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is located in the Samburu
area of north-central Kenya
Set alongside characteristic palm trees on the banks of a sand river in the remote 3500 square kilometre Sera Community Conservancy to the east of the mountains, Saruni Rhino is a satellite of the more substantial and better known Saruni Samburu Camp
50km to the south.
This place is an absolute buzz, one of the most exciting things to happen in safari for some time.
The camp itself has a simple open-sided mess area leading out to a camp-fire in the river bed or lugga. Guest accommodation is in just two rather pleasant open-sided thatched bandas and an open family stone cottage. The whole place looks out over a waterhole which is often frequented by elephants, impalas, hyenas, oryx, Grevy's zebras and other animals.
The main activity here is tracking rare black rhinos, by vehicle and on foot. Sera is the first community conservancy in East Africa to dedicate itself to the conservation of these critically endangered animals. The sanctuary currently provides state-of-the-art protection for 11 black rhinos relocated from Lewa Conservancy, Nakuru National Park and other areas. This move sees the rhino back in its natural habitat in northern Kenya after a 30 years absence. The rhinos have radio collars, enabling them to be tracked, observed and protected.
The area is also home to the Fifty Wells, where you can see local pastoralists watering their herds, as well as the more famous Singing Wells, where the herders famously raise water to the surface by hand.
Additionally guests can pay a visit to the recently opened The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in nearby Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, which provides protection for orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim to release them back into the wild herds.
The main potential downsides are the very high prices, the relative simplicity of the camp and the fact the wildlife is inherently sparse in this desert environment.