Mara Serena Safari Lodge
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMara Serena Safari Lodge Masai Mara National Reserve
Great location, facility and food. Excellent views of the plains. Is a tough drive from Nairobi but the hotel being in the Mara Triangle has the best animal attractions.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mara Serena Safari Lodge Masai Mara National Reserve
It's a long drive in to the lodge, across some fairly hostile terrain and on amazing roads, but I promise you it's worth it. You don't actually see anything until you turn in to the courtyard - and there it is -set on a hillside. Staff will have whisked your luggage away before you've finished with your refreshing cold towel and welcome drink. Check in comes to you, and then you are free to explore. Accommodation is in chalet style rooms arranged so that no room overlooks any other, but all look out over an amazing vista which is difficult to keep in perspective, distances are so great. There is a small gift shop, an adequate bar and a dining room split up in to small areas so that you never feel as part of a large group. As with all Serena hotels and lodges, the staff are their strength - always on hand but never pushy. In the evenings an open fire lends to the atmosphere as you have a drink before dinner. Food is adequate by any standard but better yet when put in to the context of where you are. A high spot for us was the the hot air balloon trip with breakfast after landing - chef in immaculate whites preparing omelettes and pancakes to complement the champagne - and all this miles from anywhere - definitely surreal and very 'Out of Africa'. Strongly recommended, but do suggest that you consider a flight in one direction - Nairobi 45 minutes and not too expensive - probably when you leavbe - on the way in it's at least a bit of a novelty.
I travelled all over Kenya in January 2006. This lodge was by far the best that I stayed in. I stayed for a few days and wish it was more. Other Serena lodges are good, but this was faultless.
The staff are highly motivated and very friendly. The food excellent. The rooms are spacious, clean and have great views. The whole lodge is beautifully designed.
You get to see a wide variety of animals, as you would expect, on your game drives. My guide (who was not attached to the Serena)wasn't so great and we didn't get to see a leopard which was a disappointment. However we did see lots of other animals including lions, cheetahs, elephants, topi, etc.
I found out, just as I was leaving, that you can arrange additional game drives with the Serena for a reasonable fee. Worth bearing in mind if you have the energy/time.
The hotel arranges a "breakfast with the hippos" where you get an amazing choice for breakfast plus champagne seated at tables on the banks of the river.
Its a great place to stay.
Our favorite in Kenya!
We just fell in love with this lodge--being our last stop in Kenya. The decor was unique and beaufitul, and truly does look like the pictures! It had a gorgeous view of the Mara, where you could see giraffe, elephant, etc. from a distance.
The pool was beautiful, I got a wonderful massage for only around $30, and the food was good.
The staff was wonderful, as well, and one worker would sing and play his guitar and was a delight each night of our stay.
I highly recommend this lodge and would definitley stay when we return!!!
We stayed at this lodge for 3 days and loved it. The view is unbeatable. Rooms are nicely decorated with a Masai decore, very clean and the bathroom is a nice size. Remember to lock your sliding door as the baboons like to get in and look for something sweet to eat. The food was good, very nice pool and the staff bent over backwards to help you out.
Coming from the Fig Tree Lodge in the Mara for one night, which was more than enough, the Mara Serena was a welcome surprise. The setting is UNBEATABLE. All of the rooms, and the pool area have views that go on forever. The rooms themselves were very clean and appropriately decorated. The shower and bathroom were large and modern. Staff was friendly and were constantly cleaning the outdoor areas. I would highly recommend this hotel to all travellers.
Mara Serena Safari Lodge, outstanding!!
Mara Serena Safari Lodge is best lodge we stayed in within Kenya. Couldn't fault it. Views from your room looking out over the African plains, animals that can almost stand outside room. Beautiful swimming pool. All just fantastic. Just perfect and idyllic surroundings. Not forgetting the animals . We actually caught the wilder beast migration. What a sight!! Would recommend a balloon ride from this hotel and would definitely recommend this hotel/lodge.
We got married on 25th june then went on safari for a week this was the lodge we spent our last 2 nights before a week at the beach.
This lodge was the nicest we stayed at while on safari the staff were fantastic, our room was beautiful with a amazing view across the masai mara. On our game drives we saw lepoards, cheeters, lions, elephants, lots of birds, hippos, crocadiles, dikdik, topis, buffalos, and many many more
We would reccomend this hotel to any one staying in the masai mara we had a fantastic time here
FIRST CLASS HOTEL, FIRST CLASS GAME VIEWING
Situated on the saddle in the land with breathtaking views over the Masai Mara. A fabulous base well concealed into the surrounding landscape
Hotel spotless, good food. Excellent staff ( typical of the Serena Chain ),
Top quality hotel room set into the hillside itself with breathtaking views of Mara.
Fabulous location to see the Big 5 animals. Highly recommended
Wonderful - Big Cat Diary Country
A wonderful hotel / lodge that regularly appears in the background to Big Cat Diary on BBC.
Stayed there for conference in April 2004, game drives each day, flightt into park from Nairobi.
The views to front and rear of hotel, which is on high ground are astounding. Elephants, Giraffes, Baboons climbing on roofs. Lots of Hyrax in grounds.
Great pool and area to sit and chill out. Very attentive service from staff - you feel like you are sharing something really special with the people there.
So, good, we are taking kids back this year.
Fabulous place to stay, amazing views and gorgeous rooms.
This was the last lodge on our 10 day safari. Everywhere we stayed, including Treetops, was wonderful but the Serena topped the lot. Amazing rooms, done up like Masai huts with beaded work round the mirrors and a balcony that overlooked the Masai Mara itself. Add the resident rock hyraxes (about the size of a small terrier but looking more like a very large rodent) who steal the sunbeds by the pool first thing in the morning, the hippo safari with full English breakfast and champagne seated at dining tables on the banks of the river and this whole experience was absolutely magical.
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Travel Blogs from Masai Mara National Reserve
We started our game drive at 8:00 am. Everywhere zebra and wildebeest were pouring into the park in long columns. The migration is on! One major obstacle is the river Ma--but the water is low for this time of year. All over, animals were on the move. We stopped to watch a bull elephant in the distance, and stayed as he inexorably moved towards us, …
Vi kørte tidligt til Masai Mara, hvor vi har 4 dage!
Masai Mara er et natur område på 11000 kvm, som går ind i Tanzania.
Der var næsten ingen træer eller buske, så man kan se rigtig langt.
Det er savanne.
På savannen så vi kæmpe flokke af både gazeller, bøfler, giraffer, elefanter, impalaer og mange andre dyr. En …
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