Special Places

Just back from Kenya, GS traveler Cindy Krueger of Seattle give us a glimpse into this remote, dramatic place that filled her soul.

“Ah, Sarara — an oasis in the midst of the Matthews Range of northern Kenya. This stunning place, in the 850,000-acre1 Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, has a little of everything. You can walk to the singing wells2 or up into the hills with your guide, unusual in safari country.

“Enjoying the unspoiled/authentic Samburu culture is part of the magic of Sarara, and a village visit is possible. While they are related to the Maasai, the Samburu are distinct from them.

“The watering hole beneath the camp ensures wildlife near the lodge. It is lit at night, and watching the ‘ellies drink under a starlit sky is quite the experience. Sarara has a wonderful conservation story, which is getting better every year. Don’t miss a visit to the just-licensed elephant orphanage at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. Feeding time for the little ones is a great time to be there.

“Your hosts are warm and welcoming. The food and accommodations are wonderful. You are the only lodge in hundreds of square miles, so tranquility is guaranteed.” — Cindy Krueger, GS traveler from Seattle

1. About 1,328 square miles, or slightly larger than Rhode Island.
2. Local men sing individual songs at wells to call their cattle to drink. Each herd knows its song

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