Sarara Camp: Plan Your Stay

Located in Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

How to Get There

The easiest way to reach Sarara Camp is on a scheduled flight from Nairobi’s domestic Wilson Airport to Nanyuki, Lewa Downs, or Kalama Samburu, followed by a road transfer or short charter flight to Sarara. Road transfers to camp can take up to two hours depending on the airstrip at which you arrive. Private charter flights are available from the Nanyuki airstrip directly to Sarara, and guests are encouraged to choose this option when possible. It is also possible to charter a direct flight from Nairobi to Sarara.

What to Expect

Sarara is the only permanent camp within almost a million acres of wilderness, and there is no immediate access to a pharmacy, bank, or major hospital. (The local Wamba Hospital near camp is readily accessible.) Guests should pack all needed prescriptions and medications; money can be exchanged for the local currency at the airport in Nairobi. At the lodge, sandy paths link the six tented suites and family cottage to the main dining area, and each tent has an outdoor shower which requires a short walk down a stone pathway. Due to its rugged and remote surroundings, guests with limited mobility should call our reservations specialists to discuss whether a visit to Sarara is feasible.

Weather and Seasons

The Namunyak area is generally warm and dry with clear starlit nights. Average annual rainfall is around 14 inches, the majority of which falls during the months of November, April, and May. Sarara’s location near the equator ensures warm weather year round, though it can be cooler at night and early in the morning. The average daytime temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit, with higher temperatures during the hotter months (September-October and February-March). The lodge is closed April 1-June 1 and October 15-December 14.

What to Bring

Please note: For those arriving by charter flight, luggage may weigh no more than 33 pounds (15 kilograms) and must be packed in soft duffel bags. Dinners are casual and laundry service is available, so guests are encouraged to pack lightly. Neutral-colored clothing is recommended.

Suggested Packing List

  • Layers, including a mixture of long- and short-sleeved shirts, shorts, and long pants
  • Fleece or sweater
  • Lightweight hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Swimsuit and flip flops (for the pool)
  • Sunglasses
  • High factor sunscreen
  • Lip salve with sun protection
  • Insect repellant
  • Small flashlight or headlamp
  • Charging equipment and adapters for a Type G plug
  • Binoculars

Traveling with Family

Children of all ages are welcome at Sarara Camp, although the lodge is more suitable for older children rather than toddlers. Sarara offers a number of family-friendly activities, including nature walks, swimming, and traditional beading and spear-making with the Samburu. Kids must be six or older to participate in horseback riding. A children’s menu is available upon request.

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