ABOUT

Everything you need to know

SAMBURU RESERVE

Your Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Soroi Larsens Camp

Prepare for a journey as you plan your visit to Soroi Larsens Camp in the majestic Samburu. Nestled on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, this unique luxury retreat promises an immersive experience that goes beyond conventional safaris. Whether you are intrigued by the sumptuous accommodations, the enchanting starlit sleepouts, or the vibrant wildlife that calls Samburu home, this comprehensive guide is crafted with you in mind. From tips on what to pack to insights into the local culture, we’ve covered everything you need to know to make your adventure at Soroi Larsens Camp a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Embark with us as we explore the soul of Samburu and the heart of authentic luxury.

About Your Stay

Everything you need to know to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay

Free Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in room and guest areas

Hydration

Filtered water is available in room and in guest areas

Laundry

A laundry service is available. Please refer to booking includes and excludes

Meals

Meals are served in the dining area. Please contact us for special requests

Power

24 hour Solar powered Electricity

Pool

The pool at Soroi Larsen’s camp is only available to in-house guests at the camp

Wheelchair Access

Yes with some assistance depending on the location

YOUR GUIDE TO EXTRA CHARGES

Fees and Additional Costs

Conservation Fees

Nightly Conservation Fee

Adults: US$70 per day (Residents pay KES 1,000:- per day)
Child: US$40 per day (Residents pay KES 500:- per day)

Additional Meals

Additional Lunch: US$ 40 per adult (US$ 20 per child)

Packed Lunch: US$ 30 per adult (US$ 15 per child)

Private Bush Breakfast: US$ 75 per adult (US$ 40 per child) – Min 2 Adults

Dinner In The Bush: US$ 80 per adult

Other Activities

All activities require a minimum of 2 persons

Night Game Drive: US$ 60 per person

Exclusive Sunset Dinner & Star Bed Sleepout: US$ 195 per person

Visit Reteti Elephant Sanctuary: US$ 375 per vehicle

Cultural Visit to Samburu Village: US$ 50 per person

Singin Well Experience: US$ 60 per person

Conservation Fees

Nightly Conservation Fee

Adults: US$70 per day (Residents pay KES 1,000:- per day)
Child: US$40 per day (Residents pay KES 500:- per day)

Additional Meals

Additional Lunch: US$ 40 per adult (US$ 20 per child)

Packed Lunch: US$ 30 per adult (US$ 15 per child)

Private Bush Breakfast: US$ 75 per adult (US$ 40 per child) – Min 2 Adults

Dinner In The Bush: US$ 80 per adult

Revitalize Your Senses: Indulge in Our Spa & Wellness Oasis

Unwind and rejuvenate at Soroi Larsens’ Spa & Wellness Oasis. Our bespoke treatments, infused with natural ingredients, offer a serene escape to nourish the body and soul.

LOCATION

Getting There and Away

By Road

0° 34′ 19.0986″, 37° 34′ 18.6456″ .

Click Here for Google Directions.
From Nairobi, travel north on the A2 North for around 243km

By Air

Fly to

Airkenya Express, FlyALS & SafariLink offer daily scheduled light aircraft flights to and from Kalama Airstrip.

HAVE A QUESTION?

Here’s our list of FAQ’s

DRINKS POLICY

If your stay is booked inclusive of local branded beverages, a fair usage policy will apply and excessive consumption will be charged at standard lodge pricing.

GEOGRAPHY

Soroi Collection camps and lodges are in East Africa’s Kenya, a country sharing borders with Tanzania and Uganda and approximately the size of Texas and Spain.

