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Safari Lodges
Kenya / Tanzania
 

 


The only ‘tree hotel’ ever to be built on the slopes of Kenya’s legendary Mount Kenya, Mountain Lodge offers a matchless game viewing opportunity whilst combining a glorious panorama of mountain vistas with the primordial splendors of an ancient rainforest. Floating 2,195 m high on the flanks of Kenya’s highest mountain and secreted deep within her largest forest reserve, the lodge offers not only the champagne-clarity of mountain air, the tranquility of the forest and a colorful cavalcade of wildlife but also the chance of scaling the icy peaks of Africa’s second-highest mountain

ACCOMMODATION
This 42 bedroom lodge is accessed through the forest. A draw bridge leads you onto a winding path deep into the rain forest where you meet the warm and your hosts on the wooden decks of the resort. The timbered lodge gives the impression of boarding a ship. Winding stairs lead to a selection of comfortable, cabin-styled rooms. Each private room has indigenous wood- paneled walls and furnished with African crafts. You can view the waterhole from your spacious veranda, where there is never a dull moment. The bar has a welcoming fire and is decorated with traditional Kikuyu handcrafts and sepia prints reminding you of the local culture and heritage. The fireside comforts against the evening chill of this unique tropical mountain environment. Adjacent is the dining room and the menu offers a blend of traditionally safari favorites, spicy ethnic cuisine, and internationally-themed dishes


LOCATION
Serena Mountain Lodge towers over the mountainous peaks of Mount Kenya where you can view the spectacular game, regularly viewed at the waterhole daily during game drives. This is the home of the Big Five and the Serena Mountain Lodge prides itself in having a constant record of big game visits and sightings. The Lodge is at 2194 m on the slopes of Mount Kenya and surrounded by lush rainforest's.
 


Set on a plateau in an elevation above Lake Nakuru , Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge has 67 chalets all overlooking the lake, within the Lake Nakuru National Park . It is the perfect place to experience one of the world's largest ornithological spectacles, The Pink Flamingo, or a rich concentration of wildlife including black and white colobus monkey and is also a famed Rhino Sanctuary.

FACTS
• DISTANCE: 160 kms from Nairobi.
• BY ROAD: 2 hours from Nairobi
• BY AIR: 30 minutes from Nairobi, transfer from airstrip to lodge takes 30 minutes.

• PARK FEES: (These fees are paid direct to Park authorities at the park gate)
      - Non residents: USD 40 per adult per night, USD 20 per child, per night.
      - Residents: Kshs. 1000 per adult per night, Kshs. 500 per child, per night.
      - Citizens: Kshs. 200 per adult per night, Kshs. 100 per child, per night.


• THINGS TO DO:
     - Bush Dining
     - Eye opening game drives to view the ‘big five’.
     - Cocktail at Baboon Cliff
     - Soothing massages indoors or under the open skies
 


No other Kenya safari lodge has such a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape than Mara Serena Safari Lodge. It is on this very terrain where the great annual migration takes place, when millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle traverse the landscape to feed on rich new grass and give birth to their young calves. The Masai Mara National Reserve is home to gazelle, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, the legendary black-manned lion and many more.

ACCOMMODATION
• Set on a high ridge, Mara Serena is a modern incarnation of a traditional African village of domed huts. The huts are distanced apart so guests of each room have uninterrupted views of the landscape.

• The lodge is the only such property in the Mara Triangle - one of the world's richest wildlife sanctuaries - and as such, its guests can be assured a high degree of privacy when enjoying their safari experience.

• There are total of 74-guest rooms: 72 twin beds and 2 with double beds.

• Voltage is 240V in rooms and adaptors are available at the reception desk; shaver outlets have both 110V and 240V.

 

FACILITIES
Mara Serena Safari Lodge has outdoor pool with lounge chairs, tables, umbrellas and fresh towels.
• Communication available via telephone, fax and radio.
• Secretarial service available upon request.
• Currency exchange open 24 hours.
• Nurse on call 24 hours. Flying Doctors Service is also available which includes emergency Medivac to hospital from nearby airstrip.
• Daily laundry/pressing service.
• Babysitting can usually be arranged with sufficient notice.
• Early supper for children upon request.
• Boutique with curios, clothing, jewelry, batiks, books, maps, lotions, films, stamps etc.
• Shoe shining.
• Lunch boxes, fruits, flowers and celebration cakes may be ordered.
• Central safety deposit service available at the reception desk.
 


Mt Village Serena
 



 

Nestling in the heart of a coffee plantation on the shores of Lake Duluti, near to Arusha, the gateway town of Tanzania’s spectacular national parks, Mountain Village - Arusha is the perfect place to relax before or after experiencing the adventure of a Serena Safari.

Mountain Village will give guests a true experience of a coffee plantation and is designed as an African village. It is renowned for its collection of spectacular bougainvillaea. Accommodation is housed in banana stem thatched huts, grouped in semi-circles around tropical shade trees. All guest rooms have private balconies that boast magnificent views of the mighty snow-capped Kilimanjaro on one side and Lake Duluti and the rugged peaks of Mount Meru on the other. Mountain Village, built in January 1989, has been under Serena management since 1st October 2000.

