For me the highlight was the incredible Samburu guides and the multiple visits to the singing wells

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Matthews Range, Kenya

Sarara Camp

  • Each tent is positioned to maximize the views of the Matthews Mountains
  • Game viewing possible directly from the edge of your infinity swimming pool
  • One of the most prolific 'hot spots' for quality leopard viewing in Africa

Facilities include

WI-FI Natural rock swimming pool Laundry Vegetable garden

Activities include

  • The Hide
  • Bush Meals
  • Game Drives
  • Horse Riding
  • Mountain Hikes
  • Walking Safaris
  • Sceinic Flights
  • Escorted Game Walks
  • Fly Camping Safaris
  • Ol Lolokwe Day Trip
  • Visits to the Samburu Singing Wells
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About

About Sarara Camp

Sarara has six luxury tents, each positioned to maximise the stunning views of the Mathews Range of mountains and the animal watering hole. Preserving the romance of the tented camp, these tents are spacious and high ceilinged, with plenty of cupboard space, electric lighting and 24 hour hot and cold running water. Mineral water will be provided in the tents.

There is an outdoor bathroom offering a superb view of the hills from the shower. But there is also an indoor toilet and sink at the back of the tent for midnight visits. Each tent has its own private terrace with table and chairs and morning coffee and tea are brought to you so that you can wake up gazing out over the mountains. The team of resident chefs lovingly create delicious, home-cooked meals which can be enjoyed in the bush or in the comfort of the camp’s surroundings.

With so much to see at the watering hole, sometimes you want to get really close to the animals without scaring them away. They have created a little hide which you can sneak down to any time there is an animal you want to see up close. You can stand in safety only a few feet away from a group of elephants, near enough to see their eyelashes.

As a part of the conservation effort Jeremy and Katie adopt orphaned animals who live around the camp and visit with guests. They have raised kudu, bush buck, a serval cat, several dik-dik and two ostriches.

Small visitors are also actively encouraged in the lodge. Harry the hornbill will eat from a steady hand. Quizzical furry hyrax survey the breakfast table from the branches of their home-tree inside the lodge and bird tables surrounding the lodge host flocks of splendid starlings, and bee-eaters.

An occasional rustle below your feet, and scattered souvenir quills are signs that the local porcupine is still residence under the lodge's floor.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

Sarara is found within the lands of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust. An area of approximately 850,000 acres, lies folded around the southern corner of the fabled Mathews Mountain range of northern Kenya. This is home of the proud Samburu people, a group of sem-nomadic pastoralists who have for long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle. The Trust was set up in 1995 specifically to promote wildlife conservation and to assist the local community to benefit from tourism, in return for protecting the wildlife species living on their land.

Sarara is unique in many ways, but what makes it truly exceptional is something which goes far beyond the fine experience it offers guests. It is the only real example of a successful tourism initiative that is 100% owned by the community that it serves. The community are totally involved in the day to day running of the lodge and welcome guests wholeheartedly into their lives.

The result of the conservation efforts by leading experts in partner - ship with the local Samburu, have seen massive returns for both the people and the wildlife of this area. This is perhaps made more significant due to the fact that the lodge is built on the site of an elephant massacre in 1989 and it is an achievement that the community is rightly proud of.

Namunyak Trust

In 1993, Ian Craig of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy persuaded the neighbouring Il Ngwesi community to become the first community conservation initiative in the north of Kenya. By 1995 the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, an area of 185,000 acres of pristine wilderness was born and has now grown to 850,000 acres.

Today there are seventeen similar community projects up and running under the umbrella of The Northern Rangelands Trust.

Samburu People

The Samburu are closely related to the Maasai tribe. They are nomadic pastoralists and their whole life and culture revolves around their livestock.

It is possible to visit one of the local ‘manyatta’ (villages) where you may interact with the people as they go about their daily lives. This is a genuine village where real tribes people live their lives.

Eco-tourism and Sustainability

The camp is powered by solar energy generated by several sets of solar panels. Fresh food is kept, not in a refrigerator, but in a specially designed charcoal store. Twice a day the charcoal is soaked with water and evaporation keeps food at cellar temperatures.

All water is gravity feed a fresh, pure mountain springs – no pumps required - and then pass through a UV filter. Bottles/glass/plastic/tins are all removed from Sarara and recycled. Solar panels run all freezers etc. Minimal chlorine is used in the pool. Sewage is sent into soak away tanks. And the buildings all use local naturally felled trees and local stone.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR
Connecting private charter to Namuyak airstrip.
Wilson airport to Nanyuki airstrip
Daily scheduled flight
1 1/2 hours

BY CAR
From Lewa approximately 2 1/2 hours
Price on request
Daily drive from Nanyuki via Archer's Post

All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

The climate here at Sarara is generally warm (28 degrees) and dry, with crystal clear starlit nights. Average rainfall is around 20 inches (or 500 mms) per annum, the majority of which falls during the month of November.

Sarara Camp will be closed 15th April - 1st June & 15th October - 15th December.

Important Information

Sarara Camp welcome guests with special needs and are happy to talk to you about making your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Guests with limited mobility may find Sarara House more accessible than the tents, with easier access to bathrooms.

No hair dryers are allowed to be used in the tents.

CHECK IN 11:00 AM, CHECK OUT 10:00AM

Children

Travelling with children

Family groups are welcome but the camp is not suitable for very young children and infants

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