Reteti House


Exclusive use elephant haven

The Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in the north of Kenya, is a dramatic expanse of untouched wilderness in the Mathews mountain range. On these open plains and mountain slopes you’ll find thriving populations of elephants, leopards, reticulated giraffes and wild dogs.

Amidst this, located a mere 10-minute walk away from the famous Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, you’ll find Reteti House, a unique private ecolodge created for encounters with the herd and immersive cultural experiences.

It can accommodate up to 10 people in four standalone, en-suite rooms with solar-heated outdoor showers alongside a spectacular communal lounge and pool.

When you arrive, you’ll be assigned a dedicated guide who will help to craft a personalized stay, from activities to discovering all that the remote area has to offer.


At a glance

  • Four bedrooms

  • Infinity pool

  • Dining and lounge area

  • Exclusive use


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    Game drives

    There are 34,000 hectares of wilderness to explore, so head out with a Samburu guide for early morning or late afternoon drives. Keep an eye out for elephants, leopards, giraffes, lesser and greater kudus and hyenas, as well as more elusive creatures like aardvarks, honey badgers and cheetahs.

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    Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

    The house takes its name from the neighbouring elephant sanctuary. The first community-owned elephant orphanage in Africa, Reteti cares for rescued elephant calves before they are released back into the wild. The sanctuary also creates employment for the local people who work there.

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    Fly camping

    If you’re staying a few nights at Sarara, spend one of them sleeping under the stars in a mosquito net tent in a dry riverbed. You’ll start the evening with cocktails and a candle lit dinner beside a fire, before being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the bush.

Community & Culture

All the camps at Sarara are owned and managed by the local Samburu community. There are over 1200 Samburu families who own and manage land within the conservancy. They use it for their livestock, honey gathering and wildlife conservation. There are 68 local wildlife rangers employed to patrol the Afro Montane cloud forest and savannah plains. The money generated by tourism helps support those that live in the conservancy.


Hard hit by unchecked hunting in the second half of the 20th century, the elephant and rhino populations were hard hit, and the grasslands became woodlands. But when the community conservation movement began to grow stronger by 1995, communities started to realise that conservation could benefit them. Elephants returned to the now protected valley, grazing the bush back to grassland and opening waterholes. Soon, other wildlife followed. Today the Mathews Range is home to over 4,000 elephants.


Reteti House was created with every precaution and expense taken to preserve the natural habitat surrounding it. It was constructed by only using materials sourced from the area is completely off-grid, with 24-hour solar powered electricity with state-of-the-art Tesla power walls. Food is prepared using produce from the on-site organic garden as well as other regional ingredients.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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