Sasaab

Samburu, 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

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Best time to Visit

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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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Insider's View

Climb up onto a huge rock near the lodge for incredible sundowners and the staff even had a little fire going to cook some delicious sausages. A wonderful way to end the day.

Visit the local Samburu markets on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Sasaab is the local word for a local shrub, the Ipomoea plant, which the lodge is named after

Sasaab is one of less than 10 properties in Kenya to have a Gold Eco Rating, and the lodge was awarded Ecotourism Partnership of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

Sasaab offers superb activities for all ages. A camel ride is a hilarious experience where you get to see the bush and its game from a higher level. The camels are very nice and look after their riders!

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

Description

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.

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Accommodation

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.

Double Suite

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.

Childcare

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.

Facilities

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.

Activities

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

Reviews

5

(Press)

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.

Offers

The Safari Collection - Save 25% on Accommodation

Book a stay at a combination of Safari Collection properties for a minimum of four nights and receive a 25% reduction on the cost of your accommodation.

Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Certain dates apply. Not valid for stays at Giraffe Manor. Please contact one of our Africa specialists for more information.

Book from 25 June 2018 to 15 December 2019
Travel from 16 December 2018 to 05 January 2019
01 June 2019 to 30 September 2019
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Experiences

  • 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 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.

Location & directions

Samburu, 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.

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

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