- Stunning, elevated location
- Individual, distinctive accommodation
- Camel safaris and fly-camping
Sabuk is an owner-operated lodge situated on the edge of the remote Northern Laikipia Plateau of north central Kenya. Accessible by road or by air into nearby Loisaba airstrip, the property enjoys a stunning clifftop location with breath-taking views of the Laikipia plains, and the Ewaso Nyiro River below. This arid and elevated landscape is home to diverse wildlife including the greater kudu and the reticulated giraffe, as well as lion, elephant, buffalo, zebra and wild dog. The area also boasts prolific birdlife.
The main building features makuti thatched ceilings and stone floors, decorated in a rustic and relaxing style with hand carved wooden furniture, hammocks and day beds. Guest areas comprise a spacious open-fronted lounge, a dining area, bar, and souvenir shop selling Sabuk’s home-produced honey. Outside is a spacious terrace, and a double infinity pool with fantastic views. Home cooked cuisine is served at communal tables in the main lodge or on the terrace, and special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice.
Activities are varied and include day and night game drives, guided walks, camel safaris, and cultural visits to local Samburu tribes. Horse riding is available to experienced riders on Sabuk’s three Somali ponies, and fishing and river swimming can also be arranged. As Sabuk is situated on private land, guests are free to explore on foot or by camel, without the restrictions associated with national parks. Bush meals and sundowners are frequently organised, whilst camel safaris combined with fly-camping allow guests to immerse themselves in the wilderness of the bush, and sleep out under the stars.
The accommodation comprises eight open-fronted guest cottages constructed from local wood and stone, each with a thatched roof and a private veranda with superb views. Every cottage has an ensuite bathroom with flush toilet, hot and cold running water, shower and bath, and two of the units have outdoor ‘star beds’ for optional alfresco sleeping. The lodge relies on solar power, so torches are provided in each cottage. There are also two ‘Eagle’ cottages which can be booked together as a single unit for group use. Self-contained, with their own dedicated staff, these cottages offer a private dining area and a plunge pool.
Children are extremely welcome at Sabuk and two of the cottages are dedicated family units, with flexible sleeping combinations. Earlier mealtimes can be arranged to accommodate little ones, and games and activities are provided. A baby listening service is also available. Since the lodge is not fenced, and wild animals may roam through, parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.
Sabuk provides distinctive, individual accommodation with friendly service and a range of unusual activities in a stunning cliff-top setting.
Service rating : Best family holiday ever - and we're fortunate to have had a few. Excellent organisation; very friendly and careful driver/guide. This holiday was itself re-booked after we cancelled two years ago; Tourdust were very supportive during the previous cancellation.
Product : We did Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara and Zanzibar; a superb combination.
verified review for Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara & Laikipia Safari on 13 September 2016
The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.
Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.
pauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015
Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.
Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.
Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.
The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).
Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.
Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.
Tim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014