New for 2020, The Safari Collection launches its first ever mobile camp experience in a privately owned 43,000-acre ranch in Suyian, Northern Kenya. An intrepid traveller’s dream, this tented camp will open up access to untouched corners and wild pockets of Kenya with game drives guided by fourth-generation Kenyan and co-founder of The Safari Collection, Mikey Carr-Hartley. Having grown up in the region of northwest Laikipa, Mikey knows the lay of the land in intimate detail. Siruai Expedition Camp will overlook the Ewaso Narok River valley and the Laikipia Plateau with views of Mount Kenya and is set to join The Safari Collection’s four boutique lodges and camps which are already operating in Kenya’s finest locations.
The feel of the camp will emulate that of a classic safari experience reminiscent of a bygone era. Seven sleeping tents will be scattered amongst big granite boulders and fig trees with spectacular views from each private veranda. Each of the tents will be cosy and comfortable, with inviting beds, en-suite bathrooms and traditional safari bucket showers. Limited phone connectivity and Wifi ensures that adventurers are able to disconnect from the stresses of modern-day life. Siruai also invites children of all ages and is an idyllic escape for families looking to connect with one another and nature.
Guests will begin the day at the mess tent overlooking the salt lick and waterhole in the landscape ahead, before hiking through boulder strewn ridges and river valleys of the nearby Ewaso Narok valley whereby a hippo-spotting bush breakfast awaits them. Afternoon excursions will include tubing or kayaking down the river offering a unique way to take in the incredible scenery of northwest Laikipia whilst private game drives will be complete with encounters of rare species such as the Grevy’s Zebra and, for lucky guests, African wild dogs. Guests will also have the opportunity to come into contact with an abundance of lion, leopard, hippo, ostrich, reticulated giraffe and elephants. The word ‘Siruai’ means ‘eland’ in Maa which is the world’s largest antelope and one of the many animals that guests will spot around the expedition camp. Travellers can unwind from the day’s adventure with warming tipples around an open camp fire under star filled-skies.
HOW: The Safari Collection’s new mobile camp is available on an exclusive-use basis for a minimum of four guests at a rate of US$31,543 for four people for three nights, including airstrip transfers, private guide and vehicles, camp activities, conservation fees and all meals. The camp must be booked for a minimum of three nights and can only be booked if using Sala’s Camp, Sasaab or Solio for a minimum of three nights for the same booking https://www.thesafaricollection.com/
About The Safari Collection:
The Safari Collection is characterised by its personal approach as well as it family run and managed ethos and strong ethical principles. Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley are heavily involved and for several months of the year are personally guiding safaris for clients through East Africa, They also have and continue to create remarkable, tailor-made safari experiences throughout the region. Conservation and community are also key pillars of the company and each property, tour of guided adventure carries these hallmarks. Solio Lodge is located in one of the most successful rhino breeding ranches in East Africa helping the conservation of east Africa’s rhinos which are being poached into extinction. Meanwhile, Giraffe Manor is home to a sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe. Sasaab partners closely with the Ewaso Lions Project to actively promote the conservation of lions in The Westgate Community Conservancy and Sala’s Camp supports the Marah Cheetah project. All of the properties work extensively to improve the lives of their local communities and allows guests to participate and contribute to a number of community and conservation incentives.