In the Samburu (and Maasai) language, ‘Saruni’ means ‘sanctuary’.
Samburu has a very evocative and iconic landscape that reminds each visitor of “the Africa of my dreams”: dry and stunningly beautiful, wild and at the same time serene.
Saruni Samburu six luxury, eco-chic villas are open and spacious, heralding spectacular views over Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya. As the only lodge in over 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness teeming with wildlife to explore exclusively, and guided by Samburu warriors passionate about their land and culture, the safari experience at Saruni Samburu is intimate and truly exceptional.
Saruni Samburu has ‘WOW’ factor from start to finish – imagine 360 degree viewsand not a visible light at night? It’s like you’ve stepped back in time. The discreet eco-design of the lodge is spread out over levels offering privacy, exclusivity and maximises the incredible vistas and views.
Perfect for couples, honeymooners and families alike – six villas offer a very personal stay. All villas have open sides to take in the fabulous panoramic views. After a thrilling game drive, unwind at one of our two infinity pools, treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa treatment or simply relax in your private lounge; you will really feel like you are on top of the world!
The wildlife: Samburu has one of the best concentrations of elephant, but also good numbers of lion, leopard and as well as the plains game. Then, there’s theSamburu Special Five: Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk (species that occur only in this part of the country). Wild dogs are also regularly seen
Experience our famous bush dinner, as you dance around the fire with Samburu warriors under the vast African skies, you are seeing the real culture of the area in a spectacular and dramatic setting.
A combination safari of Saruni Samburu and Saruni Mara showcases two very different yet equally special parts of Kenya: incredible game viewing ‘off the beaten track’, staying in private conservancies and immersing yourself in the history of Kenya’s culture – in my opinion this is the best combination in Kenya;
At Saruni Samburu you can participate in a wide range of diverse activities appealing to all tastes and all ages. The activities have been developed in celebration of the great wilderness right on our doorstep and the unique people who call it their home.
SAMBURU WELLBEING SPACE. In collaboration with the Centro Benessere Stresa at the 5-star deluxe Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees, Stresa, Italy, we operate the Samburu Wellbeing Space, where we use local plants and are inspired by ancient Samburu knowledge to offer a range of massages and beauty treatments. We offer one complimentary massage per room; a half-hour classic back and neck massage.
GUIDED BUSH WALKS. Walking safaris are individually tailored to your interests and are set in a breath-taking landscape. Walking with the Samburu warriors out in the African bush is a fantastic experience and you will learn from their authentic local knowledge of the plants, animals and landscape, about their traditions and about their lives. Having discovered Samburu rock art in several caves nearby the lodge, we include a visit to these extraordinary archaeological sites during our bush walks.
BIRDWATCHING. If you are passionate about birds, Samburu is the perfect place to visit; not only are the species abundant but the birds can be easily spotted and photographed. Our guides are birdwatchers by instinct and training and share your love for birds. We always carry field guides in our vehicles.
STAR-GAZING. The night skies above Saruni Samburu and the ‘hot rock’ upon which it sits are among some of the brightest and most beautiful in the world. Unpolluted and unobscured, every evening the night skies provide you with an alternative ‘playground’.
YOGA & EXERCISE. If you fancy saluting the African sun in a different way, and are inspired by the surrounding natural beauty experienced from your veranda, you will find a yoga/exercise mat in your wardrobe for use in-room.
WARRIORS ACADEMY. The Warriors Academy is a special interactive safari experience with a strong educational flavour, designed especially for families with children or small groups. It is a fun learning experience, that allows you to explore not only the wildlife, but also the authentic lifestyle of one of the most well-known and culturally fascinating tribes left in Africa; the Samburu. Under the tutelage of their ‘Moran’, or warriors, you get to know, enjoy and understand these unique people and see the Kenyan wilderness from a different perspective. Combined with regular safari activities, and tailored to your interests and timeframe, the Warriors Academy can last between 1-3 days, and needs to be booked in advance through Saruni or through your travel agent.
SUNDOWNERS. The sundowner is a well-deserved drink at the end of a long day on safari to ‘salute’ the African sun as it is setting. We drive you to an unforgettable panoramic viewpoint and serve you your favourite drink along with a selection of scrumptious ‘bitings’; small snacks to whet your appetite ahead of the delicious dinner which awaits.
BUSH MEALS. Enjoy breakfast along the Ewaso Nyiro River and starlit dinners in a dry river bed under the vast African skies (weather permitting). We’d love to take you to our secret spots for a bush dinner or for a picnic lunch that allows us to be with elephants, waterbuck, lion, impala and the Samburu Five that stop to take water. Note – bush dinners are usually part of a group, unless we can accommodate otherwise.
CULTURAL VISIT TO LOCAL VILLAGE & COMMUNITY. Our safaris are not only focused on wildlife but also on culture and people. Some call it ‘cultural tourism’. We call it ‘meet the neighbours’. We visit a genuine Samburu village and because they are our neighbours and friends, we are privileged to share moments of their life. They are the ancient custodians of this land and we feel it is an integral part of the Saruni Samburu experience for you to see how they live, how they protect the environment and in what way they differ from other African tribes. Be prepared for the Samburu to ask you questions too as they will be curious about you! Consider it an exchange of ideas and information. *Please note, this visit incurs an additional charge of US$ 20 per person which goes to the community directly.
CAVES FEATURING ROCK ART. As part of the guided bush walks, you can also visit nearby mountain caves where, hundreds of years ago, the Samburu have drawn hunting scenes and animals in what the experts call ‘white rock art’. The caves evoke a past when the Samburu were mostly pastoralist warriors.
THE SACRED MOUNTAIN TREK. Standing proud on Saruni Samburu’s doorstep, Mount Ololokwe is the Samburu tribe’s sacred mountain. It is a pillar of cultural significance to the Samburu and an exciting trekking venture to many others. Setting off at dawn, our professional guides will accompany you during this day’s excursion to the summit (with picturesque pit stops for breakfast and lunch) teaching you along the way about the mountain, its cultural significance and all of its wonders.
HELICOPTER EXCURSIONS. These are available upon request, with excursions to Mount Kenya, Turkana and everything in between. Ask the management for further information.
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