Saruni is in the Kalama Community Wildlife Sanctuary, less than 10 kilometres from Samburu’s northern Kalama gate. Large herds of elephants traverse Kalama as they migrate back and forth from Samburu to reserves further north. Many other African animals may be spotted in the conservancy while guests regularly gasp at sight of the leopard resident in the bush near the lodge, and game drives to Samburu with its greater concentrations of game are sure to thrill.
The lodge’s location on a rocky volcanic hill gifts guests with sweeping views of the beautiful arid terrain. Saruni’s architecture and decor is a clean, eco-chic take on classic safari style but never sacrifices comfort for ostentation.
The six villas and the central dining and lounge areas of Kudu House are open fronted to make the most of the wild panoramas. Comfy sofas invite guests to flop while browsing the many books in the lounge. If that’s too energetic, guests can head to the spa for some relaxing pampering. Two infinity pools with more gorgeous views mean a refreshing dip is never far away. A photographic hide at a waterhole below the lodge gives the avid photographer a chance to get that perfect safari shot. The conservancy’s owners, the local Samburu, welcome visitors to experience village life.
Staying in the privacy of the conservancy gives visitors options not permitted in Samburu itself, such as night drives, nature walks and meals in the bush. The delectable Italian-influenced fare uses local produce where possible.
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