Saruni in the Media
It’s not just our guests that come to Saruni lodges and are inspired to write home about it. Journalists and industry reps the world over have also experienced the magic of Kenya and Saruni. Read on below to see what they had to say.
WILK Magazine, Kenya
Some ideas turn out to be genuinely good. Others sound good, but turn out to be questionable when put into action. As one-and-a-half tonnes of a notoriously bad tempered beast with a sharply pointy front-end stared me down from a few metres away, I wondered if this idea was going to be one of the latter.
Conde Nast - House & Garden Destinations, UK
The belly of our plane grazes the dry bed of Ewaso Nyiro River, scattering vervet monkeys in its wake. For me, nothing beats the exhilarating, yes-to-life high of flying over sub-Saharan Africa in a private plane. But this blows your average airstrip-to-airstrip transfer out of the water. It's about as much fun as you can have wearing a seatbelt.
Travel Pulse, US
1st December 2017
There are many ways to get involved in the effort to save rhinos from extinction. One can donate to organizations working to protect them from poaching (such as the World Wildlife Fund), refuse to buy rhino horn products and help raise awareness about their battle for survival by spreading the word on social media and other platforms. Read the article
Business Daily, Kenya
30th November 2017
The festive season is here! And rather than fly out of the country, plan to dine in the bush amid the trumpets of elephants and bleats of giraffes at the Maasai Mara game reserve. With more than 100 camps and lodges, the destination has morphed into an astounding natural beauty, but it can also be crowded and some tented camps lack privacy. Read the article
Lonely Planet, UK
29th November 2017
Animal lovers who want to get up close and personal with the endangered black rhino now have the opportunity with this new walking safari experience that also encourages conservation in the local community. Saruni Rhino offers people a chance to track the black rhino on foot with the help of local expert guides and rangers. They use a combination of traditional Samburu tracking techniques and technology. Each of the 11 black rhinos in the conservancy have microchips inserted into their horns, meaning guests should be able to get within metres of the animals. Read the article
The Independent online, UK
28th November 2017
Samburu warrior Sammy Lemiruni is almost certain the black rhino won't charge. As we prepare to tiptoe through the dense Kenyan bush, the warrior-turned-ranger looks at me. “Don’t be afraid,” he whispers. It’s easier said than done. The black rhino, capable of weighing 1,400kg and standing taller than a six-foot man, is a formidable creature. Its two horns can span five feet. While it can’t see very well, it has a strong sense of smell and incredible hearing. And despite its looming bulk, the massive animal can charge at a speed of 55km per hour. Read the article
The Standard, Kenya
22nd October 2017
I recently had a bit of free time on my hands and decided to head over to Samburu East District. I had been mulling over the trip to Sera Community Conservancy for a while and when time and opportunity came, I was set for it. I had been told that it was a beautiful place of solitude where you got to explore Kenya’s best bounty in nature while offering true relaxation. And I did really need to get out of town for some rest and recreation. If you have plenty of time, I recommend the six-hour long scenic road trip through Nanyuki and Isiolo towns and Archer’s Post hamlet.
Travel Africa Magazine
Late on a Sunday afternoon, we are creeping through the wilderness, tiptoeing past gnarled trees and over crunchy twigs to the harmonic bleep of a tracking device. Hawks circle overhead, screeching a terrible call, and in the distance towering mountains are silhouetted against the ebbing sun. In line we sneak: first our guide Sammy, then Lekanaya the tracker, his assistant, me, and at the back our armed ranger Jimmy.
Breathe Magazine, UK
Nothing reconnects a person to who they are like the wilderness. Raw beauty and timeless landscapes bring perspective and strip bare, helping you to face not only the harsh realities of life, but of your very core. Isolation, silence, strength, resolve – all that’s been lost waits to be rediscovered in the wildest places. Time spent with some of the world’s iconic creatures is grounding and humbling, too. Animals like the mighty rhino, for instance, have roamed the Earth for millions of years under an eternity of stars – a reminder to embrace the time you have by loving the life you live.
Travel Africa Magazine
We walk in silence for an hour, every snap or crunch of Africa’s sun-scorched bush ricocheting through the burning air like a gunshot. Sound and smell could betray us here, in this vast expanse of the Sera Conservancy in northern Kenya, and while I keep my eyes to the ground, dodging branches and side-stepping leaves, my Samburu guide Sammy is watching the wind. Shaking a sock, a wisp of ash floats south before he signals me to move on, slow, silent, single file, and then: Do. Not. Move. A thorn-laden acacia, just 20m ahead, begins to shake violently. The perpetrator is hidden, but undoubtedly huge.
