Saruni Samburu (Samburu Game
Perched on the top of the Kalama mountains with an
all-round view of Northern Kenya all the way to snow-covered
Mount Kenya, Saruni Samburu is a design lodge that is
introducing a fresh concept to a well-known safari
destination. Built on the pristine land owned by the Kalama
Wildlife Conservancy in 240,000 acres-large Gir Gir Group
Ranch, it is only seven kilometers - and 20 minutes of
exciting game drive - away from the Northern border of
Samburu National Reserve, a celebrated elephant sanctuary.
The lodge offers first-class safari experience in a
totally un-spoilt environment, far from the beaten tracks
but very close to the wildlife. Owned and operated by Saruni
in the Masai Mara, Saruni Samburu has been facilitated by
the Northern Rangeland Trust www.nrt-kenya.org/home.html
(Nrt), an umbrella organization developed by Lewa Wildlife
Conservancy to promote Tourism and conservation in Northern
There are four houses (two of them are large family
villas with two separate bedrooms each and two spectacular
bathrooms), a large swimming pool with dramatic view over
Samburuland, a waterhole that attract elephant, reticulated
giraffe, zebra, oryx and all the species that make Kalama so
Saruni Samburu has its own private airstrip near the
Kalama Wildlife Conservancy headquarters, but it is also
easily served by schedule airlines that land at nearby
Buffalo Springs airstrip.
Samburu Wellbeing Space:
In collaboration with Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees
(Stresa, Italy) and its world-famous spa - Centro Benessere
Stresa, Saruni runs the Maasai Wellbeing Space. It is a
unique feature in Samburu: in the most serene and relaxing
environment, our guests enjoy massage and wellness
treatments under the supervision of highly trained staff.
The new techniques combine sophisticated methods
developed at Centro Benessere Stresa with ancient Samburu
wisdom and knowledge. For instance, we use the Olmurmuru
seedas (Albizia Harvey) to reduce muscular discomfort and
pure gel from Usunguru (Aloe Kedongesis) for sun burnt
One treatment, our complimentary "back and neck" massage,
is included for free in the regular safari package. Among
the treatments available, you can choose between the
lymphatic drainage massage, decongestive or nourishing or
purifying facials, manicure, pedicure and the popular sport
massage. All with an open view of Kalama Wildlife
Conservancy, where elephant, kudu and giraffe roam freely.
Still semi-nomadic and very strongly connected to their
traditions and culture, the Samburu are one of the most
famous and interesting tribes in Kenya. Closely related to
the Masai and speakers of a version of the Maa language
(Maasai and Samburu understand each other perfectly well,
even if they smile about each other’s accents and tuns pf
phrases), they are believed to have reached Kenya between
four and five centuries ago with other Nilotic groups
walking South from the Horn of Africa.
The nearest town to Saruni Samburu is Archer’s Post, a
dusty settlement still with the flavour of a remote frontier
post. Within the group ranch where we are located, many
clans still lead a simple life in lightly-built settlements,
they are removed after a while to be transported to other
areas, following the cycle of wet and dry seasons. In such a
harsh environment, the Samburu have not developed
agriculture, trade or industry. Their only wealth comes from
cattle-herding: camels, goats, sheep and a few lean cows are
all they possess.
Most of the men and all the women wear very colorful and
traditional attires, often based on red and white. Tall,
very intelligent and sensitive, the Samburu have learnt how
to survive on a very difficult and today are among the
pioneers of eco-Tourism in Kenya. Like the Kalama community,
many other communities believe that the large group ranches
that they own can provide an income as wildlife sanctuaries.
Our Samburu guides and trackers know this land inside-out
and will take on a journey of discovery through it.
The word "safari" means to be out and away, to be on a
journey or travelling in remote areas. It is both a physical
and spiritual journey that can be undertaken in many ways.
For our safaris we use comfortable, fully-open Land Rovers,
specially designed to give you maximum visibility over the
landscape and the animals of Samburu National Reserve,
Buffalo Springs National Reserve and Kalama Conservancy,
three fantastic habitats for African wildlife. On our foot
safaris we walk exploring the Kalama mountains, among the
most spectacular in Northern Kenya. In the Land Rover you
are accompanied by your professional guide and by a tracker,
a team that will help you to read the book of nature. We
don't rush while on safari and there will be time to observe
the wild animals, to see how they interact and to study
their behavior and their habitats.
Days are normally hot, dry and sunny: the wildlife of
Samburu is best seen during the early hours or late hours of
the day, but we have discovered that during the central
hours of the day there is a great concentration of animas
along the river and? No Tourists. So we?ll take you there to
have an unforgettable experience. We also recommend night
game drives, when the nocturnal species can be seen.
We'd love to take you to our secret spots, especially for
bush dinner, or to the river for a pic nic lunch that allows
us to be with elephants, waterbuck, lion, impala, giraffe
all the Samburu species that go and drink water. If you are
passionate about birds, Samburu is your preferred park: not
only the species are abundant, but the birds are very tame
and can be easily spotted and photographed. Our guides are
birdwatchers by instinct and by training and share your love
for birds. We always carry field guides and binoculars in
a game walk you will feel, touch and smell the trees, the
bushes, the rocks and the tracks - and even the animal
droppings - that make our area unique. To walk with the
Samburu warriors in the African bush is a fantastic
experience and you will learn how they use the berries and
the leaves, about their traditions and about their life.
Morning and late afternoon are the two magic moments of a
safari. After dawn, the light is perfect for photography and
the sounds of the African bush start filling the air. Later
in the day, just before sunset, we will stop and think about
the day that is about to end while drinking a sundowner. We
will be right in the middle of "nowhere" that is right in
the centre of everything, surrounded on all sides by life
and death, hunting and escape, sleeping and eating, mating
and playing. Many safaris are not focused on wildlife but on
homo sapiens and are what some people call "cultural
Tourism". We call it "meet the neighbors".
With you, we visit a genuine Samburu village and, because
they are our neighbors and friends, we will be allowed to
share moments of their life. They own the land we show you
that we feel that it is important for you see how they live,
why they protect the environment and in what way they are
different from the other African tribes.
They will ask you questions as they will be curious about
you, too. It is an exchange of ideas and information. We
also organize drawing safaris for artists, special ?warriors
for a week? programmes for families and group. Having
discovered Samburu rock art in several caves near the lodge,
we include a visit to these extraordinary archeological
sites during our game walks.
Accommodation Rates:- From
$460 per person per night sharing.
Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.