Tribes Style: Delux
- Daily opportunities to track black rhino on foot
- Game drives and walks led by Samburu guides
- Watch wildlife and sand grouse at the waterhole
- Relax in your rustic stone and thatch banda
- Visit the singing wells
- Swim in the natural rock infinity pool
Open: Saruni Rhino is open all year. It first opened in February 2017.
Location: Saruni Rhino is in the 350,000 hectare Sera Community Conservancy in northern Kenya. It is about a 2 hour drive from Saruni Samburu Lodge. The nearest airstrip for scheduled flights is Kalama, 90 minutes away, and charter flights can land at Kauro 5 minutes from the Saruni Rhino. Sera Rhino Sanctuary is a 30 minute drive away.
Rooms: There are 3 guest bandas built of stone with thatched roofs and canvas window blinds. All are en-suite with hot and cold running water, a shower and flush toilet, and have private terraces. They vary in size. Banda 1 has a large bedroom and can sleep up to 4 people, with 1 double bed and space to add 2 singles. Banda 2 has a double bed and accommodates up to 2 people. Banda 3 provides family accommodation, with 2 double bedrooms, and the possibility of an extra single bed. It has 2 bathrooms and a shared sitting room. This banda has the best view of the waterhole. There is solar-powered electricity and batteries can be charged in rooms. All rooms are supplied with bottled drinking water.
Activities: The main activity is tracking black rhino on foot in the Sera Rhino Sanctuary, led by an experienced guide and conservancy ranger. This is supplemented by game drives in the conservancy and rhino sanctuary and guided bush walks to see the Samburu Five: the gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx and Grevy's zebra. Safari activities are led by Samburu guides. At the lodge you can watch wildlife at the waterhole, including the arrival of huge flocks of sand grouse. You can visit the Kisima Hamsini, also known as the singing wells, 50 springs where local livestock are watered and herdsmen sing as they draw water from the wells and fill the troughs. The following activities are included in the rates: one rhino tracking session per day, shared day and night game drives, guided bush walks, bush meals, picnics and sundowners. Other activities that can be arranged if they are booked and paid for in advance include a visit to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, and helicopter and light aircraft flights.
Facilities: The dining and living areas are in Swara House, the social centre of the lodge. There is a free form outdoor swimming pool. The nearby waterhole is a magnet for animal and bird life.
Dining: Meals show a distinct Italian influence and communal dining is the norm, hosted by the managers and guides in the Swara House dining area. In room dining is available to guests staying in banda 3. Bush meals can be arranged.
Children: Children aged 5 years and over are welcome. The minimum age for rhino tracking is 16 years. Banda 3 makes good family accommodation.
Health: This is a low risk malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi in communal areas. There is mobile phone coverage in some parts of the property.
Notes: There is a minimum stay requirement of 2 nights at Saruni Rhino.
The lodge accepts debit and Visa and MasterCard credit cards. Cash can be used for tips but is not accepted for additional services or products. Cash payments can be made at Saruni Samburu or the Saruni head office in advance of your stay, if necessary.
Call: 01473 890499
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