Saruni Samburu is a beautiful and exclusive tented lodge built on a hill in the Kalama Conservancy to the north of Samburu NATIONAL Reserve.

Upon arrival at Saruni Samburu the first thing you think is ‘wow’. The setting is stunning and the views are pretty spectacular. Many years ago when the property first opened it was a bit soulless – an amazing lodge which lacked the management to bring it all together. Now, it is a slick and well run property, with super food and attentive service and very comfortable accommodation offering a mix of the authentic and contemporary. The villas can still offer a very private experience for those who prefer that, but the lodge now has a more communal atmosphere and a hands on management team. In terms of activities, there is the option of game viewing in Samburu which is classic big game country. However, core game viewing areas are 50 minutes drive from the lodge.

The Kalama Conservancy is a little thin on game compared to the core areas of the National Reserve, though game concentrations are improving. Local activities also focus on visiting nearby communities, taking you to their underground hide overlooking a water hole, and to various fantastic sunset spots. Saruni Samburu is a lodge where you can combine some big game viewing with a heavy dose of relaxation, spectacular scenery and interesting cultural experiences.


Saruni Samburu has six villas spread out along the hillside, all with magical views. They are built with a combination of solid walls and canvas, technically tented but a little more spacious and luxurious than the usual safari tent…


Saruni Samburu is located in the Kalama Conservancy which borders Samburu National Reserve to the north. Samburu is a relatively small reserve, but is continuous with two further protected areas, the Buffalo Springs Game Reserve…


Saruni Samburu is very suitable for families who wish to combine big game viewing with relaxation in the sun, possibly some walking and certainly some meaningful cultural interaction. The family villas are perfect and very spacious…

Conservation & community

Saruni Samburu is the only lodge on the Kalama Conservancy and so provides income to the local Samburu people in the area through employment and training. Through its conservation fees, funds on behalf of the guests are given to the Samburu…

Location Kalama Conservancy, bordering Samburu National Reserve
Access Scheduled or Charter flight into Kalama (20 minute drive from lodge)
Open All Year
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Luxury Tented Lodge
Focus Big game / Culture / Scenery / Relaxation
Children No age restriction
Activities Game drives (day and night) / Guided walks / Warrior’s Academy / Village visit / Mount Ololokwe hiking / Waterhole hide
Vehicles Open
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 6
Private Vehicle Options Yes
Off-road Driving Yes in Kalama Conservancy
Number of Rooms 6 villas (including 2 family villas)
Family Accommodation 2 two bedroomed family villas
Bathroom Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed indoor and outdoor showers
Power for charging In room
Lighting Solar
Hairdryer On request
Heating/Cooling Standing Fan
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room Horn
Wi-Fi Communal area
Mobile Reception Yes
Swimming Two communal pools
Wellness Massages / Spa treatments
Dining Style Communal
Drinks Included House drinks
Credit Cards Visa / Mastercard / AMEX