Wilderness Basecamp


Masai Mara, Kenya

Prices From: $330 - $450 per person/per night

Saruni is the deluxe, intimate lodge set in a private conservation area outside the Masai Mara National Reserve, the most famous game park in Africa. Established in 2003, Saruni accomodates 12 guests at the main lodge and six at our nearby tented camp, Campi ya Tembo. Set in a remote valley at the heart of the most exciting wilderness of Kenya, the lodge offers a new concept of African safari: a real adventure lived in harmony with the Maasai warriors coupled with high standards of style and comfort.

Saruni has six large cottages, where o­ne can experience both the elegance and safety of a permanent accommodation with the thrill of sleeping in close contact with nature. The rooms are furnished with colonial antiques, Persian carpets and African art. The atmosphere at the camp is informal but elegant. Each cottage has hot and cold running water, 220 volt electricity, elegant Italian bathroom fittings, polished wooden floors, and large bathrooms where the canvas front can be totally open to offer you an amazing "shower with a view".

D├ęcor is unique for each cottage and from the large verandahs o­ne enjoys a unique view of the Mara plains and can watch the many wild animals that come to our waterhole. Your safari actually starts on the massive cedar beds, from where you can see in total privacy elephant, leopard, waterbuck, bushbuck and impala traversing freely and peacefully in the grounds of the camp.

Kuro House is the common dining area and is a mixture of old-fashioned Africa and modern design. Its huge fireplace is the focal point of life at Saruni and it is here that guests exchange memories of the day's safaris. Exceptional cuisine is served around the long table and uses fresh, locally grown and organic produce in inventive ways. Alternatively meals can be taken in the bush among the wild animals, with birdsong and animal calls as a backdrop. By separate arrangement a candlelight dinner can be served o­n your own verandah.

A unique feature of Saruni is its collection of books and its library, the most beautiful in the African bush. With thousands of rare books and its very private location, Saruni's library is a place where to meditate, to rest, to think.

Campi ya Tembo is the private, 3-tent camp owned and managed by Saruni in the Masai Mara. Located in a wild, scenic valley rich both in wildlife and privacy, where no other vehicles are ever met, Campi ya Tembo is a design camp with oriental-looking tents and all the comforts: flush toilets, hot and cold water, large showers, excellent cuisine and open Land Rovers.

Elegantly styled, each tent has a large verandah with uninterrupted views over the Yaile mountains of Northern Masai Mara and a big bonfire where the Masai warriors come and dance at night.

Campi ya Tembo is an ideal base for those who are interested in watching, tracking and studying elephants. An activity offered at Campi ya Tembo is night game drives: all the nocturnal species are abundant around the camp, from leopard to greater galago, from genet to white tailed mongoose. Weather conditions are ideal all year round: it's never too hot.


Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern

Nearest Airport: NBO

Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara


All Meals All Meals

Day Tours Day Tours

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Wildlife Wildlife

Fishing Fishing

Family Friendly Family Friendly

General Information

- The Camp is open year round.
- 2 Night Minimum Stay.
- A $15 USD fee is added to all safaris for Flying Doctor Society insurance.
- Children under 5 are free.
- Child rates apply to children between the ages of 5-16, sharing accommodation with an adult.

Included in rates:
- Local Airstrip Transfers
- Full Board Accommodation
- Soft Drinks, Beer, Spirits and House Wines
- Game Drives in 4-Wheel Drive Vehicles
- Night Game Drives
- Guided Bush Walks
- Cultural Visits
- Bush Meals
- Sundowners
- Library
- One Massage per Cottage
- Laundry Service

Not included in rates:
- Conservation Fees - Adult $45 USD and Child Under 18 $25 USD
- Extra Lunch Per Person: $35 USD
- Exclusive Use Of Vehicle Per Day - Per Vehicle: $330 USD
- Balloon Trip- Transworld- $450 USD (Adults), $260 (Children 8-12)
- Transfers (one way): Saruni - Talek $180 USD, Saruni - Cottars $360 USD, Saruni - EPC $180 USD, Saruni - Richards Camp $180 USD
- Masai Fees for Cultural Visits
- Champagne and Luxury Spirits
- Masai Well-being Space

Cancellation Policies

Should you cancel your booking this must be done in writing. Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. If you cancel prior to 8 weeks before the departure your deposit is forfeited. If your cancellation is made after the due date for full payment of your tour fare, charges will be levied as a percentage of the tour prices as follows:
- Less than 8 weeks notice 25%
- Less than 5 weeks notice 60%
- Less than 3 weeks notice 100%

Should you fail to join a tour or join it after departure or leave prior to its completion, no tour fare refund can be made. (Please note that if the reason for the cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then the insurance company, subject to the terms of your insurance will normally refund any such charges to you.)