- Authentic Luxury in the Heart of Laikipia -
Get back to nature
Nestled amongst fever trees in the shadow of Mount Kenya, the brand new Sanctuary Tambarare, opening 1 July 2020, in Laikipia delivers the perfect balance of adventure and serenity. Sanctuary Tambarare, meaning 'plains' in Swahili, looks out across the grassy plateau of the award-winning Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 90,000 acres of unspoilt African landscape, where the Big Five roam, including the last two northern white rhinos on earth. With just 10 luxurious guest tents, Sanctuary Tambarare is a peaceful haven that reflects its surroundings – with a generous helping of indulgence.
Traditional tents with lashings of luxury
After adventurous days tracking lions, riding horses with rhinos or spotting giraffes, elephants, gazelle and zebra in this stunning wildlife retreat, guests can retire to the secluded tented camp for sundowners, relaxation and attentive five-star service. The individually decorated canvas tents have a boutique-meets-bush style that harks back to the golden age, updated with contemporary style, from teak floors to unique touches that reflect the local culture.
Privacy in the heart of the bush
Each luxury guest tent is large and airy, with a private veranda overlooking the grassy plains. Gently billowing white curtains add to the romance, with Masai-inspired art in traditional blue – representing the sky and precious rainwater. Enjoy floor-to-ceiling cinematic views of the landscape from the super king beds. The ensuite boasts a walk-in shower, double basin and sumptuous towels.
Stunning social areas
Inside the spacious and beautifully appointed main tent, inviting sofas and chairs encourage guests to linger. The camp’s colours are inspired by nature, from ‘sun-bleached’ wood and wicker lampshades to intense bursts of colour in the exuberant fabrics, like wildflowers dotted around the landscape. The tented ceiling and soft lighting create a sophisticated ambience. The lounge looks out onto the boma, where guests can gather to hear thrilling tales and local legends shared by the camp’s safari guides.
Fine food and refreshing drinks
At the camp’s superb restaurant, chefs impress by preparing delicious dishes, fresh salads and freshly baked breads right here in the middle of the bush. The friendly team are happy to attend to guests’ wishes and any requirements, from vegetarian meals to a special anniversary dinner. There’s also a refined bar tent with an attractive deck and plenty of loungers overlooking the boma.
Guests can explore Ol Pejeta Conservancy with daily game drives, where expert guides enrich the experience. In addition to the Big Five and many other animals (from cheetahs and jackal to hippos and hyenas), the Conservancy is home to over 130 black rhinos.
Guests may also book up-close-and-personal wildlife encounters: track lions, ride a horse alongside rhinos and zebra, or take a thrilling night game drive (not available in most of Kenya’s national parks and reserves). See the full list of adventures here.