Saruni Samburu Lodge
Saruni Samburu’s 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.
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All Year Round Price
From $480 pp All Inclusive Highlights
True Pristine Wilderness Ideal Stay
Minimum 5 Nights
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Stay at Saruni Samburu
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.
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 African 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 genenuk.
Saruni Samburu is the first and most exclusive design lodge of its kind in Kenya. It uses eco-design in an architecturally fascinating and innovative way, where it is built into and around a giant volcanic rock face, high up with unbelievable views. It is open and spacious, blending in to and becoming a part of the natural surrounding environment. It is bold, dramatic, beautiful and truly unique.
Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in Kalama Conservancy, and the sole source of income for the communitites 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.
At Saruni Samburu
Raised up on a hillside overlooking the Kalama Conservancy adjacent to the Samburu National Reserve the spectacular Saruni Samburu is a wonderful choice for visitors looking for an exclusive luxury lodge as a base for exploring this wild and untamed part of Kenya. Guests can choose between their Villas and Family Villas all of which are wonderfully spacious and comfortable with stunning views from their elevated position. They all boast en-suite bathrooms, separate living and dining areas and outdoor verandas to ensure guests can have a very private experience when staying here.
Two of the family villas can be “split” so they can be used for separate travellers as they have their own separate entrances. At the main part of the lodge there is a lovely open-plan lounge and dining area, two swimming pools and plenty of space for outdoor dining. The food here is superb and a big draw for bringing guests back to Saruni Samburu time and time again. The Saruni Wellbeing Space offers a variety of massage and spa treatments so guests looking to be pampered are well catered for. With day and night time game drives, guided bush walks, birding trips, star gazing evenings and visits to historic rock art sites and nearby caves, there is plenty to keep even the most ardent safari goer happy during a three or four night stay at Saruni Samburu.
At Saruni Samburu
Saruni Samburu has one of the most awe-inspiring locations in Kenya thanks to its uninterrupted views over the conservancy. The lodge makes all it can of this, and has an openness that allows for a fantastic mix of outdoors living with a high degree of style. It's a luxurious option, but is very unpretentious and has a relaxing atmosphere. This, twinned with the exclusivity of the conservancy, makes Saruni Samburu a great choice for this area. However it’s worth noting that this exclusivity also means that it is quite a long drive to the best game-viewing areas in the Samburu ecosystem.
Things to do at Saruni Samburu
- Guided Game Drives - Day & Night
- Bush Meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Cultural Visit to local village and community
- Helicopter Excursions
- Guided Bush Walks
- Bird Watching
- Infinity Swimming Pools
- Photographic Hide
- Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
- Samburu Wellbeing Space
- Saruni Weddings & Blessings
- The Sacred Mountain Trek - Mount Ololokwe
- Sundowners and StarGazing
Select Tour Ideas
A selection of tour itineraries to showcase what you can do. We encourage you to pick destinations of interest and we custom-make your safari to give you a more personalized experience.
7 Days Big Game Experience
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7 Days Ultimate Family Experience
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8 Days Migration Experience
Rekero Camp, Masai Mara Game Reserve | Lamai Camp, Serengeti National Park
8 Days Ultimate Bush and Beach
Mara Bush Tops, Masai Mara Game Reserve | Matemwe Beach House, Zanzibar
East Africa Top Luxury Destinations
Kenya epitomizes the safari destination with its big game, big skies, close-up bush encounters with the Big Five and ringside tickets to one of the wonders of the natural world, the annual wildebeest migration.
A bountiful land teeming with African wildlife, flourishing ecosystems and remarkable mountain ranges, Tanzania will forever be imprinted on your heart.