Established in early 2003 by three friends (writer and journalist Riccardo Orizio, who had been dreaming of setting up his own Africa dream for 20 years, businessmen Paolo Barberis Canonico and Davide Barberis Canonico) with the initial participation of doctor Pia-Sophie Wool, Saruni is today a company that own and runs four properties: Saruni Mara, the only small, boutique lodge in the Masai Mara, with five elegant cottages, one family villa and one private villa with a maximum of 18 guests making it very intimate and exclusive; Saruni Samburu, a six luxury, eco-chic villas lodge which is open and spacious, heralding spectacular views over Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya, considered by some as the most beautiful and innovative lodge in Kenya; Saruni Wild, a 3-tents only private camp elegantly and comfortably furnished with all the necessary luxuries of a wild yet classic safari. The camp is located in the heart of the Masai Mara plains, on the border between Lemek Conservancy and Mara North Conservancy. Saruni Rhino; an intimate lodge consisting of two open stone ‘banda’ cottages nestled on the edge of a dry river bed, in Sera Community Conservancy, northern Kenya. The conservancy is also home to the only community-owned & run Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa in which Saruni guests can track eleven black rhino on foot in the safety of Saruni guides and Sera Rangers using both state of the art technology and traditional Samburu tracking methods.
In total, we employ 90 people and provide the communities with hundreds of thousands of dollars in income every year.
We believe that Africa needs not only charity and emergency help, but honest, transparent, community-supportive entrepreneurship, where profits are made and used to create jobs and professional opportunities and to provide the people who own the land where wildlife is with equitable income. We have been founding members of Mara North Conservancy, the most ambitious conservation project in the Masai Mara ecosystem, and are part of NRT (Northern Rangelands Trust), the most important conservation project in Northern Kenya.