Sasaab, Samburu Safari Lodge
Sasaab lodge near the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya's northern district offers you a great chance to view some of the rare northern species, especially those known locally as the “Samburu Special Six”: Grevy’s zebra, the Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, the long-necked gerenuk, Guenther's dik-dik and the beisa oryx.
* Sasaab Lodge Highlights
- ∞Only nine luxury rooms with own private plunge pool and panoramic views of game passing by
- ∞Best chance to view the “Samburu Special Six” species
- ∞Varied activities include game drives, camel safaris, birdwatching and stargazing
- ∞Cultural visits to local Samburu villages
- ∞Walking safaris with fly-camping to get a taste of the true wilderness
- ∞Unique spa experience at unusual, custom-built Spasaab
- ∞Family friendly - children of all ages welcome
- ∞WiFi throughout
More about this accommodation
Sasaab is situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking the banks of the mighty Ewaso Nyiro River in northern Kenya. Set in the heart of Samburu lands, Sasaab is the only lodge in the vicinity and offers a unique and wild safari experience in an area renowned for a wide variety of game.
Luxury cottages offer remarkable views
Sasaab has only eight individual cottages, one of which is family-style with 2 separate en-suite bedrooms and a shared central area. A total of 18 guests can be accommodated. Each room is cool and airy and offers superb views out over the Laikipia Plateau towards Mount Kenya and towards the river, where herds of game come to drink and bathe. Each room has four-poster beds, spacious open-air bathrooms and private plunge pools.
Excellent variety of activities
Samburu district has a rich natural diversity with an enormous variety of wildlife from the lesser-seen northern species (the “Samburu Special Six”) to elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah. You can go on safari on custom open safari vehicles and by camel, which offers a unique perspective. Another exciting option is a night or two of fly-camping, with 4-5 hour game walks each day, sleeping out under the stars in this remote and untamed corner of Kenya.
You can also enjoy guided bush walks, bird-watching and stargazing or relax at the unique Spasaab –purpose-built into the rocks with impressive views of the river below and the surrounding wildlife.
Another favourite is to visit local community villages. The Samburu are an exceptionally welcoming and hospitable people and will gladly share with you their customs and way of life. The local Samburu guides speak excellent English and love showing children how to make traditional bows and arrows – or how to make a toothbrush from the unique ‘toothbrush tree’.
Sasaab is located in a community conservancy area which is home to over 600 Samburu families. Since 2004, Sasaab has been working with the local community to build a co-operative conservation area with enormous success. Sasaab is involved with a local school and various local conservation trusts. Striving to be eco-friendly, Sasaab generates its own hot water via solar panels, uses energy-saving devices and has its own vegetable garden.
By air: two daily flights connect Nairobi to the Samburu National Reserve. Charter flights are available to Sasaab’s airstrip from all over the country.
By road: Sasaab is a 6-hour drive from Nairobi. Road transfers are available if you prefer.
Our take on Sasaab
A very private, unique and unusual lodge in one of the most unspoiled, untamed areas of Kenya, Sasaab offers you every chance to see the more unusual northern species. It’s a game rich area of incredible diversity and you are guaranteed great game viewing. Sasaab prides itself on superb hospitality and its friendly staff will do everything they can to make your safari an unforgettable experience.
- ∞Airstrip transfers
- ∞Game drives, guided bush walks, camel walks, fly camping (by prior arrangement only and may require the exclusive hire of a vehicle at $406 per day),
- ∞All meals, house wines, soft drinks, beers and spirits
- ∞Bush breakfasts and sundowners
- xChampagne, premium-branded spirits, beers and wines
- xTreatments in Spasaab
- xHealth insurance
- xPersonal effects
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