Saruni Rhino opened in February 2017, and it is the first and only rhino tracking experience in East Africa. You’ll be accompanied on foot by an experienced Saruni guide and a Sera Community Conservancy ranger, who will use GPS tracking to find the exact location of the 11 black rhino in the 54,000 hectare sanctuary. Describing tracking rhino as the thrill of a lifetime is no overstatement, and along the way you can also expect to see reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, ostrich, and oryx.
The camp at Saruni Rhino has just three bandas (stone cottages), so even if you don’t book it for exclusive use, you might well have the place to yourself. The sanctuary and camp are both community owned, and many of the guides and trackers are indigenous Samburu.
The lodge sits along a palm-fringed riverbed and overlook a watering hole. There’s a central mess area and kitchen, and also a small swimming pool. The bandas are open sided and made predominantly of natural materials, with campaign furniture and colourful East African textiles brightening the space.