Our camps are based in the below locations;

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

  • Soroi Mara Bush Camp
  • Soroi Private Wing Camp
  • Soroi Luxury Migration Camp

Lumo Conservancy, Tsavo

  • Soroi Lions Bluff Lodge
  • Soroi Leopards Lair
  • Soroi Cheetah Tented Camp

Samburu Game Reserve

  • Soroi Larsens Camp
  • Soroi Samburu Lodge (Opening July 2024)

PEOPLE

Kenya is home to over 40 tribal ethnic groups, each with unique dialects. English and Kiswahili are widely spoken, especially in towns, lodges, and hotels, including ours. You are likely to interact with several ethnic groups such as the Taita, Samburu and Maasai, even more as part of your travel to our camps and lodges.

Cultural visits are also encouraged, as part of your interaction and understanding of the local communities in the locations we are in. Please liaise with the camp manager, travel agent or reservation consultant for more information on these visits at the time of booking or during your stay.

TIME

The time zone for Nairobi, Kenya is East African Time (EAT) whose offset is (UTC+03:00).

CLIMATE

Kenya lies on the equator and has a pleasant, tropical climate, but there are somewhat, regional climatic variations influenced mostly by altitude. Kenya’s daytime temperatures average between 20°C and 30°C in the Highlands, but it is warmer on the coastal region.

While the country has no real winter or summer periods, there are both Dry and Wet seasons. Rainy seasons occur from late October to November and late March to May. Traveling during these periods offers quieter park experiences with vibrant flora. July and August are cooler and often overcast, while December to mid-March is warmer.

CURRENCY

The currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). Currency exchange services are available at airports, hotels, and banks.

Be cautious about carrying large amounts of cash and ensure your money is dispersed across different bags.

Major credit cards are accepted at most sites frequented by tourists, hotels, lodges, and shops, but note that a surcharge (approximately 5%) is often levied.

ATMs are available for withdrawals but note that you can only draw currency in Shillings. Proof of identity may be requested; please ensure you always carry a passport or some
form of photo identification.

We recommend that our guests bring some small denominations (5s, 10s, 20s) for tipping purposes. It is our recommendation that cash bills be newer than 2013.

PASSPORT & VISA REQUIREMENTS

Visas are out | ETA is in – Kenya’s new Electronic Travel Authority explained

Explore Kenya with Ease: Your Guide to the New Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

We’re excited to share that Kenya’s journey into digital travel facilitation has leapt forward with the launch of the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) online platform. Visit www.etakenya.go.ke to experience this seamless new system, effective from 4th January 2024. This applies to all international travelers, including our youngest adventurers, except Kenyan citizens and East African Community (EAC) partner state residents.

A passport is required for all foreign visitors with a minimum of 6 months validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages in your passport. If you travel through more than one country, our recommendation is 3 or even 4 blank pages.

ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION

Visas are out | ETA is in – Kenya’s new Electronic Travel Authority explained

Explore Kenya with Ease: Your Guide to the New Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

We’re excited to share that Kenya’s journey into digital travel facilitation has taken a leap forward with the launch of the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) online platform. Visit www.etakenya.go.ke to experience this seamless new system, effective from 4th January 2024. This applies to all international travelers, including our youngest adventurers, with the exception of Kenyan citizens and East African Community (EAC) partner states residents.

Your ETA Application Checklist:

  • Passport Validity: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned arrival date in Kenya and has one blank page.
  • Photographic Identification: A recent passport-style photo or a clear selfie.
  • Contact Essentials: Your email address and phone number.
  • Travel Itinerary: Details of your arrival, departure, and where you’ll be staying in Kenya.
  • Payment Method: A credit card, debit card, or Apple Pay ready to cover the $34.09 per person fee.

 Additional Requirements for Certain Travelers:

  • Yellow Fever Certificate: Necessary if you’re arriving from a Yellow Fever-endemic country.
  • Additional Vaccinations: Based on your travel history or country of residence.

Application Timeline: You can apply for your ETA up to 3 months before your planned arrival in Kenya.

What Happens After You Apply? Once you’ve submitted your application, look out for an email notification. Upon approval, you’ll receive an ETA receipt with a reference number, which you can use to check your application status on the ETA website.

Processing Time: It typically takes 3 working days to process your ETA.

