Saasab Camp

Saasab Camp,Ewaso Nyiro River,Samburu
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A Gem in Samburu

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Sasaab Camp is a place where dreams become reality. Set on a hillside facing the scorched plains of Samburu where dust storms spring forth beside the meandering Ewaso Nyiro River, this lodge is paradise, with just a clear sky above and serenity all around you.

Guests arrive from other attractions in the country or directly from the airport, anxious to see the wilderness that numerous reviewers have termed as awe-inspiring and heavenly.  You will also not be disappointed.

Sasaab Camp is a luxury resort, beautiful constructed so that guests enjoy the landscape from any corner of the lodge. If you are looking for an intimate but private location for your wildlife safari, this lodge fits your need perfectly. It has nine tents only. These spacious tents face the river, which is the only watering hole for wildlife as well as the source of water for the local Samburu community.

Each tent has a private pool where you can relax away from the heat of this northern frontier, and a large swimming pool if you feel like having a great time with your large family, all in one setting. The luxury tents have thatched roofs and spacious en-suite bathrooms with modern facilities such as washbasins and flush toilets.

From the deck, enjoy breathtaking view of Samburu. It calls out to you for a day’s exploration of plains and riverine forests.  View the Samburu 5 that are the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, Beisa Oryx and the Gerenuk. Additionally, you will spot elephants, lions, cheetahs and hippos among other species.

Daily game drives explore the riverbanks around doum palms and the plains. With a professional guide and a spotter in your entourage, you can rest assured you will reach each section of the region.

Meet the Samburu community and learn a few things about their culture and customs. This community is closely related to the Maasai, and during the cultural visit, you can also buy curios and beadwork.

Meals at Sasaab Camp are an experience altogether. Dine indoors, while watching wildlife in the vicinity, or outdoors and have the starlit sky as your roof for the evening. These experiences are only possible because Sasaab Camp has a team of professional staff that ensure you have everything you need or you could hope for in a wildlife safari.

A Thrilling Bush Safari

Safari is a Swahili word that means adventure or trip. Embark on the adventure of your lifetime through never attempted before activities that you can only enjoy in the dry, sun kissed plains of Samburu. With the sun over 10 degrees above the normal temperature of major cities in Kenya, Samburu welcomes you to the hot, dry landscape in style, with luxurious accommodation at the plush Sasaab Camp.

Set on a hillside overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River, hills and the plains of Samburu, Sasaab Lodge prepares you for the rough country with a private plunge pool where you can cool off when the heat becomes unbearable. The meals are excellent, nutritious, and they are served in a serene spot where you can see the river.

When the time comes for you to explore this beautiful landscape, a safari that will probably start a few minutes after you check into your luxury tent, activities in store for you include

  • Game drives
  • Camel riding
  • Walking safaris
  • Cultural visits
  • Fly camping
  • Children’s adventures
  • Spa treatment

An Unforgetttable Retreat

Set in a serene, remote hillside in Samburu, overlooking distant hills, River Ewaso Nyiro and the doum palms that trace the riverbanks, Sasaab Camp is the right place to spend your holiday. Imagine waking up to nothing but a tranquil environment, viewing wildlife while enjoying a succulent meal and spending the better part of the day in the dry plains.

This luxury lodge combines a touch of Swahili architecture and decor with the relaxed but elegant Moroccan decor elements to create specious, ambient and comfortable tents. They resemble the fictitious towns in Aladdin’s Arabian Nights.

Family holidays and group getaways are a pain when you cannot find adequate and excellent accommodation for everyone. It gets worse when you have to meet the special needs of young children. Sasaab Camp takes all that planning stress away because it is a child friendly resort, with sufficient room for large families and groups.

This lodge has nine tents. They are distributed over a large, beautiful landscape so that guests can have privacy whenever they are relaxing in the tent or in the private plunge pool availed for each unit. Some tents have interconnecting doors and shared facilities such as the lounge and private plunge pool. It becomes one large family tent or group tent if you are hosting a team-building getaway.

The Beauty of Samburu

Very few places in the world resemble the desert like county of Samburu. It is unique and worth hosting you this holiday. Despite the scorching sun, that does not spare man and beast, the region’s beauty is unmatched. It has everything you need to have a great experience in Kenya.

The maps and directions show that Samburu Country is about seven hours by road from Nairobi. It is a long drive, but one worth the challenge because it ushers you into a breathtaking landscape.  From Nairobi, you drive through the pineapple rich plantations of Thika into the central region of Kenya. The scenery changes from savannah to endless farms with banana plantations and trees right after crossing Sagana River, which is the country’s best white water rafting destination.

Two hours from Nairobi, you drive through Karatina Town, which has the largest open-air market in Africa.  Reality sets in that you are in the countryside, and a few hours away from your destination.  Other towns to see along this way are Kiganjo, Chaka and Narumoru. Mount Kenya starts taking shape in the horizon as you approach the airstrip about 15 minutes from Narumoru Town.

The Nairobi-Nanyuki highway is in good condition and when you get to the equator line, you can breathe a sigh of relief because it will mark the end of your three-hour journey, with just about four more hours before you get to Samburu. The scenery changes again from green vegetation to grassland as you leave Nanyuki Town towards Isiolo.

