When Mom and Dad brought up that they wanted to join us for a safari, I knew that we would have to change our travel style to be a little more luxurious. This was welcome for us as it gave us a week to experience some luxury, the exact opposite of what we had been doing for the past 5 months.
I was happy to get a break from the planning since Africa Safari Classics coordinated everything from our itinerary to our accommodations and driver. All I had to do was approve their proposal.
Before we left, everyone was extremely excited about staying at the Elephant Bedroom Camp. They had the best website of any of the places that we were staying and the reviews on TripAdvisor were extremely good. Different from other places that we would be staying later on our safari, the camp was located inside of Samburu National Reserve.
When we arrived we were greeted with a cold washcloth and some fruit juice. We filled out our paperwork, were given the rules of the camp and then escorted to our rooms.
Tent 8 at Elephant Bedroom Camp
We had read about the luxury tented camps before we left, but when we saw the tent it was so much nicer than we had imagined. Our room was perfectly clean and absolutely massive – complete with a porch, king size bed, seating area and full bathroom.
Our king size bed had a total of 6 pillows which made it feel very luxurious. The bed itself was a bit firm, but we both slept extremely well.
The best part of the tent was our porch. We had a great view of the river and were able to see animals venture down to the river to get a drink of water. One of the nights, we heard some commotion outside. After getting the flashlight to investigate, we discovered that there was an elephant just outside of our room – so close in fact that it bumped our porch when it walked away!
We also had close contact with Vervet Monkeys. As part of our orientation, we were told to lock our tents at all times since the monkeys knew how to get in. One afternoon I was over at my parent’s deck while Andy laid down to rest. We did not lock the screen door since Andy was inside of the tent. I saw a monkey go on the porch and head for the door. Not sure of what to do I started yelling “ANDY! ANDY!”. He got out of bed to see what was going on and scared the monkey away. That wasn’t the only time we had monkeys near our tent. The day we left, we returned from lunch to see an entire family of monkeys hanging out on our tent. They were jumping on the roof, chasing each other around and generally screwing around.
We weren’t expecting much with the bathroom but it was pretty great. The shower was a rainfall shower head which had great water pressure and plenty of hot water. To make the stay feel even more luxurious, there were high end toiletries available.
The bathroom even had double sinks, something that we did not need but is a nice perk for some couples. I’ve watched enough House Hunters to know that some people will not consider buying a house that does not have dual vanities.
Elephant Bedroom Camp – Amenities
Private Plunge Pool
It can get pretty hot in Africa and without air conditioning you need a way to cool down. The tents at Elephant Bedroom Camp each had a private plunge pool. We loved having the privacy of our own pool right on our balcony. The water was pretty cold, but after a safari drive, it felt good to cool down.
Our tour price included all of our meals. It was nice to show up at the restaurant and have a great selection of food waiting for us. The meals were at set times and corresponded with our game drives for the day. The amount of food that we were given was perfect – enough to fill us up but not so much that we felt bloated or sick.
At every meal, the local birds would come close to our tables, hoping to get something to eat. We did not feed them as we know that animals should not be conditioned to get food from humans, nor does our food match their diet. You could tell that many guests do feed them based on how close they will get to you.
The breakfast was the only buffet meal that was served at the camp. We had a selection of fresh fruit, made to order eggs, several different hot food options along with juices, tea and coffee.
Our biggest complaint about breakfast were the numerous bees around. The smell from the sugar of the fruit and juices seemed to attract them. The camp did the best that they could in keeping them away by covering the fruit with saran wrap, putting towels over the pitchers of juice, but when you’re in nature, it can be difficult.
There were always 4 options available for lunch – 2 meat and 2 vegetarian. In addition to the main course, there was also a starter and dessert.
Similar to lunch, dinner included 4 options – 2 meat and 2 vegetarian. In addition to the main course, there were 2 starters and a dessert.
Happy Hour in the Bush
On our second day at the camp, we were driven to a remote location in the bush instead of back to the camp. The staff had set up appetizers, drinks and a fire. We sat down with a cocktail in hand, watching the sunset. It was a nice touch and something that we all enjoyed very much.
When you’re in an isolated location, you expect to pay a relatively high price for everything. We were very happy that this was not the case at Elephant Bedroom Camp. There we were able to purchase alcoholic drinks for a very reasonable price – $3 for a beer or $5 for a mixed drink.
Animal Viewing from Camp
Elephant Bedroom Camp sits right on the edge of a river and all of the tents face the river as well. At any point you can look across the river and see many different animals walking to the river to get a drink or just relax. During our stay we saw many elephants, gazelles and even a crocodile resting in the sun.
We knew that the staff at our hotels on our safari would be good, but had no clue just how much they would go above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. From providing us with cold washcloths to get rid of the dust from our game drives to turning down our room when we were at dinner, everything was perfect.
Since we were located inside the park, we were also required to walk with an escort whenever we went to or from our room in the dark. We simply had to flash our flashlight at the river and an escort would pick us up.
Staying in a luxury tent was one of the most unique, luxurious places that I have stayed in my life. The staff made everything amazing – from the cleanliness of the room to the amazing food and warm hospitality, it was perfect.
Looking back, I don’t think that we’ll ever forget our time at the camp. From hearing an elephant right outside our room in the middle of the night to seeing an elephant within the camp as we left, the wildlife watching was great.
If you’re looking to stay in Samburu National Reserve during a safari, I would highly recommend staying at Elephant Bedroom Camp.