link to founders message

Enquire or Call

UK: 01473 890499
You are here: HomeKenyaAccommodation
Kenya holiday ideas experiences accommodation places to go when to visit kenya map reviews

Saruni Wild

Masai Mara Amboseli & the South

Rating: Mid-range    

Saruni Wild overview

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.

Map for Saruni Wild

Lodge IconLodge Yacht IconVessel Tented Camp IconCamp Hotel IconHotel National Park IconNational Park Historic site IconHistoric site Place of Interest IconPlace of Interest UNESCO world heritage site IconUNESCO heritage site

Amanda Marks
Tracy Edwards
Dave Lock
We know and love Kenya, and would be delighted to help you plan your perfect trip here.
01473 890499 Call to talk to one of our travel experts. PLAN MY TRIP

our travel expert

Let us help you plan your perfect tailor-made holiday to Kenya. Talk to one of our travel experts. Tell us what you want, and we will tailor make your perfect trip.
Call: 01473 890499

holidays featuring
this property

Saruni Samburu and Mara
Saruni Samburu and Mara
7 days from £3525 pp

A 2-centre safari with expert Samburu and Masai guides, a superb wildlife and cultural experience.

A room with heart
a room
with heart

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.

customer rating

100% from
1 reviews











client reviews

Amanda Marks, Tribes

"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!"



Botswana Specialists Costa Rica Specialists Cruise the Galapagos Peru Specialists

Help me plan my trip

* required fields

Please enter your address

Trip details

Yes No
Yes No

Other information

Your Preferences

Keep in touch with the tribe in the following way/s:

By email: Yes, Please No, Thanks

By post: Yes, Please No, Thanks

I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time.Read our Privacy Policy here.

All information supplied is confidential and will never be shared with anyone else (see our privacy policy)

Brochure Request

Our "Book of Unmissable Travel Experiences - Book Two" includes some inspiring ideas which could be the holiday experience you're looking for. You will find an online version of our brochure which you can flip through at your leisure.

* required fields

Please enter your address

Other information

Yes No

All information supplied is confidential and will never be shared with anyone else (see our privacy policy)

Our e-newsletter offers you travel inspiration, with gorgeous and exciting places to go or stay, plus special offers, and some insight into sustainability/conservation.

* required fields

I am agreeing to receive Tribes e-newsletter. I understand that all information I have supplied is confidential and will never be shared with anyone else (see our privacy policy), and I can unsubscribe at any time.