The beautiful hills and valleys of the Matthews Range

The beautiful hills and valleys of the Matthews Range

Pitari’s Camp is the newest addition to the Lion King Safaris portfolio. Located on river frontage in the subliminal hills of the Matthews Range, we present our home-away-from home, named after our beloved late friend, Christopher Pitari Lekerpess. It was one of Pitari’s dreams to have his own camp so he could spend his days close to the home he cherished more than anything. Just a few minutes on foot from his manyatta, we created Pitari’s Camp in Chris’s memory, and his family are its custodians.

The camp offers guests the chance to visit this beautiful, remote part of Kenya comfortably but affordably. We are ideally-positioned for walking the surrounding hills and forests, cultural excursions, and visits to the local manyatta where we’ll be welcomed as good friends and not as tourists. Expect home-cooked meals, story-telling with wazee (old men) around the camp fire, and Samburu culture at its most natural and authentic.

One of our tents at Pitari’s Camp

One of our tents at Pitari’s Camp

A sample itinerary incorporating the Matthews Range is as follows:

Day 1: Arrive in Samburu National Reserve and spend the first night at Lion King Bush Camp.

Day 2: Early morning departure by car in one of our vehicles through the West Gate road up north to the Matthews Range. Arrive at Pitari’s Camp for lunch and spend the afternoon walking, swimming and enjoying the peaceful environment of the camp. Sundowners will be served around the camp fire followed by a delicious home-cooked dinner. We might have the chance to walk up to the manyatta after and hear the young morans singing as they call in the night.

Day 3: Tea and coffee served around the fire before our departure into the forest for a morning of fishing, nature walks and local wildlife viewing. Whilst the larger species are shy in these parts, we may well come across buffalo, the odd elephant, perhaps a leopard if we are very lucky… But all our guests love the myriad birds, butterflies and smaller natural wonders of this enchanting region. Lunch is served back at camp with time to relax, read a book in the shade or take a dip in the cool river water. Late afternoon we’ll take a walk through the valleys (perhaps with camels), stopping along the way to greet local children, or watch as cattle are herded home for the day. Evening back at camp.

Day 4: A hearty breakfast before our departure back to Samburu National Reserve. Arrival at Lion King Bush Camp in time for lunch and the afternoon at leisure. Meet your driver/guide back at camp and enjoy an afternoon game drive before dinner.

Rates: Visits to Pitari’s Camp are offered as a 2-night package and for a minimum of 2 guests. Guests are asked to spend a night on either side at Lion King Bush Camp in Samburu National Reserve (additional cost) to allow enough time to drive up to the Matthews Range and back. Pitari’s Camp rates are 32,500 Kes per person per night and include full board accommodation, local beers, wines and spirits, non alcoholic beverages (sodas and bottled water), conservancy fees, return transportation from Samburu National Reserve in one of our vehicles, all guides and activities… You will reconnect with your own driver back in Samburu National Reserve on return.

Greenery in every direction

Greenery in every direction