Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu: Information from the owner

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For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.

Type Safari Lodge
No. of rooms 10
Last updated 19-Jun-2014

Main description of Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu: Facilities

Property facilities Spa
Room facilities Deck, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Internet, Lounge Area, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Verandah
Available services Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service
Activities on site (some activities may be seasonal) Big 5, Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Gourmet Picnic, High Tea, Massages, Safaris, Walks, Child Friendly Activities, Cultural Tours, Hiking

Room types at Saruni Samburu

Villa Five (Standard Double Villa)

Villa Five (Standard Double Villa)

Villa five is a standard villa with one bedroom and one spectacular bathroom with a bath tub and shower. The villa has a spacious sitting area and dinning area for private dinners, an open verandah and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for a romantic getaway, villa five is suspended over Samburuland giving the villa a panoramic and orginal view.

Villa Four (Family Villa)

Villa Four (Family Villa)

Villa Four is a large family villa with two separate bedrooms and two spectacular bathrooms with bath tubs and outdoor showers. The villa has a spacious sitting area and dinning area for private dinners, a large and open verandah and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for families or a group of friends, villa four is one of its kind with special and original design features that will amaze you.

Villa One (Family Villa)

Villa One (Family Villa)

Villa one is a large family villa with two separate bedrooms and two spectacular bathrooms with bath tubs and outdoor showers. The villa has a large and open verandah with a fire place to keep away the chill on the cool Samburu nights, a spacious sitting area and dinning area for private dinners and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for families with small children, villa one is accessible by car and is only a short walk from Kudo House, the main eating and relaxing area.

Villa Six (Family Villa or Two Standard Double Villa's)

Villa Six (Family Villa or Two Standard Double Villa's)

Our more resent accommodation addition, Villa Six, can be used as a large family villa with two separate bedrooms and two spectacular bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. Or, the villa can also be segregated into two separate entities (for two separate groups of guests). The villa has a spacious sitting area and dinning area for private dinners, a large verandah with the most magnificent view of the Mathews Range, and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for families or for two separate groups of guests, villa six has a unique view different from any other accommodation throughout the lodge; its innovative location, the Swahili touches and the stylish simplistic furniture make it one of a kind.

Villa Three (Standard Double Villa)

Villa Three (Standard Double Villa)

Villa three is a standard villa with one bedroom and one spectacular bathroom with a bath tub and outdoor shower.The villa has a spacious sitting area and dinning area for private dinners, a large and open verandah and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for a romantic's or group of three this villa has a unique character and style which blends it into the surroundings.

Villa Two (Family Villa or Two Standard Double Villa's)

Villa Two (Family Villa or Two Standard Double Villa's)

Villa two can be used as a large family villa with two separate bedrooms and two spectacular bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. The villa can also be segregated into two separate entities (for two separate groups of guests). The villa has a spacious sitting area and dinning area for private dinners, a large and open verandah and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for families or for two separate groups of guests, villa two is our largest most spacious villa.

Units at Saruni Samburu

Family Villa (villa one and four)

Family Villa (villa one and four)

Our Saruni Samburu family Villa's have two separate bedrooms and two spectacular bathrooms with bath tubs or indoor and outdoor showers. All family villa's have open verandah's, a spacious sitting area and dinning area for private dinners and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for families or a group of friends each family villa is uniquely designed to fit in with its individual environment.

Family/Standard Villa (villa two and Six)

Family/Standard Villa (villa two and Six)

These villas can be used as a large family villa with two separate bedrooms and two spectacular bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. Or, the villa's can also be segregated into two separate entities (for two separate groups of guests). They have a spacious sitting area and dinning area for private dinners, a large and open verandah and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for families or for two separate groups of guests.

Standard Double Villa (villa three and five)

Standard Double Villa (villa three and five)

Our standard double villa's have one bedroom and one spectacular bathroom with a bath tub and an outdoor or indoor shower.The villa's have a spacious sitting area and dinning area for private dinners, a large and open verandah and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments.

Activities at Saruni Samburu

Bush Breakfast, Bush Lunch and Bush Dinner

Bush Breakfast, Bush Lunch and Bush Dinner

We'd love to take you to our secret spots, especially for bush breakfast, bush lunch or bush dinner. Deep in the forest or in the dried up river bed, a nicely decorated table is waiting for us, providing us with the thrilling experience of a gourmet meal in the middle of the bush.

Bush Walks

Bush Walks

On a game walk you will feel, touch and smell the trees, the bushes, the rocks and the tracks - and even the animal droppings - that make our area unique. To walk with the Samburu warriors in the African bush is a fantastic experience and you will learn how they use the berries and the leaves, about their traditions and about their life.

