Saruni is a collection of unique and intimate lodges found in Kenya's most beautiful, private wildlife conservancies and secluded beachfront, offering the ultimate in luxury and authenticity and committed to conservation and the local communities www.saruni.com
Away from the crowds and off the beaten track in Kenya’s most spectacular and most diverse areas offering truly authentic Kenya and culture, our pioneering collection includes:
-Saruni Mara the smallest permanent lodge in the Mara, located in Mara North Conservancy in the Masai Mara www.sarunimara.com
- Saruni Wild our exclusive tented camp also in Mara North Conservancy in the Masai Mara www.saruniwild.com
- Saruni Samburu the most incredible design lodge located in Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, bordering Samburu National Reserve www.sarunisamburu.com
- Saruni Ocean opens in December 2014 to offer our guests the most exciting and diverse safari and beach combination in Kenya. Located at magical Msambweni, just 30 minutes from Diani www.saruniocean.com
Samburu and the Masai Mara are well established wildlife sanctuaries with some of the highest densities of wildlife in the world. We offer day and night game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles, game walks, birdwatching, bush lunches and spectacular bush dinners. The guides are all members of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association and provide personalized, high quality guiding to a discerning clientele and are all Samburu or Maasai meaning you experience a truly cultural safari travelling with us. The guides and the managers personally host the guests so staying with us is very welcoming and personal. Each lodge has a Wellbeing Space where highly trained therapists provide massages and beauty treatments where the Western techniques and local Maasai/Samburu expertise on herbs, plants and leaves are used to provide guests with the highest standard of service. Saruni work very closely with their respective communities in the belief that only community-friendly tourism is sustainable in the long term.
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Saruni ‘s reservations, sales and marketing office is based in Karen in Nairobi.
Office Mobile +254 (0)735 950 903 or +254 (0)202 180 497
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Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism
The majority of our team members belong to local Maasai or Samburu communities and have been trained by us. They are a highly motivated, enthusiastic and friendly group of people and an integral part of our extended family. They have all made an effort to acquire better skills and constantly strive to improve their communication and presentation abilities.
Our procurement of goods and services for all Saruni properties is done locally, as far as possible. To provide benefits (especially employment, income and skills) to the local community we also employ local craftsmen and technicians in most restoration and extension work. In addition to this we help generate and encourage income and social enterprise amongst the women of the local community by selling their hand made crafts in our shop.
We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our lodges. During the day we use solar power that provides lighting and hot water. In the evening the generator is turned on for a maximum of 4 hours and is then turned off later at night.
Saruni properties recycles organic waste through compost pits and disposes inorganic wastes through high temperature incinerator systems. The lodge recycles all glass and plastics by transporting them regularly to special recycling bins in Nairobi. Water waste from the kitchen and cottages/villas is disposed off through an environmentally friendly soak pit that filters and brakes down water using organic bacteria. The lodge also utilizes rainwater runoff by collecting it in large water tanks and using it throughout the camp.
All visitors are given a briefing and provided with information for reducing water and power consumption. The bathrooms all have showers but we recommend that guests do not use this water in access. All our toilets are eco-toilets that provide either short or long flush cycles reducing water usage where possible.
We provide our guests with eco-friendly Kenyan shower products, which have been locally sourced combining the importance of supporting the local economy but also promoting and using organic products that do not affect the ecosystem and water table in our area.
Our mission is to protect and support our local environment, wildlife and communities. In order to achieve this we work in close collaboration with the Mara North Conservancy,in the Mara and Kalama Conservancy in Samburu. In the Mara, the MNC’s aim is to create a best practice, world-class conservancy with long-term commitments to the environment, wildlife, and local communities. In Kalama conservancy, Saruni Samburu has been a vitally important part of Kalama’s conservation and community development efforts. In Kalama, the conservancy bed night fees go directly towards the conservancy. From this income, 60% is used to fund community projects (such as school bursaries and water projects) whilst 40% is used to fund the annual operating costs of the conservancy.
At Saruni we aim to promote an atmosphere of respect, understanding and appreciation between the visitors and the local people. Our policy is to preserve and promote, rather than exploit and corrupt local culture and traditions. To do this we aim to show and inform our guests of the multiple aspects of the local culture and to raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate. To encourage this, every evening one of our guides will join the guests for supper providing insight into the customs and lives of their local community. We also provide opportunities for the guests to learn more about the Maasai and Samburu cultures in our program ‘warrior for a day’ where they learn and practice Maasai/Samburu traditions.