Sarara Star CampNamunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust
Sarara Camp is located in Namunyak Willdife Conservancy, adjacent to the world famous Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. This is a wildlife rich sanctuary with animals such as leopards, elephants, reticulated giraffes and wild dogs.
The camp is as beautiful as its location. It is an intimate place to spend a wildlife holiday because there are six tents only. They overlook the stunning ranges and a watering hole at the foot of the camp. These tents have simple but elegant furnishings. The furniture has an African theme, extending the idea of a bush safari.
There is so much to do while staying at Sarara Camp. Game drives, cycling, riding ponies, exploring the Singing Wells and bird watching are a few of the things you must do when you visit this magical camp.
What’s in Store at Sarara Camp?
Adventure starts from the minute you wake up. Sarara camp is surrounded by hills; it is on the foothills of Mathew Ranges. From this vantage point, you can see wildlife strolling in the shrubbery below.
A day at Sarara Camp starts with fresh home baked cookies, tea or coffee. Enjoy this meal from the comfort of your tent’s veranda. Later, enjoy a long guided walk to see birds, elephants, gerenuks etc.
Breakfast is served in the bush ahead of another excursion, this time in Sarara Singing Wells. Essentially, prepare for a fun-filled safari. There are so many things to do here and they include
- Game viewing
- Fly camping
- Bird watching
- Bush dining
- Nature Walks
- Horse riding
- Explore Ol lolokwe
- Mountain hikes
Stay in Luxury Tents
Sarara Camp has six luxury tents. They are spacious units with a 360 view of the hills around the camp. These canvas tents have a permanent thatched roof and a permanent, raised veranda that affords you stunning panoramas of the conservancy. The high ceilings make the sleeping quarters feel like a house instead of a canvas enclosure. The units have beautiful rugs and Africa themed drapery and furniture.
Sarara Camp has a capacity of 10 people. It is an intimate lodge where guests wake up to a cup of tea/coffee on their private verandas. Facilities and amenities in the tents include a flush toilet and gas lamps. These luxury tents can serve as single, twin, double or triples. There are no sockets in the tents.
How to Get to Sarara Camp
Sarara Camp is located in the breathtaking foothills of Mathews Ranges in Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy Trust. This conservation area is adjacent to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
There are scheduled flights from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to Nanyuki Airstrip, Lewa Downs and Kalama Wildlife Conservancy. These flights take about an hour. A road transfer vehicle will take you from the airstrip to the camp. However, you may also opt for a charter flight from Nanyuki, Lewa Downs or Kalama to Sarara Camp.
A road trip will take more than half a day from Nairobi. Nevertheless, it is an adventurous safari through the countryside. Drive out of Nairobi on Murang’a Road to A2 Road. This road takes you out of the city and into the central part of Kenya. You will pass through Thika, Sagana and Karatina. At Marwa, turn right towards Nanyuki.
You will take about 30-45 minutes from Marwa to Nanyuki. At Nanyuki Town, proceed towards Isiolo on A2 Road. In Isiolo, turn left towards Buffalo Springs National Reserve. Drive to Archers Post and then proceed to C79, which will take you to Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Excellent Meals and Drinks
In the morning, a member of staff brings tea/coffee /juice and home baked cookies to your tent. Enjoy this morning snack on the deck of your tent as you view the scenic hills and plan your day.
Breakfast is served in the main building. You can have this meal before your safari or after the early morning game drive. The chef prepares a delicious English breakfast complete with eggs, toast and fresh fruits.
Lunch is served in buffet style outdoors or indoors during hot days. It consists of appetizing dishes prepared using fresh ingredients from the kitchen garden or from suppliers in the area. Afternoon tea and homemade biscuits/cake is served before the last safari of the day.
Dinner is served outdoors on the terrace or in the bush.
A Perfect Spot for a Honeymoon
Sarara Camp is not an ordinary lodge. It is a luxurious tented camp located on a breathtaking spot overlooking Mathews Ranges. The view from your tent will make you want to explore every mile of these hills.
If you are wondering where to go on your honeymoon, choose Sarara Camp. In addition to the romantic setting, this lodge has six tents only. It is an intimate camp where the staff has all the time and resources to cater to you.
In addition, there are numerous things to do together. When you are not looking for species that inhabit Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, you are exploring the Singing Wells or riding ponies on the hills. Every day opens up something new for you to see, do or learn. For example, discover the intricacies of beadwork with your spouse when you visit a Samburu village.
Stay in a spacious luxury tent with spectacular view of the hills. You wake up to tea and snacks served on your deck so you can spend an hour or so just admiring nature. This is where you should be with your loved one.
About Sarara Camp
Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust dates back to 1993 when Ian Craig, of the adjacent Lewa Wildlife Conservancy asked the community living in this area to start an initiative that would benefit them. The trust had 185,000 acres by 1995, and this has grown to 850,000 acres in recent years. Sarara Camp is located in this trust, and it is aimed at generating income for the community.
A safari in this camp lets you explore the pristine wildlife conservation area that is home to hundreds of birds, elephants, gerenuks, leopards and giraffes.
The Singing Wells of the Samburu people is another fascinating sight for every visitor. This community migrates regularly in search of pasture and water for their livestock. Each family digs a well, fetches water, and sings out to the family livestock.