Saruni Samburu

Reviews of Saruni Samburu

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Below are independent comments from 14 of our travellers who have visited Saruni Samburu, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs M. from London
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful lodge in a fantastic location

Saruni Samburu is situated on the top of a rocky ridge, with the most breathtaking views over the Kalama conservancy. You can enjoy the views from everywhere - one of the infinity pools, the lodge, your bedroom, living room or bathroom! The outdoor showers with a view are simply amazing.

Zoe and Johan are the managers, and do a fantastic job. As soon as you mention their names they appear, and are clearly on top of everything that happens in the lodge to ensure a great experience. All the staff are professional and friendly, special mention must be made of Kennedy in the restaurant who took excellent care of us. Don't miss a scorpion night safari with Johan and his ultra-violet light - it'll encourage you to stop wearing flip flops at night!

I think our stay coincided with a period of drought, so the wildlife in the Kalama reserve itself was fairly sparse - on an evening drive we only saw dik diks and guinea fowl. In the Samburu national park there is much more to see, but that is a fairly bumpy 45 minute drive away. We were only there for a couple of nights, and so there wasn't time to go to the reserve on the last morning, so I would encourage guests who want to see a lot of wildlife to take every opportunity to go to the reserve itself, as the wildlife in the conservancy is much less visible.

Also highly recommended is a visit to the local village (which can be combined with a drive). It was fascinating to learn about the Samburu way of life, see inside a home, and meet some of the villagers.

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Mr Jeff D from USA
Arrived on: 2-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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What a view!!

Saruni Samburu is a unique location. And we had the highly desired room 5. Beautiful.

Everything was great except for the hot weather which made our bedroom and bathroom unbearable during the day. Our guides, Jimmy and Lapoyan were excellent.

The service was wonderful. Two beautiful pools, but not enough shade and not enough chairs.

The food was terrific and the spa staff were great - we both had massages and they were fabulous.

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Mr & Mrs C from Berwick
Arrived on: 23-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Special sightings and a Samburu wedding

The most striking thing about the camp is its position atop a hill, literally driving up a rocky mountainside to its warm welcome and spectacular views.
The villas are spread over a large area and are a good walk from the main dining/bar/meeting area. We had the "signature" villa, number five, which had 180 degree views and is almost the furthest away! The accommodation is very large with a lounge/dining area, bedroom and huge bathroom. The little outside seating area was impressively shaded by a massive boulder. A few maintenance issues let it down, for instance large holes and broken zips in the insect mesh.
The cuisine is Italian inspired served at the communal tables for both lunch and dinner. We found the lunches to be better for us as vegetarians than the dinners. The bush breakfasts were basic.
The camp is in the conservancy and a half hour drive from the national park entrance. The park itself proved to be the busiest of the three areas we visited. We weren't comfortable getting involved in a lion sighting that attracted 10 jeeps and a school bus. Having said that we had some spectacular viewings, including the successful hunting of a young Grant's gazelle by a cheetah with very small cubs,bat-eared foxes mating, and gerenuk browsing on their hind legs.
While wildlife may be a bit more shy and harder to spot in the conservancy, it is certainly worth spending time there. On the last full day of our five-night stay we saw a herd of 15 Grevy's zebra and caught a fleeting glimpse of an aardwolf.
The guides and staff are all traditionally dressed Samburu. Guide Simon and tracker Emanuel were good company with impressive spotting skills. One of the guides was getting married during our visit and we were very privileged to be invited to go along to part of the two-day Samburu celebrations.

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Mr & Mrs P from Wiltshire
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Amazing views at Saruni Samburi

Precipitous and bumpy drive up to lodge. Long steep walks to some of the rooms. A beautiful suite with 2 terraces, one of which had no barrier at edge of large drop (note for parents)

Cool breezes through the room.

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Mr & Mrs BP from Surrey
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A truly special place!

I chose Saruni specifically for the location but got so much more. The elevated position gives magnificent vistas extending hundreds of miles across the northern plains. An aspect of northern Kenya that I particularly love.

I was completely blown away by the lodge, the design and size of the rooms left me speechless. The use of local wood and furnishings gave a warmth and luxury to the rooms.

