Saruni Rhino is a 4-banda camp. A banda is a rustic stone cottage with a thatched roof and canvas zip down windows and doors. All bandas have flushing loos, hot & cold water and natural stone showers. The bandas are situated along a dry river bed lined with beautiful doum palms in a way that ensures maximum privacy for guests, but intimate enough for group bookings on an exclusive basis.
Saruni Rhino is a unique, 4 “bandas” (stone cottages) camp located in the large and remote Sera Conservancy, in the wild, undiscovered northern frontier of Kenya. It is little over 1.5 hours’ drive from our Saruni Samburu lodge in nearby Kalama Conservancy. It is unique not only for the unforgettable, raw beauty of its habitat, but because, as the name says, it is the gateway to an extraordinary place: the rhino sanctuary where black rhinos have been successfully re-introduced and are guarded by the community. The camp offers several diverse experiences. One is the first on-foot black rhino tracking experience in East Africa. This incredible walking safari provides a thrilling adventure and the opportunity for guests to actively contribute to the protection of this iconic species. But it is not all about the rhinos. Herds of elephants populate this vast landscape, there is amazing birdwatching, and cultural experiences with the “singing wells”. Northern Kenya is a largely unexplored and uninhabited expanse of wild beauty rich in colour and experiences.
Bandas are large, open, simple but elegant stone-designed buildings with a traditional thatched roof, a bedroom, a bathroom and flushing toilets en-suite or accessed directly from the room. Each banda sleeps two people and has a beautiful terrace furnished with chairs and tables. In some bandas an extra single bed can be added. The terraces overlook the “lugga”, the amazing dry sand river bed that “flows” in front of the bandas.
1 Family Banda
The family banda is a large and elegant house composed of 2 x double bedrooms sleeping 4 people (configuration can be arranged as 2 x doubles or 1 x double and 2 x singles based on the requirement. An additional single can be added). Both rooms have en-suite bathrooms & natural stone showers with flushing toilets. A shared lounge provides a cool retreat from the large verandah. It is booked as a complete unit.
Rates from US$500
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Please contact us for Resident Rates applicable to residents of Kenya & East Africa.
Activities & Experiences
- On-foot black rhino tracking
- Guided, shared day & night game drives
- Waterhole for wildlife sightings
- Picnics, bush meals & sundowners
- Guided bush & dry-river bed walks
- The Singing Wells – visit & walk
- Sandgrouse Spectacular
- Pool swimming
- Re-wilding rhino calf visit
- Lontopi Mountain Hike
- Reteti Elephant Sanctuary Excursion
- Swimming pool & sunbathing area
- Waterhole for wildlife sightings
- Communal lounge, dining area & fireplace
- Dry river bed bar
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Indoor shower
- Mosquito net over bed
- In-room water dispenser
- Private verandah
- Private living area & private dining (Family banda)
Saruni Rhino is located in Sera Community Conservancy, Samburu, Northern Kenya.
Saruni Rhino is a small camp, but its symbolic significance in Kenya goes well beyond its size. The camp is being considered a leading example of sustainability because it is the first time that a community owns and manages a black rhino sanctuary, using tourism as a tool for the protection of one of the most endangered and iconic species of the Africa big fauna.
We work using a modern solar system that reduces to very little and only as backups the use of generators, we use bio-degradable detergents, we encourage our guests to disperse seed balls that help with the reforestation of eroded areas. But perhaps the biggest contribution is to the community: our employees are Samburu and members of the community, and our financial contribution to the conservancy is the only source of commercial income (the rest of the financial needs are covered by donors and by Northern Rangelands Trust). An income that is going to go when new investments will increase the capacity of eco-responsible tourism facilities in this region, that is still relatively new to tourism.
We also believe that sustainability means to encourage the cultural pride of the Samburu people and allow them to share their values with our guests. These values are strictly connected to conservation and protection of habitat and wildlife. This is why our guides are always around the fire exchanging stories with the guests, sharing with them their culture and their beliefs.
Reasons to Visit Saruni Rhino
There are many reasons to visit Saruni Rhino and we have selected the six main ones to make it easier for you to feel the uniqueness of this safari camp, where nature, wildlife and people connect in a special way.