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The Evolution, The Excitement, and The Road to the North
'On a journey to new frontiers.....'
Dear <<First Name>>,

Nothing stays the same, not even in Africa. At Saruni, we have kept changing and evolving over the last years, but I feel that the most exciting transformations are still ahead of us. The first one is something we can reveal now (see the information below about our photographic hide), even if, for the much-awaited images, you’ll have to be patient for another month. With the hide in-situ, Saruni Samburu will become THE go-to destination for anyone with wildlife photography as a serious hobby (or profession). Other changes are still in the making: at this stage we can only reveal that they will bring Saruni to a new dimension in conservation and tourism in the unexplored regions of the North. Stay tuned!

As Kenya as a destination enjoys a surge and airlines upgrade their services, more visitors than ever are coming and we have launched our 2017 Rates and Special Offers to make it easier to enjoy the Saruni experience for longer.

To meet our readers' demand, the popular series of 'Through the Eyes of a Guide' continues with Saruni Mara’s Saruni Kisemei. Another much-liked initiative, the #WhyILoveSaruni photo competition, will also evolve soon (let us know if you have suggestions). 

Thank you for sharing this journey with us, and happy reading,

Riccardo
We can't HIDE our excitement!
The installation of our photographic, elephant-proof hide in Samburu – the first of its kind in Kenya – is progressing very well and we simply can’t… 'hide' our excitement. Available to guests from 1st July 2016, buried underground, and covered with earth on three sides as well as on the roof, located a few steps from our waterhole (which is also being re-designed), it is 'painted' with Samburu red earth and covered with shrubs and bushes: the perfect spot for 'stealing' amazing images of what occurs at our well-frequented waterhole. Remember that there are still some spaces available for the Kenya Photo Camp this July led by National Geographic Creative Photographer Sergio Pitamitz: an 8 nights / 9 days journey combining Kenya’s most exciting wildlife-rich wildernesses dedicated to the Predators of the Masai Mara & The Elephants of Samburu for an all inclusive price US$6,445 per person sharing.
Rates & Special Offers: the New Deals
Our 2017 Saruni Safari rates and 2017 Saruni Ocean rates are now available. Get planning next year’s stunning safari and heavenly coastal escape to Kenya, check out our 2017 rates (click through to the web links above), or, contact us directly at reservations@saruni.com, or call tel: +254 (0)202 180 497 / +254 (0)735 950 903. 

To learn more about how you can stay for longer and pay less at our unique Kenyan safari and beach properties using our Special Offers, simply click here.
Through the Eyes of a Guide - the Man & the Name
When I met Saruni Kisemei in the Masai Mara 14 years ago, he was a young Maasai employed by the team building the lodge of my dreams. I asked him his name and he replied: "Saruni" (which means "The Provider" in English, or “The Place or Refuge of Peace and Tranquility"). "What a coincidence", I said, "since I’m planning to call my lodge Saruni!"I promised to try him in our permanent, post-construction team. Many years and many promotions later, Saruni is one of our best guides and a real star. For those who don’t know him, here’s Saruni Kisemei, in his own words.

Q. What is the most exciting / memorable story / sighting?
A. When I found a leopard with two cubs last year. One cub was up in a tree eating a kill with the mother and one down at the base of the tree. Whilst we were watching a hyena came in and grabbed the cub on the ground. I tried to rescue the baby by going after the hyena with the car, but we did not succeed. The hyena actually ran away with the cub. I was very excited as I had never seen such a scene, but my guests were crying!

Q. Why do you love Kenya?
A. It is my home, so of course I love it. If I had to pick another country I would most like to visit, it's Botswana and go into the Okavango Delta. It seems to be the only place in the world to rival the Mara in terms of wildlife. The lions like to tackle buffalos which we don’t have here so often.
 
Q. What’s the strangest / funniest thing you have ever been asked? 
A. One of my clients got out of the car and walked up to a buffalo. He thought it was safe because in Italy they milk buffalo. I had to scare the buffalo away to protect the client.
 
Q. When was the last time the wildlife of the Masai Mara scared you?
A. When I was at home looking after the cows on food I was surprised by a buffalo who was threatened by my Maasai singing. It ran towards me and luckily I threw myself to the ground and he jumped over me and then I ran away with my cows. But I had to go back and collect my spear the next day.
 
Q. What motivated you to become a guide? 
A. I really love nature and wildlife. I grew up with all of this and fell in love. Further, I really enjoy meeting people from all other the world and learning about their culture.
 
Q. What makes Saruni different?
A. Saruni is special because it is named after me! Ha ha, also here at Saruni the staff are all locally employed and community works very closely with the lodge. Lots of help.
 
Q. What is your favourite animal species in the Mara? 
A. Hyena, not because it takes leopard cubs, but because it is one of the ecosystems cleaners so it has a big role to play. They also have very complicated social systems that are fascinating.
 
You can email us your very own questions for our guides, by emailing marketing@saruni.com. Next month, Saruni Samburu!
#WhyILoveSaruni: Past Images & Future Ideas
This summer, our #WhyILoveSaruni Facebook photo competition enters its third edition and will have new features. Whilst we are in the process of planning its release, please join us in enjoying the remarkable entries submitted by past competitors. Here you can see all our previous monthly winners – from both 2014/15 and 2015/16 – and the final overall winners. Thanks again for all your submissions and watch this space for this year’s 2016/2017 #WhyILoveSaruni – who knows what form it will take? Answers on a postcard!
Instant-Gratification
We have been asked by many if we wanted to expand our presence on social media to include Instagram. Given that our own and our guests’ images are often considered some of the most expressive on the safari scene, we have now decided to create a Saruni Instagram page. From its beginnings, it is proving very popular. Thank you for your contributions! 
Broadening Horizons, Opening Skies
Kenya’s skies are becoming bigger and wider. National airline Kenya Airways has added a new destination and will now fly to Cape Town three weekly flights beginning July 2016. This makes it easier to combine the safari and beach experience in Kenya with the gastronomic and cultural experience of the 'Mother City'.

Furthermore, the final steps are being taken for the first direct flight between Nairobi and the United States. The new route will have a great positive impact on relations between Kenya and USA, increasing the numbers of visitors. Read more, click here.

As a consequence, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is opening a brand new terminal for arriving passengers, making their first steps onto Kenyan soil easier, faster and always welcoming.

Taking advantage of this, British Airways is increasing its capacity by 784 seats a week on flights between London and Nairobi through the introduction of a Boeing 747-400 on the route. The airline has taken the decision due to the growing sales and increased demand for Kenya in the UK. The 747's will operate during the peak four-month travel period from 1st July to 29th October.
Cooking up a Storm
We are proud to announce special guests Cristiana Ariotto and Gianni Minori, owners of and chefs at La Sosta Restaurant & Guest House in beautiful Swellendam (South Africa), are joining us for the month of July. In addition to exploring the marvels of Samburu and the Masai Mara, the Milanese couple, winners of the 'Best Italian restaurant in South Africa' award will train our lodge kitchen teams and teach us some of the very 'tasty tricks’ that have made La Sosta a mecca of contemporary gastro-tourism (if you manage to book a table!).  Welcome Cristiana and Gianni!
And finally........Amazing Kenya from the Air
They say an image is worth a thousand words and a video is probably worth a thousand photos. Here is the evidence: watch this amazing film that brilliantly captures the magic of Kenya. If you are wondering what Kenya has to offer that is so special, then this recent video footage available on Vimeo may just be the answer. Enjoy!
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