STAY AT: Sasaab
GETTING THERE: Depart from Lewa Downs Airstrip at your chosen time and take a Tropic Air privately chartered flight to Sasaab.
EXPERIENCE: You will immediately notice the change in terrain upon arrival at Sasaab, which sits in the heart of Kenya’s northern Samburu land, close to Samburu National Reserve and Buffalo Springs. The Moroccan inspired lodge is perched high above the Ewaso Nyrio River, giving remarkable views from each of the enormous, open-air rooms and private plunge pools. Go on a game drive to hunt for the ‘Samburu Special Five’: Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and Beisa oryx, before taking an evening camel ride for sundowners on a spectacular rocky outcrop with panoramic views. Quad biking adventures are also an option. The next day, guests can spend time with Samburu warrior Jeneria Lekilelei, who was awarded the Conservation Hero Award from The Walt Disney Company for his dedication to lion conservation. Pioneer of the Ewaso Lion Project’s ‘Warrior Watch’ programme, he has helped transform local Samburu warriors into lion protectors, enabling them to realise the benefits of having a peaceful coexistence with wildlife. Guests will learn how to track lions and visit the Ewaso Lions Research Centre to find out about the threats faced by lions such as Simba and his pride, and how the project has enabled lion populations to flourish in recent years. Experience the thrill of the wild by sleeping out under the stars in a unique Sasaab fly-camping experience in which you will fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush. Between January and June, you might also be able to spot ‘Leo’ the lion star constellation.