Northern Kenya

Sarara

Overview

Unique experiences supporting community and conservation

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.

Sarara, with its six en-suite tents and infinity pool, overlooks this pristine wilderness. Here you’ll also find Loimugi House, a two-bedroom tented family unit with its own plunge pool, sitting room, private dining and arresting views of the Mathews Range. If you’re a guest here you may be treated to a visit by the local elephants who often frequent the house 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.

The region is also home to the local Samburu people whose traditions are imprinted on the landscape. Sarara works with the communities to help create a sustainable lifestyle for both the people and wildlife, while granting lucky guests an utterly unforgettable experience.

Facts

At a glance

  • Six tents and a private house

  • Infinity pool

  • Wildlife viewing hide

  • Dedicated guide

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Experiences

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    Game drives

    There are 850,000 acres 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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    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.

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    Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

    Take time to visit the first community-owned elephant orphanage in Africa. At Reteti they care for rescued elephant calves before they are released back into the wild. The sanctuary also creates employment for the local people who work there. You’ll be paired with a keeper who will tell you all about the work the sanctuary does, and you will get to watch the elephants being fed and enjoying playtime in the mud.

Community & Culture

There are over 2,000 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 build the community.

Conservation

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.

Footprint

Sarara 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.

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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.

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