Saruni Samburu’s luxury villas are some of the very best in East Africa, heralding spectacular views over Kenya’s Northern Frontier District and Mount Kenya. If you're looking for a lodge with the 'wow' factor then look no further. The lodge is famous for it's innovative design, chic decor, eco values as well as its Italian inspired cuisine. A stay 3, pay 2 offer runs for several months of the year as well making this a good value luxury option.
Guests can enjoy the vast panoramas from the dining and lounge area, the two infinity pools and spa. The warm hospitality makes for an intimate and exceptional experience. It's a place you will remember as a highlight of your safari, for itself as much as the things you came to see - the Samburu guiding team adding hugely to your experience.
Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in Kalama Conservancy, bordering Samburu National Reserve, with over 200,000 acres to explore exclusively and with good access to the main reserve and river (just a 30 minute game drive).
Guided by Samburu warriors passionate about their land and culture, you learn first-hand about their fascinating customs and gain ancient, local knowledge about the land and animals – a truly authentic safari experience.
The six villas are all unique in design, some suited for families with two bedrooms, other intimate retreats for couples. They are built into the landscape, using the rock as walls and blending seemlessly with local building materials, earth colours and the landscape. Using the terrain in this way they all offer privacy and exceptional views over miles of unspoilt wilderness.They have lovely ensuite bathrooms, private terraced and dining areas and fully stocked fridges for a refreshing drink whenever you need one.
As well as two infinity swimming pools - the upper and lower - situated in different locations within the lodge grounds there is also an excellent spa.
The lodge also boasts an excellent photographic hide near to its waterhole below the camp, ther perfect place for game-watching up close the many animals that come to use it in this dry landscape.
The main lodge area is really lovely with a fire-pit and comfy seating, perfect for a sundowner. Meals can be taken in a convivial way with other guests and your guides, or on request you can enjoy a private dinner, as you wish. The lodge managers, Zoe and Johan, are very warm and accommodating - when we stayed we were offered lunch in our room on arrival so we could relax and recover from our journey and soak up those stunning views before the afternoon game drive - bottles of ice cold 'Tusker' beer were delivered with a delicious lunch - it was really perfect.
Game-viewing is the main activity here, looking for the unique species of animal (such as the retriculated giraffe and Grevys zebra ) that live in the region and observing Samburu's famous elephants. Being in a conservancy area rather than the National Park means that you can experience a night drive during your stay, a great way of seeing some of the many nocturnal animals you would otherwise miss. The lodge is around a 30 minute game drive from the Ewaso Nyiro River in the heart of Samburu - one of the highlights of a stay is to head out early with a bush breakfast for a whole morning on safari in the national park, stopping for breakfast by the river, usually with a few elephants for company! The game drive down to the river itself is usually full of surprises - on our visit we found lots of lion tracks and had the joy of watching black backed jackals basking in the sunshine before a big bull elephant interrupted their sunbathing.
As the dry season takes hold (July/August) more and more wildlife moves up from the river to the conservancy in search of water. This is when wildlife in Kalama tends to peak with leopards sighted on the rocks around the lodge and elephants and other wildlife at the waterhole.
Sara stayed at Saruni Samburu in May and raved about the quantity of wildlife she saw in the main reserve (cheetah with cubs, leopard - in daylight - huge herds of elephants and all the Special 5). She loved the Samburu bush supper - the camp set up a huge fire, with dozens of candles and lanterns and an extensive bar with nibbles. This was followed by a lavish dinner served under the stars on the dry river bed. The river bed is around 15 minutes game drive from the lodge. They staff even set up a candle-lit 'facility' !The Samburu guides sang and danced around the fire - a really memorable evening.
Saruni Rhino which opened in February 2017 is an exciting new initiative just a 90 minute drive from Saruni Samburu and allows guests to track black rhino on foot with rangers - a unique experience. Guests can also visit the Reteti Elephant orphanage - please ask for details.
This is an exciting fly in safari to Saruni lodges in Kenya's Kalama & Sera Conservancies where you can track endangered black rhino on foot before visiting the Masai Mara.
A classic fly-in safari combining Samburu with the Masai Mara, staying in luxury Saruni safari lodges in important conservation areas