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Sanctuary Tambarare, Kenya

Sometimes one is lucky and happens upon a place at the best possible time; this was true of my son and me.

veranda and view over plains
Veranda and View from our Tent

Planning a safari within a short time frame, we really lucked into this oasis, located in Thuthuriki in the shadow of Mount Kenya. The camp was opening in June 2022; we were planning a safari for August 2022, and likely due to their very recent opening, they had availability. We didn't realize at the time what a treat was in store for us.

tent with young man walking

The camp is intimate with only ten large, luxurious and airy tents, each with a private veranda which overlooks the plains of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy (more on that later). They are spaced far apart which accentuates the feeling of privacy.

The interiors are both comfortable and inviting with stunning hardwood floors, fine linens and nice touches of luxury. The hot water bottles placed inside our beds reminded me of our stay in Cusco, Peru and were greatly appreciated. Hot water bottles were also available, along with blankets, for our game drives when chilly.

En-suite bathrooms are beautifully appointed and designed.

The food and drinks are gourmet, top-shelf, and delicious. Their talented chefs are preparing delectable dishes, freshly baked bread, and fresh salads, right there in the middle of the bush. My foodie son expressed his wish for them to offer a restaurant in Tysons, and honestly, I couldn't agree more.

Eating eggs benedict while watching the menagerie of animals passing by was delightful. So much so that I asked for this dish even when it wasn't on the day's menu and they always obliged. Service was stellar with wines and drinks refilled while all needs were quickly ascertained by the staff without being asked.

dining room open-air

The dining room was inviting whether by day or by night; they had a cute little bar to the left with wooden walkways connecting the two areas. The fire pit was just below the walkway.

Most importantly, the guides are outstanding, true experts on the area. Our Masaai guide was so knowledgeable, offering us a wealth of information alongside his genuine friendliness and excellent hospitality. He had grown up in the same Kenyan bush we were exploring and shared with us numerous stories of his childhood; this was priceless.

Of the four safari camps we visited, this one was the most luxurious and had the best dining. It was my first opportunity to stay at one of the Sanctuary Retreats properties; it lived up to its name. It was not only a sanctuary, but it offered an incredible safari experience. There was nothing not to like; this is my long overdue thank you to the entire team and staff.

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