The Telegraph, UK
11th October 2017
A stay at Saruni Rhino Camp in northern Kenya, where a protection and breeding programme has been set up by the Sera Rhino Sanctuary; this is the only camp in East Africa where rhinos can be tracked. Read the article
5th October 2017
Josephine Ekiru is not nostalgic for the past. Growing up in northern Kenya in an impoverished home, she was surrounded by violence and loss. People regularly killed the wildlife she loved, and they killed each other. Tribal clashes stoked by resource scarcity and decades-long vendettas were the norm. “The only thing I was seeing was death,” Ekiru recalls. “I grew up thinking, ‘One day, I’ll tell my people that conflict is not good, that it only takes us in a circle of poverty.’” Luckily in 2011, when Ekiru was 24 years old, she discovered the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), an organisation composed of community conservancies in Kenya.
BBC Wildlife Magazine, UK
A wind is blowing from the east, sending dust devils spinning across northern Kenya’s plains as our Samburu warrior guide, Sammy Lemiruni, explains how to track black rhino on foot. We must walk silently in single ﬁle and obey his hand signals. We are in Samburu, en route to the 120km squared Sera Rhino Sanctuary which, in February this year, became the ﬁrst community-owned sanctuary in East Africa to offer a pioneering rhino-tracking safari to tourists. I am one of the ﬁrst guests.
The Straits Times, Singapore
20th August 2017
Though owned by an Italian conservationist and writer named Riccardo Orizio, the lodge is staffed entirely by Samburu warriors and tribesmen, seven in all, and they are as open and friendly as you could wish. Indeed, to stay at the Saruni Rhino lodge is to undergo a total immersion course in a tribe every bit as proud and colourful as Kenya's better-known Maasai. Read the article
Bespoke Magazine, UAE
3rd August 2017
If you want to get up close and personal with some of the mere 5,000 remaining black rhinos in Africa – one of the world’s most critically endangered species – then there’s no better place than Kenya’s fenced-off 54,000-hectare Saruni Rhino. Once there, you’ll need three things: an off-road vehicle to help you get around this park, which is five times larger than Paris; a GPS locator that picks up the signals of the microchips placed in the protected rhino’s horns; and a sock filled with ash for knowing the direction in which the breeze is blowing. Plus, while we’re at it, you’d best not forget the golden rule of tracking rhinos: always stay down wind.
Nomad Magazine, Kenya
This is a lovely property in the hills with themed rooms with private decks. The Observatory cottage, for instance, sports a vintage brass telescope and moon map; the artists’ cottage a painting on an easel and paintbrushes, and the photography cottage … well, you get the picture. For honeymooners, there’s the Love Shack, a secluded cottage furnished in classic style. Read the article
The Times, UK
My ultra-luxe abode at Saruni Samburu may be a bricks-and-mortar affair, but it is so open to the panorama below as to feel like a castle in the air. (The Italian cuisine here is also excellent.) The quirky wooden structures at Elephant Watch, with their generous terraces, are charmingly Admirable Crichton affairs, the delicious food Ottolenghi-inspired.
The Kalama Airstrip in the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya stretches out and disappears into the Kalama Community Conservancy, a core conservation area in North-Central Kenya that’s 46,100 hectares in size. Apart from a small one-room bungalow, Acacia trees populate the entire view for as far as you can see. If you were to trek further into the horizon, the elephant, leopard, giraffe, zebras, wild dog, cheetah and lesser kudu that populate the area are likely to be seen. Read the article
Vacations & Travel, Australia
For accommodation with a difference in Africa, it is hard to go past Saruni Samburu in Kenya. Saruni consists of just six luxurious, eco-friendly villas that overlook the Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya, with the villas being part of the landscape in remarkable ways. Samburu is the only lodge in over 80,937 hectares of wilderness flooded with wildlife, and from your villa designed around the rocks you will feel like the Lion King watching over your kingdom.
You are always told to stay in your vehicle on safari because the animals just see the car. Outside it, they view you as an individual. So, there we were walking with rhino in the Sera Wildlife Conservancy - and my immediate thought was: "Christ, we're not supposed to be doing this!" At one point, we were surrounded, and one of them got very heated, but the only thing we could do was stay completely still. It was an incredible experience. Read the article
National Geographic Traveller
Saruni Rhino, Sera Wildlife Conservancy’s first eco-lodge, stands six miles outside the rhino sanctuary. Tiny and blissfully intimate, it’s the only accommodation for miles. My open-fronted banda of local stone, thatch and foraged timber looks out onto dry, sandy riverbed etched with wildlife tracks and shaded by monumental doum palms with long, shaggy fronds that swish gently in the breeze.
