Why has Sasaab Camp, Samburu, Kenya been attracting so much publicity?

Nicola Shepherd By Nicola Shepherd
08 May 2017
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Sasaab Camp, which is located close to Samburu National Park, aired on BBC television’s Amazing Hotels with Giles Coren and Monica Galetti, is an absolutely glorious camp located in a breath taking part of Kenya’s central region.

Sasaab has nine enormous tented rooms under thatch so perfect for family safaris and couples, including a two bedroomed family villa situated at the bottom of the lodge which comes with a private vehicle and guide too.

The family villa has a plunge pool and central open air sitting area. There is also a private chef. The villa is right on the Ewaso Nyiro River and one can watch large herds of elephant walking through the sandy river bed.


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As one would expect from Kenya, Sasaab’s views do not disappoint and are dramatic and the whole property exudes comfort, elegance and space. The tents are set in the bush and one watches small antelope such as dik diks pronking through the trees. This is one of the few camps where one has 360 degree views from one’s tent and the gauze windows allow the breeze to flow through.

During the day, the tent is open fronted and open to the side, where the private plunge pools are situated, overlooking the river. The front of the tent has equal views over the river with a couple of sun loungers placed close by.


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This luxury camp is all about wonderful views! In the bedroom is a large sitting area with lots of pretty cushions to flop into and bird and mammal books for perusing. There is a yoga mat and plenty of places to practice yoga and greet the morning sun! You also have your dedicated room steward who attends to all your needs.

There is then a separate area with lots of large chairs and cushions overlooking the main swimming pool, which is gorgeous for simply relaxing. As one walks into the camp, the main area resembles a Moroccan Riad with an open air Moorish style quadrangle emitting a Moroccan feel.


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We went for a walk up to a gorgeous rock for sundowners and saw greater kudu, olive baboons and dik dik as well as Grant’s gazelle. The food was very good, for breakfast one could choose from home-made muesli, fruit, English breakfast, croissants, whilst lunch might be a wonderful salad of Tabbouleh, mince with mint, gorgeous salads, and dinner could be fillet steak and sauce and chocolate cake for dessert.

There is a bar area which doubles as the reception and a number of places to flop into which are cool in the sitting area. They also offer walking alongside and riding camels, particularly lovely at sunset when one perches on a rock with sundowners, as well as nature walks, visits to the local community and the school that they support and of course, massage treatments at their spa.


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This camp one could either use as a wonderful place to relax after a safari or as a fabulous contrast to the Masai Mara, where one can go on game drives into the famed Samburu National Park, especially good for elephant as well as leopard, which is about half an hour’s drive  away. Either way, your safari to Kenya should include a stay at the gorgeous Sasaab, which is especially good for family safaris.


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