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Sarara Camp

At the edge of the Mathews Ranges in northern Laikipia, a wonderful luxury tented camp.

Kenya

  • Varied landscapes - plains, mountains and rivers
  • 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 75,000 acres of Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust land. 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 Ranges, 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, giraffe, hyena, buffalo, civets, servals, cheetah, leopard and wild dog. 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 ponyback 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. These are private to each tent, but not exactly en-suite -you have to walk down a short path, though there is a toilet and basin inside the tent. 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. Your hosts are Jeremy and Katie, and their team of Samburu guides are very professional.

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Sarara Camp

Sarara Camp setting

At the edge of the Mathews Ranges in northern Laikipia, a wonderful luxury tented camp.

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