The only camp for hundreds of miles in the remote reaches of northern Kenya, Sarara Camp serves as a magical glimpse into the conservation success of the Namunyak Wildlife Trust and the enduring traditions of the Samburu people. Here in this 75,000-hectare wilderness at the foothills of the Matthews Mountain Range, the luxury is abundant yet private and the wildlife and cattle farmers coexists side-by-side to great and enduring reward.
Sarara Camp houses just six luxury tents perched overlooking the dramatic creases of the Matthews Mountain Range. Recently refurbished, each cavernous accommodation was constructed from naturally felled trees and local stone and round-the-clock solar energy and hot and cold running water fed and filtered from pure mountain springs. The game is always in view at Sarara, with open-air bathrooms presenting opportunities for spotting while bathing and morning coffee and tea brought to the private terraces each morning so guests may watch the animals coming to the watering hole for their daily mud baths.
Sarara Star Camp
The newest addition to Sarara is the Star Camp, a remote bush camp accessible only by foot and bush pony. Arriving there is all a part of the Sarara Star Camp experience, as camels carry the equipment and Samburu keepers lead the way. Here, guests can spend the night under the stars and fully immerse themselves in the absolute peace and serenity that the region affords.
Central to Sarara Camp is the beautiful mess building, where full English breakfasts of fresh fruits and made-to-order eggs are served throughout the morning. Meals at Sarara are homegrown and homemade and eclectic in their setting, either taken in the shade of a tree, on the terrace overlooking the watering hole, or out in the lugga (dry river bed) around the camp fire. The highlight of the main camp, however, is the natural rock swimming pool, which is suspended above the constantly active watering hole. With plenteous elephant, kudu, warthog, and impala all interacting within arm’s reach, it’s a wonder why anyone leaves camp at all.
And yet there are so many exciting experiences waiting beyond the tented luxury of Sarara Camp. Days here are as busy or relaxing as one desires, with day and night game drives, mountain walks, fly camping, camel rides, and exhilarating slides into natural rock pools always on offer. The Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy is especially ideal for walking safaris, bringing guests up-close to ever-increasing populations of leopard, reticulated giraffe, wild dog, and elephant. This remote landscape is also home to the local Samburu people, whose villages, schools, and markets are as much a part of the fabric of this land as the wildlife. The highlight of any stay is undoubtedly a private invitation to their famed ‘singing wells’, where for centuries the Samburu have gathered their herds and sung chants to their livestock as they bring up water from the wells. Unchanged and un-photographed for centuries, this ancient ritual is akin to the Great Migration in its rare and captivating nature. It is here and throughout every intimate stay where guests truly understand the solitude and freedom behind the name Sarara—meaning “meeting place”.Request Information