CAMPING IN SAMBURU
Buffalo Springs has five camp sites with bad or no facilities at all. The public camp sites along Champagne Ridge, close to the Isiolo or Gare Mara Gate, are devoid of services and are seldom used, mainly due to the fact that their vicinity to the main road makes it an unsafe area. The lack of use has allowed vegetation overgrowth to such an extent that they are even difficult to find. The special camp site of Kubi Panya, in the south side at the west bank of the Maji Ya Chumvi river, is rarely used and different reports about its services vary depending on the source.
There are three camp sites in Samburu, scattered along the Ewaso Nyiro between Samburu Lodge and the West Gate. All of them are cleared spaces shaded by the trees, with scarce services. The sites closest to Samburu Lodge are safer. From the Butterfly public site, you may walk into the lodge for a refreshment, but do it only until 7 PM, since at this time the lodge gate is closed and the employees bring the leopard's bait to a tree across the river. If you happen to walk around after this time, seek the protection of an armed escort. The Vervet camp site, also close to the lodge, is frequently used by safari agencies.