Saruni Samburu is located within the Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, a large privately owned reserve that borders the Samburu National Reserve ('SNR'). Its 6 luxurious eco-chic villas are large and spacious and offer spectacular views of the Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya.The lodge's swimming pool and a waterhole that attracts elephants, reticulated giraffes, zebras, oryx and other species, make the place truly special. Vast, arid, made of epic landscapes, rich in wildlife, home to some of the most authentic communities in East Africa,this area is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Its colors offer scenery of unparalleled beauty, where wilderness and culture make for a unique adventure. The safari experience here is exceptional and exclusive, and since the lodge is only 7 km from the border between Kalama and SNR, safaris cover both reserves. Kalama also borders Namunyak Community Conservation Trust to the north, where the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is located, and Sera Community Wildlife Conservancy to the northeast, where a number of black rhino live undisturbed. In recent years, the efforts of local communities to keep the peace, protect wildlife and natural habitats and preserve the region's diverse cultures have transformed Northern Kenya a virtuous example of sustainable tourism. A place to be visited once-in-a-lifetimes.
At Saruni Samburu walking safaris are set in a breath-taking landscape and led by Samburu warriors. This is a fantastic experience to learn directly from their authentic local knowledge about plants, animals, landscapes and traditions. As part of the guided bush walks, is included the visit to nearby archaeological sites. Extraordinary mountain caves where, decades 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.
Saruni Samburu has a specially designed open-hide based at the waterhole, from where photographers can capture wildlife and birdlife from ground level. Completely camouflaged and covered by shrubs and bushes, it can accommodate up to 8 people and keeps inside books and maps available to guests. This is the perfect spot for 'stealing' amazing images of what occurs at waterhole frequented mainly by elephants and the Samburu Special Five (the gerenuk, the reticulated giraffe, the Somali ostrich, Grevy's zebra and the beisa oryx). Being in the middle of an arid area, the hide also provides excellent opportunities to photograph the predators of Samburu, especially lion and leopard.
Guest can enjoy morning, afternoon and all-day game drives through two renowned conservation areas: the Kalama Conservancy and Samburu National Reserve protecting fantastic habitats for African wildlife. Night game drives are particularly recommended in Kalama Conservancy, when nocturnal species can be encountered. This is a unique activity not permitted in the National Reserve. Game drives are on a shared basis, however exclusive use of vehicle can be arranged with an extra fee.
Saruni Samburu is the perfect setting for a destination wedding. Simple, luxurious and elegant with a breathtaking backdrop of pure wilderness, the lodge offers the ideal scene for an unusual, authentic and unforgettable wedding. The experience can be enjoyed both by newlyweds who want to re-affirm their vows in the middle of a very beautiful and spiritual land, and by those who plan to actually get married in Kenya. The ceremony usually takes place in a traditional Samburu village, with the participations of the elders, the women and the warriors, or for a more private experience, on the top of a mountain overlooking the vast and dramatic landscape. Saruni can tailor the wedding experience to your special requirements and desires as much as possible to give you a truly unique and personal wedding day.
The Samburu culture is rich in traditional songs and dances usually performed at sunset or during special events. Tales of bravery, the stages of man, courtship and marriage are re-told by genuine members of the local communities. With a Saruni host acting as an interpreter, this provides an unforgettable cultural insight into an ancient tribe. Guests can participate in the dancing or they can simply enjoy the colorful spectacle. Photographs and filming are permitted.