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Sarara

Sarara

A remote and dramatic destination, Sarara provides a safari experience unlike any other. Whether rocksliding, visiting the dry riverbed where Samburu warriors perform the ancient ritual of the “singing wells,” or escaping the camp altogether to spend a night under the stars, you can choose your trip to be as action-packed or relaxed as you desire. Over 850,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness awaits you in Kenya’s Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, with African savannas disappearing into the impressive Mathews Mountain Range.

From its ideal location on the hillside, Sarara delivers panoramic views overlooking the mountains, plains, and waterhole. The thatched main camp area has a large viewing deck and comfortable areas to relax and enjoy delicious, chef-prepared meals. A nearby rock swimming pool provides cool refreshment as well as opportunities to view game while relaxing at the water’s edge.

One guest raved, “I can’t imagine a more gracious setting for our three days here. Sarara is the perfect combination of rugged terrain and adventure coupled with elegance and relaxation.” Guests enjoy staying in one of the six private, tented hideaways, or at the newly opened Star Camp. Experienced guides lead guests (and camels, who carry all of the gear) on a two and a half hour hiking excursion from the main camp into the Kenyan forest. Amazing views, serene surroundings, natural rock pool, campfire dinner, and an evening under the stars make for a memorable night immersed in the African wilderness.

Game drives and walks led by indigenous Samburu guides provide prime viewing opportunities of the local leopard and lesser kudu populations. Other wildlife regularly seen include African wild dog, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, gerenuk, impala, and warthog, while striped hyena, aardwolf, African wild cat, Grevy zebra, and cheetah are seen less frequently.

Guests should not miss the tradition of the one-of-a-kind “singing wells” of Sarara. Each morning, Samburu warriors bring their cattle to the dry river bed near the camp to dig deep wells in order to provide drinking water for their animals. Singing as they dig, the warriors strike a rhythmic balance in their work to first dig and then lift buckets from person to person. Due to Sarara’s commitment to the indigenous Samburu people, this special and timeless tradition is not able to be captured by photo or video, so the only way to enjoy it is to view it in person. Many guests count this as the highlight of their stay.

Other activities offered at Sarara are extended walking safaris, cultural visits, bush breakfasts and lunches, sundowners, mountain walks, fly camping, night game drives, camel rides, and close-up wildlife viewing from the hide near the waterhole. Arrangements can also be made for helicopter rides into the Mathews Mountains and Lake Turkana.

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