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Black Rhino Tracking in Kenya with Saruni
“One's destination is rarely a place, but a new way of seeing things" (Henry Miller)
Dear <<First Name>>,

Our photo and video completion #WhyILoveSaruni ends its third edition with a bang: despite the help offered from a jury of experts and 'A-List' professionals, we really struggled to come to a conclusion about the winner and had to extend the number of people who will receive recognition for their exceptional understanding of what is so special about Saruni. Thank you to all participants in the competition, to our judges and thank you to the winners, Jeff, Will, Elisalex & Emma.
But this has been also the month of the Saruni Rhino opening, preceded by one of the most exciting safari training ever done in Kenya. Andrew “Moli” Molinaro and Pietro Luraschi have trained our guides Sammy, Sambara and Joseph, but also the Sera Conservancy rangers, and have come up with a wealth of knowledge on how to safely bring our guest on foot close to these amazing animals inside the already famous Rhino Sanctuary. Saruni Rhino is now open and is ready for you: one of the most innovative conservation and tourism projects that you can experience in this country. It is beautiful, it is thrilling, it is special and now finally it is there, one easy flight from Wilson Airport into this 350,000-hectares-large pure wilderness.
This newsletter is mostly dedicated to different aspects of our new property: we hope to have you there soon to test it, but we also look forward to see you soon at one of the other Saruni 'off –the-beaten-track' destinations.
Thank you for your support, thank you for your enthusiastic Tripadvisor reviews, thank you for helping us to better our service all the time and thank you for visiting magical Kenya.
Best regards,

Riccardo and the Saruni team
After an exciting creation, launch and over two years of successful trading, Saruni Ocean will no longer be part of the Saruni collection of lodges and camps in Kenya from 1st March 2017. It has been a hugely exciting journey for all of us, it is just time for some changes. The owners of Saruni Ocean will continue trading as normal under the name of 'The Ocean SPA Lodge
Any questions on this re-structure should please be directed to:
  • Saruni Ocean will now be operating independently from Saruni, trading under the new name of The Ocean SPA Lodge;
  • All existing bookings will of course remain confirmed;
  • All previously published 2017 rates and special offers remain the same;
  • Current Owners, Lodge Managers and key personnel remain the same;
  • All Sarunity SPA & Water Wellness circuit experiences and included & additional activities on offer remain the same;
  • Saruni will continue to book The Ocean SPA Lodge when applicable, along with other properties;
  • All new enquiries, sales & marketing questions for The Ocean SPA Lodge should please contact Eloisa on,  or and tel: +44 203 2863536 or tel: +44 7554 828321.
For Saruni: Riccardo ( & Saruni Reservations team ( 
For The Ocean SPA Lodge: Eloisa (
Other News
Saruni Rhino is now officially open! We are delighted with the result and know you will be too. Congrats to all who made it happen. Bookings are coming in thick and fast! Check out the new website, here and new video here.
We welcomed our first guests to Saruni Rhino and the rhino tracking – actress Rula Lenska and her sister Anna. Read the thrilling account of her stay here and listen to Rula speak about her experience here.
In January, Pietro Luraschi (Asilia) & Andrew ‘Moli’ Molinaro (Kichaka) tirelessly trained our Samburu guides & Sera Rangers. Rhino sightings reached a record count of over 60. Well done guys! More images here.
#WhyILoveSaruni Winner, Runner-Up & More

For his creative contributions throughout the competition in video and in images, we are delighted to announce JEFF WENDORFF - AKA – SAFARI_GUY as the #1 WINNER of 2 nights for 2 at Saruni lodges & camps. His winning video above made us smile at the reminder of the unforgettable moment arriving at Saruni Samburu for the first time. We also loved his bush dinner and guinea fowl caught mid-flight. Thanks Jeff – you are simply The Best! 

#WhyILoveSaruni by Will Axtell

For a fabulous ‘360° holistic response to ‘WhyILoveSaruni’, we are proud to announce WILL AXTELL as RUNNER-UP, winning 1 night for 2 at Saruni lodges & camps with this beautifully-edited video & photo compilation above. We can’t imagine a better representation of the amazing times awaiting our guests on a Saruni holiday here in Kenya. Congratulations Will, we can’t wait to welcome you all back. 

NEW to 2016’s #WhyILoveSaruni competition is the ‘POPULARITY PRIZE’ - an additional prize for the most popular photo/video, which receives the most likes, comments and views. The winner of this prize wins an original Stevie Mann photographic print of his/her choice! HANDS-DOWN WINNER consistently across each image and especially video footage of a leopard up close and personal (over a 1,000 views!) is ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE! What a following and what a campaign! Every image a beauty, including this one of the Samburu river, a favourite of all of ours. Thank you Elisalex! A Stevie Mann print and a copy of the acclaimed ‘Samburu’ coffee table book by Nigel Pavitt on its way to you soon!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST…..a special shout-out to EMMA ZWETSLOOT-QUARRINGTON for entering this stunning photo of her wedding. What an incredibly special moment for Emma & Damien captured on film. The unmistakable red earth of Africa and beautiful backdrop of Samburu contrasting with traditional wedding attire makes this an image that intimately whispers ‘#WhyILoveSaruni’. No other words needed. Emma also wins a Stevie Mann print of choice and a copy of the acclaimed ‘Samburu’ coffee table book by Nigel Pavitt. Wishing you both a happy future filled with special moments and magical memories.
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