Pool and Samburu warrrior at Sarara Camp in Namunyak Conservancy near the Mathews Range, northern Kenya

Sarara Camp

At the edge of the Mathews Ranges in northern Kenya, Sarara Camp is a wonderful luxury tented camp in a very special community-owned reserve.

Pool and Samburu warrrior at Sarara Camp in Namunyak Conservancy near the Mathews Range, northern Kenya

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Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy Kenya

  • A remote luxury camp in stunning scenery
  • See giraffe, elephant, kudu, cheetah and leopard
  • Get out into the bush on foot with your guide
  • Go walking and hiking in the mountains
  • Learn about Samburu life and culture
  • Witness the singing wells (seasonal)

Sarara Camp is a very special place situated on 850,000 acres of Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust land in northern Kenya. Sarara Camp and land is owned by the local community which numbers about 12,000 Samburu people. It is mostly dry plains, but the Sarara River flows through and is flanked by the Mathews Range, giving it a truly stunning setting and a good range of habitats and varied wildlife including thousands of elephants, dik-dik, impala, lesser and greater kudu, gerenuk, giraffes, hyenas, buffalos, civets, servals, cheetahs, leopards and wild dogs. The area around Sarara Camp is also good birding country.

Probably the best way to enjoy this territory is on foot, but game drives (day or night) are part of the experience, as is exploring on pony back as you follow pathways worn by elephants. You can also go into the mountains, either for a climbing challenge or a more gentle mountain walk, and enjoy dinner in the bush by the campfire.

Samburu culture is also a strong part of your Sarara experience. You can visit a manyatta (this is not a tourist product, it is a real village) and one of the most magical things about this place is a visit to the “Singing Wells”. When the Sarara River is not flowing, but underground, the local people dig wells in the riverbed and the Samburu warriors hoist up bucketfuls of precious water for themselves and their livestock, accompanied by evocative songs which their lead cattle apparently recognise. When the song changes, it is another herd's turn for water. Very few people see this happening, and no allowances are made for visitors, but this is a part of life which the community is happy for respectful visitors to watch. It happens from about mid-January to end of March, and again from about end-June to October.

Sarara Camp itself would perhaps be best classed as a luxury eco-lodge, though the double rooms are large tents with proper beds, and a good bathroom with a shower. The views from the tents are amazing.

There is a main lounge and dining area, and a gorgeous swimming pool. The food is excellent, and some of it is grown in their organic garden.

Sarara Camp is very special. It's remote, it's on community-owned land, and it is a flagship conservation project.

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Client Rating for Kenya 5/5 from 58 reviews

I came to Sarara not knowing what to expect. What I found was an incredible location on community land with a backdrop and hills, and excellent wildlife. But it was the community aspect that really made it special. And the chance to see the 'singing wells' was such a privilege.

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Sarara Camp

Pool with a view at Sarara Camp in Namunyak Conservancy near the Mathews Range, northern Kenya

At the edge of the Mathews Ranges in northern Kenya, Sarara is a wonderful luxury tented camp.

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