Saruni Samburu is located in tribal lands to the north of Samburu National Reserve. The lodge overlooks a vast private wildlife sanctuary called Kalama Conservancy and has exclusive access to the surrounding 200,000 acres of pristine protected wilderness. Saruni Samburu uses eco-design in an architecturally fascinating and innovative way, where it is built into and round a giant volcanic rock face, high up with unbelievable views.
The area around Saruni Samburu is teeming with wildlife- from the giant herds of Samburu elephant coming to drink at the waterholes, leopard making their lairs on rocky outcrops nearby, to endangered packs of Africa wild dog seen traversing the plains below the lodge.
The area is also home to rare endemic species, the Samburu Five: Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk.
Saruni Samburu’s six luxury villas are open and spacious, heralding spectacular views over Kenya’s Northern Frontier District and Mount Kenya in the distance. The lodges have interesting design and décor with eco- chic architecture. The villas vary in size and are spacious and perfect for families, with beautiful uninterrupted views, outdoor showers and the luxurious rooms will not disappoint. All villas are a short walk to the infinity pool where you can relax whilst taking in the spectacular views.
Guests can enjoy exciting, relaxing, and unusual activities. Game drives and night drives, guided bush walks and visits to the local caves, lounging at the infinity pools or having a massage at the Samburu Wellbeing Space. The warrior’s academy is great for all ages and is a special interactive experience, you will get to enjoy and understand the Samburu warriors and see the Kenyan wilderness from a different perspective. You can also visit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary or if you’re feeling energetic climb Mount Ololokwe which is the Samburu tribes’ sacred mountain, the climb and descent takes approx. 6 hours in total.
This is the only lodge in Kalama Conservancy, and the sole source of income for the communities found in the area. Since its opening Saruni Samburu has provided jobs, income, training, and guidance for the local Samburu people in the area. Tourism directly supports conservation -by visiting Saruni Samburu, you are directly giving back to the community who protects this beautiful land, improving their quality of life, while at the same time encouraging the purpose for conservation.
If you’re interested in Scorpions, then you can take a short half hour walk around the lodge with our experienced guides once the sun sets. A special ultra-violet flashlight is used to illuminate the scorpions.
If you fancy a scenic aerial adventure across Kenya’s remote north, then you kick back and enjoy a plane or helicopter ride to marvel multiple landmarks and area of natural beauty.
There is also a photographic hide and waterhole for those keen on photography and birdwatching.
A truly spectacular lodge with something for everyone!