Sarara Camp

Sarara Lodge

Why photographers love Sarara Camp

  • You can photograph gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, elephants, wild dogs, leopards, dik dik and other animals of Northern Kenya. The landscapes arestamp3spectacular with the Mathews range as a backdrop.
  • An option of flights over the Great Rift Valley to see the flamingos at Lake Logipi and Lake Turkana are highly recommended
  • Photographers will be mesmerised by the Samburu people and you can photograph people working in the lodge or by special arrangement.
  • Reteti Elephant Sanctuary helps save orphaned or abandoned elephants. The best viewing times are at lunchtime when the animals usually bathe.

How we rate Sarara

Accommodation starstarstarstar
Guiding starstarstarstar
Wilderness starstarstarstar
Dining starstarstarstar
Community and sustainability starstarstarstarstar

Sarara at a glance

There are six tents and one family cottage (it has a private pool and dining area) with views of the Mathews Range each comfortably furnished with an en-suite bathroom, flushing toilet and hot shower.

The main dining area has a wonderful swimming pool carved into the rock.

There is a hide, which is very active during the dry season.

Guests can arrange guided walks, 4×4 drives or visits to the local villages.

Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy

In the 1970s and 80s there was poaching in the area. Piers and Hilary Bastard started the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy with the local community and its now run by his son Jeremy and their wife Katy. Many animals now congregate in this area especially reticulated giraffe, elephants, wild dog, buffalo. The Samburu community benefit from tourism and their attitude to wildlife is very positive. In fact, if they find interesting sightings and inform the lodge they are rewarded.

The seasons

The dry season is best for wildlife viewing. The short rains are in November and December and the long rains are from March to May. But seasons differ and rains can often occur in January and February.

Photographers need to know

Samburu people in the lodge may be photographed. No photographs are allowed at the singing wells or in the villages.

The good news

The highest degree of sustainability infuses all aspects of Sarara and it supports local communities and has solar power and uses fresh spring water.

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