When: Sasaab first opened its stunning Swahili carved wooden entrance in August 2007.
Why: Sasaab was born out of the need to create a community tourism project to help protect and preserve this remote wilderness area in Kenya’s arid north. The Carr-Hartley’s built Sasaab high above the Ewaso Nyiro River to protect it from the seasonal flooding as well as to take advantage of the spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. ‘Sasaab’ is the Samburu name of a local white flowering shrub (a sub-species of Ipomoea) that grows in this area.
The inspiration behind the design: Tanya and Mikey designed the lodge in a Moroccan style to embrace the African heat and the expansive surrounding landscape; open archways allow for a cooling breeze to flow through, as well as stunning vistas out onto the savannah and mountains beyond. The design compliments Sasaab’s open tent design, thatched roofs and private plunge pools, all of which enable guests to stay comfortable and cool.