Boutique Luxury

Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu is a deluxe lodge set in a breathtaking position in the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy adjacent to the Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya. The lodge has just six villas and offers a superb safari experience in pristine surroundings.

Samburu National Reserve, Northern Kenya, Kenya
Saruni Samburu
  • Stunning views over Kenya's wilderness areas

  • Enjoy the drive up sheer rock faces to get to the lodge

  • Eat delicious Italian cuisine

  • Incredible game drives guided by Samburu warriors


Like its sister camp in the Maasai Mara, Saruni Samburu is a small and personal lodge offering an intimate safari experience in a truly unspoilt environment. With incredible 360 degree panoramic views, the lodge, location and cultural experience offer lots of wow factor! Set just a few kilometres north of the Samburu National Reserve, a celebrated elephant sanctuary, the safari lodge is just off the beaten track while having easy access to excellent game viewing very close by.

There are several areas around the safari lodge which can be used as viewpoints over the waterholes which attract a variety of wildlife including elephant, giraffe, zebra lion, wild dog and oryx. Some rarer variations of common species can also be found here, such as the Somalian ostrich and the vulturine guinea fowl.

What makes Saruni Samburu so special is the hilltop position, offering spectacular views from every angle. The villas and main areas have been designed to make the most of the expanse of wilderness surrounding the lodge. The two infinity pools offer a welcome place to cool off in the hot season, and there is a Samburu Wellbeing Space offering relaxing spa treatments.

Saruni Samburu has two one-bedroom villas and four two-bedroom villas, all with large verandahs to drink in the stunning views, en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers looking over the reserve. The whole lodge has been cleverly built into the smooth rock and feels like an organic part of the landscape. Views stretch for miles, all the way to the Matthews Range in the distance.

The traditions and semi-nomadic heritage of the local Samburu people are an important part of the experience and guests are led by professional Samburu safari guides. As well as game drives, special experiences at Samburu include night drives, guided bush walks, a photographic hide, rock climbing, bush dinners and star-gazing. Guests can also explore some local caves close to the lodge where there is prehistoric rock art and visit a local Samburu village that only Saruni guests can visit where you receive a welcome dance and have a guided tour of a real working village.

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There is a selection of three family villas at Saruni. All of which consist of two separate ensuite bedrooms joined by a spacious living area and veranda.

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Each of Saruni Samburu’s six luxury villas are open, spacious, and offer spectacular views out over Northern Kenya’s Wilderness. The Villas boast ensuite bathrooms and a large private veranda, ideal for some downtime in between game drives.

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Samburu National Reserve, Northern Kenya, Kenya

Saruni Samburu perches on the top of the Kalama mountains with an all-round view of Northern Kenya all the way to snow-covered Mount Kenya. Built on the pristine land owned by the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy in 240,000 acres-large Gir Gir Group Ranch, it is only seven kilometers - and 20 minutes of exciting game drive - away from the Northern border of Samburu National Reserve, a celebrated elephant sanctuary.

It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi. Saruni Samburu has its own private airstrip near the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy headquarters, but it is also easily served by schedule airlines from Nairobi's Wilson Airport that land at nearby Buffalo Springs airstrip.


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