Saruni Samburu’s six luxury, eco-chic villas are open and spacious. These villas at Saruni Samburu herald spectacular views over Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya.
This luxury safari lodge in Samburu is the only lodge in over 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness. The area teams with wildlife to explore exclusively. On you Luxury Kenya safari to Samburu, you will be guided by Samburu warriors passionate about their land and culture. The African safari experience at Saruni Samburu is intimate and truly exceptional.
Where is Saruni Samburu Located?
Saruni Samburu is located at the heart of the Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy. This is about 7 km from the Northern border of the Samburu National Reserve. Access to the the Saruni Samburu is through the Kalama Gate.
This luxury safari lodge in Samburu also borders Ngutuk Ongiron to the west. Namunyak Community Conservation Trust to the north. There is also Sera Community Wildlife Conservation to the north east.
Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy
Kalama lies in an area of 95,000 hectares of Girgir Group Ranch in Samburu land, west of Archer’s Post. With a population of only 2,000, the main livelihood in the area is livestock, mostly camels and goats. Centered around a core conservation area of 3,150 hectares, Kalama represents a crucial migratory corridor between northern and southern conservation areas of this spectacular region of Kenya. Large herds of elephants cross Kalama in their migratory routes between the different conservancies that are under the NRT umbrella.
Kalama members have coexisted with the Samburu National Reserve for over 40 years, sharing revenues and wildlife. Access to Saruni Samburu is through the Kalama airstrip, where several airlines land every day with flights from Nairobi (Wilson Airport). Northern Kenya is one of Africa’s last true wilderness areas.
The absence of fences makes it one of the few places left that allows for the free movement of wildlife across a vast area. A red landscape dominated by acacia-grassland mosaic, with dramatic dry upland/montane forests rising from its plains, it is home to a wide diversity of species. Inhabited by pastoral tribes with rich traditional histories that are collectively striving both to protect its ecological integrity and their own livelihoods there is no better way for visitors to experience the real Africa.
What to do at Saruni Samburu Lodge
Saruni Samburu offers an exciting and varied range of unique activities for those on Samburu safari. These are suitable for all ages and easily tailored to suit your personal preferences. These activities include:
- Game drives through renowned and teeming conservation areas. These includes Kalama Conservancy, Buffalo Springs National Park and Samburu National Park.
- Night drives in Kalama Conservancy . This is a unique activity not permitted in the National Parks.
- Guided bush walks
- Bird watching
- Cultural village visits to the local village called Kiltimany.
- Bush meals – breakfast along the Ewaso Niro River and starlit dinners under the vast African skies in a dry river bed.
- 2 large infinity pools with incredible views.
- Visits to local caves featuring historic Rock Art.
- Samburu Wellbeing Space – a wonderfully indulgent menu of massage and spa treatments.
- Warriors Academy – special courses in bush skills and animal tracking, fantastic for families with children.
- Trekking excursions up Mount Ololokwe, the Samburu tribe’s sacred mountain.
- Helicopter and bi-plane excursions upon request, from Mount Kenya to Turkana and everything in between.
- Saruni’s gift shop where you can buy beautiful, original and locally made artifacts to take home with you.
Rooms for Accommodation at Saruni Samburu
Accommodation at the saruni samburu lodge comes in Villas. They vary from single occupancy villa to family villas. Accommodation is on all inclusive basis. Room facilities and amenities include:
- Private veranda
- Fully stocked fridge
- Private living area
- Free wifi connectivity in common areas
- Organic soaps and lotions
- 24hr security
- Outdoor shower
- Dressing gowns
- Room safe
Family Villa 1
Villa One is a large family villa with two separate en suite bedrooms joined by a spacious living room and verandah. This villa is fantastic for families with young children. The spectacular bathrooms have bath tubs and outdoor showers, the open verandah has a fire place to keep away the chill on the cool Samburu nights, and the spacious sitting and dining area is great for private dinners. Villa One is accessible by car and is only a short walk from Kudu House, the main lodge.
Family and Single Villa 2
Villa Two is Saruni Samburu’s biggest and most spacious villa, and is perfect for families or for two separate groups of guests. It can be used exclusively as a large family villa with two separate en-suite bedrooms, or it can be booked as two separate entities for two different groups of guests. The villa has a spacious sitting and dining area for private dinners, a large and open verandah and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. The beautiful uninterrupted views, outdoor showers and luxurious rooms will not disappoint. Villa Two is just a short walk down the main pathway to Kudu House, the main lodge, and is very close to the bottom infinity pool and the Samburu Wellbeing Space.
Single Villa 3
Villa Three is a single villa, with one en-suite bedroom and a spacious living area and verandah. Villa Three has a very unique character and style, and blends beautifully into its surroundings. A romantic refuge for a honeymoon couple, or an adventurous escape for a family of three – the outdoor shower, private dining area and interesting design will make for an exciting and memorable stay. Villa Three is a short walk away from Kudu House, the main lodge, and the bottom infinity pool and Samburu Wellbeing Space.
Family Villa 4
Villa Four is a large family villa with two separate en-suite bedrooms joined by a spacious living room and verandah. Villa Four is brilliant for families or a group of friends, with incredible views from each room, large bathrooms with private outdoor showers and a wonderful open living area for relaxing and private dinners. This villa is a short walk to both infinity pools – the bottom pool and the Samburu Wellbeing Space, and the top pool with the most unbelievable infinite view. It is further away from Kudu House, the main lodge, than Villa One, Two and Three, but it is still only a short walk down the path.
Single Villa 5
Villa Five is a single villa with one bedroom and a spacious living area and verandah, and is known as Saruni Samburu’s Honeymoon Suite. Villa Five has been written about in numerous publications as the room with the most beautiful view and the most amazing room in Africa. This villa is built onto the edge of a hillside around the natural rock formations, making you feel as if you are on top of the world and still tucked within the beautiful surroundings. The panoramic views of the wilderness below are enjoyed from the elegant bedroom and verandah, the luxurious en-suite bathroom and the spacious living and dining area. Villa Five has a special, secluded dining deck for romantic, private meals. It is about a 7 minute walk to Kudu House, the main lodge area, and is very close to the top infinity pool.
Family and Single Villa 6
Villa Six can be booked exclusively as a family unit, or separately as single villas for two different groups of guests. It has its own, different style and location. It is the furthest room from Kudu House, the main lodge, and the closest to the top infinity pool. It has its own unique and beautiful view, as it is facing the magnificent Mathews Range of northern mountains, unlike the other villas. The two bedrooms lead on to spectacular bathrooms with indoor and private outdoor showers. Great for families, a group of friends, or as a single villa, the villa has a spacious sitting and dining area for private dinners, a large verandah overlooking the unending view and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments.