Saruni is a collection of unique and intimate lodges found in Kenya's most beautiful, private wildlife conservancies, 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 diverse areas offering truly authentic Kenya and culture, our ‘beyond luxury’ collection includes:
- Saruni Mara: the smallest permanent lodge in the Masai Mara, nestled in a hidden valley in Mara North Conservancy - www.sarunimara.com;
- Saruni Wild: the smallest tented camp in the Masai Mara (3 tents). Tucked away on the border of Mara North/Lemek Conservancies right in the heart of the Mara eco-system, totally immersed in the amazing plains game wildlife - www.saruniwild.com;
- Saruni Samburu: the most stunning eco-design lodge perched high above, overlooking Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, bordering with Samburu National Reserve - www.sarunisamburu.com;
- Saruni Rhino: opened in February 2017, this 3-cottage ‘banda’ camp in Sera Community Conservancy, Northern Kenya (a 1.5 hours’ drive from Saruni Samburu) offers guests for the first time in East Africa the opportunity to track the endangered black rhino on foot – www.sarunirhinotracking.com
Quite simply, the collection of Saruni lodges provide our guests with the most exciting and diverse safari experience in Kenya.
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. Saruni Mara and Saruni Samburu both have a Wellbeing Space where highly trained therapists provide massages and beauty treatments where 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. Saruni Rhino, located in Sera Community Conservancy, offers the first on-foot black rhino tracking experience in East Africa.
Saruni’s reservations, ground-handling, sales and marketing teams are based in Karen in Nairobi, Kenya.
Office Mobile +254 (0)735 950 903 or +254 (0)202 180 497
Where we operate
- Bird Watching
- Flying Safaris
- Safaris - Fixed Camp
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.
23 January 2020
Inspired by a recent trip to Uganda tracking gorillas, we are proud to announce the launch of our own tracking certificates. All guests staying at Saruni Rhino who track, on-foot, Sera’s endangered black rhino with our Samburu guides will now receive a personalised certificate detailing the names of the specific rhinos tracked on their safari.Read More
04 November 2019
By popular demand, Saruni, Kenya launches its fifth annual #WhyILoveSaruni photo & video competition. Launched on 1st November 2019, the competition will run for six months. The most exceptional monthly entries will be shortlisted for final consideration in April 2020.Read More
23 October 2019
We are excited to welcome Charity Lemein back to Saruni Mara. She successfully graduated from The Koyiaki Guiding School and completed a three-month internship with us last year. She is now a member of our guiding team and is doing exceptionally well! Being one of only around ten female guides in Kenya, we are incredibly proud of her achievements and feel honoured to be a part of her bright future. She is an inspiration to her community and all the women in Kenya.Read More
18 October 2019
Excited to announce the birth of a healthy black rhino calf in the first and only community-run black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. Nariku Sera, a nine-year-old female black rhino, was transferred from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to Sera Rhino Sanctuary in 2015. The calf, who is yet to be named or sexed, was born on the 8th of October 2019, bringing the total population of the Sanctuary to 16. More information and pictures to follow on social media.Read More
11 October 2019
As you know, at Saruni, we are committed to protecting the future of Kenya’s wildlife and the communities who safeguard them. We have partnered with Seedballs Kenya to help re-green parts of the country... one seed ball at a time. ‘Seedballs’ containing the seeds of indigenous trees, specifically chosen for each of the areas in which we are located, can now be purchased throughout our lodges.Read More
12 August 2019
For all those burning questions you have about Saruni Rhino and the Northern Kenya Black Rhino On-Foot Tracking Experience, but were afraid to ask, fear no more! Saruni have produced a comprehensive ‘How & Why’ Guide to Selling Saruni Rhino for our industry colleagues.Read More
24 April 2019
Connecting Kenya’s Northern tourism destinations just got easier… Saruni introduces ‘The Northern Express’: a custom-made vehicle, based at Saruni Samburu, allowing for quick, comfortable and safe transfers between Saruni’s two northern Kenya properties and various tourist attractions in the region. The 7-seater, air-conditioned car connects by road Saruni Samburu (Kalama Conservancy) to Saruni Rhino (Sera Conservancy) and both properties with the not-to-be-missed Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (Namunyak Conservancy). Saruni guests can also travel in comfort and style to other destinations, like the Ololokwe ‘Sacred Mountain’ hiking experience and to the wider Laikipia plateaux and beyond. Read more HERE.Read More
19 November 2018
Saruni invites bookings for a 2 nights’ minimum stay at Saruni Rhino alone. We are delighted to announce that Saruni Rhino, our intimate camp in Sera Community Conservancy, Northern Kenya and the base for on-foot black rhino tracking, can now be booked independently from our other Saruni properties. Until now, a stay had to be combined with a stay at our neighbouring lodge Saruni Samburu, in Kalama Conservancy. The camp is comprised of:Read More
05 November 2018
On the 7th October 2018, the total count of rhino in the Rhino Sanctuary in Sera Conservancy (Northern Kenya), home to Saruni Rhino lodge, became 15 when it welcomed a new male calf. This confirms Sera Conservancy’s success as a unique conservation project in Kenya. Born to ‘Nairrenyu’ (Sala), the young male has been named by the community as ‘Ltupunywa’ which means ‘born when we weren’t expecting to give birth that month’ in the Maa language. Translated in English – ‘Surprise!’.Read More
31 August 2018
Saruni lodges & camps Kenya is proud to launch a brand new, streamlined & centralised website – four previous property sites rolled into one hot destination – www.saruni.com. Restructured for easy navigation, the new website allows visitors to see our Saruni Samburu & Saruni Rhino and our Saruni Mara & Saruni Wild properties all under one ‘roof’ in one quick & simple click! Why go anywhere else?!Read More
03 July 2018
We are thrilled to announce that Sacha Craig will be representing Saruni, the collection of lodges & camps in Kenya, alongside Lewa Wilderness from July 2018. This is an exciting collaboration which we hope will build a stronger relationship between Saruni and Lewa Wilderness, both proud, family-run safari operations.Read More
04 June 2018
Saruni, the Kenyan portfolio of lodges in Samburu and the Masai Mara, is launching new exciting activities from its Northern Kenya properties: panoramic air excursions and transfers with an aircraft based at Kalama airstrip, starting from 1st July until the end of September 2018.Read More
13 April 2018
In a community outreach program, Saruni Mara has embarked on a tree planting and forestry education initiative in a bid to educate our next generation conservationists on the importance of trees and encourage communities to understand their vital role in the preservation of nature.Read More
26 January 2018
ITB Berlin is where it is At(ta) this March and Saruni doesn’t want to miss out on the action. Riccardo & Elizabeth Orizio of Saruni Lodges & Camps, Kenya (www.saruni.com) will be attending ITB from 7th-9th March 2018 inclusive and can be found on the Atta stand Hall 20 /121. From a new family ‘banda’ unit at Saruni Rhino, an elephant rescue involving guests, new & returning baby rhinos at Sera Rhino Sanctuary – not to mention fantastic up-close opportunities with leopard & ellies at our lodge waterholes – the future looks bright, the future is Kenya! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your appointment.Read More
09 January 2018
Less than a year after its opening, Saruni Rhino in Northern Kenya grows its capacity to keep up with demand. The property is the first in East Africa to offer the experience of on-foot professional tracking of black rhinos, and is located on the edge of a doum palm-lined, dry river bed in Sera Community Conservancy, Samburuland. With its newly inaugurated 3rd banda (stone cottage) it can now accommodate 8 guests. http://www.saruinrhinotracking.comRead More
31 March 2017
Saruni is thrilled to share the news that 3 rhinos are expecting in the Rhino Sanctuary in Sera Community Conservancy in northern Kenya. After the recent birth of a male calf last month, all going well, the news means that the total rhino count will increase to 15. Having just returned from a weekend of successful rhino sightings, CEO & Founder of Saruni lodges & camps, Riccardo Orizio is “incredibly proud to be part of such a ground-breaking and now indisputably successful…Read More
03 March 2017
www.sarunirhinotracking.com One month after opening Saruni Rhino, the new property in Northern Kenya where black rhinos have been introduced after an absence of 30 years and where on foot rhino tracking is available for the first time in East Africa, Saruni is releasing a new video dedicated to what happened ‘behind the scenes’ in the lead up to its opening. This amazing and heart-touching footage shows how the Saruni guides and the Sera Conservancy rangers have been trained to sa…Read More
07 February 2017
Saruni, the portfolio of safari properties in Kenya, is thrilled to release its first, exciting video about black rhino tracking at Sera Conservancy in Northern Kenya. British actress and conservationist Rula Lenska and her sister Anna have been our first guests and feature in the 3 minutes-long film, created by Russian videomaker Sergey Zamkovoy. Returned to their natural habitat after an absence of thirty years, the 11 black rhinos of Sera Conservancy offer Saruni guests…Read More
01 February 2017
Today is a momentous day in black rhino conservation and new experiences in East Africa. Saruni Rhino is now open in the vast 350,000 acre Sera Conservancy in northern Kenya. Eleven black rhino have been relocated back to northern Kenya after an absence of over 30 years and your guests can now stay at Saruni Rhino and track them on foot, another unique experience from Saruni. More information: Sera Conservancy is the first community conservancy in Africa to own and operate a sanctuary …Read More
09 January 2017
Saruni, the portfolio of safari properties in Kenya, is delighted to announce the beginning of the training for the black rhino on foot tracking at Saruni Rhino in Sera Conservancy, Northern Kenya. Two of the most renowned trainers in East Africa – Tanzania-based Andrew “Moli” Molinaro and Pietro Luraschi – are in charge of training 3 x Saruni Samburu guides and 5 x Sera Conservancy rhino rangers in the art of safely guiding guests to close proximity to black rhino usi…Read More
29 September 2016
Saruni, the portfolio of luxury properties in Kenya, is launching the first ever opportunity in East Africa to track on-foot the majestic black rhinos. Opening in February 2017, the new safari property is called Saruni Rhino and is located in Sera Community Conservancy, a vast wildlife reserve 350,000 hectares-large situated in spectacular Northern Kenya. This marks the return of the black rhinos to the land of the Samburu warriors after an absence of 2…Read More
02 September 2016
Saruni Samburu can now provide guests access to an elephant-proof, ground-level photographic hide situated at a waterhole. Designed with the needs of both novice and professional photographers in mind, buried underground and covered with earth, shrubs and bushes, the hide is the perfect spot for ‘stealing’ amazing images of birds, animals and elephants found in Samburu. The hide accommodates up to 8 guests with reference maps, books, photographers’ beanbags, and a cool-…Read More
30 June 2016
Special guest chefs will be visiting Saruni lodges this July, training and inspiring our kitchen teams! Milanese couple Cristiana Ariotto and Gianni Minori are the owners and chefs at ‘La Sosta’ Restaurant in beautiful Swellendam in South Africa (www.lasostaswellendam.com). On safari with Saruni, the food is as much a part of the adventure and luxury experience of Kenya as the panoramic, unspoilt views, the abundant wildlife, the enthralling culture. Saruni believes the first thing…Read More
20 April 2016
Saruni Camps is proud to announce that Saruni Samburu is opening in June 2016 of Kenya's first elephant-proof photographic. Perfectly camouflaged next to the waterhole located in front of the lodge, the hide is designed to allow Saruni guests to safely watch and photograph from very close to the big mammals of Samburu (starting with the herds of elephants that visit the waterhole every day), but also with the extraordinary birdlife that Samburu is famous for and the &ldquo…Read More
02 December 2014
Saruni has recently unveiled the exciting array of extra activities that will be on offer at their new beach property, Saruni Ocean, opening in less than a month. From game drives to deep sea fishing, to snorkeling and sky-diving – staying at Saruni Ocean is as active and adventurous as desired. In addition to all this, Saruni Ocean guests have the unique opportunity to embark on a journey into wellbeing specially tailored by our experts, by experiencing thalassotherapy, yoga and all the…Read More
15 October 2014
It is exactly 2 months to go until the opening of Saruni Ocean on the south coast of Kenya on the 15th of December. In 2 months time, Saruni will achieve being one of the very few companies in Kenya and in East Africa to have both safari and beach properties under the same portfolio and brand. Saruni Ocean will compliment the safari lodges Saruni Mara, Saruni Samburu and Saruni Wild perfectly, reflecting the same attention to detail, beautiful style, secluded location and tailored servic…Read More
29 July 2014
