Lion King Bush Camp
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Lion King Bush Camp
Lion King

Samburu National Reserve

Our Expertise

“Nahim is a fountain of knowledge about the whole area and the Samburu people. Make time for a trip up to the Matthew’s Mountain Range with him – absolutely fantastic, unspoilt country and worth the effort” Harriet H, March 2016 (as reviewed on Tripadvisor)

Lion King Bush Camp and Safaris is owned by Nahim Khalil, whose story begins twenty-five years ago, when he first set up a camp in Samburu National Reserve.

A licensed safari guide, born on the Kenyan coast, Nahim spent several years exploring the mountains of the Matthew’s Range on foot, living daily life amongst the Samburu people. He is a speaker of several Kenyan languages, a skill which allows him to break down barriers and absorb local cultures in a way which many will rarely experience. He has also spent lengthy periods of time living in Western Kenya, Nairobi, Lamu and the more remote, northern regions. Anyone who meets Nahim will agree he is a master story-teller and someone who’ll engage you immediately and keep you entertained for hours on end. He is a passionate follower of current affairs and has wide-ranging interests from politics, conservation, and history to art, archaeology and design. Most of all he enjoys meeting and hosting guests from all walks of life and sharing some of the special, unspoilt corners of Kenya via roads less-travelled.

Nahim arranges off-the-beaten-track safaris all over Kenya, with a particular love of exploring the lesser known routes. His safaris promise an experience of someone whose love of their homeland has taken them far beyond the realms of any standard tourist track.

For more details please contact +254 710 350 782 or email

Games Drives

Game drives throughout Samburu National Reserve are also offered during the early sunrise hours and late in the afternoon when sightings are most frequently observed. Bush breakfasts are a favourite amongst guests, where we set up private dining areas in scenic spots for coffee/tea, organic eggs, sausages, toast and fresh fruits, against a backdrop of birdsong and the rugged, green bush land which abounds.

Game Drive

Samburu Special Five

The Samburu National Reserve actually boasts its own Big Five or ‘special five’ as it is often referred to. Animals upon this exclusive list include the Grevvy’s zebra, the long-necked gerenuk, retiuculated giraffe, besia oryx and the Somali ostrich.

Not only does Samburu possess its own special five, but the original African Big Five are also spottable in the vicinity so a trip on this safari does not mean missing out on what other African safaris have to offer.

The Camp

Lion King Bush Camp is located inside Samburu National Reserve on the Ewaso Nyiro River. It offers a natural, unspoilt environment with very little interference to the bush and its inhabitants. As such, the camp remains home to myriad birds, mongoose, vervet monkeys, genet cats, tortoises, monitor lizards, to name a few. Elephants are regular visitors, often crossing the river, or taking mud baths directly in front of the camp.

The atmosphere is informal, authentic, and designed for the experience-led adventure traveller. We usually dine together in the open-sided dining area or around the camp fire… though some prefer to have a private table set up under the stars. And by night, owner Nahim will entertain with stories of a lifetime spent in the African bush. We also offer 3-course dining for outside guests… Please enquire for further details.


Lion King Bush Camp offers 6 very private tents, each with outside seating area, double beds, private showers and toilets. We can also accommodate requests for triples or four people sharing.

Full board rates include accommodation, three home-cooked meals each day, and early morning tea and coffee served either at the tents or in the dining area. Half board rates include breakfast and dinner. We can also arrange packed lunches for those who wish to spend full days out in the reserve.

We welcome requests to hire the camp exclusively either on a self-catered, part-or fully-catered basis. Please enquire or further details.


Booking Conditions & Cancellation Policy :

50% non-refundable deposit upfront in order to confirm the booking. Payable by MPESA. Remaining 50% due 7 days prior to arrival. Cancellations within 7 days of arrival are subject to 100% cancellation fees.


Payments can also be made via bank transfer to the account BE97 2100 2611 2149 of Olivier Tollet, please put a clear communication indicating the dates of the stay and specifying your name.

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  • Full Board
    KES10500 /night
    •  105$ US per night
    • Access to a private tent
    • Breakfast Included
    • Lunch Included
    • Dinner Included
  • Entire Camp
    KES50000 /night
    • Take-over of entire camp (on a self-catered basis): $495US
  • Half-Board
    KES9000 /night
    •  95 per night
    • Access to a private tent
    • Breakfast Included
    • Dinner Included

Beverages Prices ( Non-exhaustive) Alcoholic and soft beverages are not included but can be provided at the camp on request. We send each guest a drinks order form and price list one month prior to arrival.

