Sabuk Lodge is a stunning wilderness destination on the northern edge of the Laikipia Plateau area of Kenya. The location is superb as the lodge looks over a gorge created by the Ewaso Nyiro River, which runs 150 feet below.
Accommodation at Sabuk Lodge
Sabuk Lodge has six en suite stone and thatch cottages each with a bird's eye view of the rushing river waters and the gorge below. Each room is very comfortable, quirkily furnished and unique being built with the natural materials such as twisted wood. The stone of the site is incorporated into the open plan design. Two of these cottages are family rooms which can take two or three extra beds.
Their new exclusive use Eagle Cottage comprises two bedrooms with an adjoining sitting /dining room and has its own private swimming pool. The bedrooms are different in style from the original cottages, more reminiscent of the Swahili design of the coast. Each of these can take an extra bed so that Eagle's Cottage is ideal for family parties or friends travelling together.
There is a lot of game around Sabuk Lodge, though the time of year dictates where sightings are best. Highlights are lots of elephant as well as greater kudu, reticulated giraffe, buffalo, impala, warthog, klipspringer, zebra, eland, dik dik, waterbuck, leopard. There is good bird watching as well and incredible scenery. This is also a good area to look for wild dog and occasionally spot a lion or two. Sabuk Lodge is on private land so you can enjoy bush walks with local Samburu guides that finish with a sundowner overlooking a private waterhole. Horse riding and camel safaris are also on offer. You can visit the Samburu communities with an opportunity for real community interaction.
You can spend a day or more on a camel-assisted walking safari. You walk with the camels and their Samburu handlers amid the rocky crags following ancient trails and visiting fossilized lake beds; tracking animal prints and game viewing & birding as you go at Sabuk Lodge. Then cool off with a swim in the river or a natural rock pool. If you wish you can sleep out under the stars guarded by the local Samburu warriors .
Families at Sabuk Lodge
Sabuk Lodge is also great for families given the range of activities on offer. Children love walking with the camels, interacting with their Samburu guides, perhaps trying a spot of fishing in the river. At certain times of the year, you can even enjoy a spot of swimming and tubing in the river and always there's the lure of the mud flight!
The Sabuk fly-camp is perfect for clients spending three or more days at Sabuk Lodge. Walk with a professional safari guide and their trained Laikipia Maasai warriors through completely deserted tracts of wilderness: no other tourists, no roads or vehicles, only wildlife and their tracks, breathtaking scenery and the sounds of the bush.
Sonja BrandAfrica Travel Specialist
Sabuk Lodge on the map
Comprising of two fantastic en-suite cottages – one with king size bed & one twin.
This family unit has its own exclusive ‘mess’ and dining area as well as plunge pool.
Four spacious en-suite suite open-fronted stone & thatched cottages, with private verandahs with
stunning views overlooking the river valley below. They are doubles and a twin.
Some of the rooms come with star-beds so you can literally fall asleep under the African sky.
The Family House is comprised of 1 double bed and 1 single bed upstairs, together with a fireplace and sitting area by the fire, and also an amazing view of the valley.
Downstairs are beds for children melded into the rocks and 1 small bed (up to about 5 years' old child). Downstairs is all enclosed, and very safe. There is one en-suite bathroom consisting of an outside bath, 1 toilet, 1 sink and 1 shower/bath.
The Family Room is 1 double bed plus 3 single beds as triangular bunk beds (2 down 1 up in the middle). The bathroom is en-suite with 1 shower, 1 sink, 1 outside bath, and 1 toilet with a view. There is also an outside lounge/bed.