The area is an ornithologist’s paradise. The nature trail around the magical Lake Duluti provides a sanctuary for over 130 different bird species. Guests can take a relaxing walk along Lake Duluti spotting all the stunning African birds or wander through the coffee plantations around the lodge.

The Lodge has 46 guest rooms (36 twins and six superior rooms). The restaurant and bar are located in the Old Colonial Farmhouse which has all modern amenities. Activities include lake shore walks to see the Colobus monkeys, forest antelope and the abundant bush life. Excursions can be made to Mount Meru, mountain climbing of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro and trips to the markets of Arusha.

Serena Active
For those with a spirit for active adventure Serena provides unique tailor-made experiences for individuals, managed by professionals with a sense of fun for the young and not so young. For personal programs
and for groups: sailing, fishing, scuba diving, walking safaris, ballooning, canoe safaris, biking, mountain climbing and trekking, all on the wild side. Each Serena location offers a unique African experience.

Serena Leisure
Whether you like game viewing from a hot-air balloon, walking safaris in the African bush, sunbathing on a deserted beach, dancing under the equatorial stars, shopping for traditional artifacts or windsurfing in the
Indian Ocean, Serena can cater for all tastes. With hotels located in cities, on the beach, in the bush and on the lakeside, there is something on offer for everyone.

Serena Safari
From a luxury-tented camp in the Serengeti plains to a riverfront lodge shaded by acacia trees, Serena boasts all types of safaris. (See Serena Active). For true African adventure, enjoy the savanna of the Masai Mara, the vast plains of the Serengeti, the foothills of Kilimanjaro, forests of the Aberdares and Chyulu Hills of Tsavo, the Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu, the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater, and the lakes of Victoria and Manyara. Relax by the pool with a cocktail at base camp or private bush breakfasts and fireside dinners.
 


As if in a land before time, ngorongoro serena safari lodge is built into the rim of a dormant and collapsed volcano (known as a caldera), the plant and ivy-covered native stone blending masterfully with its surroundings. Close by lies the olduvai gorge, the birthplace of man. Today the volcano and surrounding landscape are part of a vast conservation area inhabited by the masai tribe, as well as an extraordinary variety of big game and bird-life. Most guest rooms have private terraces with views of the crater floor where countless animals make their home. At ngorongoro serena, lodge visitors co-exist in perfect harmony with the natural environment and the wildlife that inhabits it

ACCOMMODATION
     • Safari lodge with 75 rooms
     • Ngorongoro Crater – World Heritage Site
     • Intimate guest areas
     • Nearby Olduvai Gorge & Shifting Sands
 


Set high on the saddle of tree-clad ridge commanding panoramic views over the endlessly rolling reaches and volcanic reefs of the Serengeti, the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. Drawing its inspiration from the circular ‘Rondavel’ dwellings and winding paths of a traditional Maasai village, the Lodge features thickly-thatched, stone-built rooms, spaciously set amongst groves of indigenous trees that are cooled by sparkling streams and papyrus-fringed ponds.

ACCOMMODATION
The rooms come with private verandah overlooking the terrains of the Serengeti, the staging ground for the annual wildebeest migration.Each room is accommodated in a stone-built, traditionally-thatched 'Rondavel', featuring rope-lashed staircases creating a unique blend of authentic ethnicity and world-class elegance.
The rooms are well fitted with:

FACILITIES:
• Restaurant offering local specialities and internationally themed dishes
• Bush breakfasts and barbecue bush lunches
• Circular bar, its roof supported by massive carven figures of warriors, maidens and elders, looks out over the sky-blue
• Beauty treatments, massage and hairdressing
• ‘Vanishing horizon’ swimming pool
• Atmospheric sundowners
• Action-packed game drives through the magnificent ecosystem of the Serengeti
• Wildlife walks around the lodge with our resident naturalist
• Balloon safaris
• Nightly wildlife and cultural talks, videos and film shows
• Vibrant cultural entertainments- music, culture and dance
• Wide range of board games
• Internet connectivity
• Library of books on Africa
• Full medical back-up and emergency evacuation facilities
• Forex facilities
• Extensively stocked Africana Gift shop
• Safari boutique
• Natural stone bathrooms with separate bath and shower
• Hairdryers
• Air conditioned
• Satellite TV
• Telephones
• Leopard-print drapes
• Intricately carved furniture
• In room safe
• Minibars
• Wildwood balconies

 


Standing high on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terracotta streaked cliff above the flamingo-frosted expanse of Lake Manyara’s gleaming alkaline waters, the Lodge commands panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley.

Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique birdlife, the Lodge draws on an inspirational architectural motif that melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas’ (encampments) whilst the vibrantly coloured frescoes lining the walls are designed to depict the colorful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.

The ambiance of the Lodge is a fusion of lakeside tranquillity, towering volcanic splendour and adventure-packed sporting activity.

ACCOMMODATION
The circular, closely-thatched rooms echo the traditional Maasai 'Boma' style of construction whilst featuring a vibrant interior design concept that reflects the Maasai people's abiding love of brilliant scarlet-and-indigo checked 'Shukas' (cloaks) and bright yellow, white, blue and orange beadwork.
In total the lodge has 54 rooms: