There are 85 bedrooms. All the thatched chalets face the river and they have en-suite with a bath, shower and toilet. They do have mosquito nets and fans in the rooms.
Upon arriving at the lodge the guests are served with a fruit juice, the sounds of gurgling streams and hundreds of exotic birds. There is a bureau de change on the premises as well as a free safety deposit box, laundry and valet services and babysitting services. There is a curio shop that offers essential toiletries, books, safari wear and souvenirs. There is a Surpelei Restaurant which overlooks the pool and river and it serves a buffet breakfast and lunch and dinner is Table d’hote.
Sasaab is perched above the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, capturing panoramic views across the culturally rich Samburu land, Laikipia plateau and Mathews Range. Located in northern Kenya, north of the equator, it has a wild beauty of its own. The descent from the lush slopes of Mount Kenya, into the semi-arid desert of Kenya’s “NFD” – the Northern Frontier District, is breathtaking.
Sasaab accommodates up to 18 guests in nine individually located rooms with magnificent views of the river and the true African wilderness, each over 100 square meters and with their own plunge pool and privacy. The uniquely designed tents are ideal for game viewing and bird-watching as well as relaxing.
Samburu Sopa Lodge is built atop raised ground allowing panoramic views of distant Samburu hills to one side and “El Ndonyo Keri” – Samburu name for Mt. Kenya – on the other.
Thirty cottages forming buffalo horn pattern converge at the public facilities area, leaving the open end to free movement of the wildlife to access the waterhole. The architecture blends in with the area, to keep up with the style of the housing by the local Samburu people. Each cottage has two tastefully appointed bedrooms, each with two queen size beds, shower and private verandah. Local material has been used in the construction, furnishings and interior decoration. High ceilings and space ensure that the rooms are airy and comfortable. Two rooms next to the reception and public areas are designed for the physically challenged.
The public areas are airy and spacious with views of the surrounding area. The reception is decorated with local artifacts, and rich earth colours typical of the Samburu area have been well blended. The lodge is the only one with a waterhole in Samburu which will allow animal viewing right in front of the lobby and can also be seen from bedroom verandahs especially during dry seasons. Located next to the lobby, it has a an uninterrupted view of the surrounding area. The dining room has a beautiful view and once again the same theme is carried through, including the furniture which is unusually carved, and the chairs have a cow horn shape on the back rest. Local stones and materials are tastefully displayed bringing nature into the lodge.
Saruni Samburu is a ‘design’ lodge located 3km from Samburu National Reserve, in Kenya’s wild north. Surrounded by a 95,000 hectares private conservancy and perched on top of a spectacular viewpoint, its eight rooms and large swimming pool overlook several waterholes where the famous Samburu elephant, leopard, reticulated giraffe, Oryx and Gravy’s zebra gather to drink. The vastness and the purity of this African landscape, combined with the untouched local culture, makes your safari a different experience.
The lodge offers a first-class safari experience in a totally un-spoilt environment, off the beaten track and very close to the wildlife. Saruni Samburu also features an area for massage and beauty treatments called Samburu Wellbeing Space, and several areas to use as hides or view points for the waterhole. As well as our game drives that include Samburu National Reserve, Buffalo Springs National Reserve and West Gate Conservancy, the traditions and semi-nomadic heritage of the local Samburu people are an important part of the experience.
Led by professional Samburu guides, our guests enjoy a new dimension of this rightfully popular region: the feeling of exclusivity, of having an incredibly large area totally to themselves, and a high level of comfort and tailormade service.
There are six open-faced houses, all of which have their own seating areas, multiple verandahs and private dining areas (2 of the houses are large family villas with two separate en suite bedrooms and dressing rooms). Saruni Samburu also offers a large swimming pool with dramatic views over Samburu, an area for massage and beauty treatments called Samburu Wellbeing Space, and several areas to use as hides or view points for the waterholes that attract elephant, reticulated giraffe, zebra, Oryx and all the species that make Kalama so special.
Samburu Lodge is set in a rugged landscape with a backdrop of jagged mountains and its own indigenous animals unique to the region. The landscape, wildlife and vegetation is very different to the lush rolling grasslands of other parks. Samburu is a place for leopard, lion, elephant and crocodile. It is the place of the semi-nomadic Samburu people. A place of thornbush open plains and vast horizons. It gives you a taste of the romance of the desert. Beautifully situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro river everything at Samburu is geared to making the most of the lodges spectacular setting.
There is a wide choice of accommodation spread up and down the banks the river in cottages, bandas and single or twin rooms. All rooms are complete with a four poster mosquito net.
In the evenings a number of crocodiles climb up the river bank to the edge of the crocodile bar and feast on food left out for them. On a good night guests may also see the secretive, solitary and nocturnal leopard silently arrive to the fresh meat bait put out on a tree across the river.
In the afternoon take a game drive to see the Beisa oryx, Grevys zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and blue legged ostrich – animals unique to this region.
Larsens Tented Camp was opened in 1987 and is set in lush lawns on the bank of the Uaso Nyiro, a river in Samburu National Reserve, on the border of the old Northern Frontier Province.
Tranquility and nature embrace you the minute you enter Larsens with the river being the perfect stage for an endless pageant of wildlife – elephants rolling and trumpeting in the shallows, timid impala nervously drinking, baboons and vervet monkeys swinging through the canopy of trees. The only man made noise is that of the young Samburu flutist as he slowly makes his way along the river front. He unobtrusively doubles as a palmnut thrower when the monkeys become too bold.
Many a tale is exchanged around the fire each evening. Amidst the glow from the embers, the calls of the African night, a waft of cigar smoke and the kick of a White Mischief liqueur, game drives are relived and personal histories exchanged – it’s a wonderful venue for making new friends and imbibing the essence of Africa as did the safari pioneers so many years ago. An animal viewing platform in a tree lets you scan the vast Samburu plain.
Guests can arrange to visit Samburu Lodge in the evening to view the baiting of the leopard and crocodile feeding. Although Larsens does not have a pool, guests are welcome to use this facility at the nearby Samburu Lodge free of charge.
The treehouse is an excellent place to enjoy a sundowner as you look out onto the plains as the animals gracefully retreat.
An elegant oasis in the arid lands of Samburu; Joy’s Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented home in Shaba National Reserve. The site was also home to Penny the leopard, the heroine of her last book.
The 10 chic canvas bedrooms are set raised off the ground with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. The camp overlooks a large natural spring where elephant and lion jostle for watering rights with herds of buffalo and the rare desert species of Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra.
Each sumptuous 100 sq. mtr. tent is uniquely decorated with Boran/Somali cloth design, handmade glass and the vibrant fabrics of the local nomadic tribes creating a chic, sophisticated and stylish camp. Each tent has it’s own private verandah, ideal for private game viewing as well as relaxing, reading and soaking up the truly wild environs offered by Shaba. The eastern corner of the Samburu eco-system, Shaba is a secluded idyll; an arid landscape dotted with lush springs and rocky river gorges.
Joy’s Camp is the perfect choice for discerning guests interested in a glimpse of Kenyan history, as well as those looking for an authentic wildlife experience combined with the comfort of a luxury-tented camp.
Elephant Bedroom Camp is set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs.
It is an exclusive camp with only six luxury tents – all furnished in rustic African style while offering all the comforts expected of a luxury Camp, electricity, i.e. hot & cold running water.
The lounge and dining area offer vibrant safari colours with original oil paintings, soft intimate lighting designed to relax guests returning from an exciting game drive. Huge herds of elephant, prides of lion or the solitary leopard amongst other game are regular visitors around the camp providing excellent game viewing in spectacular scenic background of rugged rolling hills.
Dining is a culinary experience with al-fresco breakfast, 3 course lunch and 4 course candle lit gourmet dinner set either under the African sky or inside the well appointed dining area.