A rugged landscape greets you upon entry into Samburu.  Rocks, hills and savannah complete the semi arid picture. Sasaab Camp is in Westgate Community Conservancy, on the banks of River Ewaso Nyiro. It sits on a hillside, with spectacular view of the region, the hills and the river.

Ditch the seven-hour road trip for a shorter, efficient flight from Nairobi, Mombasa, Lake Naivasha, Nakuru or any other location in Kenya. There is an airstrip within Samburu National Reserve, which borders Westgate Community Conservancy. Alternatively, fly to Nanyuki’s airstrip and travel by road to Samburu. Whichever way you decide to travel, know that Samburu is one place that should be on the list of places you have visited. You should come see why the whole world is talking about this God forsaken county.

Savour Excellent Meals

Sumptuous meals served in an out-of-this-world setting, overlooking the river and the wildlife rich surroundings, is the description of the dining experience to expect at Sasaab Camp. Intimate and classy is the best way to describe this lodge. It may be miles away from civilization but the meals are prepared professionally, using fresh ingredients grown in the camp’s garden.

After a day of spotting the Samburu Five- the gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Grevy’s zebra and the Somali ostrich, you need a hot meal, a cold or hot shower and an excellent place to relax and unwind. You can do and get all this at Sasaab Camp daily.

 Guests with special needs can ask for particular meals because the chefs are always more than willing to cater for all.  Since this is a family friendly lodge, the chefs ensure that you have what you need on your plate.

Meals are served on the deck or in the dining area. The scenic landscape of Samburu keeps you company as you savour the mouth-watering breakfast, lunch or dinner. Newlyweds and couples enjoy the intimate candle-lit dinners under the star-lit sky.

The mess is another luxurious spot where you can relax alone or with family. It has a thatched roof and open sided walls that let you marvel at the scenic surroundings without leaving the comfortable fluffy cushions. If you like, stay outdoors; relax by the pool or under the shade.  Enjoy the cool breeze from the river and when its meal time, let the team of chefs take care of your needs adequately.

A Magical Location

Imagine waking up to the sight of a river, indigenous forest, hills and plains. Add waking up in a spacious tent and viewing the Samburu five to this fantasy and you have all the reasons to need to bring your event or meeting to Sasaab Camp. The Samburu 5 are rare animals found in this part of Kenya. They are the reticulated giraffe, the Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, gerenuk and Grevy’s zebra.

The lodge where you will be staying, Sasaab Camp, sits on a Westgate Community Conservancy, which is the habitat of dozens of Grevy’s zebras. You do not have to leave the lodge to spot wildlife because it is situated on the banks of River Ewaso Nyiro, so wildlife roams around on the way to and from the river.

Your group, or team, will have a great time viewing wildlife from within or during game drives. Other activities to enjoy are cultural visits to meet the Samburu community, camel riding, yoga, fitness workouts and getting spa treatments.

Each tent has a plunge pool. For privacy and bonding moments, you will have all the space and facilities without leaving your tent. If you are bringing a larger group, the large swimming pool is another great place to relax.

Do not worry about accommodation because Sasaab Camp’s facilities are customized accordingly. There are double and triple tents, while you can also opt for the tents with interconnecting doors to stay close and spend more time with your guests.

Meals are exceptional. The service is great and the team is trained and experienced to meet specific needs of diners. There are two dining venues, with spectacular view of the environment.

A Serene Bush Camp

Saasab lodge’s hillside location gives a sweeping view of the parched landscape, the distant hills, Samburu National Reserve and the Ewaso Nyiro River. In fact, this river, one of the largest in the country, flows past the lodge as it goes to water the dry patches of the country.

Accommodation

Sasaab Camp has nine tents perched close to the riverbank so you can see wildlife from the spacious veranda or from any part of the lodge. Each tent has a private pool where you can spend most of the hot days while enjoying the scenery. Inside, the thatched unit gives you a creative blend of Moroccan comfort, Swahili decor and modern facilities.

The tents are double and triple occupancy units though you can request additional facilities to suit your group or family. One room has toilet facilities within the unit, while the other eight units have en-suite bathrooms sectioned from the room by a sliding door.

The eighth and ninth tents have connecting doors, and a shared lounge and plunge pool. Families and groups can stay here to have each other’s company and enjoy the holiday together.

Facilities and Amenities

Sasaab Camp is a modern lounge, with a meticulous choice of facilities to give you that luxury holiday you have been thinking about. They include

  • A dining tent
  • Lounge
  • Plunge pools
  • Swimming pool

Activities

Adventure stops when you call it a night and slide between Egyptian sheets on the large four-poster bed.  Sasaab Camp’s strategic location, close to Samburu National Park, Ewaso Nyiro River and the local villages of the Samburu people, guarantees days of exciting adventures and discovery. You will take part in

  • Game drives
  • Cultural visits
  • Swimming
  • Walking safaris
  • Camel riding
  • Fly camping

You have the whole county to explore and hundreds of species to see such as the famous rare species of this region.

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