Please Note: This new ETA system replaces previous visa entry requirements in Kenya. However, if you’ve already applied for an e-visa, don’t worry – it will still be honored within its 90-day validity period.

Application Steps for Your Convenience:

  1. Upload the information page of your passport.
  2. Capture a selfie using your webcam.
  3. Fill in your contact details.
  4. Provide your arrival, departure, and accommodation details in Kenya.
  5. Complete the general information section.
  6. Make a customs declaration.
  7. Complete the health declaration.
  8. Provide your travel insurance information.
  9. Upload your accommodation booking confirmation and flight ticket/confirmation.
  10. Add any additional documents if required.
  11. Agree to the terms and conditions.

Total Cost: The standard processing fee is $32.50, plus a bank fee of $1.59, totaling $34.09.

Remember, Kenya is waiting for you with open arms and a heart full of adventure. If you have any questions or need assistance, we are always here to help make your African safari dream a reality!

INSURANCE

Emergency Evacuation insurance is not included in our rates. We require information about your travel insurance details, passport numbers, emergency contact person, birth date, and blood group for our records. This is not a travel insurance, and only covers medical evacuation in case of a medical emergency. It is a requirement that all our guests purchase and maintain valid Travel Insurance, that covers for medical emergencies, curtailment of your trip due to
unforeseen circumstances & loss of belongings.

Additionally, please ensure proper insurance for your camera/video/film equipment and
personal items.

DRINKING WATER

Mineral water is available in all shops & restaurants and at all Soroi Collection properties. We recommend using mineral water too for brushing your teeth, provided in all rooms at our camps and lodges.

While on safari, we suggest that you drink more water than you are used to keep hydrating.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS

Kenya is generally a low-risk travel destination. We advise taking Malaria prevention measures. Consult your doctor or a specialized travel clinic for advice on necessary vaccinations. Travelers from India, South America, Singapore, or across the tropics must have a yellow fever vaccination and certificate.

The information on this page is just a brief, general guide and should not be used in replacement of a consultation with your travel doctor. Local government organizations and travel clinics are trusted resources for up-to-date information, requirements, and recommendations about travelers’ health in Kenya.

CHECK IN & CHECK OUT TIMES

Check-In time is from 12:00 onward
Check-Out time is strictly 10:30

Late Check-Out requests are payable on check-In

VOLTAGE

In Kenya, the standard voltage is 220 – 240 V, and the frequency is 50 Hz (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa).

Plugs are UK Standard plugs (rectangular 3-pin). Our camps provide 24-hour electricity, with back-up generators. On request, we can provide an inverter for your safari vehicle for charging your camera batteries or phones. Adapters will be provided at each of our camps.

LUGGAGE

Please ensure that your baggage is packed in soft bags and should weigh no more than 15 to a maximum of 20 kgs per person. It is possible to store luggage during the safari at your hotel or at our Nairobi office if you are returning thereafter your trip. Our camps will offer complimentary laundry services during your stay.

For local domestic flights, the maximum luggage allowance per person is 15kgs including hand luggage, in soft bags.

Please apply standard safety guidelines – do not leave your luggage unattended and always keep your valuables close by or locked away.

NETWORK COVERAGE

All Soroi camps and lodges have phone network coverage. Wi-Fi is also available at all camps. It is strongest in the Main areas, including the reception, dining and public lounges.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Please be sensitive when photographing people. Kenyans are renowned for being friendly; however, it is courteous to ask permission before snapping away, and not all individuals will consent to impromptu photography. Before photographing local tribes, consult with your driver/guide. Photographing State houses, airports, military installations, police stations, government facilities, border posts, soldiers, or police is strictly prohibited.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) are prohibited in any of the conservation areas we are located in. Please bring a good supply of film equipment/materials, as local supplies are limited when on safari or for digital photography.

