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My husband and I traveled in late January, there was a lot of rain for this time of the year so the river was flooding parts of the park you couldn’t get to the other side of the park via a bridge. And because of all the rain, the grasses where tall which made it very hard to spot any predators. This park is set up well where there is a main road to follow, lots of flat open areas, and there are certain off road trails your allowed to go on with a maximum of 5 cars at a time. On daytime Safaris during migration you will see zebra and wilder beast. We didn’t see many due to the rain most had migrated through to Tanzania. We saw plenty of buffalo, elephant, hyenas, lions, hippos and lots of beautiful birds including the ground hornbill. At nighttime if your lucky you can spot aardvarks and pangolins which is set up by the lodge itself for night Safaris. Getting there was exhausting and our travel agents didn’t inform us of all the flights involved (I don’t think they knew )we went via Safari link, we got a flight from Amboseli National Park to Nairobi airport, went on a huge long walk around the block to check back in via security, and boarded another small plane that flew from Nairobi to Masai Mara. Here is where it gets interesting, we then had to get off that plane onto another one there are 3 different airport stops in Masai Mara and we where the third stop before the plane headed back to Nairobi. The good news is the lodge is close to the airport about 10 minutes. However I’m sure there is a way you can avoid all the little plain trips, if I could do it again I would try to fly straight from Amboseli to Masai Mara. The hotel was amazing and was high on a hill overlooking Masai Mara and a watering hole. We stayed in a standard room with a waterhole view. Some people have commented how the rooms are small, but apart from sleeping at night or having naps in between game drives we did not use it much. Plus not to mention our bed was larger than a king bed it was a super king bed which was awesome! Hotel was very clean, bathrooms lovely, and great patio view with 2 sitting chairs if you want to watch wildlife, there is I think a electric fence around some of the boundaries of the property, so the main things we saw where Bush bucks and warthogs.There are baboons and other monkeys around so make sure if your not in your room to lock the balcony door as they can break in. Mosquito nets are provided over the beds and you have a ceiling fan to keep cool during the day, the time of year we where there nighttime was pleasant not cold or hot, but cool. There are fly screens on the front door and windows so nothing can crawl into your room. Only one night out of 3 did something come in, but the room provides bug spray. Nice outdoor area, if you want to swim, the pool looked amazing, we didn’t swim due to rain. There are plenty of gazebos and lie low chairs by the pool that overlooks the spectacular view. Plus the place is crawling with rock and or tree hyrax’s during the day they are so cute! There is also a place just up by the pool where they light a fire every night, rain or no rain, if it’s dry it’s nice to sit by for a drink before dinner. There is a bar inside and many places to sit, and each night we where there a one man guitar for entertainment played lots of Popular tourist Kenyan songs in Swahili. The kids loved dancing to his music. The food was the only down part for me personally, and it was purely because I hate coriander. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s at least in 75% of everything everyday. Breakfast you have an omelet station, and fresh made crepe pancakes which where delicious. Every lunch or evening your offered soup as a starter which changes daily, one is normally a chicken, beef or lamb broth, and the other choice corn, tomato,potato or pumpkin soup. Then the rest is buffet lunch and dinner. I think every 3 nights they rotate the theme, 2 nights while we where there they had a pasta bar, where you can choose your pasta, vegetables and sauce and the chef cooks it. This was all I ate to avoid coriander . My husband loves coriander so he was happy. it was in the chicken, beef, lamb, any curries or casseroles, even chopped up and tossed in any cooked vegetables, apart from the salads and dessert, I could escape it having plain boiled rice or the pasta bar. The last night they cooked veggies on kebabs and had roast lamb and roast beef on a spit that was lovely. The staff there are very attentive and lovely, while your there During migration I would definitely recommend hot air ballon. And we didn’t get to go due to rain, but book in ASAP for a night game drive to see any nocturnal life, they don’t run tours everyday, so book once your arrive. The gift shop is awesome I went in everyday. All in all I would definitely come stay again.
