Saruni Samburu Camp
A one-of-a-kind lodge perched on the roof of Africa
Saruni Samburu Camp
Be as chilled or as active as you like at this super-chic, eco-friendly lodge in the private Kalama Conservancy in Kenya's Samburu Nature Reserve. You're in a world of your own here, as Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in this 200,000-acre (81,00-hectare) unspoiled wilderness. The villas are open and spacious, with views that really do deserve being described as panoramic, and the animals are spectacular. See the "Samburu Five", a handful of rare animals endemic to this ecosystem – gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Grevy's zebra and Beisa oryx, and a host of other species your Masai warrior guide will identify.
At the lodge
Wide-smiled Masai staff and the lodge's Italian owners welcome you warmly and the dinners they serve in the main dining area are superb. There's comfortable seating for reading or chatting to the other guests, cocktail in hand. After dinner, gather around the firepit to compare sightings and gaze at the sky – there's nothing to interfere with your views of the stars here. Wi-fi is available.
Saruni Samburu has six luxury, eco-chic villas. Each open-sided suite is spacious, with wooden floors, local fabrics, mosquito-netted beds and large bathrooms built to include the escarpment's boulders. Every space has a great view, and the veranda, with its comfortable chairs, is the perfect place to sit with your binoculars and a reference book to identify the game and bird species.
Day-time game drives are offered to explore the sights at Kalama Conservancy, Buffalo Springs National Park and Samburu National Park, and you can see Kalama's nocturnal species on a night drive. Take guided walks to investigate the bush and find the birds you've been wanting to check on your tick list. Feeling fit? Trek up Mount Ololokwe, Samburu's sacred mountain, or improve your family's bush skills at the Warrior Academy. Have breakfast beside the Ewas Ng'iro River or dine beneath the stars.