Adjoining the Samburu National Reserve and set in the mountains of the Kalama Conservancy where it is serviced by the Oryx and Kalama airstrips, as well as private one, Saruni Samburu Safari Lodge offers an unspoilt natural environment far removed from roads, buildings or crowds of people. It is ideal for both nature-loving families and romantic couples who want to enjoy the northern Kenya wilderness in a comfortable, stylish atmosphere. The architecture immediately evokes north Africa, with an open-air cliff-top reception and dining area that looks down on Samburu below. It is dotted with brass and other artefacts, and includes a magnificent fire it on the edge of the escarpment.
Go on morning and evening game drives to look for classic African animals in three of the surrounding reserves. Spend the afternoon at the river with a picnic or walk with Samburu warriors and explore the Kalama mountains and rock art on foot. And after the day’s packed programme, relax and revive at the Wellbeing Space overlooking the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy or take in a dip in one of the two swimming pools, which have amazing views.
Saruni Samburu is a breath-taking property that is spread out at altitude and there are fairly long distances to walk between communal areas, the rooms, the spa, the swimming pools and reception. Be sure to look out for shy and tiny Aders’s duiker (among the smallest antelope in the world) as well a monogamous pairs of klipspringers that makes their homes among the huge boulders.
Bordering Samburu National Reserve with views to Mount Kenya
Big cat tracking and guided nature walks
Interesting Samburu rock art and cultural interaction
Excellent bird watching and photography – spend the day at the private hide
Riverside picnics and bush dinners by arrangement
Junior rangers programme for children
Fully inclusive safari with complimentary 30-minute massage
Well-trained local Samburu guides
The large swimming pool overlooks a waterhole where elephant, giraffe and zebra are often seen drinking in the morning and late afternoon. There is a second pool, also enveloped in the ancient rock and catching the full-day sun.
The Maasai Wellbeing Space offers an opportunity for relaxation and pampering, and blends traditional Samburu treatments with modern techniques.
The lodge has its own private airstrip making it easily accessible on a fly-in itinerary. There is also a private hide for keen photographers and birders.
Families with children will enjoy visiting to an authentic nearby village as well as taking part in animal tracking and other adventures that form part of the junior rangers programme.