5. When is it the best time to visit?

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Saruni Samburu is open all year round and a safari is recommended during any month of the year. The resident population of wild animals remains spectacular from Jan-Dec, with a high concentrations of wildlife and birdlife. The ‘Samburu Five’ (Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich and gerenuk) are abundant in any season. Elephants are one of the main attractions in Samburu any day of the year. Just keep in mind that January, February and March tend to be the hottest months in what is – normally – a hot and arid part of the country.

Saruni Samburu stands at 2500 ft. altitude. The Samburu ecosystem is a well-known area in central Kenya comprising of Buffalo Springs National Reserve, Samburu National Reserve and Kalama Conservancy. The natural environment is arid and semi-arid; open scrub and grasslands with significant environmental variation 2 based on altitude. Highlands of the Leroghi Plateau (Ldonyo) are relatively cool and well-watered. Lowlands (Lpurkel) are quite dry and hot, semi-desert.

4. What makes Saruni Samburu and the area so special?

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Samburu has a very evocative and iconic landscape that reminds each visitor of “the Africa of my dreams”: dry and stunningly beautiful, wild and at the same time serene. Samburu also has one of the best concentrations of elephant, but also good numbers of lion, leopard and as well as the plains game. Then, there’s the Samburu Special Five: Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk (species that occur only in this part of the country). Wild dogs are also regularly seen. You will experience no crowds: the fact that we have exclusive use of our own private wilderness of Kalama Conservancy, a vast and pristine wilderness of over 200,000 acres, make your game drives unique and uncrowded.

Saruni Samburu has the ‘WOW’ factor from start to finish – imagine 360 degree views and not a visible light at night. You feel as if you have stepped back in time. The discreet eco-design of the lodge is spread out over levels, offering privacy, exclusivity and maximises the incredible vistas and views, making it perfect for couples, honeymooners and families alike – six villas offer a very personal stay. All villas have open sides to take in the fabulous panoramic views. After a thrilling game drive, unwind at one of our two infinity pools, treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa treatment or simply relax in your private lounge; you will really feel like you are on top of the world!

2. What is the difference between a private conservancy and the Samburu National Reserve?

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Private conservancies are owned and managed by private Samburu landowners and supported by investors in the tourist industry. The Samburu National Reserve, on the contrary, is owned and managed by a local government authority called the Samburu County Government. In the case of private conservancies, the income coming from tourism goes directly to the landowners, in the case of the National Reserve it goes to the local government. The main difference, though, is that private conservancies allow only a limited number of properties/lodges and vehicles to use them, while this limitation does not exist in the National Reserve. Furthermore, private conservancies allow walking and night driving, even if strictly regulated, while the National