If you want an exclusive and luxurious escape combined with a Samburu bush experience, Sasaab Lodge is a wonderful place to stay. Located on the edge of the Ewaso River in a pristine wilderness within the Westgate Community Conservancy, the lodge boasts some fantastic views and is perfectly located to give you some amazing game sightings. If you want to get involved in activities, there is a huge variety of things to get involved with but otherwise, ‘Spa Saab’ will look after you in calming treatment rooms and it even offers yoga.
Each of the nine distinctive open-walled rooms are furnished with a Moroccan flair with simple but elegant trimmings. They are extremely spacious (over 100sqm each) with west facing verandas and their own private plunge pools overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River. You’re higher up and closer to the Sahara here, so it can get very warm, but the lodge has been built to provide respite from the heat. The open tented rooms are airy and your plunge pool is just a short stroll from your bed.
The family unit is ideal for two couples travelling together as well as families. This luxurious suite is spacious, featuring one en-suite double room and one en-suite twin room with a communal lounge and private plunge pool.
The main dining area is reminiscent of a souk and is great for a lazy afternoon watching the game frequent the river below.
The lodge has a strong relationship with the hundreds of families that live on and own the conservancy and they are very proud to give guests to the lodge a special insight into their daily lives. These cultural experiences are non intrusive and if you’re lucky, they might even invite you to see a genuine traditional ceremony in the village. Trips to the local Samburu markets take place twice a week and are not to be missed.
Sasaab holds a gold eco-rating (the highest attainable) and is involved in many projects with the local Samburu tribe. Their Samburu guides and spotters grew up around the lodge, and are proudly involved in local conservation initiatives and 75% of their staff were recruited from the local villages. The lodge is fully powered by solar and runs many sustainability initiatives.
Each guest contributes to the running of the Westgate Conservancy in which Sasaab is situated which help fund daily running costs and wildlife management, as well as providing clean water, building schools and maintaining dirt roads. Bringing tourism to the area has for the first time allowed the community that live here to see the value of having wildlife in their midst and helped enormously to reduce human-wildlife conflict. Sasaab also has strong links with two local conservation organisations, Ewaso Lions and the Grevy’s Zebra Trust, runs a feeding programme at two local schools, conservation workshops and health clinics, and supports a scholarship for high-achieving female students from the local community to attend secondary boarding schools and local women’s groups.