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NEW: Saruni Rhino & Rhino Tracking Experience
SARUNI LAUNCHES FIRST ON-FOOT RHINO TRACKING EXPERIENCE IN EAST AFRICA
Dear <<First Name>>,
 
Today is a very special day for Saruni, for our friends and supporters and for our partners in conservation. We are very proud to announce the opening of a new, exciting property called Saruni Rhino and, with it, to be able to offer to our guests the first ever opportunity in East Africa to track the majestic black rhinos, on foot. This marks the return of the endangered black rhinos to the beautiful land of the Samburu warriors after an absence of a quarter of a century and marks an historical achievement for conservation and tourism in Kenya.
Opening on 1st February 2017, Saruni Rhino is located in Sera Community Conservancy, a vast and untouched wildlife reserve 350,000 hectares-large situated in the spectacular Northern Kenya region. Sera Community Conservancy is the first community conservancy in Africa to own and operate a sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of the rhinos. The relocation of the black rhinos from other parks and reserves in Kenya has been facilitated by Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), the umbrella organization that since 2004 has been the model of community-based wildlife conservation in the country.

Years of hard work, substantial investment, passion and determined commitment by Sera community members and NRT has led to the creation in May 2015 of the Sera Rhino Sanctuary. This year, Saruni has been chosen by Sera Community as their partner in opening up their pioneering conservancy to tourism.
Saruni Rhino will offer a unique walking safari experience tracking black rhino on-foot, accompanied by an expert Saruni guide and highly-trained Sera Community Conservancy rangers. Along with using traditional Samburu tracking methods, the rangers will be equipped with transmitters that are connected to a microchip inserted in the horns of the 11 black rhinos and that communicates their GPS whereabouts throughout the spectacular 54,000-hectares-fenced sanctuary, which is surrounded by Sera Community Conservancy. This will enable guests to track within metres of the rhinos. The memorable experience will endeavour to educate and encourage the further protection of the species for future generations. In participating in the experience, Saruni Rhino guests will actively contribute to the long-term protection of the black rhinos.
Saruni Rhino will initially be comprised of two elegant ‘bandas’ (open stone cottages) which sleep 4-6 and a main ‘mess’ cottage just outside the sanctuary. An additional tented camp inside the rhino sanctuary will be added soon, increasing its capacity.
 
Guests will be able to dine and relax at their leisure. Nestled amidst the swaying doum palms dotted along a large dry river bed, the cottages have sweeping views of a nearby waterhole which is a popular stop-off for a diverse range of wildlife including the indigenous “Samburu Special Five”: the endangered Grevy’s zebra, the long necked gerenuk, the reticulated giraffe, Beysa oryx and the Somali ostrich, making it great ‘bush TV’ from the comfort of the cottage’s veranda.
Saruni Rhino is located within driving distance of sister property Saruni Samburu, allowing guests to top or tail their experience in style. Considered to be the “best property in northern Kenya”, Saruni Samburu comprises six luxury eco-chic villas subtly located on the top of a stunning rocky kopje overlooking 200,000 acres of unspoilt wilderness. The property has recently launched a unique experience for Kenya: an elephant-proof, open ground-level photographic hide based at a waterhole, where both keen photographers and wildlife enthusiasts can quietly enjoy the animals just metres away.
 
Sera Community Conservancy and Saruni Rhino have two private airstrips that can be used by chartered aircraft and helicopters. For scheduled internal flights, the nearest airstrip is Kalama, the same for those landing at Saruni Samburu.
In addition to tracking the rhinos, your stay at Saruni Rhino will allow you to visit the incredible bird watching paradise called “Fifty Wells”, where hundreds of thousands of birds congregate every day, the nearby newly-opened Reteti Elephant Orphanage operated by NRT, and to explore one of the most spectacular regions in Kenya, where the traditional Samburu culture remains unchanged.
Overall, activities include:
  • Rhino Tracking on foot;
  • Game drives;
  • Waterhole sightings;
  • Bird Watching;
  • Guided bush walks;
  • Sand grouse spectacular;
  • The Fifty Wells;
  • The Singing Wells;
  • Sunset Lugga Walks;
  • Warriors Academy;
  • Mount Ololokwe excursion;
  • Elephant Orphanage excursion;
  • Bush dinners and picnics;
  • Sun downers.
Booking from 1st February 2017, access to the Rhino Tracking Experience will require the payment of a special conservation fee and it is open to guests over the age of 16 only.

There is a minimum stay of 2 nights at Saruni Rhino and 2 nights at Saruni Samburu.
  • Visit the Saruni Rhino webpage, here.
  • See more Saruni Rhino images, here.
  • Check out our Saruni Rhino & Saruni Samburu Safari rates & fees, here
We hope you are as excited as we are about this amazing experience and we welcome your emails and enquiries about rates, conservation fees and any other aspect of your rhino safari. Please contact me at riccardo@saruni.com and our Reservations team at reservations@saruni.com.
 
All the best from Riccardo & the Saruni Team
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