Saruni Samburu: Information from the owner
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 report, which contains our own observations and views.
|No. of rooms||10|
Main description of Saruni Samburu
Saruni Samburu: Facilities
|Property facilities||Mobile Connectivity|
|Room facilities||Balcony / Deck, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Internet, Lounge Area, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Verandah, Complementary Wi-Fi|
|Available services||Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service, Airport Shuttle|
|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, Adrenaline Activities, Animal Encounters, Helicopter Rides, Quad Biking|
Room types at Saruni Samburu
Villa Five (Standard Double Villa)
Villa Five is a standard villa and is known as Saruni Samburu's honeymoon villa. With an open and spacious bedroom and spectacular en suite bathroom with a bath tub and shower, Villa Five is a perfect romantic escape. The villa has a spacious sitting area and dining area for private candle-lit dinners, an open and secluded verandah, and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for couples, Villa Five is suspended over Samburuland with incredible panoramic views.
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 dining area for private dinners, a large and open verandah overlooking your own secluded and speculator view of Samburuland, and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for families or a group of friends, Villa Four is beautifully decorated and designed to blend into the natural surroundings.
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 private fire place, a spacious sitting area and dining 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 Kudu House, the main eating and lounge area.
Villa Six (Family Villa or Two Standard Double Villas)
Our most recent addition, Villa Six, can be used as a large family villa with two separate bedrooms and two spectacular bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers. Or, the villa can be segregated into two separate entities for two different groups of guests. The villa has a spacious living and dining area for private dinners, a large verandah with the most magnificent view of the Northern Frontier Mountains, and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for families, groups of friends or for two separate groups of guests, Villa Six has a completely unique view different from any other accommodation throughout the lodge; its innovative location, the Swahili touches and the stylish furniture make it one of a kind.
Villa Three (Standard Double Villa)
Villa Three is a standard villa with one large, open bedroom and a spectacular en suite bathroom with a bath tub and outdoor shower.The villa has a spacious sitting area and dining area for private dinners, a large and open verandah and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for a couple's romantic escape 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 Villas)
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 used as two separate rooms (for two different groups of guests). The villa has a spacious sitting area and dining area for private dinners, a large and open verandah and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Perfect for families, groups of friends or for two separate groups of guests, Villa Two is our largest and most spacious villa.
Units at Saruni Samburu
Family Villa (Villa One and Four)
Our Saruni Samburu family Villas have two separate bedrooms and two spectacular bathrooms with bath tubs and both indoor and outdoor showers. All family villas have open verandahs, a spacious sitting area and dining 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 blend into the surrounding environment.
Family/Standard Villa (Villa Two and Six)
These villas can be used either as a large family villa, or they can be segregated into two separate rooms (for two different groups of guests). The villas have two spacious bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom and both indoor and outdoor showers, and separate entrances. There is a beautiful, spacious sitting area and dining area in the middle, a large and open verandah and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. Our Family/Standard Villas are perfect for families, two groups of guests wanting to stay close together, or for two separate groups of guests.
Standard Double Villa (Villa Three and Five)
Our standard double villas have one large, open bedroom and one spectacular bathroom with a bath tub and both outdoor and indoor showers. The villas have a spacious sitting area and dining area for private dinners, a large and open verandah and a fridge stocked with cold refreshments. These villas are perfect for couples wanting privacy.
Activities at Saruni Samburu
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.
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
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
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 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
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.
Restaurants at Saruni Samburu
"Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are", famously said gastronome Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. At Saruni we believe in the importance of good, healthy and tasty meals. Our cuisine has a strong Italian flavor (who doesn't like Italian...?), but we also love to experiment with the great ingredients that are found in Kenya, especially fish and vegetables. We easily accommodate vegetarians and guests who have special requests.