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Saruni Samburu

1 Kalama Road | Kalama Area, Kalama Wildlife Conservancy 20500, Kenya
Saruni Samburu
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've just spent 3 nights at Saruni Waterhole Lodge and it was a truly wonderful experience. The design of the hotel and its location are amazing and I especially loved the room I was in. I cannot speak highly enough about the staff and their professionalism, competence, cheerfulness and willingness to help at all times. Our driver, Chris, was very... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Having visited Saruni Mara before we knew that Saruni Samburu would be something special - and indeed it is. The amazing location, literally on top of a rocky hill, affords fantastic views of the plains below and distant mountain range. Just 6 cottages and a wonderful main house are nestled discreetly among the rocks. The level of comfort, the gorgeous... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Samburu, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your fantastic review. You are a Saruni Fan now... and I'm very please to know that we made your safari in the North a memorable experience. And thank you for your kind words: believe me, it is a team effort. We look forward to have you back in the future. More 

Oslo, Norway
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

It takes some courage to establish a place like this. Logistics must be crazy – but it works perfect. Looking for a spectacular experience on safari – this is a place to go. I spent Christmas with my family at Saruni Samburu and we had a very good experience. The lodge is located on top of a small mountain with... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Samburu, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. yes, it took some "vision' to build Saruni on what we call "the hot rock" of Kalama, but we are very happy that this has been done. We look forward to have you and your family back to Saruni and to Kenya in the future! More 

Leicestershire
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68 reviews 68 reviews
25 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

The approach to the accomodation & the last section of the drive will blow you away! A staggering feat of engineering - quite remarkable. Beautifully designed with stunning views. Very professional team of staff. The single most impressive aspect of staying here was the food, all credit to the chef & team & Ricarrdo's relentless drive for perfection & quality... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Samburu, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words. The "drive to perfection" never ends and we hope to have you back to Saruni and to Kenya soon to sample the innovations that we have in mind. Thank you for your good wishes for Saruni Ocean, our sister property at the beach. More 

Yorkshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I stayed here with a friend at the end of October and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The staff were very helpful , the food was mostly good, the rooms are large and well furnished and the views are just wonderful. While it was quite a drive to the river where most of the animals could be seen , the... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Samburu, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I'm glad you managed to see so much wildlife but also that you and the time to appreciate our lodge and its facilities. You are right, this time of the year can be very hot and we recommend using the fan that is in each room to increase the ventilation. if you... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This lodge had been on my wishlist for the longest time and finally I had an opportunity to stay here between 18th and 20th Oct 2014. We had the best time of our lives. The lodge is exactly as the photos show on the net. We flew there from Wilson Airport and Landed at Kalama Airstrip at about Midday. On... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Samburu, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such an enthusiastic review. I'm very glad that we gave you such a fantastic experience and we look forward to have you back once a year! More 

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Thank you to the wonderful staff for the amazing hospitality at your spectacular lodge! We absolutely LOVED every minute of being there, from the luxury accomodation, fantastic meals, breathtaking views and amazing game drives, we cannot thank you enough. It was truly a holiday of a life time and we will most definately be back!

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Samburu, responded to this review

Thank you so much for finding the time to write about us so enthusiastically and we all look forward to have you back. Say hello to wonderful Cape Town! More 

Lamberhurst, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

It was our first time in Africa and this lodge fully lives up to its reputation. From the rush-hour journey across Nairobi, through the light aircraft flight over dramatic landscapes, to our first ride with our wonderful guide Joseph on the exciting journey from the airstrip to a rocky hilltop in the middle of nowhere, we could tell that we... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Samburu, responded to this review

I agree with you: outdoors shower with the elephants is one of the most magical moments on safari, not to mention the warm climate and the breathtaking landscape. Glad you love the "palatial suite"! We look forward to have you back with us. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

After 3 nights at Saruni Mara 2 weeks ago we had high expectations coming in Samburu, and this 2 nights in Saruni Samburu exceeded all our expectations. Our friends and my family (with 3 children in small age) we really enjoyed our stay here The first impression after climbing the rock with the landrover and reaching the main entrance of... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Samburu, responded to this review

I love it when we exceed expectations! Thank you for letting us know and we look forward to have you back with us, and try to exceed expect ions again! More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

As soon as we walked into this place it took our breath away the view as you walk into the lobby were stunning the manager James greeted us and we were very impressed with our welcome we were then took to our room and once again blown away this place really was paradise our driver Joseph was excellent and he... More 

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RiccardoOrizio, Owner at Saruni Samburu, responded to this review

Thank you Natalie and Gilly for your wonderful review and for your praise to James and his team. Paradise is a big word to use and I'm very proud that you felt suitable for our lodge "on the hot rock". We look forward to have you back! More 

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