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Laikipia Samburu & the North

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Sasaab overview

Sasaab is a luxurt tented camp in the African bush by the Ewaso Nyiro River 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 part of The Safari Collection founded by Mikey and Tanya Carr-Hartley which also includes Sala's Camp, Giraffe Manor and Solio Lodge. Sasaab offers a true wilderness experience in an atmosphere of refined comfort and stylish decor and furnishings.

The accommodation here is in light and airy Moroccan style tents, each over 100 square metres comprising a bedroom, sitting room and en-suite bathroom open to the sky. 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 or simply sit and enjoy the views as you sip a chilled drink from the in-room drinks cooler.

The main lodge area is on a ridge and has far reaching panoramic views. The lounge and dining areas are open-sided to make the most of these views, and are linked by a small courtyard. There's a separate dining deck, lit by lanterns after dark, overlooking the winding river. The food here is of the highest quality, prepared making use of the freshest ingredients and infused with a distinct Moroccan influence.

A short distance from the main area there's a freeform infinity pool and an expansive paved deck with loungers and cushioned seating where you can unwind. There is bar service at the pool. SpaSaab offers the ultimate indulgence in the form of massages and beauty treatments, and includes a yoga area, pool and gym.

Game viewing is provided by game drives and walks along the river or in the dry bushlands with English-speaking Samburu guides. For a more in-depth bush experince you can go fly camping, spending a night out under the starry African skies. While at Sasaab you have the option to visit a Samburu village to witness daily life and learn about their culture. 


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

Location: Sasaab is set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River near Buffalo Springs National Reserve in Kenya's Northern Frontier District. 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 large tented rooms including 1 family suite with 2 en-suite bedrooms and a shared living area. The indoor and outdoor space of each room is over 100sqm. All tents have private terraces facing the river with loungers and a plunge pool. Rooms 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. In total Sasaab accommodates up to 18 guests.

Activities: You can go on game drives in Samburu National Reserve in search of the Samburu Special 5 (Grevys zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, gerenuk antelope and Somali ostrich). Guides are on hand to lead nature walks and bird walks. While here you can visit local villages and lively markets and learn about Samburu culture. 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 an outdoor swimming pool. The food is of a high quality and is supplemented by a pizza bar 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. All meals and most drinks are included in your stay.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome, and those under 3 years of age stay for free. There is a family suite with 2 bedrooms, and extra beds can be provided in other suites. Child minding can be arranged. 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

Notes: Sasaab is owned by The Safari Collection, who also own Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Sala's Camp in the Masai Mara and Solio Lodge between Mount Kenya and the Aberdares.

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