Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is located within Shaba Game Reserve which is east of Samburu National Reserve. The lodge is located along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River and is spread out along the natural springs that feed the river. Within the lodge rises a mini-forest further immersing its guests into the northern Kenya wilderness. This region was home to Joy and George Adamson. Joy was a naturalist who raised a lion cub named Elsa and wrote a book about it, Born Free. The phrase the born-free country is, therefore, sometimes used to describe this part of the country.


Sarova Shaba Game Lodge has a presidential suite aptly-named the Born-Free Suite. The suite is situated among natural springs and lily pools and comes with a jacuzzi. The interior decor of the suite draws inspiration from the local Samburu culture. Following the Born-Free suite are four executive rooms that have elaborate lounge areas while offering views of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Finally, 80 standard chalet-style rooms complete the accommodation options at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge.

All rooms have a view of the Ewaso Nyiro River where wild animals frequent to quench their thirst. A few other features of the rooms include en-suite bathrooms with permanent showers, private balconies, running hot and cold water, overhead fans, and tea and coffee making facilities among other amenities.


Dining at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is a real treat. Surpelei Restaurant is the main dining area and seats 150 people. It is raised on stilts hence offering stunning views of the lodge’s green garden as well as the Ewaso Nyiro River. Meals are served al fresco and there is an elaborate buffet counter and live cooking stations. The lodge has a vegetable and herb garden where some of the ingredients are sourced. The superb culinary experience at the lodge is further guaranteed by being part of the Kitchens of Sarova brand. The cuisines draw inspiration from Pan-African, Pan-European, and Pan-Asian influences. Special dietary requirements are easily catered for. Experiential dining in the form of bush dinners and champagne breakfasts is also offered.

Located along the Ewaso Nyiro riverbank is the Chemi Chemi Bar. The natural spring channels at the site create a tranquil environment that further enhances the unwinding experience. The Carraluma Poolside Bar further supplements the main bar.

Other Amenities

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge has a free-form swimming pool which is ideal to cool down in after a game drive or to escape the heat of the sun. At the Tulia Spa, one can get a massage or alternatively have a massage in the wilderness. Tulia is Swahili for ‘relax’ and the sound of the trickling streams further puts one at rest.

The Doum Conference Room seats 150 people theatre style and offers a unique conference venue deep in the African bush. As expected, there are audiovisual equipment and secretarial assistance to ensure smooth sailing during corporate events. The lodge is also ideal for weddings and honeymoons.


Game drives are the main activity at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge. Visits to traditional Samburu villages are also popular with the lodge’s guests. Teambuilding challenges in the wilderness are also offered.

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge Rates

Above quote includes:

  • Transport in a luxurious 8 seater safari minivan
  • 2 nights’ accommodation on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver/tour guide
  • Unlimited game drives

Above quote excludes:

  • Drinks and tips for waiters, porters and drivers
  • Park entry fees – Citizens (Adult Kshs.1,000, Kid Kshs.500), Residents (Adult Kshs.1030, Kid Kshs.515)

Note: East African Resident Rates – in Kenya Shillings (KES)


Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu

Pick up from Nairobi, after a short safari debrief, you will drive north of Nairobi passing through the Equator and the majestic Mount Kenya en route to the open savannah of Samburu Game Reserve. Arrive in time for lunch; check-in at your camp/lodge. After lunch, you will have some time to relax before you go for an evening game drive. Come back to the camp/lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Samburu

Today you will spend the full day spent exploring the park. The highlights of the Samburu Game Reserve are the spectacular scenic beauty, rivers, and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colorful heritage. The reserves have numerous permanent springs and a wealth of wildlife which includes leopard, hippo, elephant, lion, reticulated giraffe, Grevy zebra, and crocodile in the Ewaso Nyiro river. Over 365 species of birds have been identified in the reserve.

Day 3: Samburu – Nairobi

After an early breakfast and morning game drive, depart to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon. This is where your safari will end.

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