- Distinctive, elevated location
- Camel safaris and fly-camping
- Fishing, horse riding, bird watching
- Day & night game drives, bush walks
Sabuk is a distinctive, owner-operated lodge located 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. The staff are known for being very friendly and most of them have worked at Sabuk for over 20 years.
Activities are varied and include day and night game drives, guided bush walks, camel safaris which have now been operating for over 25 years, 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, and anyone staying for three nights or more can enjoy a game drive on the neighbouring Loisaba Nature Conservancy as well. Bush meals and sundowners are frequently organised, whilst camel safaris combined with fly-camping allow guests to completely immerse themselves in the bush wilderness and sleep out under the stars.
The accommodation comprises six 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’s also Eagle Cottage, a private, self-contained unit with two ensuite rooms, a lounge and a plunge pool.
Children are extremely welcome at Sabuk and two of the cottages are dedicated family units, with flexible sleeping options. 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.
- Small intimate safari camp
- Superb Wilderness location
- Fly camping & Bush Walks
- Fantastic for Families
- Country house feel
- Wilderness experience
- Fantastic facilities
- Beautiful landscapes
- Temporary adventure camps
- Beautiful locations
- Camel Supported Walking Safaris
- High quality camp
- Fully inclusive
- Excellent game-viewing
- Strict eco-friendly principles
- Pre / Post Mnt kenya stopover
- Basic but comfortable
- Good value
- Nice Gardens
- Stunning panoramic views
- Excellent Game viewing
- Unique, luxury lodge
- Exclusive location
- Excellent wildlife
- Small swimming pool
- Family Friendly
- Aberdares National Park
- Rustic, traditional lodging
- Watering hole
- Wildlife viewing from the lodge
- Next to Meru National Park
- Off the beaten track
- Exceptional birding
- Traditional tented camp
I had just the most incredible time on the climb.
The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.
George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.
Finn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018
We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.
Jonathan B reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018