Business Daily, Kenya
Luxury treehouses, under suites, cosy safari camps made out of wood, grass and stone show what architects can dream up as they design the cream of the accommodation crop where travellers love to escape to and relax. These hotels with experimental architecture and exquisite ambience competed in the coveted Sleep Awards organised by NatGeo Traveller and Saruni Rhino in Samburu was among the top 10. Read the article
Big Sleep Awards, National Geographic Traveller Magazine
‘Green Goddess’ Award Winner – Saruni Rhino
Big Sleep Awards, National Geographic Traveller Magazine
Saruni Rhino is the basecamp for Sera Rhino Sanctuary, which is owned by the local community and is the only place in East Africa where you can track black rhinos on foot. It benefits not just the sanctuary’s population of rhinos and elephants, but also the local
community which receives 40% of its revenue, and provides all the sanctuary’s excellent staff.
Encore! Magazine, Switzerland
21st May 2017
(French version) 'Une experiénce d’approche à pied du redoubtable rhinoceros noir est désormais possible au Kenya. On reticent son souffle et on se lance dans la broussaille'.
Encore! Magazine, Switzerland
21st May 2017
(German version) 'Das seltene schwarze nashorn kann man in Kenia hautnah erleben. Bei der einzigartigen tour zu fuss durch die savanne heist es: atem anhalten!'
Daily Mail Online, UK
6th May 2017
I am flying north from Lewa with Ian Craig in his tiny Piper Super Cub. We are buffeted by strong winds as we circle over a remote safari camp called Saruni, but Craig is known as a superb pilot, so the sudden twitches and bumps as we land on the camp’s dirt landing strip do not concern me. Read the article
The Irish Independent, Ireland
30th April 2017
A large part of this conservancy is rented by the Saruni, the resort company, and is reserved exclusively for wildlife. This mutually beneficial relationship is helping to guarantee the survival and sustainability of the wildlife, and illustrates how direct the connection between tourism and conservation can be. The location of the lodge is extremely remote, and involves a hair-raising journey along narrow dirt roads. Read the article
Fabric Magazine, UK
If you’re a wildlife lover, tracking one of the world’s most endangered species on foot must surely come near the top of your bucket list. And now you can tick it off, with a Saruni Rhino walking safari. Tireless work by the Northern Rangelands Trust, in partnership with Kenya Wildlife Service, led to the creation of the Sera Community Conservancy and the return of the black rhino to Samburu warrior lands. Read the article
TTG Luxury, UK
Imagine a wildlife reserve in the Big North of Kenya. Picture ofme of the most inspiring landscapes you can imagine, 350,000 hectares large - more than Malta, Andorra, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg put together. Inside it, imagine a fenced sanctuary of 54,000 hectares larger than Isle of Man and with one of the longest electrical fences ever built in East Africa. Read the article
Travel Africa Magazine
What is the most exciting or scary wildlife encounter you have had? Coming across a pride of lions with cubs on foot. Lionesses with young ones can be very aggressive.
Lonely Planet Traveller, UK
A luxury camp opening this month in central Kenya will be the first in East Africa to offer on-foot tracking of the endangered black rhino. The animals are returning to the area after a 30-year absence, thanks to relocation efforts by conservationists and the local Samburu people, so guests at Saruni Rhino will get a first-hand perspective on a rare wildlife good news story, as well as contributing to the species’ preservation.
The City Magazine, London
In 1970, after decades of poaching, the number of black rhino grazing the planet’s grasslands had fallen to 70,000. By 1993, that figure had dropped to 2,475. Thanks to international efforts, and the first ever black rhino safari project in Kenya, numbers are on the rise.
Financial Times Online, UK
Our guide, a Samburu warrior named Joseph Lekalaile, stands on top of a smooth, rocky outcrop with two uniformed rangers, one of whom is holding up an aerial. Beyond them, beneath a huge blue African sky, an epic landscape of red earth and parched bush dotted with distant domeshaped mountains unspools to a horizon as wide as an ocean. They are searching for rhinos — black rhinos with microchips implanted in their horns, the first rhinos to be resettled in this vast and remote expanse of northern Kenya since they were hunted and poached almost to extinction here in the 1980s.
The Telegraph’s Ultra Travel Magazine, UK
There's a soft rustle. In the thicket there might be the shape of a creature that weights a ton, but maybe not. Astonishingly, it's hard to tell. But they can be as curious as us - and often give themselves away, bending and swayng to spy you through the undergrowth. You lock eyes. The pulse quickens. It's that close. Read the article
Saturday Telegraph Magazine, UK
We moved slightly north (and down into the sweltering heat) for a unique safari at Saruni Rhino, where we walked with black rhinos. It's the first rhino-tracking experience in east Africa and it's incredible, but we had to be steathly - they're a lot more used to vehicles annoying them that humans. We managed to get up close. They were majestic, beautiful - and massive.
