Sarara is a remote tented lodge built into the lower slopes of the southern tip of the beautiful Mathews Range in northern Kenya.

Sarara is a special place which offers the chance to explore both the montane forest habitat above camp and the arid bush landscape of Samburuland that stretches away to the east. The scenery is breath-taking and the views from the lodge are fantastic. The camp is highly exclusive but maintains an authentic safari atmosphere with tented rooms, personal hosting and communal dining. Relaxing in camp is definitely something that must be done at Sarara, either reading a book on your verandah and enjoying the birds flitting around the canopy or perhaps floating in their infinity rock swimming pool whilst watching the water hole below.

Whilst there are specialist species to be seen at Sarara, such as gerenuk and lesser kudu, and elephant and leopard viewing can often be very good too, your reason to come to Sarara really has little to do with traditional game drives. Sarara is all about escaping into the wilderness, birding, walking and learning about the local culture (the singing wells are a highlight). The camp is well run with management and staff offering a very warm welcome and personal service. Accommodation is comfortable and food is very good, but Sarara is not a five star operation. The camp is small and usually has a very social, communal atmosphere.


Sarara Camp has six tented rooms which are spread across the hillside, each with impressive views over the plains towards the jagged line of the Mathews Range to the north. The lower rooms have a closer view of the water hole in…


Sarara is located within the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, an area of approximately 850,000 acres, which lies folded around the south-east corner of the fabled Matthews Mountain range. The conservancy is home to the proud Samburu…


Sarara caters for children of all ages but is most suitable for families with older children, where the aim is to enjoy walking in the wilderness and cultural interaction. Sarara is also a camp that is suitable for travellers looking to relax and…

Conservation & community

The Namunyak Wildlife Community Trust, in partnership with Sarara Camp, is involved in projects focusing on wildlife conservation by helping the local communities to benefit from tourism ventures whilst they, in return, protect the…

Location Namunyak Conservancy, Mathews Range
Access Charter flight to Namunyak (25 mins) or road from Kalama airstrip (2.5 hours)
Open Mid-December until mid-October
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Tented lodge
Focus Culture / Scenery / Wilderness / Walking / Birding / Elephants / Relaxation
Children No age restriction
Activities Game drives (day and night) / Guided walks and treks / Birding / Singing wells / Reteti Elephant sanctuary / Fly camping / Viewing hide / Natural water slide / Bush ponies
Vehicles Open and closed
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 6
Private Vehicle Options Yes
Off-road Driving Yes
Number of Rooms 6 tents and Sarara House
Family Accommodation Two bedroomed Sarara House
Bathroom Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed outdoor shower
Power for charging In room
Lighting Solar
Hairdryer Not possible
Heating/Cooling No
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room No
Wi-Fi Communal area (intermittent)
Mobile Reception Yes (sporadic)
Swimming Communal / Private plunge pool at Sarara House
Wellness Massages (advanced booking) /Yoga mats and weights are provided
Dining Style Communal (private can be arranged)
Drinks Included House drinks
Credit Cards All accepted