Samburu Serena Safari Lodge is a luxury Game Hotel located on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, in the center of the Samburu Game Reserve Kenya.
The Samburu Serena Lodge echoes the robust rhythms of Africa riverfront life. Serena Samburu Lodge was inspired by the architecture of the indigenous Samburu tribe; it blends into its natural environment by making full use of native materials. Thatched cabins built using exotic African woods create an escapist atmosphere. Accommodation in Samburu Serena Hotel is cooled by breezes off the river and overhead punkah fans.
All guestrooms have private verandahs with uninterrupted vistas of the languid river and the wildlife it attracts, as well as the countless crocodiles that make the waters their home. Gracious dining and lounge areas are enhanced by Samburu details and murals depicting local nature. The Samburu dancers will entertain you during one of your days here, and it might even be possible to visit one of their villages if you're interested, for a nominal small fee.
Samburu Serena Safari Lodge, which is managed by Serena Hotels, Luxury Safari tented Camps & Lodges 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, Serena Safari Lodge Samburu stands centre-stage to miles of lion-stalked grasslands, elephant-studded plains and wildlife-teeming bushes. The lodge is located 320km north of the capital, Nairobi, within the lands of the colourful Samburu pastoralists. It is also ideally placed for visits to the neighboring parks of Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserve.
Samburu Serena Lodge is truly a fantastic lodge; during your stay here you are guaranteed to see a crocodile basking in the sun, elephants outside our room (literally) and monkeys playing by the swimming pool, the monkeys were great fun to watch, they take sips of water from the swimming pool and you were always left wondering what they would do next.
The swimming pool is lovely, towels are always provided and there is plenty of sun beds provided. There are many lounging areas that are just wonderful to sit and relax, there are even a few outlets, so if you bring your laptop, you can plug in. It is nice to come back and take a look at all the great photos you got each day, while having a glass of wine or a beer and munch on the finger foods they set out each evening before dinner. Chefs are excellent, cooking various meals in the heat; food is pretty good buffet style food with lots of choice
Samburu National Reserve - 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 kilometer 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 Lololokwi. 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.
Samburu National Reserve landscape and its people - The reserve is essentially lava plain that features steep sided gullies and rounded hills wherein the 32-kilometre Uaso Nyiro River provides both the central feature of the landscape and the lifeblood of the ecosystem.
The vegetation comprises predominantly acacia woodland interspersed with bush, grass and scrubland, which is broken here and there by small rugged hills whilst the meandering loops of the river are bordered by a narrow gallery of riverine woodland in which acacia and doum palm flourish.
This is a dry country ecosystem and is, therefore, prone to large variations in the animal populations as they move in search of water and pasture.
And, whilst poaching has completely wiped out the rhino herds, lion are often seen while the burgeoning elephant herds are responsible for the ruination of several sections of riverside forests. The range of rare species also includes reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Somali ostrich and gerenuk whilst the bird life is diverse and prolific and includes marshal eagle, pygmy falcons, hornbills and Egyptian geese.
Samburu Serena Safari Lodge Hotel Accommodation
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.
The Rooms - Each room is accommodated in a prettily shingled 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.
Each room is accommodated in a prettily shingled timber cottage, which include:
- 62 Guest Rooms
- 10 Double Rooms
- 44Twin Rooms
- 8 Family Rooms
Room amenities and services include:
● Direct Dial Telephone
● Mosquito Nets
● Private Verandah with uninterrupted vistas of the river & wildlife
● Full housekeeping
Samburu Serena Safari Lodge Restaurant
The breeze-cooled bar and dining area overlooks the flood-lit expanses of the river and game viewing arena where lumbering herds of elephant 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 bush barbecues, spicy ethnic cuisine, internationally-themed dishes and a broad selection of hearty safari favorites. Overlooking the outdoor swimming pool and the meandering Uaso Nyiro River, the open air dining room and lounge areas are enhanced by Samburu details and murals depicting local nature.
Samburu Serena Safari Lodge Kiboko Bar - located next to the dining room - serves fresh fruit juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee, cocktails, wines, spirits and liqueurs.
The Pool Bar, with upper and lower terraces, offers the same drink selections.
Samburu Serena Safari Lodge Activities
The activities on offer at Samburu Serena Safari Lodge include: nature walks, bird watching and game drives; 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 the Crocodile Point; Samburu Tribal dancing and performances by local musicians; Traditional Samburu handicraft market; Day trips to the neighboring reserves of Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserve; ‘Wildlife and Wilderness’ talks by the resident naturalist Hill treks and bird-walks; There’s also just lazing by the pool, taking in some sun, brushing up on your bush-craft and looking out over stunning Samburu scenery.
Samburu Serena offers so much more. At the end of an action-packed day, guests can also enjoy a dip in the cool, blue waters of a rock-paved swimming pool, set amongst the lush foliage of an extensively planted tropical garden. The lodge has an extensively stocked Africana Gift Shop and Guest room facilities include fans, direct dial telephone and mosquito nets; Full housekeeping services (laundry, valet, babysitting on request, childrens’ menus and dining facilities, shoeshine etc)