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In the Eye of the Beholder
Dear <<First Name>>,

With my own roots in journalism and reporting, I always delight in a Saruni monthly newsletter that is jam-packed with news. This newsletter proves no exception, and, believe me, there are more updates that we decided to keep for next month!  So, here we go.....The front page goes to the extraordinary success of our #WhyILoveSaruni photo competition, but also check out the latest at our new properties, starting with Saruni Ocean.

After a slow start to 2015, Kenya, the tourism industry and the conservation scene are moving forward at high speed and we expect to have a very busy year. We also expect (and hope) to have you back to the bush and to the Sarunity Experience.


Happy reading, 
Riccardo

PS: hope you enjoy the above image of a Msambweni Beach sunset
#WhyILoveSaruni - Winner!
Judging by the amount of entries across the seven month period, you certainly told us #why you love Saruni! Thank you to all those of you who liked the Saruni lodges page on Facebook and shared with us your favourite Saruni memories.  It was incredibly hard to whittle down the choices – we had some stunning wildlife shots, particularly leopards – leading us unexpectedly to announce not only an overall winner but two additional runners-up. Special thanks go to our panel of esteemed judges who voted unanimously for Marta Abascal’s photo of the Saruni car in the reflection of a lion’s eye as the well-deserved winner.  Congratulations to Marta who wins a 2 nights’ stay for 2 at any of the Saruni safari lodges. See below her winning photo and story
"A few weeks after returning from spending 2015 New Year’s Eve week on safari with my husband in Samburu and the Mara, our walls were full of photos of giraffes, elephants, leopards, rhinos and, of course, lions. My winning photo was taken while in the Mara with our patient and intrepid guide John. From the very beginning my husband had let John know that the Simbas were his favourite and so every day, apart from tracking all the other incredible animals, John made a special effort to find the lions that he knew so well. As a result we were able to see lions feeding, playing, sleeping (experts on the Spanish Siesta) and flirting. The lion was a young male sitting in the shade with a few females. His mane was half grown but he was a good looking chap and certainly inquisitive; staring at the Land Rover ‘animal’ with which it is so accustomed, with the sky reflecting in his amber-coloured eyes. While I would like to say that I planned the photo to perfection, asking John to move the Land Rover into the right position, adjusting the light settings of the camera, the focus, the lion, the reflection angle, etc., in fact I only noticed the amazing reflection of our car in the lion’s eye when I was browsing through my photos in Nairobi’s airport waiting for the flight back home!"
#WhyILoveSaruni - Runners-Up
Congratulations also go to the 2 runners-up, Gurveer Singh Sira (Samburu landscape) and Victoria Young (leopard) for these wonderful images – just many of the ones they submitted. 
Both win a 1 nights’ stay for 2 people at any Saruni safari lodge. Stay tuned for details of the forthcoming  #WhyILoveSaruni 2015 FB competition. 
The motion of the (Saruni) Ocean
Check out our latest Saruni Ocean video, hot out of the editing suite.  Pristine white sands, sunrise yoga ‘saluting the sun’, sparkling 1,000 square meter infinity pool that re-defines the term, innovative culinary creations using only the freshest seafood caught on your doorstep….what other reasons do you need to come and discover your own slice of paradise? “The setting is breath-taking, the pool looks like something out of a magazine spread”…. don’t just take our word for it, read here what others have been saying. We are thrilled to have received some recent flattering 5-star reviews on Tripadvisor.
Boomtown Economy
A recent update from ATTA travel reported that Kenya is the 3rd fastest growing economy, according to the Bloomberg article. With growing volumes of visitors returning to the country, tourism across 2015 in Kenya should see a much needed recovery to our industry. Play your part by coming on a Saruni holiday soon!
Fingers (not wildebeest) crossing
We are thrilled that Saruni Samburu has been shortlisted again as Kenya’s leading safari lodge in the World Travel Awards. Voting is now open. If you are a Friend of Saruni working in the tourism industry, then please help us win by voting for us here. Wish us luck!
Hi Ho Silver!
The celebrations continue with the news that our very own Jackson Tinka – part of our expert guiding team at Saruni Mara - has achieved his silver-level guiding accreditation as issued by the Kenya Professional Guides Association (KPSGA).  Well done Jackson, a great achievement – congratulations from all of us at Saruni. Onwards & upwards!
Gentleman's Choice
The accolades just keep coming. In a recent online article in The Gentleman’s Journal, Saruni Samburu has been chosen as one of their Top 10 exclusive safari destinations, making us ‘proud parents’ yet again. To find out who made the grade, read the article here
Gone Wild!
Saruni Wild re-opens on 1st July 2015 in a new, exciting location, right in the middle of the action of the Masai Mara. Click here to see a map of the new location. Situated on the border of the Mara North / Lemek Conservancy, surrounded by pristine plains where the super-abundant Mara wildlife roam, far from any human presence but very conveniently located close to Musiara Gate (40 minutes’ drive), and Mara North airstrip (5 minutes’ drive). 
With the vast plains dotted by zebra, wildebeest, topi, gazelle, antelope, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard (right there, in front of your tent), Saruni Wild is a true bush experience that is a perfect combination with Saruni Mara on the nearby hills. Small, intimate and exclusive, Saruni Wild is the smallest tented property in the Mara with just 3 tents - a double family tent and two single tents - a classic stay under canvas.  
Whet your Appetite
If the sound of ‘poached salt beef with potato croutons, rocket and mustard butter’, followed by ‘double chocolate tarts with frozen muscovado and nutmeg cream’, has got your taste buds going, learn how to create these mouth-watering dishes by purchasing 'Safari Cuisine' coffee table book, newly arrived in the Saruni Mara and Saruni Samburu gift shops. Buon appetito!
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