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, visit a Maasai village and enjoy meals in the bush. 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 six 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 liunge-diner and plunge 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 from which you can admire views across the valley.
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 4 en-suite cottages, all with private decks, plus a family room, a family house, and Eagle Cottage which has 2 en-suite bedrooms, a private dining area and a plunge 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: These include day and night game drives, guided nature walks, bird watching, visits to the local village, horse and camel riding and fishing. Bush meals and fly camping can be arranged. Many activities are led by Samburu guides.
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 free laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at a communal table in the dining room.
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: There is Wi-Fi internet access in communal areas.
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."