Sarara Camp - Kenya

Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy lies in the northern frontier of Kenya an area of 850,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the Mathews Range.

The savannah plains and lush mountain slopes are home to elephant, leopard, reticulated giraffe, wild dog and kudu in ever increasing numbers. This remote and dramatic landscape is also home to the local Samburu people whose age-old traditions, including the famed ‘singing wells’ are as much a part of the fabric of this land as the wildlife.

Sarara is on the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, an 85,000 acre area in the remote northern reaches of Laikipia known as the Matthews Range. The area is home to the Samburu people, a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists and cousins to the Maasai. The Namunyak Trust and Sarara are community-run efforts that have been successful guardians of the land and wildlife for decades. Comfortable and intimate, Sarara offers spacious luxury tents with gorgeous views over the Matthews Mountains. Luxury tents have indoor and outdoor showers and verandahs on which to relax and admire the setting.

Although there are wild dogs and the camp looks over a watering hole which draws wildlife, a stay at Sarara is more about activities and cultural interactions than intensive gameviewing. The property offers a huge range of activities including horseback riding, fly camping, and truly memorable cultural experiences. One highlight is watching the Samburu as they chant while watering their cattle every morning at the Singing Wells. Given its focus on culture, activities, and stunning setting, we recommend adding a stay at Sarara before or after a classic big-five area of Kenya, such as the Masai Mara or Samburu.

After a game drive or a walk, the pool beckons. The temptation to remain, submerged in water, and studying a herd of elephant, impala or warthogs interacting at the water hole below may make you late for tea.





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