Sarara is the germination of the thoughts and beliefs of Ian Craig and Piers and Hilary Bastard, and is spectacular. Since 1977, the camps has worked alongside the local Samburu people in its conservation efforts, and the result is a superb example of how vital community projects are in successful conservation stories. Still managed by Piers and Hilary, Sara has kept its intimate and homely feel throughout the years. It is a great spot to steal a bit of relaxation, gain insights to the local community and visit Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. Game viewing is not going to rival the dense Masai Mara, but the secluded and other-worldly feel of being here is the major draw. The only slight drawback is that due to its remote location, it can be quite costly to get to - a small price to pay in our view.
Sarara - The Details
Sarara has six luxury tents, each positioned to maximise the stunning views of the Mathews Range of mountains and the animal watering hole. Preserving the romance of the tented camp, these tents are spacious and high ceilinged, with plenty of cupboard space, electric lighting and 24 hour hot and cold running water.
There is an outdoor bathroom offering a superb view of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy from the shower, but there is also an indoor toilet and sink at the back of the tent for midnight visits. Each tent has its own private terrace with table and chairs and morning coffee and tea are brought to you so that you can wake up gazing out over the mountains.
Sarara has established itself as one of the 'hot spots' for quality leopard viewing in Africa and equally, for close-up sightings of the normally extremely shy lesser kudu antelope. The African wild dogs are frequently encountered in the Sarara valley too. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe, gerenuk, impala and warthogs are now regularly seen on our game drives and bush walks and are very much on the increase in numbers.
There is also an excellent option for families with Sarara House - a two-bedroom house, with a beautiful plunge pool, its own lounge and private dining area.
Sarara Treehouse - The Details
With an equally electric atmosphere as its sister camp, the treehouses are a welcome addition to the conservancy. Experience the wilds of the Matthew's Range from above and gaze at elephants passing on the forest floor below. Sip a gin and tonic from your wooden deck in the sky to enjoy the most memorable sunset you can imagine. With only eight tents and the birds for company, there is no better way to immerse yourself truly into nature. It is worth noting that those with walking difficulties will have a hard time accessing the rooms as there are a number of quite steep steps to get to the rooms, and we would recommend Sarara main lodge as an alternative.
AT A GLANCE
Sarara Rates: $975 per person
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