Located at the foot of Uarges mountain, within the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, Sarara Tree House is an outstanding eco-luxury lodge.
Possessing stunning views of Mount Uarges, Sarara’s forested position is accessed via a raised path from the main Sarara camp. This journey can be undertaken by foot, car, or on bush pony – depending on guests’ preferences. There are eight tree tents at the camp, while a thatched dining area and lounge constitute its main communal areas. The camp’s centrepiece is undoubtedly its impressive swimming pool, which is surrounded by cushioned sun loungers – ideal for taking in the camp’s sweeping vistas.
Service and food
Delicious, fresh meals can be taken in the snug main mess area or, for those who prefer to make the most of the lodge’s unique location, under the stars.
Keeping in touch with its rural location, the camp is characterised by shades of honey and forest green and was built using a range of local materials. The eight tree tents are very similar: they all have a spacious bedroom, dominated by a king-sized double bed, and each has an en-suite bathroom alongside an outside shower. Furthermore, every room has a wooden desk; a thoughtful touch which invites guests to creatively document their time at the camp.
Waking up early to watch the rising sun hit Warges, the highest peak in the Matthews Range, is the ideal way to start any day. Wildlife drives, camel treks and bush walks are among the numerous activities provided at the lodge. Expect to see a range of extraordinary fauna, including buffalo, elephant, leopard and bushbuck, and keep a sharp eye out for the strikingly beautiful and distinct De Brazza Monkeys. A trip to the ten-metre-deep Sarara Singing Well, home to a traditional Samburu water gathering ritual, is also highly recommended. In the evenings, the lodge’s roaring campfire provides a fine backdrop for sharing stories and savouring a cold drink after a long day of exploring the region.
The Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust has grown to a staggering 850,000 acres and is fast becoming an exemplary model for community conservation; it has helped to welcome thousands of elephants back into the region. The camp’s own eco-credentials are equally as impressive. Entirely solar powered, and built with its surroundings firmly in mind, it does an admirable job of preserving the area’s natural habitat.
The Trust works directly with the Samburu community to ensure the surrounding land is used sustainably.