Harrods Magazine, UK
For those who enjoyed Planet Earth II, a safari is likely to be next on the holiday hit list. Enter Saruni Rhino, in the Sera Community Conservance in northern Kenya - the first East African lodge to offer an on-foot black-rhino tracking experience. The walking safari is led by expert guides who can help give guests incredible rhino viewing and spot other wildlife, including elephants, zebras and hyenas.
Sunday Times Travel Magazine, UK
There are fewer than 550 black rhinos left in Kenya. But a new camp, Saruni Rhino, gets you within metres of these majestic beasts on a unique walking safari in the Sera Conservancy, where 11 protected rhinos have been re-homed.
BA Highlife - British Airways Magazine, UK
Saruni Rhino, the first on-foot tracking experience of black rhinos in Kenya, designed to help protect 11 endagered black rhinos in Sera Community Conservancy.
Marylebone & Fitzrovia Magazine, UK
17th February 2017
Chances are if you’re not part of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth team you won’t have tracked black rhinos on foot. But new safari lodge Saruni Rhino is giving its guests the opportunity to walk alongside the majestic creatures. The move celebrates the return of the endangered rhinos back to the Sera Community Conservancy and marks an historic achievement for community-based conservation efforts in Kenya.
The Telegraph, UK
13th February 2017
Saruni Rhino, which opened this month, is set in the Sera Wildlife Conservancy, which is bigger than Luxembourg. Part-funded by Tusk Trust, it is a sanctuary for 11 black rhinos you can track on foot with Samburu guides. With room for just six guests in two stone cottages under swaying palms, it’s a unique opportunity to observe one of Africa’s most endangered species in the wilds of northern Kenya. Read the article
Your Media London, UK
For the first time ever, Rhino Tracking can be enjoyed by adventurous visitors to East Africa. Kenyan based Saruni Rhino has launched adding to the already impressive Saruni offering in the country, but this offers something a little different. You can head out from the tented camp to track these magnificent beasts on foot with the help of trained experts of course and hopefuly catch a glimpse up close.
Aeroflot Premium On-Board Magazine, Russia
Another, much rarer and thus more valuable type of lodge is “natural”, created and executed in strict accordance with natural balance. Such African hotels include Saruni Samburu project, located on the border of the eponymous national park in the north of Kenya on the territory of more than 200,000 acres. Six eco-chic villas of the lodge (straw roofs, elegant wooden furniture, bright carpets, carved trunks and stands), the main building, the restaurant and even the swimming pool are carved out of red cliffs.
Vacations & Travel, Australia
Samburu warriors will be your guides at the exceptional Saruni Samburu, which has six eco-chic villas with wonderful views over the Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya. The safari experience with the Samburu will allow you to see the landscape and the wildlife through their eyes. If this cultural interaction intrigues you, you can sign up for a special Warrior Academy experience, learning to track, about folklore and the wisdom needed to survive here, as well as visiting a Masai village.
Business Daily, Africa
As tourism trends shift, more Kenyans with disposable income are splurging on fine travel; sailing, sports fishing, jet skiing, kite surfing and even rubbing shoulders with the international billionaire holidaymakers as they dine by the sea. Africa’s elite are developing a taste for the finer things in life and rather than vacation in Dubai or Paris, they are making merry at local five-star destinations or exclusive islands such as Chale frequented by rich Italians. Read the article.
Daily Mail, UK
7th January 2017
Fom next month, you will be able to track Black Rhinos on foot in East Africa for the first time when Saruni Rhino safari camp opens in Northern Kenya.
The Week, UK
A new safari lodge is the first in East Africa to let guests track rare black rhinos on foot. The luxury safari company Saruni is inviting intrepid safari enthusiasts to track the black rhino, one of the world's rarest animals – on foot. Pedestrian game-viewings are growing in popularity in southern Africa, but the Saruni Rhino camp is the first to offer the experience in Kenya. Read the article
Wanderlust Magazine, UK
16th January 2017
To see the Great Migration across the Mara River. Between August and September, a million or so wildebeest will be taking the plunge to cross its waters – in plain view of lurking crocs. And in northern Kenya, you’ll be able to spot black rhinos in Samburu-land for the first time in 25 years, too, thanks to the opening of Saruni Rhino Camp back in February. Read the article
CNN Travel, USA
12th January 2017
Located in a dry riverbed, the new Saruni Rhino camp, opening in February 2017, has just two small luxury "bandas:" open, stone cottages with king-size beds and waterhole views. Visitors can take part in a walking safari tracking endangered black rhinos, which have been reintroduced to this part of Kenya after a 25-year absence. Local guides use traditional techniques and electronic transmitters to help intrepid safari-goers get close to these incredible creatures. Read the article
Travel Africa Magazine, UK
In Kenya, national parks are owned and managed by the government, while private conservancies are owned and managed by the communities who own the land. In the past 10 years, the ecologically more responsible and conservation-oriented segment of the Kenyan tourism industry has moved away from the parks and has identified itself with the conservancies.
