Saruni Samburu

Kalama Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

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.

At a Glance

  • 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

  • Relax by the pool or have a massage

Culture, Honeymoon, Wildlife, Adventure

Insider's View

Stand on 'pride rock' and get a lion's-eye-view of the wilderness.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Spend some time walking and talking with the Samburu guides here, learning about their colorful cultural heritage.

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Like its sister camp in the Maasai Mara, Saruni Samburu is a small and personal lodge offering an intimate safari experience in a truly unspoiled environment. With incredible 360 degree panoramic views, the lodge, location and cultural experience offer lots of wow factor! Set just a few kilometers 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.


There are six villas in total here, all unique in their design and built into the rock to blend into the surroundings. There are two individual villas, with either double or twin beds with lounge/dining areas, as well as four family villas, each containing two ensuite bedrooms and bathrooms with a private lounge and dining area. All come with stunning bathrooms and large wrap around terraces to absorb the incredible views.


Saruni Samburu is an ideal choice for family safaris and has an amazing two bedroom, two bathroom family suite situated only a few minutes walk away from the main lounge and dining areas. The property accepts children from all ages.

Food can be tailored to suit children and earlier meal times can be arranged where necessary. Babysitting can be arranged for those that require it.


Saruni Samburu has a huge cliff-top swimming pool with stunning views and a top infinity pool, too. The camp offers the lovely Samburu Wellbeing Space for guests to be pampered and rejuvenated. There is also a private airstrip if you are arriving or departing by charter flight. The Samburu guides and trackers at Saruni Samburu are all local and have a wealth of knowledge to share with you on your safari. They are well trained, warm, welcoming and hugely experienced at guiding in this area and you learn all about their history, traditions and culture. There is also a superb underground photographic hide where you can enjoy a ground-level viewpoint of wildlife drinking from the watering hole.


There are endless ways to fill your safari time at Saruni Samburu. The highlight is the day and night game drives with very experienced Samburu guides and trackers. The same guides will also enjoy teaching you to read the book of nature during one of the guided bush walks. Other activities include birding, cultural visits, visiting the local caves to view the ancient rock art, bush dinners and star-gazing. For those seeking the ultimate adventure, it is also possible to arrange helicopter excursions or trekking excursions up Mt Ololokwe, the Samburu tribe's sacred mountain.

Location & Directions

Kalama Wildlife Conservancy, 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.

When to go

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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