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Samburu Serena Safari Lodge - Samburu, Kenya

The Samburu Serena Safari Lodge is set in a landscape of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers; this refreshingly rustic lodge is renowned for the timeless beauty of its landscape and the serene tranquillity of its setting. Nestled amidst the acacia groves that border the crocodile-filled reaches of the Uaso Nyiro River, the lodge stands centre-stage to miles of lion-stalked grasslands, elephant-studded plains and wildlife-teeming bush. It is also ideally placed for visits to the neighbouring parks of Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserve.

As to ambience, the long, low, thatched buildings of the lodge blend seamlessly into the soft green of the acacia woodlands lining the banks of the languid brown loops of the Uaso Nyiro River, whilst the architectural style makes optimum use of traditional palm thatch, soft local stone and traditional Samburu building motifs. The cool of the interior, meanwhile, reflects a strong ‘khaki and canvas' safari influence enriched by a vibrant selection of age-old Samburu masks, spears and ceremonial treasures.

Location
Samburu Serena Safari Lodge is 90km north of Mount Kenya and 343 km from Nairobi. The lodge has its own landing strip.

Kenya safari hotels and accommodation
Amongst the wide range of Kenya hotels, some make the ideal Kenya safari destination. Choose a safari lodge, safari hotel, bush camp, luxury lodge, safari camp, tented camp or bush lodge. National park accommodation usually takes the form of traditional safari lodges or tented camps, but numerous other options exist on the park boundaries. Luxury lodges and luxury camps options are also offered in the private wildlife conservancies.

Accommodation
Each room is accommodated in a prettily thatched timber cottage with its own blossomed veranda looking out over the river. The décor melds world-class luxury with quintessential Africa and features a tranquil blend of traditional safari colours, draped nets, soft lamps and stunning Samburu art. The lodge offers: 62 rooms comprising 9 family rooms, 43 twin-bedrooms and 10 double bedrooms. Services include: 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, childrens' menus and dining facilities, shoeshine etc). Express check-in/out. 24-hour Forex facilities and direct-dial phones. Full medical back-up and emergency evacuation facilities All weather air-strip and well-maintained road network A wide range of board games plus a full library of books on Africa.

Dining and bars
The traditionally thatched, breeze-cooled bar and dining area overlooks the flood-lit gather nightly and shy leopards are lured to the forked branch of an acacia tree where a haunch of meat has been laid out for them. Menus are styled to feature traditional barbecues, spicy ethnic cuisine, internationally-themed dishes and a broad selection of hearty safari favourites. The cuisine majors on ultra-fresh, locally grown produce served in the time-honoured safari style with plenty of fresh fruit and imaginative salads on the side.

Conference and event facilities
The Samburu Conference Suite can accommodate: 35 guests classroom style and 25 guests theatre style, 30 guests cocktail style and 20 guests boardroom style.

Facilities include:
State-of-the-art presentation facilities
To include:
A full selection of projection TV, screen, video, video conferencing and audiovisual equipment.
Full Conference organisation service

To include: badges, registration desks, delegate packs, delegate services, specialist delegate gifts, secretarial back up and communication links, tailor-made itineraries, private safaris and individually planned and themed menus.

A full range of imaginative incentive packages and fully tailored accommodation packages is also available.
Samburu Weddings and Honeymoons

 

Options Include:

Wedding ceremony and reception on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River.
Champagne reception around the hotel pool.
Sumptuous floral arrangements, bouquets and buttonholes
Private candle-lit honeymoon dinner for two in the bush.
Luxurious honeymoon cottage supplied with tropical fruit and chilled champagne
Samburu cultural displays followed by dancing under the stars.
A colourful range of guest entertainments.
Photography and videoing of your special day.
Special accommodation packages for the entire wedding party.

Special Occasions
Services include:
Individually themed menus
Bush barbecues and poolside cocktails
Entertaining under canvas - with campfires, hurricane lamps and safari cuisine.
Private game drives and savannah picnics
Nature trails and guided bird walks
Champagne bush breakfasts at Crocodile Point
Live music, vivid cultural entertainment
Dancing - inside or under the stars
Floral decorations or culturally/colour coordinated style themes
Individually styled guest gifts

Child-friendly
All Serena lodges are child-friendly and offer: family rooms, additional beds, cots, children's mealtimes and menus, babysitting services, educational materials, wildlife presentations, guided nature walks.

What to see and do
Samburu National Reserve
A place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, Samburu National Reserve lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the Northern Frontier District, whose heat-scorched scrublands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana and beyond.
Physically dramatic, the 104 sq kilometre landscape of the Reserve features rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry river beds and fallen boulders rising out of the thorn scrub against a backdrop of the far-distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe.

As for wildlife, Samburu provides one of the few sanctuaries in Kenya for the endangered Grevy's zebra, the rare beisa oryx and the blue-shanked Somali ostrich whilst large herds of elephant roam the gaunt hills during the day before returning to bathe on the banks of the river in the evening.

Other attractions
The activities on offer at Samburu Serena Lodge include:
The option of a magical, moon-lit, bush dinner looking out over the meandering reaches of the Uaso Nyiro River.
Samburu-guided camel treks across the shimmering scrub-desert to a nearby vantage point offering panoramic views.
‘Sundowners' around the campfire or watching as the elephant gather by the river, the shy leopard arrives for his meat and the riverine wildlife theatre begins.
Picnics and Nature trails, accompanied by the resident naturalists.

An early morning game drive followed by an evocative bush breakfast uniquely staged at Crocodile Point.
Samburu Tribal dancing and performances by local musicians.
Traditional Samburu handicraft market
Day trips to the neighbouring reserves of Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserve.
‘Wildlife and Wilderness' talks by the resident naturalist.
Walking in the bush (accompanied by our resident naturalist)

Samburu-led Camel treks through the bush lands and dry-river beds of this extraordinary region.
Crocodile spotting along the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River
Discovering the brilliance of the local bird life
Game viewing along the Uaso Nyiro River as a cavalcade of wildlife arrives to drink.
Adventure game drives around the Samburu eco-system
Swimming in the cool of our peaceful pool


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