Pack extra memory cards and spare batteries. A dustproof bag ensures your camera is safe from the dust whilst on safari. A pair of binoculars will enhance your game-viewing experience, and although your guide will have a pair available to use, you may wish to bring your own pair along for convenience. A small flashlight – although flashlights are available at each Soroi Collection and camps and lodges.

PACKING LIST

As a general guide, comfortable, loose-fitting, and casual clothing you can wash and wear is recommended while on safari. Muted colors are best for game viewing.

Game drives are generally conducted in the early morning and the late afternoon, which can be cold and chilly. However, the temperature often warms up during the day, so it is best to dress in layers.

The most practical items to pack for your Kenya safari are:

  • Items of clothing in khaki, green, beige, and earth/neutral-toned colors
  • Long-sleeved shirts that offer protection from the sun and mosquito bites
  • Short-sleeve shirts or T-shirts
  • Shorts or a light skirt
  • Safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
  • A fleece jacket or thick sweater is recommended for early morning and evening game drives.
  • A lightweight waterproof jacket in case of rain
  • Swim and beachwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Lightweight sandals or flip-flops (for wearing around the camp)
  • Buff, scarf, or bandana (good for dust)
  • Your preferred sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, insect repellent, moisturizer, and lip balm
  • Sports bra for women, IF desired. Some of the roads in the reserve are not well maintained and can be quite bumpy.
  • A wide-brim hat with an under-chin tie (to stop it from being blown off in open vehicles)
  • Personal items; Prescription drugs
  • Camera, battery, extra battery, and plenty of memory cards –You will need this for the photos of all your precious memories!

TIPS & GRATUITIES

While tips and gratuities are part of the safari tradition, guests are not obliged to offer tips. Our staff highly appreciate your tips as they serve as an affirmation of their outstanding performance. Our camps and lodges have a designated tip box in the reception or a central location for a discrete contribution to your camp or lodge staff.

Any staff member more deserving of excellent service may be tipped individually/separately, and as for tipping your driver guide, we suggest that this is done separately.

Suggested Amounts:

  • US $ 3 – 5 Porterage, Stewards, and Housekeeping per day
  • US $ 10 per person per day for driver/guides

It’s important to note that it is inappropriate for staff to solicit tips or gifts for their families. We urge you to report any instances of this nature.

DANGERS OF THE BUSH & PARK REGULATIONS

Please respect the wild animals and park regulations to ensure your safety and preserve the environment.

Although the animals we see on safari may seem completely unconcerned by our presence, they are wild and can be dangerous, and you should not wander off on your own whilst on safari. No animal is tame, and they must always be treated with respect and not approached unless by an authorized professional armed ranger/warden.

  • Always listen to your guide and follow instructions carefully.
  • DO NOT walk alone after dark or outside the limits of the camp.
  • DO NOT leave the safari vehicle in the park without consulting your guide.
Our camps and lodges are in protected areas; reserves and conservancies and there are rules and regulations for these. Please read the park rules and regulations at the camp or ask for a copy from your driver guide or the camp manager.

VEHICLES

Soroi Collection has a fleet of safari-equipped 4WD Land Cruisers, adapted for safari adventures.

PHILANTHROPY & COMMUNITY PROJECTS

At Soroi collection, we are passionate about philanthropy and sustainability. We endeavor to adhere to our responsible tourism policy practices. As such, we advise against handing out money or gifts to locals.

We maintain connections with community projects and schools that would greatly benefit from your support. For more information, consult the camp manager. Donations of clothing, pens, and pencils are highly valued.

PLASTIC BAGS

Kenya banned all single-use plastic bags as of 28 August 2017. It is NOT allowed to bring in plastic bags from overseas into Kenya; doing so will attract strict and high fines. We advise removing all plastic bags from your luggage and purchases before entering the country.

Further, single-use plastic is banned in parks, reserves and protected natural areas. Kindly note the same and ensure that you do not carry any single use plastic items with you on safari. (e.g., plastic straws, bottles, picnic cutlery etc.)

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