Saruni launches first on-foot rhino tracking experience in East Africa

October 12 2016

We are delighted to announce the addition of a new, exciting property called Saruni Rhino in the spectacular Northern Kenya region which will offer guests the first ever opportunity in East Africa to track the majestic black rhinos, on foot. This marks the return of the endangered black rhinos to the beautiful land of the Samburu warriors after an absence of a quarter of a century and marks an historical achievement for conservation and tourism in Kenya.

Due to open on 1st February 2017, Saruni Rhino will be located in Sera Community Conservancy, a vast and untouched wildlife reserve covering 350,000 hectares. Sera Community Conservancy is the first community conservancy in Africa to own and operate a sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of the rhinos. Saruni Rhino will offer a unique walking safari experience tracking black rhino on-foot, accompanied by an expert Saruni guide and highly-trained Sera Community Conservancy rangers. Along with using traditional Samburu tracking methods, the rangers will be equipped with transmitters that are connected to a microchip inserted in the horns of the 11 black rhinos and that communicates their GPS whereabouts throughout the spectacular 54,000-hectares-fenced sanctuary, which is surrounded by Sera Community Conservancy. This will enable guests to track within metres of the rhinos. The memorable experience will endeavour to educate and encourage the further protection of the species for future generations. In participating in the experience, Saruni Rhino guests will actively contribute to the long-term protection of the black rhinos.

In addition to tracking the rhinos, your stay at Saruni Rhino will allow you to visit the incredible bird watching paradise called “Fifty Wells”, where hundreds of thousands of birds congregate every day, the nearby newly-opened Reteti Elephant Orphanage and to explore one of the most spectacular regions in Kenya, where the traditional Samburu culture remains unchanged.

Saruni Rhino is located within driving distance of sister property Saruni Samburu, allowing guests to top or tail their experience in style. Considered to be the “best property in northern Kenya”, Saruni Samburu comprises six luxury eco-chic villas subtly located on the top of a stunning rocky kopje overlooking 200,000 acres of unspoilt wilderness. The property has recently launched a unique experience for Kenya: an elephant-proof, open ground-level photographic hide based at a waterhole, where both keen photographers and wildlife enthusiasts can quietly enjoy the animals just metres away. 

Outposts Travel Africa can tailormake your holiday to Kenya. If you are interested in a rhino tracking experience at Saruni Rhino, simply contact us and we'll put together an itinerary to suit you.

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