Kenyan hospitality, Moroccan style and global appeal
Not all safari camps are of the canvas and game driving variety and Sasaab is definitely one of them. Well, there’s a little bit of canvas around and you can certainly game drive in the striking wild lands of the Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves, but that’s just the beginning; there’s also camel rides, spa treatments, fly camping and walking safaris at this elegant Moroccan-inspired retreat. As the only tourist initiative in the area, ties with the local Samburu are strong and $50 from each stay is donated to the 600 families in the Westgate Community Conservancy. Beautifully designed, ethical and eco-friendly… could this be the perfect safari camp?
At the lodge
The cool white-washed floors and breezy Arabic arches of the elegant main reception, lounge and dining area are instantly appealing after a dusty drive – so much so that it would be easy to sink into one of the plump cushions and gaze at the stunning landscapes all day long. But equally tempting is the glittering plunge pool, perched on the hillside with the same spectacular views, and dinner, a feast of exotic Moroccan and Swahili inspired fare, served by flickering lantern-light.
The nine Bedouin boudoirs are crafted from thatch, stone and canvas and spaced along the Ewaso Nyiro River, giving each plenty of privacy and a view as jaw-dropping as the next. Taking centre stage are the Zanzibari four-posters, draped in creamy linens and enshrouded in gauzy mosquito nets whilst skilfully-crafted Moroccan trappings add a sultry air. All are over 100 square metres and bathrooms are just as big and beautiful. For view gazing, there’s a large stone veranda with plunge pool and loungers and inside, a sunken chill-out area.
As the only lodge for miles around, activities at Sasaab are unique and private. Explore the exquisite Samburu Reserve on four wheels, two legs (your own) or four legs on a camel. Visits to the local Samburu community are wonderful and varied; stop off at the market, visit the school, play football with the kids or even have dinner. Fly camping guides is another not-to-be-missed opportunity and can even be done for more than one night (if you can tear yourself away from the lodge).