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Saruni Rhino
Saruni Rhino
Saruni Rhino
Saruni Rhino
Saruni Rhino
Saruni Rhino
Saruni Rhino
Saruni Rhino

Saruni Rhino: Information from the owner

General information

Safari Lodge
No. of rooms
Check-in time
11:00 AM
Check-out time
10:00 AM

About this information

All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.

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

Last updated by Owner
25 Feb 2024
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Facilities at Saruni Rhino

Property facilities
24-hour Security, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Meal on Request, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Room facilities
Balcony / Deck, Detached Private Bathroom, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Laundry Service (Available), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Shower, Verandah
Activities on site
Big 5, Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Gourmet Picnic, Night Drives, Safaris, Walks (Guided)
Nearby activities
Animal Encounters, Big 5, Bird Watching, Child Friendly Activities, Cultural Tours, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Helicopter Scenic Flights, Rhino Tracking, Rock Climbing, Safaris, Scenic Flights, Walks (Guided)
English, Swahili

Room types at Saruni Rhino

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Banda One

Banda One is our larger of the original Kauro bandas, that can sleep 2 adults with extra beds added for children (1 x double and the possibility to add up to 2 additional singles), with a shared, covered outside bathroom and toilet. The room is open plan in style with no room dividers so need to be comfortable with sharing the space. A beautiful private sandy terrace has chairs and tables overlooking the ‘lugga’, the dry river bed.

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Banda Three - Family Villa

Banda Three is a family double consisting of 2 bedrooms - 1 x queen double and 2 x twin singles (can also accommodate a 3rd single if required on a case by case basis). Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet and natural stone shower. A shared lounge provides a cool retreat from the spacious, large verandah which also has outside seating & tables and has the best view of the waterhole visited daily by elephants, monkeys, impala, sandgrouse, guinea fowl, kudu – and much, much more. It was built from local stone and has a traditional thatched roof.

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Banda Two

Banda Two is the smaller of the original Kauro bandas, that can sleep 2 people (1 x double bed). The bathroom and flushable toilet is en-suite within the banda, and has a natural stone shower. A beautiful private sandy terrace has chairs and tables overlooking the ‘lugga’, the dry river bed. A nearby tree bed provides additional relaxation space.

Activities at Saruni Rhino

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Black Rhino Tracking on foot

Saruni is delighted to be able to offer guests a scintillating, ‘thrill-of-a-lifetime’ experience: a walking safari tracking black rhino on foot, accompanied by an expert Saruni guide and a highly-trained Sera Community Conservancy ranger, guiding you in safety on foot to the whereabouts of the 16 rhinos throughout the 54,000 hectares-large sanctuary. The vast rhino sanctuary has been fenced in what is one of the most advanced conservation projects in Kenya. Our guides game drive guests to a tracking distance away from the nearest rhino, leaving the vehicle and continuing on foot (very lightly to not give away any presence) to metres from the grazing rhino. The tension is palpable as guests come across the rhino in such close proximity for the first time; heart beating, pulse racing, curiosity and excitement mounting – it doesn’t get more thrilling than this!

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Bush Meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guests enjoy breakfasts, lunches and starlit dinners in a dry river bed under the vast African skies. Saruni loves to take guests to their secret spots for a bush dinner or for a picnic lunch that allows guests to be with elephants, waterbuck, lion, impala and the Samburu Five that stop to take water.

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Guided Bush Walks

Walking safaris are individually tailored to guests' interests and are set in a breath-taking landscape. Walking with the Samburu warriors out in the African bush is a fantastic experience and guests learn from their authentic local knowledge of the plants, animals and landscape, about their traditions and about their lives.

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Guided Game Drives

Guests can enjoy morning, afternoon and all day game drives through Sera Community conservancy; a fantastic habitat for African wildlife - especially the Samburu Special Five - baisa Oryx, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and Grevy's zebra.

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Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Located in Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County of Northern Kenya, Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the first community owned and managed elephant sanctuary in Africa. The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is situated in the remote Mathews Range, among Kenya’s second largest elephant population. Similarly to the world-famous Sheldrick Orphanage in Nairobi, it takes in orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with the aim to release them back into the wild herds adjoining the Sanctuary. This excursion needs to be arranged in advance with lodge management and is payable extra.

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Sand grouse Spectacular

Spectacular bird-watching, with the unique 'show' of tens of thousands of sand grouse that swoop to take the water, the flapping of their wings en masse creating one of the most sensory delights possible. Every day, these rare Lichtenstein sand grouse descend in swarms upon the few sources of water providing fantastic photographic opportunities.

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Singing Wells Visit

Sera Community is also home to The Fifty Wells, ‘Kisima Hamsini’, a series of (50!) springs where local pastoralists take their livestock to water, digging up water from the wells to fill up holders and troughs. The Singing Wells are also a driving distance away and can be visited with some notice – a rare treat to see the local community singing proprietary songs recognisable only by their own cattle, to encourage them to come to the wells to drink.

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The sundowner is a well-deserved drink at the end of a long day on safari to ‘salute’ the African sun as it is setting. Saruni guide's drive guests to an unforgettable panoramic viewpoint and serve guests' favourite drink along with a selection of scrumptious ‘bitings’; small snacks to whet appetites ahead of the delicious dinner which awaits.

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Swimming Pool

Saruni Rhino has at its centre a beautiful curved swimming pool situated along the dry river bed - the perfect place for unwinding after a long morning rhino tracking. Facing the camp's waterhole you can swim whilst watching the daily visits of the resident elephant herds that come into drink.

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Waterhole Watching!

Just metres away from the comfort of your verandah at Saruni Rhino, there is a waterhole that attracts wildlife throughout the day and evening, when it is lit with a spotlight. Herds of elephants gather daily to enjoy the water, right in front of your eyes. Record sightings in one day has been over 60 elephants!

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