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Dear <<First Name>>,

February has been a month of surprises for the Saruni family. Not only have we announced the relocation of our tented camp, Saruni Wild, to a new exciting spot in the heart of the Masai Mara, but we have welcomed wonderful news and have celebrated special occasions. A heartfelt thanks to Gurveer Sira for participating in our #WhyILoveSaruni photo competition and for giving us the splendid image we have used above (it’s Saruni Samburu in Kalama Conservancy). 

Happy reading, 
Riccardo
Bundle of joy - introducing Madeline Hartley
Excited to join the world, little Maddie Hartley arrived some weeks early – giving Tom (Saruni Ops Manager) and Nikki (Saruni Marketing Manager) a sudden immersion into parenthood. Congratulations from all the Saruni teams to you both on the safe arrival and homecoming of your precious bundle, wishing you much happiness to come.
#WhyILoveSaruni competition - the Judges
We are delighted to announce our esteemed panel of judges who are currently busy reviewing all winning finalists so far in the competition since it started 1st Aug 2014. All dear friends and long-time supporters of Saruni, we welcome:

Stevie Mann, of Stevie Mann photography
Stevie is quite simply one of the most talented photographers around today – and a super nice guy to boot! He is responsible for many of the dreamy, evocative images you see on the Saruni websites, having snapped our lodges, surroundings, culture and people for some years now. Able to capture the essence of Saruni in photos, Stevie is a natural choice of #WhyILoveSaruni judge.
 
Peter Behr of Africa Endorsed
Pete is one of the best guides in Kenya, an "old school" ex-professional hunter devoted to the protection of wildlife. With an unmatched archive of stories accumulated in a lifetime, his deep knowledge of Samburu and the Masai Mara make him the perfect safari companion and #WhyILoveSaruni judge.
 
Lorenzo  Barelli, co-author of ‘Wings of Kenya’
Lorenzo has been a long-term friend of Saruni with repeated visits to Saruni lodges photographing over 700 birds as part of his research for the largest ever publication on birds in Kenya, ‘Wings of Kenya’. We even have him to thank for bringing Toby the Weimeraner dog – the Saruni office mascot and family pet â€“ into our lives! With such a keen eye for beauty in photos, what better judge for #WhyILoveSaruni?!
#WhyILoveSaruni - Jan finalists & final days....
#WhyILoveLeopards may be a more appropriate name for our competition judging by the amount of leopard snaps submitted. A shy, elusive creature?!! Not in Saruni…

Congratulations to our January 2015 Finalists – Marta Abascal, Sharon Earp and Victoria Young – well done ladies! Click here to see the photos that have earned them a place in the overall final. 
We are just days away from both announcing our February 2015 finalists, and - drum roll please - our overall #WhyIloveSaruni overall WINNER! Check Saruni Lodges page on Facebook for updates. 
Magical Msambweni moments - Saruni Ocean birthdays
The Saruni Ocean team has been busy making memories for some lucky guests this month. What better way to spend your special day than pampering beauty treatments, languishing in natural rock pools, meandering along deserted white sands, cocktails at dusk watching the sun disappear, exquisitely prepared seafood straight from the ocean. Well that’s just what recent birthday guests Jennie Carruthers and Lisette Gelber chose to do. Happy Birthday Ladies!
From memories to dreams - Ololokwe Climb
‘If you can dream it, you can do it’ (Enzo Ferrari) - and Mark ‘the Kenyan Camper’ certainly did that! He recently turned his 12 year long-standing dream into a reality by climbing Mount Ololokwe during a visit to Samburu. Standing proud on Saruni Samburu’s doorstep, Mount Ololokwe is the Samburu tribe’s sacred mountain. Rising out of the Samburu plains, it stands at around 2,000 metres' altitude above sea level at its highest point. It is both a pillar of cultural significance to the Samburu and an exciting and somewhat challenging trekking venture.  Check out the location of his campsite for the first night! (indicated by red circle). Read more about his fabulous adventure, accompanied by some fantastic images, in his blog detailing the experience. Click here
All hail (in) the Mara - literally!
A second in a lifetime occurrence recently (well, in Riccardo’s at least!) when the heavens opened and literally hailed down on Saruni Mara. Hail stones the size of golf balls in a matter of seconds turned the lodge and its surroundings into a fleeting winter wonderland before all returned to normal. 
Kenya believe it - Saruni makes the headlines
At Saruni, we are used to the Saruni experience gracing the pages of glossy publications the world over, and this month is no exception. A recent guest John Earp and Saruni Samburu guide Francis made the pages of renowned Farmer’s Weekly January edition! Thanks Sharon & John for sharing with us. 
Saruni Lovin'
Love certainly was in the air this Valentine’s day at the lodges and at Saruni HQ. Everyone got into a loving mood, from guests to staff alike.   
Life certainly is a bed of roses at Saruni!
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