Saruni Wild is Saruni's private deluxe tented camp, located in a scenic valley 10kms away from the main lodge in an area both rich in wildlife and privacy. It is perfect for lovers of the wilderness and wildlife.
Each of the 3 elegantly styled tents has an ensuite bathroom with flush toilets, hot and cold water and large safari showers. They also feature spacious verandas with uninterrupted views over the Yaile Mountains of the Northern Masai Mara. The food is delicious and meals times are sociable, as you dine with other guests in the mess tent or out in the bush.
The valley has a large resident population of elephant, giraffe, buffalo and impala. It is also a fantastic base to spot leopard and wild dog. This is true Africa and the guides have been trained to the highest standard to provide an unforgettable safari experience, by vehicle and on foot. You'll track wild animals and learn bush skills as you walk with your Maasai guide through this pristine habitat. You'll also hear about the Maasai lifestyle, gaining a valuable insight into this well known tribe. A stay here combines well with time at Saruni Mara for a well-rounded safari holiday. Saruni Wild is also the base for two of Saruni's specialised events, drawing safaris and the Warrior for a Week 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. The nearest airstrip is Mara North, about a half hour drive away.
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. One of the tents has 2 en-suite bedrooms, ideal for a family. Maximum guest capacity is 8. There is no electricity but batteries can be charged in the main lodge at Saruni Mara. The camp is open (unfenced) and Masai 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 a 'warriors for a week' 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. This is also the base for special drawing safaris.
Facilities: There is a mess tent where meals are served though you also dine out in the open. 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.
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.
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 thje 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 Wild'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.
"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!"