Aspire Magazine, UK
Saruni guests will be able to track black rhinos from February, when the Kenya specialist opens teh property in February. Located in Sera Community Conservancy, the property's walking safaris will be accompanied by a guide and a ranger.
Africa Geographic, South Africa
28th December 2016
Set to open in February 2017, Saruni Rhino promises the unique experience of tracking rhinos in the remote Sera Conservancy, Kenya. The first of its kind, the Sera Rhino Sanctuary is the result of years of hard work by Sera community members and the Northern Rangelands Trust, and has 11 rhinos translocated from the Lewa Conservancy & Nakuru National Park among other parks. Read the article
The Luxury Channel, UK
With Africa’s wild animal populations being decimated, it seems unthinkable that the biggest mammals on earth could disappear. Losing such species as elephants and rhinos from Africa is a slow erosion of humanity, leaving an empty world full of people and nothing living wild. Saruni Rhino Camp has subsequently set up the first on-foot black rhino tracking experience, a vision created by conservationists Ian Craig OBE and Riccardo Orizio. Read the article.
24th December 2016
As black rhinos return to an area they were once wiped out, conservationist Ian Craig is optimistic about the future for Africa’s wildlife. The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), a community membership organisation in Kenya, has already been touted as the model which people should be adopting worldwide in order to successfully marry the goals of conservation with those of development. Read the article
Financial Times’ How to Spend It, UK
14th November 2016
In 2015, thanks to the tireless efforts of KENYA’s Northern Rangelands Trust (www.nrt-kenya.org), the 54,000-hectare Sera Rhino Sanctuary was established on the Sera Conservancy – the first such community-owned sanctuary in the country, providing 24-hour security for 11 highly endangered black rhinos. From February, the Saruni portfolio of lodges is offering the only walking safari to track the rhino in east Africa, at new Saruni Rhino (www.sarunisamburu.com; from $630), a tiny two-banda camp two hours’ drive north of the main Saruni Samburu lodge. Guides and rangers with GPS transmitters walk guests to within metres of the animals – a once-in-a-lifetime experience made all the more singular, and poignant, by their extreme vulnerability. Read the article
New York Times, USA
5th November 2016
Choose small hotels that are locally owned chains and large, splashy properties won’t give you a glimpse into the local culture, but staying at a small hotel owned by locals and situated in a former home, historic building or residential part of town will. Mr. Sanghrajka, for example, recently stayed at Saruni Samburu, a safari camp in northern Kenya that is owned by a couple who live onsite and hire their staff from the local Samburu tribes. Read more
Ndege News, Air Kenya In-Flight Magazine, Kenya
Saruni Samburu can now offer guests access to an elephantproof, open ground level, professional, photographic hide situated at a waterhole. It is a unique experience for Kenya: “hiding” inside it, novice and professional photographers can photograph birds, animals and elephants from ground level. Designed with the needs of photographers in mind, buried underground, and covered with earth on three sides as well as on the roof, located a few steps from our waterhole.
Travel Weekly, UK
26th October 2016
Saruni, the portfolio of luxury properties in Kenya, is launching what it said will be the first opportunity in east Africa to track black rhinos on foot at its new tented camp, Saruni Rhino. The camp is located in the Sera Community Conservancy, a vast wildlife reserve nearly 1,400 square miles situated in northern Kenya. Saruni Rhino will provide a walking safari experience tracking black rhino on foot, accompanied by expert Saruni guides and highly trained Sera Community Conservancy rangers. Read article
24th October 2016
Conservation groups and park rangers face a relentless - and potentially deadly -battle to save these magnificent creatures from extinction. But travellers can now learn about their plight on a new walking safari that enables brave ramblers to track black rhinos on foot. Accompanied by expert guides, the once-in-a-lifetime experience is available at the newly opened Saruni Rhino camp (packages from $505, saruni.com) in the Samburu region, where the animals have been reintroduced after an absence of 25 years.
Gestalten’s ‘Africa Rising’, Germany
Dirk Rees, friend of Saruni Photographer, has wonderful images of the Samburu community appearing in the new Gestalten coffee table book of incredible images ‘Africa Rising’. Click here to see more, and download the images below.
Robb Report (Turkish language), Turkey
Saruni Mara recently featured in Turkey’s luxury publication ‘Robb Report’. Download the article (Turkish language) below.
31st August 2016
Ultimately, the best way to experience the cultural heritage of the Samburu people is through staying at camps in the local area. Saruni Samburu has a great relationship with the tribes and offers opportunities to visit the communities and witness their tribal dancing. Consisting of six luxury villas and flaunting spectacular views over Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya, Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in over 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness. A truly intimate and exceptional place, Saruini Samburu is perfect for the safari honeymoon of your dreams.
