Saruni Rhino offers an entirely new on-foot rhino tracking experience in the remote Sera Conservancy. Located in northern Samburu, this community conservancy has set aside a large swathe of territory that is dedicated to rhino conservation.
A small group of relocated northern black rhinos survive here, roaming this arid landscape that is punctuated with dry riverbeds and vast granite extrusions. Tracked by rangers using GPS collars, these endangered animals are closely monitored to ensure their protection.
Why We Like Saruni Rhino
Tracking black rhinos on foot is an exhilarating and privileged experience. This beautiful little camp, however, is more than just a gateway to this remarkable opportunity. Immersed in the vastness of Sera, a feeling of wilderness and seclusion permeates throughout the camp.
Consisting of just three simple stone bandas, Saruni Rhino is all about comfortable simplicity. Thatched roofs protect from the elements, whilst the en-suite bathrooms all have hot water and flushing toilets. One of the bandas is designed for families, featuring two double bedrooms. There is a relaxed main area, as well as a swimming pool for cooling off during the heat of the day.
The camp is easily combined with nearby Saruni Samburu, which is within driving distance of the Sera Conservancy.
A trip here is all about the chance to track rhinos on foot, at the heart of one of northern Kenya’s most pioneering conservancies. The thrill of the eventual encounter is likely to be the highlight of any safari.
However, Saruni Rhino offers much more than just rhino tracking. Herds of elephants are often spotted roaming the dry riverbed that runs along the front of the camp, whilst the birdlife here is spectacular. Thousands of sand grouse drink at the natural waterholes, arriving and leaving en masse around dawn and dusk.
Saruni Rhino is found within the vast 350,000-hectare Sera Conservancy in northern Kenya. Access is possible by charter flight to the lodge's private airstrip (five minutes away) or by scheduled flight to the neighbouring Kalama Conservancy's airstrip (90 minutes away).