Saruni Wild is Saruni's private deluxe tented camp, located on the border of the Lemek and Mara North conservancies, surrounded by open plains and unspoilt wilderness. The setting is classic Masai Mara, and the plains game is frequently observed near the camp. This, coupled with the exclusivity that having only 3 tents confers, makes Saruni Wild the perfect place for nature and wildlife lovers who value their privacy and prefer to avoid crowds.
Two of the tents are doubles which can be laid out as twins, and have room for an extra bed for a child under 16 if needed. The en-suite bathrooms have hot and cold water for the shower and hand basin, a flush toilet and organic toiletries. Each has a veranda with chairs and tables. Snuggle into your bathrobe to make you feel completely at home, as you take in the panoramic savanna views. The third tent is a larger with two en-suite bedrooms sleeping up to four people. The bedrooms can be separated by a zippable flap for privacy. It has the same amenities as the other tents.
Wildlife viewing is excellent year round, and the Lemek Conservancy is known for its diverse and abundant game. This area also plays host to the annual wildebeest migration, one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles in nature, pitting plains game against predators in a true life and death struggle. Game drives are carried out in open-sided 4x4 vehicles offering superb views of the scenery and animals, and a canvas roof providing welcome shade. Night drives are also offered, as are bush walks led by a guide. Bush meals and sundowners are very much part of a stay at Saruni Wild, making the most of the wonderful setting.
A stay here combines well with time at Saruni Mara for a well-rounded safari holiday. Saruni Wild is also the base for Saruni's specialised Warriors Academy programme.
Open: Saruni Wild is open all year.
Location: As the name suggests, Saruni Wild is in a remote location, in the Masai Mara plains on the border between the conservancies of Lemek and Mara North. It is about a 40 minute drive from Saruni Mara lodge and a similar driving time from the Musiara gate into the Masai Mara National Reserve. The nearest airstrip is Mara North, about a quarter of an hour drive away. Saruni Wild is about a 5 hour 40 minute drive from Nairobi.
Rooms: There are 3 guest tents, all with large viewing decks with wonderful views of the bush. All have private bathrooms with hot and cold water, showers and flush toilets and a supply of toiletries. Bottled drinking water is provided. One of the tents has 2 en-suite bedrooms that can be separated by a zip flap, ideal for a family or group of 4 adults. Maximum guest capacity is 8. There is no electricity in guest tents, emphasising the remoteness of the setting, but batteries can be charged in the mess tent. The camp is open (unfenced) and Maasai watchmen patrol at night.
Activities: You go on walks with Maasai guides, watching animals and birds as you walk through pristine bush, picking up tips on bushcraft and tracking skills. The camp has open Land Rovers for game drives, accompanied by a guide and tracker. You set out at dawn and again just before sunset, the best times for wildlife viewing. Animals frequently seen include elephant, giraffe, buffalo and impala and you may see wild dog. Night game drives give you precious glimpses of nocturnal species. Bush meals and sundowners add an extra element to your day. Scenic flights, balloon rides and visits to the rhino sanctuary can be arranged at additional cost. The camp offers the 'warriors academy' programme, where you are immersed in the life a Maasai warrior, learning how to make tools and search for game under the expert guidance of a local Maasai.
Facilities: There is a mess tent where meals are served though you also dine out in the open. The mess tent has solar-powered electricity and you can charge phones and cameras here. There is also a sitting area in the main tent. The camp fire is lit at dusk and is the place to sit and enjoy a chilled drink.
Dining: Meals are taken communally with other guests, guides and camp managers. The camp has a daily set menu, including Italian-inspired dishes.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There is a family tent.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access or mobile phone coverage. The camp uses radio communication.
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 artefacts 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 sponsors young Maasai to train as guides at the Koiyaki Guiding School. Saruni pays park fees directly to the land around the camp.
"I really like this little place. It has a really great spot in Lemek (which is a good conservancy) and it just 5 minutes from Mara North in which they can also take game drives. It's a bushcamp, very small, and very wilderness. Fab!"