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Sasaab

Samburu, Kenya | The perfect blend of African wilderness, responsible tourism and refined luxury.
Wow Factor

Majestically situated on the high banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River (Kenya’s third largest watercourse), Sasaab commands breathtaking views across the arid landscape of the Northern Frontier District towards the jagged peak of Mt Kenya, and offers a truly exceptional safari experience in an area renowned for its variant species.

Sasaab’s design is based on strong Moroccan principles, in which African heat is a central consideration. Each room is over 100m² in area allowing for enormous open air bathrooms and huge comfortable beds. Couple this with expansive views and a cooling plunge pool, and you have the perfect formula.

 

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Quick Facts
  • Rooms: There are 9 luxury rooms each with their own magnificent views.
  • Relaxation: Each room is over 100m² in size and has its own plunge pool.
  • Spasaab: a purpose built, state of the art haven of peace and serenity. It blends modern beauty and health treatments using Liz Earle skin care products.
  • Liz Earle products: For more information on Liz Earle skin care products, please click here
  • Activities: game drives spotting ' The Samburu Special Five', bird walks, camel rides, guided walks, star gazing, treatments at Spasaab, cultural village visits and market days, and a Samburu bush dinner and dance.
  • Fly Camping: for guests who wish to experience the true wilderness of the area can spend one or two nights walking and fly camping in the further reaches of the conservancy. This safari would start with a 4/5 hour walk along the banks of the river, accompanied by camels carrying a picnic breakfast, reaching the fly camp in the late morning. Dinner is served under the stars and the night spent under mosquito tents, giving a clear view of the sky above.
  • Weddings: Sasaab can host weddings of up to 24 guests. We recommend a civil wedding in the home country with a ceremony at Sasaab.
  • Children: children of all ages are welcome at Sasaab. Rooms 8 & 9 are internconnecting rooms, ideal for families. The local Samburu guides speak excellent English and are delighted to take children under their wing to teach them about Samburu traditions such as the making of a traditional bow and arrow and how to make a toothbrush out of the toothbrush tree.
  • Other information:Sasaab is closed for 2 weeks in November.
  • Airstrip Information: Due to the bridge at Buffalo Springs being washed away, it is a 3.5 hour drive from Buffalo Springs airstrip to Sasaab. Our preferred supplier is Safarilink who land at Kalama airstrip which is only a 90 minute drive away and will consider landing at Sasaab airstrip for groups of 4 people or more.
  • Internet: wireless internet is available at Sasaab
  • Rates: from $545 per adult sharing per night.

 

 
Top Five

Things to do at Sasaab:

  1. Experience unspoilt Samburu culture by visiting a local village and going to a local market
  2. Walk to sundowners on ‘Sundowner Rock’ and enjoy vast 360° views of Kenya
  3. Spend a day with the Ewaso Lion Team and learn about the Warrior Watch project.
  4. Enjoy a massage in Spasaab overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River
  5. Go fly camping or walking with camels


 

 

 
Location

Sasaab is located within the Westgate Community Conservancy in Samburu in the northern part of Kenya.

By Air:
Local scheduled airlines fly to Samburu daily. It is also possible to charter private planes from Nairobi or Nanyuki.

By Road:
Sasaab is approximately a seven hour drive from Nairobi. It is a spectacular journey across the Equator past Mount Kenya and into the Northern Frontier District.

 
Giving Back

Every guest who stays at Sasaab does so in the knowledge that they are making a direct contribution towards helping the six hundred families of the Ngutuk-Ongiron Group Ranch through:

Community Projects
Schools in the Westgate Area have benefited from funds generated by guests at Sasaab and been provided with new desks, cupboards for books and art supplies, posters and learning materials, art supplies and over two hundred curriculum books required.

Women's Community Projects
The women in the Westgate Community Conservancy live in a traditional hierarchical structure in which they are restricted from becoming involved in any significant employment. Sasaab has helped to register three women's groups. Each of these groups makes bracelets and beaded bottle covers which are used in the lodge and sold in the gift shop.

Community Health
Sasaab works with the Westgate Community health care workers to identify areas of need and plan community health programmes.

Ewaso Lions
Lion conservation has become a major concern with a species population reduction of 30-50% over the past twenty years. Research is being carried out by Shivani Bhalla from her base at Sasaab. Click here to read her blog.

 Social Responsibility
Sasaab generates hot water using solar panels, uses energy conserving light bulbs and seeks to save water wherever possible. The lodge has its own vegetable garden where some of the food for guests is grown.

In June 2012, Sasaab was awarded a gold Eco-Rating. This is an extremely prestigious award and we are only one of 6 lodges in Kenya to have reached this level.

 
 

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