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Laikipia Samburu & the North

Rating: Deluxe    Price from: £400-£500 pp full board

Sasaab overview

Sasaab is located on the Ngutuk Ongiron Group Ranch in the West Gate community in Northern Kenya. This area has a wild, dry beauty, changing in habitat from the lush slopes of Mount Kenya to the semi-desert of Kenya's Northern Frontier District. Sasaab is owned by Mikey and Tanya Carr-Hartley who also own Sala's Camp, Giraffe Manor and Solio Lodge. Sasaab offers a true wilderness experience in an atmosphere of comfort and stylish decor and furnishings.

The accommodation here is in Moroccan style huge 'tents' each over 100 sq metres with bedroom, sitting room and en-suite bathrooms. There is a mix of double and twin tents. Solar power provides electricity and there are charging outlets to each room. All tents have a private deck with a plunge pool and you can enjoy relaxing massage treatments here.

This luxury lodge is set in the heart of the dry Samburu lands above the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. The main lodge area is on a ridge which gives a panorama view into the interior with it's cosy Moroccan style and decor. The infinity pool is on a hill looking towards the river and another, indoor, pool in the spa.

Food is of a very high quality using the freshest possible products with a Moroccan influence on the cuisine. There's also a pizza bar by the pool, proving very popular for tasty lunches.

Game viewing is provided by game drives, walks along the river or in the dry bushlands, day visits to the Samburu reserve. Other options available include mountain biking and visiting the local Samburu people.


Open:  Sasaab is open all year apart from the month of November when it is closed for 2 weeks each year.   

Location:  Sasaab is set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Westgate Community Centre, which is adjacent to Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya. There are airstrips at Sasaab and Kalama. There are scheduled and charter flights to Samburu. It is about a 7 hour drive from Nairobi.  

Rooms:  There are 9 luxury tented rooms including 1 family suite with 2 en-suite bedrooms. The maximum guest capacity is 20. All tents have private terraces facing the river and plunge pools. Rooms are large and feature 4-poster beds, seating areas and open air bathrooms. Beds are fitted with mosquito nets. There is a safe and a cool bag  for drinks in each room. You'll also find a yoga mat in your room. 

Activities:  You can go on game drives in Samburu National Reserve in search of the Samburu Special 5 (Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, gerenuk and Somali ostrich). Night drives can be arranged on request. You can spend time with the Ewaso Lion Team, dedicated to conservation. Guides are on hand to lead nature walks and bird walks. While here you can visit local villages and lively markets. Enjoy sundowners and panoramic views at Sundowner Rock. Fly camping can be arranged for those wanting to spend extra time in the bush.

Facilities:   Sasaab has a souk style mess area where you can chill between activities. You can watch wildlife from the main deck. There is a swimming pool. The food is of a high quality and is supplemented by a pizza bar is located by the pool. Spasaab offers a range of beauty and health treatments using Liz Earle skin care products. You can indulge in facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and body scrubs. There is a pool in the spa. Yoga and pilates sessions can be organised.  

Dining:   Meals are eaten at individual tables.

Children:  Children of all ages are welcome. There is a family suite with 2 bedrooms, and extra beds can be provided in other suites. Samburu guides can plan special activities for children such as learning to make bows and arrows, toothbrushes from trees and enjoy grilled marshmallows.

Health:  This is a malarial area.

Communication:  There is free Wi-Fi internet access in guest suites and main areas.   

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