Sabuk Lodge

Laikipia, Kenya

At a Glance

  • Camel rides- seeing the bush from a great vantage point

  • Fly camping

  • Day and night game drives

  • Relax by the pool and soak up the spectacular views

  • Visit the local villages and school

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Best time to Visit

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The main tourist 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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Insider's View

Go for a walk with the camels, an extraordinarily soulful experience.

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Sabuk Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Laikipia and Northern Kenya

Description

Sabuk Lodge offers a unique community experience with a wealth of safari activities in Kenya's beautiful Laikipia Plateau, including camel safaris, fly-camping and walking safaris accompanied by expert Samburu guides.

Sabuk Lodge is a unique bush home perched high on a cliff overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River, which flows past the camp all year round and beyond the Laikipia plains towards Mount Kenya and the Karissa Hills. Owner and manger Verity Williams was one of the first female guides in Kenya and makes an exceptional host with some fascinating stories to share.

Sabuk is perfect for guests looking for a true wilderness adventure in a really beautiful setting. Each of the four open-fronted stone and thatched cottages and the two Eagle Cottages has its own unique design and the furniture has been hand-crafted from local materials. Although day and night game drives are available, guests are encouraged to leave the vehicles behind and enjoy the excellent walking and guided camel treks. The emphasis at Sabuk Lodge is on working closely with the local community and guests are able to interact with the local Laikipiak Maasai community to learn about their tribal skills, tracking techniques and the medicinal uses of the local flora and fauna. The lodge shared over half its profits with the local community and works hard to work with them to preserve their cultural heritage and improve their standard of living, education and healthcare. Guests can also fish and swim in the river.

Sabuk has an intimate atmosphere and very much focuses on a more gentle appreciation of this beautiful area. The lodge also specializes in arranging multiple day camel trails with fly camping in simple dome tents to explore the more remote areas of the conservancy.

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Accommodation

Sabuk has four open-sided rooms (doubles or twins - all en-suite), two of which are suitable for families, plus 'Eagle Cottage' which consists of 2 bedrooms with a sitting room and pool. All the rooms are built of stone, wood and thatch very much in keeping with the landscape, but also very comfortable, and with fabulous views even from the baths of most rooms! Some have daybeds where you can relax overlooking the river during siesta time, or sleep out under the stars if you wish.

Childcare

Children are welcomed at Sabuk and activities can be tailored to suit children when necessary. There is no minimum age but children should be supervised by parents - early meals can be organized and a babysitting service is available. The guides are very good at customizing the activities to suit children of all ages.

Facilities

There is a stunning, cliff-top infinity pool with far-reaching views over the valley below. All the staff are welcoming and friendly and will enjoy sharing their knowledge with you to make your stay as comfortable and as memorable as possible.

Activities

From Sabuk Lodge you can go with experienced guides for a bush walk or a walking safari with camels. Both day and night game drives are offered, fishing and bush picnics are all included in your stay. Overnight fly camping and horse riding can also be arranged.

Reviews

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Eagle Cottage, Kenya

While Kenya is awash with safari camps, the area around the six-suite Sabuk Lodge, located on the edge of its Northern Frontier District, is so remote that it remains little explored by foreigners. Perched on a cliff above the permanently flowing Ewaso Nyiro River, overlooking the Laikipia plains towards Mount Kenya, the wonderfully atmospheric lodge is best known for its old-school walking safaris. The recently added two-bedroom Eagle Cottage is geared specifically towards families.

Experiences

  • Fly Fishing in Northern Kenya

    If you want to try something really different during your vacation 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.

  • Scenic flights

    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.

  • Walking Safaris in Laikipia

    Explore the African bush on foot with your experienced guide and tracker. A fantastic opportunity to experience a different perspective, away from the noise of a safari vehicle.

Location & directions

Laikipia, Kenya

Sabuk Lodge set in a 1500 acres piece of land is home to a variety of wildlife including dik-dik, giraffe, zebra, leopard, elephant and the antelope. The property is located in the Kenya's northern frontier district, overlooking the Laikipia Plateau, the Ewaso Nyiro River and Samburu land.

How to get there

It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Jomo Kenyatta International, Nairobi. Followed by a 1-hour 30-minute flight from Wilson Airport by light aircraft to Loisaba airstrip, which is a 1-hour drive from the lodge. Scenic road transfers can be arranged.

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