Sarara Camp

Sarara Camp

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Overview

Imagine being privy to a tradition that has remained unchanged and unspoilt for centuries. An experience as unique as the Wildebeest Migration, yet not as widely known and forbidden to be photographed. Now imagine a scene where chorales of semi-nomadic Samburu tribes bring their livestock to dry waterholes each morning to dig for precious, life-giving water during the July-to-October dry season. Welcome to the fabled Samburu ‘singing wells’.

Here at Sarara Camp, you can witness this important ritual during which the Samburu people take their herds to special wells where they sing ceremonially while digging for water. Every animal recognises their family song and comes to drink when their troughs are full. Each family owns a well and amid all the singing, dust, bells, colour and light, the different families from the area get together to exchange stories and pass on messages. After a day of singing, a fascinating evening changing-of-the-guard occurs as wildlife like elephants and the famous Sarara leopard come to drink from the same water sources – a humbling example of wild animals co-existing alongside humans and their cattle. No photographs are allowed at the singing wells but guests at Sarara are given the rare opportunity and special privilege to get a glimpse of this remarkably unique Samburu way of life.

Sarara Camp is nestled within the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust of northern Kenya, a pristine wilderness in the famed Mathews Range, also known as the Lenkiyio Hills. Not only is this remote and dramatic landscape home to the Samburu pastoralists but also animals like elephant, leopard, wild dog, hyena, buffalo and reticulated giraffe – most of which can be seen without even leaving the camp as they come to drink at Sarara’s resident waterhole.

This is your chance to get whisked away to an ancient land slightly bigger than the State of New Jersey, where no other safari camp or tourist can be seen for 850 000 acres.

Highlights

  • Visiting the fabled Samburu singing wells during the annual dry season
  • Game drives and guided walks in an untouched conservation area
  • Hiking through the forested hills of the Mathews Range
  • Fly-camping with camels along seasonal riverbanks
  • Traditional beading workshops with Samburu women
  • Watch animals drink at a waterhole, a stone's throw from the camp's mess and pool

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Activities

  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Bush dining
  • Fly camping
  • Scenic flights
'Set on the edge of the magnificent Samburu wilderness, Sarara Camp is absolutely stunning and is tucked away into the lower slopes of Wamba Mountain. The vista over the distant mountains offers ideal views of the surrounding wilderness and, with easy access nature walks and mountain hikes, this camp is a playgound for adventurous safari goers.'
Milady Tshandu

Milady Tshandu

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Rooms

Standard Tent

Six ultra-spacious safari tents are perfectly positioned to offer superb views of the surrounding hills, and equipped with bush luxuries like ample cupboard space, solar lighting and hot water. Savour your morning tea or coffee on your private terrace while marvelling at the gorgeous mountainous landscape. Bathrooms are en suite and equipped with flush toilets and open-air showers boasting incredible views of the surrounding Mathews Range.

Facilities

The camp consists of a large main sitting and dining area. There is also a gift shop and Wi-Fi access. Sarara’s natural rock swimming pool overlooks a resident waterhole where animals like elephant, kudu, impala, warthog and wild dog come to drink.

Dining

Wake up each morning to tea, coffee or juice served at your tent. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the camp’s main dining area at any time, ideal for those returning from an early morning game drive.

Buffet lunches are usually set up under a tree or in the main dining area. Afternoon tea is served with freshly baked cake and biscuits before your evening game drive.

Dinners can be enjoyed on Sarara’s terrace overlooking the waterhole, or in a romantically wild setting in a dry riverbed beside a roaring campfire under the stars.

Most of the fruit and vegetables served are grown in the camp’s gardens.

General facilities

  • Private balcony or deck
  • Swimming Pool

Amenities

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Outdoor shower
  • Solar power

Rates

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DatesBoardPrice
2018-07-01 — 2018-09-15Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $975
2018-09-16 — 2018-10-14Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $835
2018-12-15 — 2018-12-19Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $835
2018-12-20 — 2019-01-06Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $975
2019-01-07 — 2019-03-31Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $835
2019-06-01 — 2019-06-30Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $835
2019-07-01 — 2019-09-15Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $975
2019-09-16 — 2019-10-14Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $835
2019-12-15 — 2019-12-19Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $835
2019-12-20 — 2020-01-05Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $975

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
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