Lunch bookings2.000 Kes ($20US) per person
500 ml bottle of water100 Kes ($1.16US)
1 litre bottle of water200 Kes ($2.32US)
Sodas (Fanta/Coca Cola/Sprite)150 Kes ($1.74US)
Fruit Juice (1 litre)350 Kes ($4.10US)
Car transfer from Nairobi18,000 Kes each way per vehicle ($180US)
Park fees$70US per person per day for non-residents and 1.000 Kes for residents of Kenya (payable in cash on arrival at the gate)
Camping feesAn additional camping fee of $30US per person per day applies to non-residents. For residents this is 500 Kes per day. Please refer to the Samburu National Reserve section for further details on park fees.
Game Drives10.000 Kes per 3 hours game drive ($100US)

Where To Find Us

We are located approximately 22km from Archer’s Post adjacent to the bridge and a 5-minute drive from Samburu Lodge. The drive from Nairobi is approximately 6 hours and we can arrange a driver at an additional cost. Please enquire for further details.

Upon entering Archer’s Gate take the main road for around 20km following signs to Samburu Lodge. Once you reach the signpost signalling the turnoff for Samburu Lodge, do not take this left but continue down the main road until reaching the next road on the left. Turn off down this road and continue straight. You will see a sign on the right for “research centre”. We are not this turn off but the next one on the right. It’s a very small little road but we are tucked away in our own private corner of the reserve.

Samburu National Reserve is situated at the southeastern corner of Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is bordered to the south by the Ewaso Nyiro River separating it from Buffalo Springs National Reserve. Samburu offers an abundance of wildlife in a spectacularly beautiful setting – the river its main artery fringed with doum palms and a mountainous backdrop in the distance. Once the long rains have been and gone the landscape completely transforms into a carpet of verdant green and wild flowers. Aside from the expected wildlife, also present are the Samburu “Special Five”: Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx. The elephant life here is astonishing and we believe the reserve offers some of the best elephant viewings in all of Africa. It is very rare to be able to enjoy such up-close-and-personal sightings of these great creatures in their natural environment. We also have plenty of big cats including lion, cheetah and leopard… as well as the smaller species, the occasional sighting of wild dog, nocturnal creatures and a seemingly never-ending array of birds.

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“The camp is the perfect place if you want a truly authentic safari experience” Nikolai von Stackelberg, March 2018

“This was my first time being in the Bush or going on safari and I am so happy I did it at Lion King Bush Camp! The setup is great with a beautiful sitting/dining area and upscale tents with real beads. It’s located right next to a river so you get the beautiful view and the relaxing sound to fall asleep to.” Madelaine, December 2017

“The location is fantastic, right in nature with great views of the river. The reserve is amazing, I saw 5 leopards, hundreds of elephants, with lots of baby elephants. Giraffe, Lion, Beisa oryx, crocodile, gerenuk, and much much more. The bird life is amazing. If you want a real safari experience this is the place to go.” Ohad Azoulay, December 2017

“Lion King Bush Camp is a rustic, nicely designed camp with good sized canvas tents set by the river. Owner Nahim doesn’t book any other guests when you’re there so you have total privacy. The decor of the dining/public area is lovely, incorporating living tree trunks and other natural materials. There are outdoor bucket showers which are fun, and the food is delicious. There are no fences around the property so wildlife, like elephants, march right by your tent to get to the river. Best of all is owner Nahim, a charismatic and fascinating person who not only knows enormous amounts about Africa but can arrange game drives and other things for you if needed.” Guest feedback, September 2017

“This camp has stolen our heart… So peaceful, so beautiful and wild… this place is a must stay if you love being away from ordinary places. You will find here something what you won’t get anywhere else. This is a real bush camp in an unspoiled environment. Wild animals are freely walking through the camp and giving you unforgettable memories. And of course Nahim…. he made it more special. He is a wonderful person and a great story-teller. We really enjoyed every moment. The 3 days we have spent there was the highlight of our trip. It was really hard to leave….
Thank you for the memories…. we must go back!” Eva & Akos, September 2017

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