The rooms all built on the hillside with completely open fronts give unfettered views over the open plains. Unforgettable from the outdoor shower! The rooms are spread out so that no room overlooks another. You get the feeling you are the only guests.

There are 2 lovely infinity swimming pools, a welcome extra which again give that amazing feeling of space. Complimentary massages were also a unexpected bonus!

Around the lodge we saw Klipspringer, DikDik Dassies and lots of birdlife.

We were collected from the airstrip by our friendly guide, Sambara. He was an excellent guide with an extensive knowledge of the animals and birds of the Samburu region. He was very proud of his Samburu roots and happy to answer all our questions. Of which there were many!

We had a warm welcome from Zoe and Johan on arrival and they were very attentive throughout our stay. They were there when we went on a game run, there when we returned and present at every meal.

I enjoyed eating at a communal table with the other guests, sharing their experiences. The food was excellent. As a vegetarian there was always a special meal for me. A lot of thought went into the menus both at lunch and dinner.

We specifically chose Saruni for its remote location but it is important to be aware of the distance form Samburu National Park. It takes an hour to get into the park where most of the game drives will take place.

Saruni Samburu is not just a safari lodge, it is a beautiful, peaceful place to spend time just relaxing.

Very difficult to leave!

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Ms J from Denmark
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Saruni Samburu review

We were given a very nice suite of rooms with spectacular views. which we loved. The guides were excellent & the personnel most kind & helpful. The food, too, was very nice. My travel companion & I celebrated our birthdays while staying at Saruni Samburu & enjoyed a memorable evening "in the bush" with a large bonfire & Maasai damcers,. a buffet dinner, & a birthday cake -- all much appreciated.

We are rather elderly & found the trek to the lodge from our rooms slightly challenging & were very glad to have an escort in the evenings to hang onto. We thought it would have been reassuring to have a walkie talkie provided in one's room should one wish to contact the lodge.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

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Mr & Mrs R from USA
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Saruni Samburu review

My wife and I loved Saruni Sambura. The facility itself is quite remote (what isn't unusual in Africa) but our experience was outstanding.

Game viewing started from the moment we were picked up from the airstrip. We got so lucky as we approached the river the scene was surreal as we saw large groups of reticulated giraffe (in my wifes opinion and mine of the three type of giraffe these were the most beuutiful and majestic), elephants, gerenuks, lions and more. Not long after our arrival we witnessed a single male lion unsuccessfully try to take down a giraffe. A lasting memory for sure.

Once at camp we fell in love with the setting, rooms and facilities. A great place but above and beyond all else stands out the people and the food. We found the staff at Saruni Sambura to be the friendliest and most engaging in all of Africa. Moses stands out himself for being the most engaging staff member on our entire trip, enthusiasm like his makes your trip truly memorable.

The food was outstanding, creative and inspired rivalling some of the best meals in Europe and America. A great experience.

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Family of 4 from New York
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stunningly Beautiful -- Exquisite

We absolutely loved everything about this camp!

The location and views were magical. The food and service were exceptional. Our guide was the best we've ever had. Everyone was friendly and accommodating without being obsequious.

We commend this camp to everyone without reservation or qualification.

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Mr & Mrs C from Stroud
Arrived on: 17-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Spectacular views at Saruni Samburu

Five star lodge - the location is amazing, the rooms huge, service faultless and food excellent.

Zoe, Johann and all the staff were helpful and efficient and made us very welcome. Nothing was too much trouble.

Our guide, Sambara, was able to show us some wonderful wildlife, especially the beautiful young leopard on the way from the airstrip to the lodge, and the lioness who was moving her tiny cub to a new den. Lots of elephants too! We even had a great view from our room of the well used waterhole.

Bush breakfasts meant we were able to be out early and the bush dinner evening was a great experience.

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Mr M & Ms O from UK
Arrived on: 13-Jan-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Saruni Samburu review

Second visit,went last year says it all, thankfully nothing has changed.
We had the same guide Lapion who we have bonded with and is one excellent guide and tracker have a good laugh with him, also lucky enough to have a vehicle completely to ourselves.
Saruni remains in our view one of the best locations in Kenya with stunning views and very friendly wildlife love the resident genet cat who joins you for dinner should you wish to take it in your room!
Nothing is too much trouble here overall a wonderful experience.

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