Sarara is a tented camp situated in a remote, wilderness area of the slopes of Uargees in the Mathews Range of mountains. It is owned by the local Samburu community and run by Piers and Hilary Bastard who set the camp up in 1997.
Profits from the lodge are divided among the local community and help to support local households and schools through the Namunyak Trust - the community conservation trust that looks after the land and the wildlife.
Sarara has six luxury tents with stunning views of the Mathews Range and the animal watering hole. Tents are spacious with high ceilings, with plenty of cupboard space, electric lighting and 24 hour hot and cold running water.
Outdoor bathrooms offer a superb view of the hills from the shower - but there is also an indoor toilet and sink at the back of the tent.
Each tent has its own private terrace with table and chairs and morning coffee/tea is brought to your tent so that you can wake up gazing out over the mountains.
The camp is powered by solar energy generated by several sets of solar panels. Fresh food is kept in a specially designed charcoal store cooled by evaporation.
Water is gravity fed pure mountain springs which pass through through UV filters, sewage is sent into soak away tanks and the buildings all use local naturally felled trees and local stone.
- Morning, evening and walking safaris
- Dinner in the bush
- Helecopter rides
- Visit to Samburu Game Reserve
- Wildife viewing visits to the hide
- Hiking into the Mathews forest
- Climbing to the top of Lolokwe with donkeys.
- Fly camping safaris with camels along the wide sand 'luggas'.
- Visit to The Singing Wells
The Samburu people have a wonderful tradition which guests are welcome to watch. Every morning the Samburu warriors bring their cattle to the dry river bed near the camp. The warriors begin to dig deep wells which will provide drinking water for their cattle.
The warriors sing as they dig - the singing creates a rythym which synchronises the team work as buckets are lifted from one warrior to the next as the well is dug. But the songs also have the additional function of calling each warrior's cattle to his particular well.