Nestled into the hills of northern Mara overlooking a gorge populated by elephant and buffalo, Saruni has the wide open game plains to the south and forest to the north. Staying here you'll have the opportunity to walk in lush forest looking for colobus and Sykes monkeys, as well as following the big game on the plains below.
Saruni Mara has six uniquely decorated cottages furnished with colonial antiques, African art as well as artefacts produced by community members. Each cottage has hot and cold running water, electricity, polished wooden floors, and elegant Italian bathroom fittings in the large bathrooms, whose the canvas fronts can be totally open to offer an amazing shower with a view. The large verandas provide private views of passing wildlife as well as the distant Mara plains
The common dining area and is a mixture of old-fashioned Africa and modern design. Sitting in front of the huge fireplace you'll chat over the day's events with fellow guests. Meals are served dinner party style with the cuisine having a strong Italian influence while also including local ingredients and dishes. Alternatively meals can be taken in the bush, or by candlelight on your cottage veranda. There is an extensive collection of books in the library which is a perfect spot to rest and relax. The Maasai Wellbeing Space offers a range of massages and treatments using local plant products.
Fully-open Land Rovers specially designed for maximum visibility are used during game drives, on which you'll have the services of both a professional guide and a tracker. Foot safaris explore both the Masai Mara plains and the mountains and hills that surround Saruni incorporating local Maasai knowledge. There is also an opportunity to visit Maasai villages and witness their daily lives.
A 2-centre safari with expert Samburu and Masai guides, a superb wildlife and cultural experience.
Saruni has established a women's group, whose members come from the local community. The ladies are encouraged to sell their artifacts directly in the Saruni shop and the lodge makes sure that they group remains in charge of the income generated from this activity. Saruni also supports the Kibera Paper project, selling cards in the shop to support HIV-affected single mothers who live in Kibera slum (Nairobi). More than 80% of Saruni's employees are from local communities. Saruni also sponsors young Maasai to train as guides at the Koiyaki Guiding School. Saruni pays park fees directly to the land around the camp. The camp uses solar power to produce electricity and to heat water.
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499