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Saruni Samburu Lodge


Saruni Samburu - Masai Africa SafarisSaruni Samburu is located at the heart of the Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, about 7 km from the Northern border of the Samburu National Reserve (accessed through the Kalama Gate). It also borders Ngutuk Ongiron to the west, Namunyak Community Conservation Trust to the north and Approaching Samburu Sera Community Wildlife Conservation to the north east. Kalama lies in an area of 95,000 hectares of Girgir Group Ranch in Samburu land, west of Archer’s Post. With a population of only 2,000, the main livelihood in the area is livestock, mostly camels and goats. Centered around a core conservation area of 3,150 hectares, Kalama represents a crucial migratory corridor between northern and southern conservation areas of this spectacular region of Kenya. Large herds of elephants cross Kalama in their migratory routes between the different conservancies that are under the NRT umbrella.

Kalama members have coexisted with the Samburu National Reserve for over 40 years, sharing revenues and wildlife. Access to Saruni Samburu is through the Kalama airstrip or the Buffalo Springs airstrip, where several airlines land every day with flights from Nairobi (Wilson Airport), Lewa and Meru. Northern Kenya is one of Africa’s last true wilderness areas. The absence of fences makes it one of the few places left that allows for the free movement of wildlife across a vast area. A red landscape dominated by acacia-grassland mosaic, with dramatic dry upland/montane forests rising from its plains, it is home to a wide diversity of species. Inhabited by pastoral tribes with rich traditional histories that are collectively striving both to protect its ecological integrity and their own livelihoods there is no better way for visitors to experience the real Africa.


A Serene And Relaxing Enviroment

Perched on the top of the Kalama Mountains with an all-round view of Northen Kenya all the way to snow-covered Mount Kenya, Saruni Samburu is a design lodge that is introducing a fresh concept to a well-known safari destination. Samburu Lodge StyleBuilt 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. The lodge offers first-class safari experience in a totally un-spoilt environment, far from the beaten tracks but very close to the wildlife. Owned and operated by Saruni in the Masai Mara, Saruni Samburu has been facilitated by the Northern Rangeland Trust (Nrt), an umbrella organization developed by Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to promote tourism and conservation in Northern Kenya.

There are four houses (two of them are large family villas with two separate bedrooms each and two spectacular bathrooms), a large swimming pool with dramatic view over Samburuland, a waterhole that attract elephant, reticulated giraffe, zebra, oryx and all the species that make Kalama so special.Saruni Samburu has its own private airstrip near the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy headquarters, but it is also easily served by schedule airlines that land at nearby Buffalo Springs airstrip. We game drive inside Samburu National Reserve and Buffalo Springs National Reserve, but many activities take place in Kalama, a well-kept secret of Kenya’s North. The recent introduction of water means that Kalama is becoming an important attraction to all the Samburu wildlife. Our activities include night and morning game drive in Kalama Conservancy, visits to the caves where in the past the Samburu have painted and carved rock art during meat-eating feasts, professionally-led game walks, bush dinners and star gazing. The traditions and semi-nomadic heritage of the local Samburu people are an important part of the experience. Led by professional Samburu guides, our guests enjoy a new dimension of this rightfully popular region: the feeling of exclusivity, of having an incredibly large area totally to their own, and a high level of comfort and tailor-made service.



Bird watching and Nature Walks

Bird life in Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is wonderful with a record of over 350 different birds species. It’s the ideal place for birders. Team up with the Naturalist / guide, take a walk and you will be able to know more on the indigenous medicinal plant common to the area.


Games available at the lodge are Table Tennis, Badminton, Water Volleyball, Darts, Pool & Board Games.


Tulia massage is a Swahili word meaning relaxation. Relax and unwind as you enjoy a great massage while listening to the trickling natural streams and the wild sounds of the African Jungle. Alternatively, get adventurous and have the massage in the wild. Sarova Shaba Game Lodge offers a variety of therapies including:

1. Swedish 2. Holistic

3. Aromatherapy

4. Indian amongst others

Samburu Culture and Cultural

Community Work Games Wellness

Activities in the Reserve

Game Drives


3 Days / 2 Nights Samburu National Park Safari – Saruni Samburu Lodge

  • Samburu National reserve
  • 3 game drives ( 2 Half day & 1 Full Day)
  • The Ewaso Nyiro River
  • Daily departures subject to minimum 2 persons booking

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Samburu National Park lies 325 kilometres north of Nairobi in the hot and arid fringes of the arid northern region of Kenya. The Reserve is within the lands of the colourful Samburu people, close relatives of the Maasai, and boasts a number of wildlife species rarely found elsewhere.

 These include the Grevy zebra, the reticulated giraffe and the Beisa oryx all species found only north of the equator. The long-necked gerenuk is a graceful antelope, which spends much of its time in a bi-pedal stance seeking succulence among the withered scrub, which dots this harsh terrain. Other animals commonly seen are elephants, lions, cheetahs, gerenuks, buffalos, grants gazelles, dik diks and waterbucks. There are over 350 varieties of birds. These include the famous Somali Ostriches (distinguished by their unique purple/blue legs during mating season), kingfishers, humming birds, eagles, guinea fowls and vultures.

Scenically and faunally dramatic, for most of the year Samburu National Reserve is under the unsympathetic equatorial sun. But relief comes from the wide swathe of the Ewaso Ngiro River which flows for some hundreds of kilometres to the west on the foothills of the Aberdare ranges and which vanishes beyond Samburu in the recesses of the Lorian swamp. The river is at its best in the Reserve, broad and sluggish with a large population of crocodile seen on sandbanks at almost every bend.

In the lower reaches, where permanent pools have formed as a tributary joins the river, are hippos. The river is fringed with giant acacias, figs and doum palms all of which provide shade and sustenance to the wildlife, which comes to water here. Elephant roam the gaunt hills, which punctuate the scrubland and where occasional clusters of the vividly coloured desert rose challenge the arid surroundings. These elephant seek solace and contentment in the shallow waters of the river and from time to time a visitor finds herds bathing and drinking in a spectacle of unconscious pleasure.


During your holiday you will have the chance to see the animals pictured below

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