I am regularly asked by those who have yet to stay and experience the 'WOW' factor of Saruni Samburu "why this part of Kenya is so special?", so I thought it would be useful to highlight for you some key reasons:
Samburu has a very evocative and iconic landscape that reminds each visitor of â€œthe Africa of my dreams": dry and stunningly beautiful, wild and at the same time serene;
The wildlife: Samburu has one of the best concentrations of elephant, but also good numbers of lion, leopard and as well as the plains game. Then, there's the Samburu Special Five: Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk (species that occur only in this part of the country). Wild dogs are also regularly seen;
No crowds: the limited number of vehicles permitted within the Samburu National Reserve and the fact that we have exclusive use of our own private wilderness of Kalama Conservancy, a vast and pristine wilderness of over 200,000 acres, make your game drives unique and uncrowded.
The Samburu People
A key part of your experience at Saruni Samburu are the Samburu staff and guides: 80% are local Samburu and many of them actually built the lodge with me. We have worked together in partnership since the lodge opened in 2008;
The Samburu is one of the most traditional tribes in Africa: warm, fun and extremely hospitable people â€“ as they guide you through their ancient lands, you feel humbled as you learn all about their culture, history and traditions;
Saruni Samburu is a responsible choice: we are proud to be members of the Northern Rangers Trust (NRT), an organisation that works with 26 communities who own and manage an area greater than 25,000 km and is now widely seen as a model in Africa of how to support community-owned conservancies.
The Lodge & Activities
Saruni Samburu has 'WOW' factor from start to finish â€“ imagine 360 degree views andnot a visible light at night? You have stepped back in time;
Our video showcases the unbelievably dramatic landscape;
The discreet eco-design of the lodge is spread out over levels offering privacy, exclusivity and maximises the incredible vistas and views â€“ see here for photos;
Perfect for couples, honeymooners and families alike â€“ six villas offer a very personal stay. Check out the photos of our villas;
Some say it's simply the bestlodge in Kenya, admired and loved by many connoisseurs over the years;
All villas have open sides to take in the fabulous panoramic views. After a thrilling game drive, unwind at one of our two infinity pools, treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa treatment or simply relax in your private lounge; you will really feel like you are on top of the world!
Saruni offer gentle and slow-paced safaris, savour bush breakfasts in stunning locations â€“ why rush your experience?;
When you stay for 3 nights, you should get to experienceour famous bush dinner, as you dance around the fire with Samburu warriors under the vast African skies, you are seeing the real culture of the area in a spectacular and dramatic setting;
There are many exhilarating activities in addition to stunning game drives. You can take insightful walks, tracking in the sand the many animals which populate Kalama Conservancy, or explore the Samburu caves and discover their rock art, visit a remote Samburu village, indulge in pampering spa treatments or participate in the Warriors Academy (a child-friendly experience learning about bush skills, traditions and how to become a warrior!). Or you can climb Mt. Ololokwe, the sacred mountain of the Samburu people;
We have been hosting a number of exclusive-useweddings â€“ the wedding package is only US$3,000 â€“ for more information click here;
A combination safari of Saruni Samburu and Saruni Mara showcases two very different yet equally special parts of Kenya: incredible game viewing 'off the beaten track', staying in private conservancies and immersing yourself in the history of Kenyaâ€™s culture â€“ in my opinion this is the best combination in Kenya;
Value & Offers
Saruni Samburu offers incredible year round value, rates start from US$460 pppn all-inclusive â€“ for rates, click here;
3 nights for the price of 2 at Saruni Samburu when travelling before 19th December 2015 â€“ click here;
Combine Saruni Samburu with Saruni Mara â€“ 3 nights at each stunning lodge for only US$5,240 per person available until December 2016 (all-inclusive includes internal flights, transfers, conservation fees, game drives) Please click here to see your proposed itinerary;
I hope this has highlighted just some of the interesting facts of which you might not have been aware. Should you have any further questions, please just ask! Our Reservations team would be delighted to welcome new inquiries - email email@example.com.