Samburu National Park, Kenya
At a Glance
Enjoy a relaxing massage in the spa
Beautiful tented rooms with a Moroccan twist
Guided walking safaris to spot spoor and flora
Watch the sun go down after a scramble to the top of the rock outcrop
Delicious food, much of which has a Moroccan feel to it
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Sasaab camp is closed in November.
The main season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.
Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.
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This stylishly decorated tented lodge has a Moroccan feel to it and wonderful views. The Lodge has fantastic game viewing just on the edge of Samburu National Reserve. There are nine Moroccan thatched and canvas suites each with a private plunge pool.
Situated above the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, in the arid heart of Samburu land, Sasaab’s tranquil setting offers views towards the Laikipia plateau and of Mount Kenya.
The main area sits on a high rocky ridge allowing one to enjoy the spectacular views through the Moroccan interior and courtyard. The swimming pool is perched on the hillside overlooking the river, so you can relax in its cool waters and watch game come down to drink at the river.
Sasaab has eight beautiful tented suites which have a thatched roof to provide shade and keep the tents cool. Each suite is over one hundred square meters in size and has a four poster bed. The room extends out to the verandah and private plunge pool with views overlooking the river and wildlife below. Cottage eight consists of two rooms sharing a plunge pool, perfect for families or small groups.
Massage and beauty treatments are offered from the privacy of your tent or in the beautiful 'Spasaab' upon the banks of the river. Sasaab offers a true wilderness experience with excursions into the famous Samburu National Reserve known for its large herds of Elephant and the endangered Grevy Zebra.
Strong emphasis is placed on the highest quality and freshest products, and the dishes are of a Moroccan influence.
From Sassab guests can also experience camping under the stars, in a new location every night, with only a mosquito net between you and the African sky. The experienced guide will find remote spots and set up a simple fly camp with only the bare necessities. ‘Fly’ is the name of the upper sheet of a tent and in the early days of the Safari, a hunter would simply take the upper sheet and sleep underneath it. Guests can enjoy a good walk around the camping area, or just be alone in the African bush in our tranquil locations far from any distractions. After your excursion, enjoy comforts like hot water showers and simple but delicious meals by the fire.
Accommodation consists of eight Moroccan thatched and canvas suites, each over 100 meters squared they all have a bedroom, sitting room and fully serviced bathrooms. Room eight consists of two en-suite bedrooms with a huge deck and a shared plunge pool, it's an ideal family suite. Two of the nine rooms are set up as twin rooms. However, beds can be moved to provide double or twin accommodation as required. Electricity is solar powered, offering outlets for charging equipment in each room. All suites are west facing with lovely views over the river and have their own plunge pool.
All the suites are hugely spacious with west facing views over the river. Each suite has a bedroom, sitting room, large verandah and plunge pool.
There are no specific facilities available for children at the camp. However, they are very welcome in camp and meal times can be tailored to suite everyone's needs. Babysitting can also be arranged when necessary to provide a bit of time out for parents.
Electricity is solar powered, offering outlets for charging equipment in each tent. All suites have wireless internet connection and a private plunge pool.
The main swimming pool is perched on the hill side overlooking the river. Massage and beauty treatments are offered from the privacy of your tent or in the spa: Spasaab.
Sasaab offers a true wilderness experience with excursions into the famous Samburu Reserve known for its large herds of elephant and the endangered Grevy Zebra. Activities include game drives and night game drives, game walks along the river or through the dry country. From camp you can also go walking, camel riding and take a Samburu cultural visit. It is also possible to go fly camping.
Free Activities : Game Viewing, Community Visitis, Game Walks, Fly Camping
Best for natural beauty
Liz Earle Spa, Sasaab, Kenya
Leading British beauty brand Liz Earle makes its international spa debut this summer, at Sasaab in Samburu, Kenya. The Moroccan-influenced eco-lodge sits above the Ewaso Nyiro River in an area renowned for elephants and the endangered Grvys zebra. Nine rooms are available to guests, with private plunge pools looking over the river and the wilderness. The treatment rooms, built of local materials in traditional lodge-style, also afford magnificent views of the bush. Featuring the Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare range, all products at this Kenyan spa are made from natural botanicals and include a number sustainably sourced from Kenya.
Buggies and Quad Bike Safaris
For a real adrenaline driven adventure take a buggy or quad bike out on safari and explore areas game vehicles cannot.
Fly Fishing in Northern Kenya
If you want to try something really different during your holiday then why not take a fishing trip up to Lake Rutundu or Lake Alice. Situated at 10,000 feet above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Kenya this is a totally unique fly fishing experience.
Game Drives in Lewa Downs
Explore this beautiful area of Kenya with your professional safari guide in search of some of the fantastic wildlife of Laikipia. Enjoy the opportunity to track and view some of the critically endangered white and black rhino of the conservancy.
A scenic flight is the ultimate way to enjoy Kenya's spectacular landscapes, whether by helicopter or in the wonderful Waco bi-plane, it is an experience of a lifetime.
Kenya In Style
Samburu, Masai Mara & Nairobi
from £5800 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights
- Enjoy watching herds of elephants coming to the Ewaso Nyiro River to bathe from the comfort of Sasaab
- Samburu is well known for its diverse game viewing, from elephant and lion, to the Samburu Five and more
- Sala's Camp is a perfect base from which to experience the Great Wildebeest Migration
Location & directions
Samburu National Park, Kenya
Sasaab is situated in Westgate Community Conservancy of Ngutuk Ongiron Group Ranch (NOGR), in the Northern Frontier District of Kenya. The conservancy was established in 2004, it borders Samburu National Reserve to its south east, Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy to its east and Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust to the north.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi. Just over a 1-hour flight from Nairobi into Buffalo Springs (scheduled twice daily) and then a 1-hour 30-minute drive through Samburu Reserve to Sasaab with a game drive on the way, or directly into Sasaab's airstrip by private charter.
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