Reteti House

Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy Samburu Kenya

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In the northern frontier of Kenya, lies the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, an area of 850,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the Mathews Range. The savannah plains and lush mountain slopes are home to elephant, leopard, reticulated giraffe, wild dog and kudu in ever increasing numbers. This remote and dramatic landscape is also home to the local Samburu people whose age-old traditions, including the famous ‘singing wells’ are as much a part of the fabric of this land as the wildlife.Sarara is a conservation brand that partners with indigenous communities to build sustainability for people and wildlife through truly unique and experiential safari experiences. Part of the community-owned Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in the heart of the Mathews Range, and in partnership with the Northern Rangelands Trust, Sarara has fast become a flagship model for community conservation across Africa.Designed exclusively for private use, the uniquely crafted Reteti House offers expansive views over the Matthews Range, intimate Reteti elephant encounters and immersive cultural experiences. Sustainably constructed by only using materials sourced from the area – the house blends naturally into the dramatic landscape of Namunyak Conservancy.

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  • Unrestricted game drives exploring the 850,000 acres of pristine wildlife habitat accompanied by a local Samburu guide
  • Visit the singing wells to honour an age old tradition
  • Hikes into the montane cloud forests
  • Fly camping
  • Visits to a manyatta
  • Walking safaris
  • Plunge down a natural rock slide into crystal clear pools (seasonal)
  • Beading with the Samburu ladies
  • Fashion your own jewelry with our Ironmongers
  • Elephant rock art visits
  • School visits to the Mobile Montessori Program
  • Bush meals


Reteti House accommodates up to 8 – 10 guests sharing in four beautiful, standalone, en-suite rooms with solar heated outdoor showers alongside a spectacular communal lounge and pool.

Experience & Activities

One of the most authentic cultural experiences to be had in the country is to visit the “Sarara singing wells.” Especially in the dry season, the local Samburu herders visit  “wells” that they have dug in the dry river bed, sometimes five men deep and each belonging to a specific family. They then sing to their livestock who recognize the song and know where and in what order to come to drink. In keeping with the whole community and conservation ethos of Sarara, these same wells are then utilised at night  by local wildlife, including elephants and leopards

Activities include

  • day and night games drives,
  • horseback riding,
  • walks and bikes,
  • optional fly camping,
  • a seasonal water slide,
  • village visits,
  • the giraffe viewing platform, and of course the wonderful Reteti elephant orphanage, located only a few minutes from Reteti House.

Reteti House Rates

Rates in US$
Minimum Stay-2 Nights(1-6 Adults6,500
Extra Adult1,075
Extra Child5-15 Years)
Elephant Sanctuary Compulsory Fee(Payable Once per Group)550
Child(6-15 Yrs)700

Conservancy Fee:Adult USD 160 & Child US$ 90 Per Night


  • 7th January – 31st October 2024 & 1st December – 4th January 2025
  • Closed Season: November 2024

Included: Full board accommodation, soft drinks, local beers,non-premium wines and spirits, laundry, local airstrip transfers (Namunyak airstrip), activities as shown and statutory taxes.

Activities Included: Day and night game drives, guided walks,hiking in the montane forest of the Mathews mountains, ex- clusive visits to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, De Brazza monkey hike, and village visits.

Extra: Conservancy fees currently, US$160 per adult per night /US$90 per child per night payable with booking.

Excluded: Champagne, premium spirits, cellar wines, fly

camping mobilisation fee – US$300, Samburu dancers (US$ 500 for 25 dancers), Ololokwe day trip (US$350 per vehicle), beading with Samburu women (US$25 per person), Black- smithing with Samburu Ironmongers (US$25 per person) and massage treatments.

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