Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
The first lodge ever to be built in a Kenyan National Park, Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is superbly situated in the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro, encircled by volcanic splendour, adjacent to a teeming water hole and daily visited by vast herds of elephant, buffalo and plains game. Inspirationally positioned so that not only all the rooms but also the open-air restaurant, timbered game-viewing decks and rock-built bar enjoy uninterrupted views of the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro, the lodge also stands central to miles of lion-stalked grasslands, elephant-studded plains and wildlife-teeming bush and is ideally placed for visits to all the park’s prime attractions. Faced in volcanic stone and utilising the natural rocky outcrops of a valley known as ‘the place of the young rhino’, from which it takes its name, the lodge has been designed to blend chameleon-like into the savannah landscape.
Cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-viewing the open-air dining area, timbered decks and rock-hewn bar blend the traditional “khaki-and-canvas” look with bright-painted banners, sepia-hued paintings and evocative olive-wood carvings of elephant herds and tail-erect wart hogs. The elegantly renovated rooms draw on a sun-gold, sky-blue and bush-green savannah colour palette and have been so styled to provide world-class luxury and a quintessential African aura whilst featuring private verandas with views of eternity.
Cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-viewing the open-air dining area, timbered decks and rock-hewn bar blend the traditional “khaki-and-canvas” look with bright-painted banners, sepia-hued paintings and evocative olive-wood carvings of elephant herds and tail-erect warthogs.
The elegantly renovated rooms draw on a sun-gold, sky-blue and bush-green savannah colour palette and have been so styled to provide world-class luxury and a quintessential African aura whilst featuring private verandas with views of eternity.
The traditionally thatched, breeze-cooled dining room overlooks the Lodge’s action-packed water-hole where lumbering herds of elephant, roving buffalo and playful zebra collect to drink whilst the guest menu features a sensitive blend of ethnic cuisine, internationally-themed dishes and traditional safari favourites. Guest Services & Amenities
The Serena offers so much more... At the end of an action-packed day, guests can also enjoy a dip in the cool, blue waters of a rock-paved swimming pool, set amongst the lush foliage of an extensively planted tropical garden.
Swimming pool, nature walks, bird watching and game drives
Extensively stocked Africana Gift Shop
Luxurious beauty treatments and toning massages
Full housekeeping services (laundry, valet, babysitting on request, childrens’ menus and dining facilities, shoeshine etc)
Hairdryer available on request fom the Reception Desk;
Express check-in/out, Forex facilities
Full medical back-up and emergency evacuation facilities
All weather air-strip for private landings and well-maintained road network
A wide range of board games available.
The Serena Safari Experience
The word “Safari” means “journey” in Kiswahili but since the days of the “Great White Hunters” a “Safari” has evolved to mean a spectacular bush adventure that takes in sightings of a glorious selection of game, flora, fauna and bird life whilst delivering awe inspiring scenery, show-stopping views and wildlife encounters of the most exciting kind.
The Serena Active programme at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge has the following main features:
Walking in the bush (accompanied by our resident naturalist)
Climbing the Chaimu Crater, scrambling over the Shetani Lava Flow or scaling the gentle reaches of the Five Sisters Range
Discovering the brilliance of the local bird life
Game viewing around our water hole
Adventure game drives around the Tsavo eco-system
Swimming in the cool of our peaceful pool
Volleyball, table tennis, darts and pool table
The option of a magical, lamp-lit, bush dinner looking out over the distant splendour of the Chyulu Hills and the floodlit ‘theatre of the wild’ happening just beyond the glow of the campfire
Night game drives: an excellent way to spice up your nightlife in the wild!
Whether you wish to seek out the elusive nocturnal wildlife or behold the thrilling world of predators stalking their prey, a night game drive is a must.
‘Sundowners’ at ‘Roaring Rocks’, a volcanic crag where hyrax scamper and the sun goes down amongst the lilac shoals of a living volcanic arena. Also at ‘Poachers’ Lookout’ a conical hill with show-stopping park vistas
Picnics and Nature trails, accompanied by the resident naturalists – to the peak of the adjacent ‘Five Sisters’ volcanic hills, up the cindered paths of the Chaimu Crater or around the hippo-heaving pools and nature-trails of Mzima springs. There are also tours of the petrified lava flows and echoing caves of the famous Shetani Lava Flow
An evocative bush breakfast uniquely staged atop the volcanic rust-red mass of Lion Rock, once a hunting haunt of lions, with sweeping views over the wilderness the Park
Akamba Tribal dancing and performances by local musicians
‘Wildlife and Wilderness’ talks by the resident naturalist
Visits to the local Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary
Catching up with the world via our communal satellite TV
There’s also just lazing by the pool, taking in some sun, brushing up on your bush-craft and looking out over miles and miles of stunning Tsavo.