Saruni has officially launched their #WhyILoveSaruni Facebook photo competition! Enter your photos which illustrate why you love Saruni, and stand a chance to win a fully complimentary, all-inclusive 2 nights stay for 2 people at Saruni Samburu or Saruni Mara. The competition will run from the 1st August 2014 – 1st February 2015, when the winner will be announced. For the full competition details, click here.Read More
15 July 2014
We are delighted to launch our Saruni Ocean blog, please click here Keep updated and connect with us on our exciting developments and news at Msambweni on the stunning south Kenya coast, the first villa’s are completed and we are excited to be opening on 15th December 2014. Read More
02 July 2014
We have reached and surpassed a great milestone on Facebook, where we now have over 3000 fans who like the Saruni page! Thank you to every one of our fans, for your enthusiasm and regular activity on our page. It is very encouraging to have such engaged friends and fans. If you aren't already a part of our Facebook fanbase - get involved and keep updated: click here. Read More
15 May 2014
Saruni has recently opened Nyati House, Saruni Mara's private villa, for exclusive bookings. Nyati House is one of the very few private villas in the Maasai Mara, and is perfect for groups or families looking for privacy and wanting to experience the Masai Mara on their own schedule and in the comfort of their own wilderness home. Visit www.sarunimara.com for more on Nyati House, and click here to view the Nyati House brochure.Read More
11 April 2014
Saruni Lodges and Safari's has just launched their new website. With improved functionality, additional special features and a beautiful, clean look, the new website is designed to give you a smooth and memorable online experience. Visit www.saruni.com to discover the new Saruni online.Read More
27 February 2014
Our Safari Reservations and Tour Ops team has recently expanded, and we have moved to a lovely new office in Karen in Nairobi to accommodate our flourishing team. We welcomed back Tom Hartley to the Saruni team as our Operations Manager and Nikki Rushmere has joined us in our Marketing department. Together with Fatima Salim and Ann Lepirei in reservations and bookings, and Thomas Whachira and Paul Murugu in accounts – this is where the magic happens.Read More
09 August 2013
Having been part of the Saruni family for many years it is our pleasure to announce that Cecilia Rono (previously head of Saruni’s Spa and shop) has been promoted to the position of assistant manager at Saruni Samburu. Cecilia began her Saruni journey as one of Saruni Mara’s first Masai masseurs, her hard working character and gifted skills with body treatments and massages were evident from the very start. As Cecilia’s career progressed she was taken to Italy to train in the…Read More
23 July 2013
Saruni Samburu’s is now offering “Sacred Mountain” excursions up Mt. Ololokwe. Standing proud at Saruni’s doorstep, Ololokwe is a pillar of cultural significance to the Samburu and an exciting trekking venture to many others. Stretch your legs on one of our day excursions up Ololokwe’s slopes in the company of our professional Samburu guides. Click here to find out more!Read More
31 May 2013
It is now possible to explore our Saruni properties from a different perspective. Over the past month we have been busy creating our new Saruni video with the latest drone technology.Taking you from sunrise to sunset, our video shares with you the stunning views, cultures, wildlife and experiences that are encountered whilst on Safari with us. LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VFtMWGpeIwRead More
25 January 2013
From 1st January 2013, Saruni has an independent reservations, sales and marketing office. Based in Nairobi, the office deals with enquiries, reservations and information about our safari lodges – Saruni and Saruni Wild in the Maasai Mara and Saruni Samburu in Northern Kenya …Read More
09 January 2012
We have just completed a major re-design of our web sites and now there is a site (http://www.saruni.com) that serves as a portal for the Three Saruni properties: Saruni Mara, Saruni Wild and Saruni Samburu. We have also re-designed the Masai Mara web site (http://www.sarunicamp.com).Read More
22 July 2011
A new, spectacular family villa is being built at Saruni Samburu, the design lodge located in Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy next to Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. Three years after its opening, Saruni Samburu is going into its first expansion due to its growing success and popularity. Currently the lodge, sister property of Saruni and Saruni Wild in the Masai Mara, has four villas and a total capacity of 12 beds. With the new, fifth family villa the lodge capacity increases to 16 bed…Read More