Sarara is found within the lands of the Namunyak Wildlife Conversation Trust. An area of approximately 850,000 acres which lies folded around the southern corner of the fabled Mathews Mountain Range of northern Kenya. This is home of the proud Samburu tribes people, a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists who have long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle.
The conservation work carried out by the Namunyak Trust to date has been hugely successful. As a result of the severe ivory poaching crisis of the 70’s and early 80’s there were no recorded elephants remaining in the Mathews Ranges by 1985. Today, several thousand elephants are living and breeding peacefully in the southern Mathews Range area. Together with a variety of other wildlife species such as buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, greater and lesser kudu, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, impala and dik dik.
Sarara has six luxury tents, each positioned to maximise the stunning views of the Mathews Range of mountains and the animal watering hole. The tents are spacious and high ceilinged, with plenty of cupboard space, electric lighting and 24 hour hot and cold running water.
Sarara has an infinity pool up on the cliff overlooking the animals below. The camp is powered by solar energy generated by several sets of solar panels.The emphasis at Sarara is on walking safaris or walking with camels but game drives are also available. It is also possible to arrange walks with fly camping at night. A unique experience of watching the local cattlemen at the singing wells is not to be missed.
Sarara has six luxury tents, each positioned to maximise the stunning views of the Mathews Range of mountains and the animal watering hole. Preserving the romance of the tented camp, these tents are spacious and high ceilinged, with plenty of cupboard space, electric lighting and 24 hour hot and cold running water.
There is an outdoor bathroom offering a superb view of the hills from the shower. But there is also an indoor toilet and sink at the back of the tent for midnight visits. Each tent has its own private terrace with table and chairs and morning coffee and tea are brought to you so that you can wake up gazing out over the mountains.
Sarara House has two ensuite bedrooms with a shared sitting / dining area. Ideal for families or groups travelling together.
Bar, Eco Friendly, Internet Access, Pool
Balcony / Deck, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Outside Shower, Shower, Verandah
Sarara has established itself as one of the ‘hot spots’ for quality leopard viewing in Africa and equally, for close-up sightings of the normally extremely shy lesser kudu antelope. The African wild dogs are frequently encountered in the Sarara valley too. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe, gerenuk, impala and warthogs are now regularly seen on our game drives and bush walks and are very much on the increase in numbers.Unusual sightings include striped hyena, aardwolf, civet cat, African wild cat, greater kudu, grevy zebra and cheetah.
Early morning game drives are a good time for seeing giraffe, kudu, and elephants. Starting off early, the guides can have you back in time for breakfast at camp or make up a picnic breakfast for you out in the bush.
The night game drive takes you out into the bush to search for the nocturnal star of sarara, the leopard. Leopard sightings are currently running at around 80% for guests staying three nights.
One of the best ways to view game is on horseback with Sarara's bush ponies
Our Samburu naturalist guides can take you out for an early morning walk through the bush to take an up close and personal look at the glorious flora and fauna surrounding the camp. If you wish, we can set up breakfast for you on a hilltop or in a dry river bed.
A visit to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is one of the best things you can do to help strengthen the community and protect all elephants who live in the RESCUE center located on the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya.
During your visit, you will paired with a keeper who will accompany you the entire time to tell you about our work and answer any questions. From a special viewing platform, you will watch the elephants come in from their walk to receive their bottles and then have mud hole playtime. Afterwards, you will be given a behind the scenes tour of the sanctuary.
Visit a local Samburu village and get to learn their culture and way of life
Get up close with the Ellies as they come to water and bath at the hide bust below the main pool
A fun way to spend your morning or afternoon away from the Camp. Slide down natural rock in water that originates in the Mathews Mountains and into crystal clear pools.
An insight into the men who pass down from generation to generation the skill of crafting as you watch your bracelet being made for you.
A full day trip with a packed breakfast and lunch out from Sarara to the sacred Mout Ololokwe.
Private scenic flights can be arranged up to the famous Mount Kenya, sacred Mount Ol olokwe or up to the spectacular Lake Turkana. There is no better way to see the diverse landscape
Sarara means the meeting place and at the Singing wells, all the neighboring communities come together to water their wildlife as they sing and catch up on happenings around the community. Its a spectacular culture that you would never want to miss.