A stunning luxury tented camp in the heart of the Samburu wilderness. Set on the edge of a river valley, the architecture of Sasaab blends Swahili and Moroccan design.
Sasaab is a spectacular luxury tented camp offering the ultimate safari in Samburu. Situated just outside Samburu National Reserve in Kenya’s Northern Frontier District, the landscape is dotted with mountains, wildlife and a rich cultural heritage. It is a place of abundant natural diversity with an outstanding number of animals, from elephants to cheetah and wild dogs to the ‘Samburu Special Five’ (five species unique to the area): the Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Gerenuk antelope and Somali ostrich.
✓ Bush breakfast: Set off at first light to experience the rugged terrain of northern Kenya coming to life, while enjoying delicious goodies.
✓ Poolside homemade pizza (you can even design your own pizza toppings if you like)
Sasaab is a playground for adventures in the wilderness
✓ Game drives: There are two areas to explore whilst out on a game drive: Westgate Conservancy where Sasaab Lodge is located and the Samburu National Reserve which is a short drive away. An amazing experience to watch elephants, hyenas, wild dogs,lions, leopard, cheetah and endemic species such as beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk antelope, and Somali ostrich. Also, the bird life in Samburu is exceptional with high concentrations of different species
✓ Sundowners: Sundowner Rock in Westgate Conservancy is a legendary spot due to its phenomenal panoramic views. Scramble up the giant rock boulders to be blown away by the scenery. Enjoy the view with you drink of choice and some tasty homemade ‘bitings’ (the Kenya term for nibbles or canapes).
✓ Helicopter: Expect the ultimate exhilaration. Having your own wings gives you total freedom to explore Kenya’s wildest, most spectacular and extreme locations.
✓ Camels: Why walk when you can ride? Sasaab has four friendly resident camels for your use, looked after and led by experienced Samburu herders. A popular choice is to embark on a leisurely ride down by the river and end up at our sundowner spot in time for an evening drink, which is around a 45-minute ride.
✓ Fly camping: For the extra adventurous amongst you, Sasaab can set up a mobile expedition camp in which you sleep out under the stars in Westgate Conservancy, giving you the chance to experience something truly wild
✓ Quad biking: Zoom along dry riverbeds and enjoy the freedom of exploring the wild at your own pace.
✓ Walking: Early morning walks, evening walks or longer half day walks are all possible and a great way to fully appreciate the surrounding environment.
✓ For children : Children often love to spend a few hours with one of our friendly Samburu warriors who will guide them on a nature trail specially designed for little ones.
Westgate, Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Fly to Kenya
✈ 6-hour drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi
✈ 6-hour drive from Wilson Airport (only for domestic flights)
Your conservation fees contribute directly towards the running of Westgate Conservancy on which Sasaab is situated. As well as supporting the daily running costs of wildlife management.
Sasaab exists in partnership with Westgate Community Conservancy. Spanning an area of 400 square kilometres, Westgate is home to over 600 Samburu families. Most of these families live a traditional, nomadic way of life and rely on their livestock. Bringing tourism into the area has allowed the community to really see the value of wildlife, helping to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
✓ Grevy’s Zebra Conservation: Sasaab has strong links with the Grevy’s Zebra Trust. This local conservation organisation is within 10 minutes drive from the lodge and guests are able to visit and take part in some of their activities.
Tourism has the power to change lives for the better.
The Safari collection is heavily focused on sustainability and giving back. Focus their efforts to be low impact, community, and conservation-oriented to the core. If local communities can experience direct benefits linked to tourism, they immediately become more invested in protecting the wilderness around them.
Know all about their programs:
✓ Westgate Community Conservancy: supports wildlife conservation alongside the sustainable development of infrastructure for the Samburu people living here.
✓ Medical clinics: free medical clinics to provide access to life-changing eye surgeries and dental treatments for people living in remote communities with little or no access to healthcare.
✓ Community Health Africa Trust: CHAT delivers family planning and health services to women in the remotest of locations, enabling them to take control of their bodies and their lives.
✓ TEAM talk: Empowering girls through an innovative combination of sports and education workshops, with a focus on sexual education and family planning.
✓ SAFE Samburu: Inspiring social change through dance and theatre, helping local Samburu communities to address issues of HIV and female genital mutilation.
✓ Education projects: With the belief that education is the key to eradicating poverty and hunger, and a vital part of successful conservation. The Safari Collection aims to educate and empower the communities through interactive wildlife excursions, scholarships, sports, theatre, and healthcare. Through a wide range of education projects, they are able to communicate a variety of important messages to people who need information and in areas that need their protection.
✓ Waste reduction: To keep our waste to an absolute minimum, almost all their fruit, vegetables, and salads are delivered unpackaged. And their chefs are great at making everything from scratch: tasty homemade granola, baked beans, you name it. This helps to avoid tinned or plastic wrapped products which are often imported from overseas.
✓ Food miles: We purchase as many freshly grown and locally available products as possible to reduce the miles food travels to our tables. At most of our properties, produce only has to travel a few meters from our own kitchen gardens which are full of homegrown goodies. At Sasaab we have a brood of hens for fresh eggs, and the eggs at Solio are bought from a local orphanage as a sustainable income-generating project.
✓ Composting & recycling: Compost is created which goes back into their kitchen gardens and 98% of the other waste is recycled through a social enterprise in Nairobi called Taka Taka Solutions.
Green power: The Safari Collection uses solar energy exclusively where possible to provide electricity, and water is heated using solar-powered boilers. This reduces their electricity use to almost zero, apart from the odd time when the sun doesn’t shine! All the power and water use is monitored and timer switches have been put in place to reduce the power consumption.
All their drinking water is produced on-site using reverse osmosis machines, making it transport-free and packaging-free, as well as delicious. Reverse osmosis is one of the most effective systems for removing all traces of minerals and bacteria from water, leaving it completely pure.
Save a bucket: The average tap uses two gallons of water per minute. If it takes two minutes to heat the water, that’s four gallons per day, which when calculated at one shower a day, adds up to almost 1500 gallons of water per person per room each year. To help reduce the amount of water used, they provide a bucket for you to place under the tap when the water is cold. When the water is hot, remove the bucket. The water you collect is re-used for watering plants and cleaning. Just one bucket may not seem like much, but it adds up.
Reduce, reuse, recycle:
Finding a second life for things, only using natural, biodegradable products, including toiletries and insecticide in every room.
Plastic-free – no plastic water bottles. The Safari Collection gives every client a reusable metal water bottle for them to keep, reducing the amount of plastic waste being generated. Since introducing reusable water bottles, they have reduced their plastic waste by 85%.