Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Built into flamboyant red rocks and boulders, Saruni Samburu is one of Kenya’s most spectacular luxury lodges. Everything is designed to maximise the views over the Samburu plains, which seem to have been plucked straight from African travel reverie.
The individual villas are carved into the rocks on three sides, so it immediately feels like you’re a part of nature. Yet the interiors come from a different world, with four-poster Zanzibar beds, designer furniture, Persian rugs, and luxurious bathrooms. You’re never without a view as there’s a delightful wooden deck and an outdoor shower that gazes out almost 100 miles across the plains.
From up here you can spot the giant nomads, such as elephants, giraffe, and buffalo herds. Game drives slowly unravel the rest of Samburu’s wildlife cast. This lodge is situated in the private and intimate Kalama Conservancy, where lions and leopards regularly frequent the waterhole. Yet you’re also just a few miles from Sumburu National Reserve. This creates varied options for both guides and visitors; we can’t get enough of how personalised the safari experience is.
Nighttime drives and bush walks can also be added to your program. We’d also highly recommend the non-obtrusive and non-commercialised visit to a local Samburu community – it’s real life-changing stuff. Combine this with the quality of accommodation, and the truly inimitable style, and you can see why Saruni Samburu is one of our favourites. Don’t come here for a day. Come to indulge in a few days of safari magic.
- Six villas including dedicated family villas and a honeymoon villa
- Full board food and drink - we've found this lodge offers some of the best food in Kenya
- Infinity pool
- One massage treatment per room
- Individualised safari program in a private conservancy and national reserve; with game drives (day and night), walking safaris,
Open all year round, children over the age of seven are welcome.
This lodge can be booked as part of a tailor-made safari, with or without flights. Per person per night prices from £435 / €495 / $565