On Safari - How To Read The Book Of Nature

On Safari - How To Read The Book Of Nature

The word "safari" means to be out and away, to be on a journey or travelling in remote areas. It is both a physical and spiritual journey that can be undertaken in many ways. For our safaris we use comfortable, fully-open Land Rovers, specially designed to give you maximum visibility over the landscape and the animals of Samburu National Reserve, Buffalo Springs National Reserve and Kalama Conservancy, three fantastic habitats for African wildlife. Guided WalksOn our foot safaris we walk exploring the Kalama Mountains, among the most spectacular in Northern Kenya. In the Land Rover you are accompanied by your professional guide and by a tracker, a team that will help you to read the book of nature. We don't rush while on safari and there will be time to observe the wild animals, to see how they interact and to study their behavior and their habitats.

Days are normally hot, dry and sunny: the wildlife of Samburu is best seen during the early hours or late hours of the day, but we have discovered that during the central hours of the day there is a great concentration of animas along the river and no tourists. So we’ll take you there to have an unforgettable experience. We also recommend night game drives, when the nocturnal species can be seen. We'd love to take you to our secret spots, especially for bush dinner, or to the river for a picnic lunch that allows us to be with elephants, waterbuck, lion, impala, giraffe all the Samburu species that go and drink water. If you are passionate about birds, Samburu is your preferred park: not only the species are abundant, but the birds are very tame and can be easily spotted and photographed. Our guides are birdwatchers by instinct and by training and share your love for birds. We always carry field guides and binoculars in our vehicles. On a game walk you will feel, touch and smell the trees, the bushes, the rocks and the tracks - and even the animal droppings - that make our area unique. To walk with the Samburu warriors in the African bush is a fantastic experience and you will learn how they use the berries and the leaves, about their traditions and about their life.

Morning and late afternoon are the two magic moments of a safari. After dawn, the light is perfect for photography and the sounds of the African bush start filling the air. Later in the day, just before sunset, we will stop and think about the day that is about to end while drinking a sundowner. We will be right in the middle of "nowhere" that is right in the centre of everything, surrounded on all sides by life and death, hunting and escape, sleeping and eating, mating and playing. Many safaris are not focused on wildlife but on Homo sapiens and are what some people call "cultural tourism". We call it "meet the neighbors". With you, we visit a genuine Samburu village and, because they are our neighbors and friends, we will be allowed to share moments of their life. They own the land we show you that we feel that it is important for you see how they live, why they protect the environment and in what way they are different from the other African tribes. They will ask you questions as they will be curious about you, too. It is an exchange of ideas and information. We also organize drawing safaris for artists and special warriors for a week programs for families and group. Having discovered Samburu rock art in several caves near the lodge, we include a visit to these extraordinary archeological sites during our game walks.

Samburu Wellbeing Space

Samburu Wellbeing Space

In collaboration with Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees (Stresa, Italy) and its world-famous spa - Centro Benessere Stresa,Saruni runs the Samburu Wellbeing Space.It is a unique feature in Samburu: in the most serene and relaxing environment, our guests enjoy massage and wellness treatments under the supervision of highly trained staff. The new techniques combine sophisticated methods developed at Centro Benessere Stresa with ancient Samburu wisdom and knowledge.

For instance, we use the Olmurmuru seedas (Albizia Harvey) to reduce muscular discomfort and pure gel from Usunguru (Aloe Kedongesis) for sun burnt areas. One treatment, our complimentary "back and neck" massage, is included for free in the regular safari package. Among the treatments available, you can choose between the lymphatic drainage massage, decongestive or nourishing or purifying facials, manicare, pedicare and the popular sport massage. All with an open view of Kalama Wildlife Conservancy, where elephant, kudu and giraffe roam freely.

Saruni Weddings

Saruni Weddings

Saruni Samburu is the perfect place if you want to be part of an unusual but very genuine Samburu wedding ceremony. The experience can be enjoyed either by newlyweds who want to re-affirm their vows in the middle of a very spiritual land or by those who plan to actually get married in Kenya. The ceremony takes place in a Samburu village, with the participation of the elders, the women and the warriors, or on the top of a mountain overlooking the endless landscape.

Warriors For A Week

Warriors For A Week

This a special interactive wildlife safari with a strong educational “flavor”, designed especially for families or small groups. It is a family learning holiday, Samburu Lifeor as a parent and older child adventure, that allows you to explore and learn about wildlife, wilderness and ‘life’ from one of the most well known and culturally interesting cultures left in Africa, the Masai. Under the tutelage of their ‘Moran’ or Warrior class, our guests get to know, enjoy and understand these unique people and their way of life.

Learn and experience at first hand the bush skills, folklore and ancient wisdom needed to survive in one of the richest wildlife regions in Africa. This is an extraordinary opportunity to ‘go bush’ with your family or friends. Gain in depth experience in wildlife tracking following an elephant or a leopard, learn survival skills, visit an original Masai village, learn how to use bow, arrows, pangas and spears, build a bush camp, tend goats and cattle whilst listening to Masai stories and songs. This is not how the ‘white man’ sees the wilderness and its abundance but how the Masai and its warriors view the world and live amongst its wild creatures. A safari will never be the same again.