Sarara Camp

Sarara Camp is a romantic tented camp found within the vast Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in the southern corner of the Mathews Mountain Range. This remote and dramatic landscape in Northern Kenya is also home to the Samburu people whose age-old traditions, including the famed Singing Wells, are as much a part of the fabric here as the wildlife.

Sarara Camp offers six luxury tents positioned to maximise the stunning views of the Mathews Range and the waterhole that attracts a good variety of game throughout the day. The spacious tents have high ceilings with plenty of cupboard space, electric lighting and indoor and outdoor bathrooms with hot and cold running water. 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.

Families may choose to stay at Sarara House, a thatch and canvas unit with two en-suite bedrooms, a dining and sitting area, plus a private plunge pool, a popular drinking spot for elephants. There is also the option of staying at Sarara Camp’s sister property Sarara Tree, a separate community owned tented camp situated in the forest canopy, an hour’s walk from the main camp.

The shared guest areas at Sarara Camp include an open air dining, sitting and bar area overlooking a natural rock infinity pool, with views that stretch as far as the eye can see. Below the pool is a waterhole which is frequented by a myriad of wildlife. Many hours can be spent simply sitting with a pair of binoculars watching the spectacular birds and wildlife that inhabit the immediate surrounding area. Relish hearty breakfasts with a view in the dining area, buffet-style lunches under the shady trees and delicious dinners served on the pool terrace or a romantic bush affair under starry skies.

The 850,000 acre community ranch on which Sarara is set is one of Africa’s leading examples of how eco-tourism and sustainable land practices can help launch a revival in animal populations, and so begin to regenerate the local environment. As a result of the severe ivory poaching crisis of the 70’s and early 80’s there were no recorded elephants remaining in the Mathews Ranges by 1985. Today, several thousand elephants are found here, as well as buffalo, giraffe, gerenuk, impala and warthogs which are now regularly seen on game drives and bush walks. Sarara has also established itself as one of the ‘hot spots’ for leopard viewing, close-up sightings of the normally shy lesser kudu antelope and African wild dogs are frequently encountered in the Sarara valley too.

Guests at Sarara enjoy a wide variety of adventurous guided activities including nature walks, mountain hikes, game drives, fly camping safaris, moonlit bush dinners, horseback riding, scenic flights, visits to the Samburu Singing Wells plus excursions to the nearby Reteti Elephant Sanctuary.