Saruni Samburu

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…

LocationKalama Conservancy, bordering Samburu National Reserve
AccessScheduled or Charter flight into Kalama (20 minute drive from lodge)
OpenAll Year
Camp StyleLuxury Tented Lodge
FocusBig game / Culture / Scenery / Relaxation
ChildrenNo age restriction
ActivitiesGame drives (day and night) / Guided walks / Warrior’s Academy / Village visit / Mount Ololokwe hiking / Waterhole hide
Maximum Guests on Vehicle6
Private Vehicle OptionsYes
Off-road DrivingYes in Kalama Conservancy
Number of Rooms6 villas (including 2 family villas)
Family Accommodation2 two bedroomed family villas
BathroomFlush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed indoor and outdoor showers
Power for chargingIn room
HairdryerOn request
Heating/CoolingStanding Fan
Room SafeYes
Laundry ServiceComplimentary
Communication in roomHorn
Wi-FiCommunal area
Mobile ReceptionYes
SwimmingTwo communal pools
WellnessMassages / Spa treatments
Dining StyleCommunal
Drinks IncludedHouse drinks
Credit CardsVisa / Mastercard / AMEX