Huffington Post, USA
You know the game drives will be exciting, but you don’t expect some of the most incredible wildlife sightings to happen while you’re taking a bath. Covered in soap, I ran naked through my open-air villa at Saruni Samburu to grab my binoculars so that I could spy on a herd of elephants, a dazzle of zebra and a tower of giraffes - from the bathtub. Read the article
Forbes' Arrive in Style, USA
Saruni Samburu makes Forbes #1 of #13 - Arrive in style. Your experience with the local Samburu tribe doesn't end after you arrive, tribe members will also be your tour guides throughout your stay. Read the article
Harper's Bazaar, Korea
Saruni Samburu's breathtaking infinity pool joins the ranks of international hotel beauties in this month's edition of Korea's Harper's Bazaar.
Ndege News Air Kenya Inflight Magazine, Kenya
10th June 2016
The patio of the tent at Saruni Wild is large enough to roll out a yoga mat. Tall yellow stalks sway away uninterrupted to the skyline. Red Oat Grass. The Zebra have moved on. Yesterday, these plains were zig-zagged with their black and white stripes as they frolicked amidst their grazing. Last night the hyenas were having a party, all night whoops and white, digested bone droppings may have cleared the space. It’s fresh and serenely beautiful but it’s not quiet. A breeze whooshes between flutters, chirps, buzzes and bug stridulations.
Travel Trade Luxury, Cyprus
Saruni’s four properties – that include three bush properties between Samburu and the Masai Mara ecosystems and one at the coast – were founded in 2003 and have since been at the forefront of conservation and community- based upmarket tourism. We are part of some of the most exciting conservation projects in Kenya, working with Mara North Conservancy and Lemek Conservancy in Mara and with Kalama Conservancy in Samburu. By staying at Saruni, our guests not only contribute directly to the upkeep of some of the most important and beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa, but also have direct access to the exceptionally interesting culture of the communities and tribes who own the land where these projects are based. Basically we offer a five-star safari experience with a strongly positive social and environmental effect.
Living Magazine, Italy
l così detto Mal d’Africa esiste, eccome. Io neho le prove. Un viaggio in Kenya, in quello più vero e selvaggio, è un’esperienza unica. Mare e coste a parte, si trovano luoghi immersi in una natura silenziosa e pressoché inabitata, almeno umanamente parlando, cher egalano emozioni uniche ed intense. Il safari, in Kenya, è la quintessenza della scoperta. Un viaggio su strade impervie, in 4x4, con partenze all’alba, lunghi e silenti appostamenti, per ammirare la fauna selvaggia nel loro habitat naturale è un viaggio da vivere, almeno una volta nella vita. Laikipia Wildlife Conservancy, Samburu National Reserve e Shaba sono parchi.
Daily Nation, Kenya
14th January 2016
The Saruni Samburu Lodge, which was built in 2008, straddles a hill within the expansive Kalama Community Conservancy. From this point, visitors get a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside; while a tour across the conservancy accords them a memorable game-drive experience.
Il Giornale, Italy
12th January 2016
Il Kenya è mistico, selvaggio, è il paradiso dei fotografi, il Valhalla di ch sogna l'avventura in una natura incontaminata. E per i turisti è la quintessenza dell'Africa: spazi sconfinati di savana dove il tono rosso della terra si contrappone all'intenso blu del cielo. Il Kenya è, per eccellenza, la terra dei safari e un viaggio nei parchi del nord, dal Lewa Wildlife Conservancy allo Shaba fino al Samburu significa essere conquistati dai movimenti eleganti degli animali della savana, immergersi in antiche culture, abbandonarsi alla magia di spazi scontinati che toccano nel profondo e infondono un senso di armonia e di libertà.
Safari Link Inflight Magazine, Kenya
Perched high on a rocky outcrop facing across Kalama Wildlife Conservancy towards the snowy summits of Mt. Kenya, Saruni Samburu is luxury on stilts. The spacious villas are open to the views, giving visitors expansive panoramas from their elegant four-poster beds. The camp offers game drives in both the conservancy and Samburu National Reserve, and its knowledgeable staff can share their understanding of local indigenous species, ancient rock art and local traditions. For those who prefer to bask and bathe, the Wellbeing Space has a selection of beauty and spa treatments. Read the article
Die Zeit, Germany
8th October 2015
Weil ich aber ja eigentlich lernen soll, wie es ist, Krieger zu sein, und nicht den Untergang der Samburu bedauern, ziehen einige der jungen Männer an jenem Tag nicht mit der Herde, son-dern klettern in unseren Wagen. Aufgabe eins an diesem Tag: Speerwerfen. Als wir über die Asphalt-straße vom Dorf wieder zurück in den National-park zockeln, ist unser Wagen mit sieben bunt ge-kleideten, schmuckbeladenen Jungs besetzt, die alsbald zu singen anfangen. »Ein Kriegerlied«, sagt Jose und übersetzt: Wie schwer ist ein Leben ohne Wasser und Gras? Wie weit müssen wir die Herde treiben, wie tapfer muss ein Krieger sein? Wie lang sind die Nächte in der Savanne? Wie tapfer muss ein Krieger sein? Das Lied dauert eine Viertelstun-de, aber Jose will nicht mehr übersetzen, warum ein Krieger noch tapfer sein muss.
