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Serena Mountain Lodge
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    Reviewed 2 December 2013

    Our group spent one night at Serena Mountain Lodge. Unfortunately it rained during the day off and on so we couldn't take advantage of the flora & fauna walk. Watching for the wildlife to come to the watering hole from the long balcony that spanned the lodge was an experience. We saw wart hogs, gazelles and Common bushbucks. The highlight was seeing some female elephants and their babies wander in after dark. One of the matriarchs straddled a huge rock near the watering hole and proceded to scratch herself on it for several minutes. Wished I'd had a movie camera! The staff was pleasant, the food was good, the rooms and lodge a little tired and a tad rustic, but overall a good experience.

    • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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    Thank Pat E
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    Reviewed 2 December 2013

    We stayed one night here both before and after our 5 day trek up Mount Kenya. Although quite a large building it was designed well so as to blend in with the forest. It seemed like there was more staff than guests and they were very attentive, but not intrusive. The water hole provided some great viewing whilst relaxing on the open balcony, especially after the hike! Fairly limited selection of food, but it covered all the bases and was well presented and of good quality.

    The hotel comes with it's own guide if you feel like walking up the mountain, this is Benson who was fantastic, unbelievably knowledge about every bird/plant/animal you can expect to encounter and an absoluete master of all the routes no matter the weather! You can also encounter him guiding the 2 hour forest walks the hotel puts on in the afternoon, make sure you have the "Elephants Milk" in your coffee!

    Room Tip: All the rooms have a view of the watering hole, the lower floor don't have balconies, I'd guess for safety reasons, the other two both do. Although do keep the door shut as the monkeys will be into your room in a heartbeat!
    • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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    Thank minky22
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    Reviewed 1 December 2013

    We spent three days here to finish up on some important work that just couldn't get done amid the normal hustle and bustle of the office. We needed the time out.

    At this amazing hideaway tucked inside Mt. Kenya national park we quickly rejuvenated our depleted mental reserves and dug into our formidable task with relish. The lodge was reminiscent of Noah's ark.

    There was ample conferencing room, facilities, WIFI, regular tea/coffee and biting service, and a sumptuous menu to pick from.

    Lots of monkeys, antelopes, birds and warthogs. Elephant herds and hyena packs are a constant feature at the watering hole outside.

    I did not get to see a leopard, though they are occasionally spotted - The staff are kind enough to give you a wake up call once the animal you are keen to see comes around for a drink, regardless of the hour.

    Elegant rooms, keen and pleasant staff, and lots of time to contemplate nature.

    A must visit !

    • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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    Thank MugambiEric
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    Reviewed 25 November 2013

    We wondered why this was on our itinerary as it had been raining there for a week. But when we arrived the sun came out and we had a lovely, peaceful afternoon. Our room was compact but comfortable and we loved the balcony overlooking the water hole. We saw lots of water and bush bucks, gazelles, a buffalo, wart hogs and a couple of hyena and a heron at night. We had lunch, dinner and breakfast here and all were very good indeed. The staff were all efficient and friendly, we enjoyed the slide show talk in the evening and the wifi worked well. So it made an excellent stop between Samburu and Nakuru.

    • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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    Thank Eric B
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    Reviewed 3 November 2013

    We enjoyed this mountain lodge below 17,000 ft. Mt. Kenya for its wildlife and rustic ambiance, although the facility itself could use some sprucing up. The food and service were very good. Six of our small group used the lodge as a base for a trek part-way up Mt. Kenya (10,000 to about 11, 700 ft.) which was amazing for the flora, birds and views until the rain hit. The road to 10,000 ft. was wild. If you are not hiking up the peak with a guide, probably one night here is enough.

    • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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