and birds; large and potentially dangerous animals are unlikely, though, as the grounds are protected by an electric fence. You may look along the river for crocodiles and Nile monitor lizards.

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