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Definitely worth the trip
Awesome lodge, from the moment you arrive it’s spectacular.. the view is amazing, and the staff are really helpful.. you are greeted like a long lost friend.. food is good, and plenty of it, but nothing beats grabbing a beer and sitting looking at the view., room was great, clean and comfortable, and the pool looked inviting, but we seemed to be out viewing the game for most of the trip.. would most definitely stay here again.. it’s a two night minimum here..
Oasis of peace in an untamed jungle
Situated in the heart of the Masai Mara is the The Serena Safari Lodge. An oasis of perfection and calm, it combines amazing Masai style architecture with the unique hospitality that is so distictly a part of the Aga Khan chain of hotels. The rooms are not very big but well designed. Every room has a unique view with a small balcony. At night one can literally see the wildlife from our windows. Everything has been thought of- evening games, movies, lectures on Masai culture, live Masai music and dance and an amazing buffet. At a payment visitors can take the hotel Safari jeep and go out morning and evening. If you have your own safari jeep or guide, the hotel will willingly pack you meals to take with you. Service is excellent. One can also fly into the Serena Lodge which has a small runway close by.
Magnificent view and location
This luxury lodge is located in the heart of the Mara triangle. Good access to the Masai Mara. We arrived during the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Kenya. The staff used disinfectants regularly and invited us to do so also. The staff was so helpful, courteous and friendly The gift shop had lovely hand made gifts from local tribal women and very reasonably priced. And the view! I cannot say enough about looking over the Mara from the lodge, every room with a fantastic view!! A must if traveling to Kenya.
Oh my goodness. This place was such a dream (even in the difficult times of corona). I believe that this is one of the oldest establishments in the park, and you feel it in their flawless execution of service and accommodations. First, it is in the Mara Triangle, which you may think is not a big deal, but it is. The time window and proximity to the animals is key. Second, the buffet offered is wonderful in quality and for logistics in creating the max experience for you day. By the way, film crew were there (obviously, they know their stuff). Third, which is a big deal for me, they had a gym with two treadmills, other cardio machines, weights, etc. It was so nice popping that workout in before dinner or at lunch. I did not see other accommodations listing a gym. Fourth, you are living safely among the animals. Walking to our room (which you can seal off, right?), I saw baboons getting into it, warthogs, hyenas, etc. While in our room with back double doors open letting the night take over and looking out from Mara Serena's natural look out, we were stones throw from buffalo, another hyena, etc. You can see hippos in the river from the Serena while you are at the pool (and the kids are enjoying the pool). Next, the ceremony from the Masai was very cool. There voices echoed through the domed lobbied, and they even involved my 9 year old. There were so friendly and beautiful. Next, probably what made the stay the best, Jacob. We had rented a landcruiser for the trip and asked the hotel for a guide. Wow on Jacob! His native knowledge of the Mara, his stories, sharing his unbelievable culture, his ability to instruct a driver through seemingly impassable routes, finding those animals, his heart, leaves me speechless. I could go on, but you get it. We stayed at a more expensive place our last night on the way going out of the Mara. It was wonderful, too, but you have to have this experience. By the way, I am pretty sure they upgraded out family of four to two rooms instead of one, without additional price. Yeah.....
As you travel in Mara triangle and approach the lodge the traditional look of structure amazes you. The rooms are also traditionally decorated but are comfortable. Only walk down to your room may tire you a bit.. As you look down from the window, Mara triangle is visible.. yathesht lodge has many birds and other animals. Food and hospitality is excellent..
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