Larsens Tented Camp was opened in 1987 and is set in lush lawns on the bank of the Uaso Nyiro, a river in Samburu National Reserve, on the border of the old Northern Frontier Province.
Tranquility and nature embrace you the minute you enter Larsens with the river being the perfect stage for an endless pageant of wildlife – elephants rolling and trumpeting in the shallows, timid impala nervously drinking, baboons and vervet monkeys swinging through the canopy of trees. The only man made noise is that of the young Samburu flutist as he slowly makes his way along the river front. He unobtrusively doubles as a palmnut thrower when the monkeys become too bold.
Many a tale is exchanged around the fire each evening. Amidst the glow from the embers, the calls of the African night, a waft of cigar smoke and the kick of a White Mischief liqueur, game drives are relived and personal histories exchanged – it’s a wonderful venue for making new friends and imbibing the essence of Africa as did the safari pioneers so many years ago. An animal viewing platform in a tree lets you scan the vast Samburu plain.
Guests can arrange to visit Samburu Lodge in the evening to view the baiting of the leopard and crocodile feeding. Although Larsens does not have a pool, guests are welcome to use this facility at the nearby Samburu Lodge free of charge.
The treehouse is an excellent place to enjoy a sundowner as you look out onto the plains as the animals gracefully retreat.