Serena Mountain Lodge
At this peaceful Serena-managed tree lodge – at an altitude of 2195 metres and reached by a timbered drawbridge leading up from the forest – it’s all about appreciating the sweeping views and the wild African sights and sounds.
You’ll be able to see the jagged snowcapped peak of Mount Kenya and, thanks to the natural waterhole and salt lick, there’s abundant wildlife viewing from the lodge itself. Watch from your balcony, pull up a seat at the viewing deck in the bar, head up to the rooftop or down to the photo hide (reached via a tunnel and offering spectacular photo opportunities) as bushbuck, buffalo, herds of elephants and the occasional leopard come to drink. The waterhole is floodlit at night, and the lodge offers a lovely wake-up call service if you’d like to be woken when a particular animal makes an appearance.
Buffet-style meals are served in the atmospheric gallery dining room, which sits at tree-level to showcase the views over the forest canopy, and where the dining chairs are hand-crafted, each with a different animal carved into the back. For pre and post-dinner drinks there’s a comfy wood panelled bar area with a fireplace and viewing deck. Cosy chalet-style rooms are furnished from indigenous wood and feature authentic African artwork. All rooms have a terrace that overlooks the lively waterhole below.