Rating: Deluxe Price from: Â£275-Â£445 pp full board
Sabuk (meaning buffalo) is a remote luxury lodge in Laikipia overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River at a picturesque gorge. Sabuk lodge is set in 1500 acres which is home to a variety of wildlife including dik-dik, giraffe, zebra, leopard, elephants, antelope and wild dog.
You can go for game drives (day or night), however the main reason for coming to Sabuk is to enjoy the wilderness either on foot, with horses or camels. You can also go fishing, swim in the river and visit a Maasai village. If you are here for a few days, you may want to stay out fly-camping for a night or two. One of the excellent Samburu guides will ensure that you see the best this region has to offer.
There are eight large en-suite, open-sided rooms (doubles or twins), two of which are suitable for families, plus 'Eagle Cottage' which consists of 2 bedrooms with a sitting room and pool. All the rooms are built of stone, wood and thatch very much in keeping with the landscape, but also very comfortable, and with fabulous views even from the baths of most rooms!
There is a cosy main living area with lounge and dining room looking out on to the same awe-inspiring landscape. The food is excellent. There is a swimming pool and you can swim in the river.
Open: Sabuk is open all year.
Location: Sabuk is in Laikipia, central Kenya. The lodge overlooks the Ewaso Nyiro River and Laikipia Plateau. The nearest airstrip is Loisaba, about an hour’s drive from the lodge.
Rooms: There are 9 en-suite cottages, including Eagle Cottage which has 2 bedrooms, private dining and pool. They are built of stone, wood and thatch and are open-sided with views over the plateau. Bathrooms have rain showers and flush toilets. All cottages have a safe. Torches are provided in each room.
Activities: Day and night game drives, guided nature walks, bird watching, visits to the local village, horse riding. Bush meals and fly camping can be arranged.
Facilities: There is a split-level infinity pool and sundeck, a spacious open-sided living room and terrace, dining and bar areas. The shop sells homemade honey, local crafts, clothes and jewellery. There is a same day laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at a communal table.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There is a babysitting service and there are games to keep children occupied. Early meals can be arranged.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: The lodge manager has access to the internet.
Sabuk gives a per person per night fee to the community adjoining Sabuk land. The small shop sells crafts bought from local women.
"Rooms were not particularly to our liking, but setting was wonderful, as was the food. Very little game to be seen and activities somewhat limited."