Private Departures, South Africa
Saruni Samburu Lodge is one of the most luxurious lodges in the country and draws increasing numbers of discerning visitors who are looking for something beyond the often crowded Big Five sightings of Kenya’s southern safari hotspots. They come north for the spectacularly arid landscapes and for the so called ‘Samburu Special Five’ – rare reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, Grévy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, and gerenuk, the most elegant of all gazelles. Saruni’s expert trackers had shown me all of these in the last few days, along with unforgettable sightings of countless lion, three leopards and a pack of a dozen wild dogs.
Forbes Travel Guide, USA
22nd July 2015
On a rocky mountain above Samburu’s arid plains is this intimate six-tent lodge Saruni Samburu, the only lodge in the 200,000-acre Kalama Conservancy. Saruni’s villas are arranged in a line, with two pools and the main lodge where communal meals are served. Food skews Italian (think fresh pasta with zucchini and capers) because the lodge’s owners are from the country. Read the article
T & C Travel, USA
Winter & Fall 2015
"Not only does it have immense family 'villas' with two bedrooms, and two pools at the camp, but the expertly trained guides are all Samburu warriors - a big thrill for the kids. Aside from the game drives and bush walks, the guides teach basic warrior skills (how to throw a spear, track an animal, build a fire), and they take you to nearby villages and schools."
The Telegraph Online, UK
18th February 2010
Already, by limiting visitors, the new conservancy camps – Saruni, Porini, Mara Plains, Elephant Pepper and the rest – are offering their guests a better wildlife experience. "We now have 51 lions in three separate prides around Porini Lion Camp," Grieves-Cook says. Read the article
Wedding Magazine, UK
Below us, we could see hundreds of zebras, elephants, giraffes and buffalos, and couldn’t wait to witness them first-hand. Luckily, our Masai guide, John, was incredible. What the guides don’t know about the big five (lion, leopard, Rhino, elephant and buffalo) isn’t worth knowing, and you’re almost guaranteed to spot the full spectrum in just one safari drive.
“Vorig jaar, om deze tijd, vlogen we soms met honderden passagiers verdeeld over vijf warmelunchtballonnen over de Masai Mara. Vandaag zijn we blij als we met twee ballonnen kunnen opstijgen.” Het is de nuchtere constatering van een van de piloten van Governors’ Balloon Safaris, terwijl hij zijn ballon lag over de uitgestrekte Mara navigeert.
Bride’s Magazine, UK
There was a real indoor/outdoor feel with open-air tents, outdoor bathrooms and huge terraces. The camp is owned by an Italian-Kenyan and run by Masai warriors. The food was amazing and the vibe was totally chilled out. We took a short flight to the Masai Mara – the largest reserve in Kenya – where we stayed at Saruni, a lodge with a cute little spa. One evening, we spent an hour watching a cheetah and her cubs playing and fighting.
Msafiri Magazine, Kenya
Expert staff combine health and beauty treatments developed at Italy’s Centro Benessere Stresa with ancient Samburu wisdom and knowledge. Olsinoni leaves, for example, are used for tehir detoxifying and purifying properties, while pure gel from Usuguru (a type of aloe) is just the thing for removing skin impurities.
The Straits Times, Singapore
13th May 2008
Safari lovers may want to check out a new safari camp in Northern Kenya called Saruni Samburu. Asia Africa Safaris, a Hong Kong – based company specializing in safaris, is offering a three-night package there at prices which are up to 50 per cent off regular rates.
Daily Express, UK
At Saruni I was met by an unusual party. A large Elan (A type of antelope) called Sarikozy (named long before the current French President's rise) nodded his elegant head in approval. He trots around as if he owns the place. Open since 2003, Saruni Mara's six cottages are dotted across hills in a secluded valley.
Conde Nast Traveller, UK
Six cottages will make up the Saruni Samburu ‘design’ lodge when it opens in June, courtesy of the people behind the award winning Joy’s Camp. Book now and be among the first to enjoy the elegant, colonial-style interiors and hospitality of the local Samburu tribesmen who staff the lodge
Selling Long Haul, UK
In Africa ‘luxury’ can be defined in terms of an oversized four-poster bed, a private butler, an in-lodge spa treatment or, more simply, uninterrupted views that stretch beyond deserts and distant mountains. Opening in the summer, Saruni Samburu will be a 'design' lodge located close to Samburu National Reserve.