Sent from heaven
My husband and I visited Kenya to have our wedding ceremony. We could not have chosen a better place to have our wedding than Mara Serena. From the very beginning we knew we had made the right choice. We had to communicate via email of the course of several months. They were always prompt to reply to any inquiry that I had. We booked a package which included flights from and back to Nairobi. Upon arrival at the reserve staff from Mara Serena was there waiting to transport us to the lodge. Check in was quick and simple. When we got to our room and were blessed to see a herd of elephants passing in close proximity of our balcony. What's more amazing? NOTHING. The staff at the hotel were extremely accommodating. Whatever our need was they met it with a smile. We had our ceremony up on a hill in the bush, a short drive from the lodge. When I arrived at the site of the ceremony I was completely blown away. To see our vision come to life was the greatest feeling ever. I could tell by the smile on my husband's face that he was equally impressed. The Maasi Warriors were chanting as I exited the jeep. The decorations, cake, and the scenery were all so beautiful. Our expectations were exceeded. The staff at Mara Serena really out did themselves. We were alone in a foreign place but they made us feel like family. We couldn't have chosen a better place to wed. The food at the lodge was great. We enjoyed both the breakfast, lunch and dinner. The safaris were amazing. Our package included 2 a day one early morning and another in the afternoon. We highly recommend staying and getting married here. We travel a lot and never go any place twice but this is one place we are sure to return to.
Endor without Ewoks but so much more!
My first thought upon arrival and walking through the lobby to the vast patio overlooking the savannah was that this looked like Endor from Star Wars! The views are simply otherworldly! You will quite literally catch your breath. A sunset on the patio or by the pool is an absolute must. You will see many animals and birds on the grounds itself while relaxing! We were greeted and provided refreshments as we settled in to a quick orientation of the property and check in. Staff here is exceedingly friendly and helpful from the front desk to the dining staff to the gift shop! You will be cared for every step of the way. While the rooms were a bit smaller then the other Serena properties we stayed previously, they were very comfortable and beautifully appointed. The views from our balconies were unparalleled! We opened our balcony doors to enjoy the view and saw a mother bushbuck with her dawn right below us just feet away. I was also able to spot a lion (and many other animals) on the plain below from the comfort of my own room! One thing to note is that the doors automatically lock when closed... not great if you pop out to see an animal right outside your front door and suddenly hear a click behind you! But the staff was great and immediately sent someone to let us back in! We had breakfast one day by the hippo pool. The food was great and the views amazing! It rained heavily the night before so the river was roaring. We saw hippos and crocs galore as well as safari ants, mongooses (whom stole food if left unguarded), and the buffalo weaver (one of the Little Five.) Dining was buffet style and there were always many lovely options. My niece is quite a picky eater and she found several options she loved. My brother-in-law also has Celiac Disease and one of the chefs made it his priority to make sure my BIL had something safe and delicious to eat each meal. We were also on this trip to celebrate my niece’s graduation. The dining staff brought out a gluten-free cake and sang for her! It was a fabulous experience and we were all moved by it. The cake was also amazing! I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the cocktail menu... fabulous cocktails. Safari Mojito was my favorite. We loved every second of our experience here and hope to return.
Mara is a must visit and Serena is a beautiful hotel
The hotel is beautifully acknowledges the masai land that it is on. The staff are friendly, the tour guides are knowledgable and friendly, the hotel is clean, the rooms are spacious considering you are in the middle of a game park and the food is delicious.
SURROUNDED WITH AMAZING VIEWS
Gracious service with amazing wildlife. We had 2 adjoining rooms with sitting area and great views but it was cramped. We were here for Valentines and the restaurant made a lot of effort with perfect ambiance. Located at the center of the Mara Triangle in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Serena Safari Lodge is set on a hill overlooking the African Savannah and the Mara River.
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