Sera Conservnacy, Northern Kenya, Kenya
At a Glance
Stunning views over Kenya's wilderness areas
A rare opportunity to get out on foot and track endangered black rhino
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
To start planning your vacation to Saruni Rhino
Saruni Rhino is the first of its kind, offering an exclusive and immersive experience tracking the black rhino on foot. Enjoy a uniquely thrilling adventure while you actively contribute to the protection of this critically endangered species.
Like its sister properties across Kenya, Saruni Rhino is small and personal, with only three bandas available, and a maximum of eight guests in camp, offering an intimate safari experience in a truly unspoiled environment. The bandas are open stone cottages that are nestled into the native landscape and offer sweeping views of a nearby waterhole and surrounding ecosystem. The nearby waterhole is a popular destination for game to stop and drink and offers a range of wildlife viewing just from camp.
The main and special draw of Saruni Rhino is the camp's name sake - the endangered black rhino. The local Sera community members and Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) have work tirelessly for years to create what is now a rhino sanctuary. Offering state-of-the-art protection for 11 black rhinos, the sanctuary is thrilled to be able to offer guests this one-in-a-lifetime experience.
Accompanied by an expert Samburu guide and highly-trained community ranger, you will set out with GPS transmitters to the nearest rhino, leaving your vehicle to continue lightly on foot. Your professional guides can also take you out on traditional game drives to spot the more rare 'Northern Five' - Grevy zebra, Somali ostrich, geranuk, beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe.
Exceptional experiences abound at Saruni Rhino, with the option to visit the nearby 'Fifty Wells', a series of fifty springs where local pastoralists take their livestock to water, or the sacred 'Singing Wells', a rare treat seeing local men sing to their cattle, calling them to the water to drink. Guests can also visit nearby Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, providing needed protection for orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with the aim to release them back into the wild.
Saruni Rhino has one group or family banda, with a large king bed and two single beds that can sleep up to four people, and two double bandas perfect for couples, a single, or friends traveling together. All three bandas offer a private sandy terrace that overlooking the dry riverbed, the perfect place to relax, unwind, and watch the wonderful world of Africa go by.
There are three open stone bandas here, one that can sleep up to four and is perfect for family, groups or friends traveling together, and two double or twin bandas that sleeps two.
The Rhino Tracking Experience is only available to guests over 16 years of age.
Anna Thomas (Staff)
Saruni Rhino is the only place in east Africa where you can track black rhinos on foot. So that attribute sets this luxury camp apart from others and is truly unique. Usually the tracking takes place in the late afternoon when the rhinos are most active. Your guide will drive you to where the rangers in the conservancy have notified where the closest rhinos are and from there you head out on foot, accompanied with three or four rangers and your guide. After some walking through the thick bush, you will hopefully come across the rhino you have all been searching for from a safe distance. The accommodation at Saruni Rhino is very luxurious and has all the creature comforts one needs such as comfortable beds, in-suite bathrooms, excellent service and food. My favorite thing about staying here was the bonfire thats placed on the dry river bed, during dry season, where we all sat around the camp fire in the evenings and talked about our exciting day under the African stars.
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Location & directions
Sera Conservnacy, Northern Kenya, Kenya
Saruni Rhino is located in the Sera Community Conservancy, in wild Northern Kenya. The small camp is nestled into the native vegetation and overlooks a dry riverbed and nearby waterhole.
How to get there
Nairobi's hub airport is Nairobi. Saruni Rhino is located closest to the Kalama airstrip, approximately a 2.5 hour game drives from the lodge. Kalama airstrip is easily accessible by scheduled light aircraft from Nairobi's domestic terminal, Nairobi Wilson Airport.