It just feels right taking children somewhere as ethical as Saruni - this enclave of eco-cottages deep in the Kenyan bush uses solar energy and protects the Masai Mara ecosystem. Once you've surveyed the surrounding Noah's ark of animals, head for the secluded spa.
Msafiri Magazine, Kenya
May - July 2007
Considered one of the most professional and inspiring wellbeing centres in Kenya, THE MAASAI WELLBEING SPACE at Saruni Mara is a private gem hidden in the Masai Mara. Devoted to the use of local plants for beauty and relaxation treatments, it was created in collaboration with Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees (Stresa, Italy) and designed by Kenyan designer Mark Glen.
Travel Weekly, UK
How many brides do you know who have had sleepless nights over the politics of their wedding guest list? They have invited their uncle Bob but not auntie Doris, and she's on the phone to complain. Or you can't sit your two school friends together as they're still not speaking 20 years after one stole the other's boyfriend.
Travel Inside, Germany
Vom Housekeeper bis zum Safariruhrer, sind hilfsbereite Masai. Es sind stolze, intelligente. asthetische Menschen mit starkem Selbsterhaltungsstrieb. beschreibt Orizio das Volk, derenLandes zu achutzen gelte. Stil und ungezwungener Komfort in der Abgeschiedenheit bietet die Saruni Lodge im Naturschutzgebiet Lemek-koyaki am Rande der Masai Mara.
Times Online, UK
"This plant is Masai deodorant,” chirps Cecelia, a confident 25-year-old from Saruni Mara in Kenya, as she clamps a bunch of leaves, freshly snapped from the leleshwa tree, under her arm. “It acts as a natural detergent with similar properties to tea tree oil, so we rub it under our arms to keep our sweat sweet,” she says. The fragrance is powerful — not unlike bay leaves — but, fresh off the plane and still adjusting to the temperature in the African bush, I am not tempted to part with my roll-on. Cecelia, sensing my reluctance, pulls me towards another plant. “This one I’m going to use in your facial,” she says.
Am Rande des bekanntesten National park Kenias, dem Masai Mara National Reserve, liegt das luxuriose "Saruni Safari Camp". In einem aubergewohnlichen und leicht italienischen Design, laden sechs Cottages ein, Safari in einer ganz ursprnglichen Art zu erleben.
The best of both worlds, oftewel een mooie combinatie van actie en ontspanning in Kenia. Met een safari die start met een observartierit in het Private Hilton Wildlife Sanctuary (110 kms2), en voortgezet wordt met een ontdekkingstotch door het Amboseli National Park en het Tsavo WestNational Park, een van de oudste en grootste wildreservaten ter wereld.
Weekend & Viaggi, Italy
John Ole Nchoe, il masai che parla un fuente inglese, diplomato alla scuola di turismo, guida e autista del Saruni lodge, veste la tradizionale tunica rossa dei guerrieri (sotto la quale ha un cellulare Nokia ultimo modello), si ripara dal freddo del mattino con la shuka, la colorata coperta masai. Scorta i turisti, attraverso i sentieri del Saruni, verso la Land Rover “passo lungo” che attende per il safari. La direzione è quella del Triangolo del Mara, un’area a sud ovest delimita.....
Hedge Hideaways, UK
That first morning, I saw a pride of lions stalk their Grevy’s zebra prey. As we watched in morbid fascination, binoculars glued to our expectant faces, the practiced pride split up, inching forward on empty belly with purposeful paw, concealing the approach in the assortment of shallow gullies, patchy grass and sparse undergrowth that stood between it and lunch. Progress was slow. The smallest slip and the game is up.
Body & Soul Escapes, USA
The luxury ecolodge Saruni Lodge (www.sarunimara.com) just outside the Masai Mara Game Park employs a mainly Masai staff and contributes to local community projects. The small Masai Wellbeing Space here offers massages and facials using local African plants and seeds, from a Masai therapist trained in Italy
Weelde in de Welderins, Holland
Of u nu naar luipaarden speurt of in uw hangmat naar de overdrijvende wolken staart: Kenia inspireert. U vindt er dan ook niet alleen sporen van groot wild, maar ook van grote schrijvers. “Het land heeft zo veelgeweldige literatuur voortgebracht. Wat kanik daar nog aan toevoegen?
Travel Africa Magazine
At Saruni safari lodge you can swap Samburu’s busy game trails for the total seclusion of a wilderness even bigger than the reserve itself. Saruni, the dream-come-true of Riccardo Orizio, opened last June in the midst of the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy, and although it lies only seven kilometres outside the reserve boundary it could not feel more remote.