Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Overview
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, the glittering Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park.
Secluded within a grove of acacia trees, the lodge looks out over the golden savannah plains, with uninterrupted views of the mountain itself. Close by are a series of emerald green swamps, which are fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. These, the only sources of water in this otherwise starkly beautiful but arid park, attract huge numbers of wallowing elephants, hippos, buffalos and plains game. Meanwhile, from the prehistoric site of Observation Hill, the sunset over Kilimanjaro is magnificent.
At the centre of 'Maasailand', the lodge's décor reflects the brilliant primary colours and iconic shapes representative of these legendary warriors. At the heart of the lodge, shaded by palm trees, is a free-form swimming pool; to either side of which stretch the rooms. Each room is housed in a single storey building opening directly on to the grounds, each reflecting a Maasai manyatta theme: each with its own hand-painted wall frescos.
The central dining area is reached by a timbered bridge over a melt-water stream, while the lounge and bar feature a broad terrace and a blazing fire-pit where evening cocktails can be enjoyed. Activities include daily game drives in custom-built traditional safari vehicles, 'sundowners' on Observation Hill, bush breakfasts, bush dinners, Maasai dance performances, visits to Maasai villages and tree-planting programmes.
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge is located within Amboseli National Park, which lies approximately 250 kilometres from Nairobi and close to the Tanzanian border.
Facilities
92 rooms (inclusive of family rooms and suites: all non-smoking)
Central dining room, internal and external bar
Free form swimming pool and sundeck
Gift shop and business centre
Guided nature walks or bird-watching walks
Dinner in the bush, breakfast on the plains
Watch the sun go down over Mount Kilimanjaro
Spacious interior bar with exterior terrace. Separate exterior campfire bar Visit to Maasai communities, opportunities to buy Maasai handicrafts
Maasai dance performances in dedicated exterior bush BBQ area. Resident guitarist
Satellite TV (in communal areas only)
WiFi
24-hour on-call medical services
Conference centre
Baby-sitting, family rooms, children's dining/menus
Massages, facials, pedicures, manicures
Board games and library of Africana books
Special dietary needs catered for with advance notification
Accommodation
Our luxury ensuite rooms are accommodated in two single-storey dedicated buildings, which lie to the right and left of the main reception and dining areas. Each tastefully-appointed room features a Maasai-inspired, hand-painted, wall fresco, king-sized bed or luxurious twins, lavish all-encompassing mosquito-curtaining, bathroom (with walk-in shower), writing/vanity unit, and private veranda. Triple rooms can be made available.
All our rooms offer:
Ceiling fan
Telephone and WiFi connectivity
24-hour room service
Complimentary mineral water and toiletries
Bathrobe and slippers
Valet, laundry, shoe-shine
Hair dryers and safes (from reception)
Babysitting services, cots, additional beds, children's menus
Forex, travel and 24-hour on-call medical services
240V/3-pin (square) sockets and shaver socket
Dinning
The central dining area is reached by an internal timbered bridge over a melt-water stream, and is flanked by water gardens. The walls feature hand-painted wildlife murals while the décor reflects the traditional artefacts of the Maasai people. The spacious lounge and bar feature a broad terrace and a blazing fire-pit where evening cocktails can be enjoyed.
Breakfast and Lunch: Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices. In typical safari style, we offer a 'full English Breakfast' as well as European options while our lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian options.
Dinner: Our table d'hote dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of our meat and dairy products, as well as our fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the reserve.
Theme Nights: We offer three special 'theme' nights, which as well as offering a broad range of international options also feature a central 'theme'.
Wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks: Our wine list offers a broad selection of old- and new-world wines, and local and imported beers and spirits. We also offer a wide range of soft drinks including an array of freshly-made local fruit juices. We serve only the finest Kenyan coffee and tea; we also offer a wide range of fruit and herbal infusions.
Bush dining: We are expert in arranging breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktails in the bush. We have dedicated 'bush dining' site immediately adjacent to the lodge as well as a number of panoramic sites within the park, such as 'Observation Hill' which looks directly towards Mount Kilimanjaro. These areas are typically presented with tables, safari chairs, 'bush bar' and a 'bush kitchen', where a broad range of meats, poultry, fish and vegetables are cooked on-site (supplemented by fresh soups, salads and puddings from our hotel kitchens). In the evenings, 'sun-downer' cocktails are traditionally served around a campfire and can be followed by a lamp-lit 'bush dinner'.
Special events: We have long experience in presenting a wide variety of special events, which can be presented by our pool, in the restaurant or in the bush. We can also offer a selection of local musicians, live bands or local traditional dancers.
Meeting
The Serena Group has unrivalled experience in organizing a unique range of corporate and social events, all of which are supported by state-of-the-art facilities, orchestrated by highly-trained personnel, and enjoy luxury accommodation, world-class catering and diverse leisure options.
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge