Sasaab’s story begins in 2007, when this luxury safari lodge first opened its stunning Swahili-style wooden entrance to safari-goers. Actually, the story goes a little further back. For some time, Mikey and Tanya Carr-Hartley had been eager to create a community tourism project that would help protect and preserve this remote wilderness area in Kenya’s arid north for future generations. By creating a Samburu luxury safari destination within Westgate Conservancy, the vision was to bring the benefits of high-end tourism to local communities, igniting a natural vested interest in protecting the surrounding environment and wildlife.
Sasaab enjoys a positive partnership with the local Samburu communities who reside in Westgate Community. Conservancy fees paid by guests go towards roads, security, schools, clinics and general management. Most of the lodge team are employed directly from the local community and through The Safari Collection’s Footprint, Sasaab supports a myriad of health and education projects in the nearby area.