Sabuk Lodge

The best kept secret on the Laikipia Plateau

Sabuk Lodge

Sabuk lodge unlike any other you might have come across before. Extending north in a privately owned reserve overlooking the Karissa Hills and Mathews mountains the views are as dramatic as the unique style across the lodge. Set high on top of the plateau along the Ewaso Nyiro river Sabuk has taken a very unique approach to lodge life, using locally sourced materials to create a very individual and creative safari experience. There are no barriers here between you and the wild, the glass free cottages with breathtaking views make for a memorable night's sleep.

At the lodge

The hotel

There is no ostentatious atmosphere at Sabuk lodge. The main lodge and dining area is thoughtfully laid out with locally crafted furniture that is homely and comfortable, designed to maximise the beautiful views in comfort. Scattered around are hammocks and colourful day beds a delightful bar area and fireplace all perfect for ret stops between game drives. Dinner at the main table under the stars catered to be welcoming and first-rate staff.

The rooms

The six beautiful open sided en suite cottages are unique in their design, with the aptly named Eagle Cottage, perfect for families, including its own plunge pool and private dining area. Here you sleep under thick thatch roofs and atmospheric stone masoned walls and floors. Hand carved furniture, four poster beds and earthy african materials to blend seamlessly into the surrounding bush. With no glass facing outwards there is nothing but you and the view from the sunken stone baths.

On safari


Being situated on private land as opposed to a national park activities like guided bush walks and walking safaris are not restricted to specific routes. There is a decent enough broad range of wildlife to view on camel assisted walking safaris, daily game drives, river fishing and the option of fly camping out in the bush with an experienced guide. Around the lodge the views from the swimming pool extending out over the cliff will keep you occupied for hours.

When to go

Laikipia by month


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The greatest conservation success of the region remains with the black rhino, almost half of Kenya's entire population can be found in this area. Laikipia is a real up-and-comer on the African safari circuit, with an impressive diversity of unique species, not to mention home to the famous Big 5. Encounter elephants, big cats (often collared for research purposes), buffalo, Grevy's zebra, numerous antelope and more recently, an increasing wild dog population. Laikipia consist of a mix of high altitude grassland, dotted with rocky outcrops, low lying bush and patches of riverine forest.


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