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“Home away from home” 4 of 5 stars
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Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Amboseli National Park, Kenya   |  
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Simply put, the staff made us feel at home. well hidden by the vegetation surrounding it, it gives a cosy, private mood, as if in your own backyard. The spa treatments are relaxing and the pool well maintained.

Great rooms, Great Meals, Great Service

(travelled May 2011, Dec 2011)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Losai Adventure did a wonderful job organising our booking on a very short notice.
We had a lovely time with friends and would surely recommend to visit Amboseli Serena Safari lodge. Swimming pool was a great way to relax after a safari and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the lovely view of nature...seeing elephants grazing and plenty of birds With a view of Kilimanjaro what more can you ask for. The food was very nice and such a huge variety for al tastes. We were there on a busy weekend when it was packed and still the service was wonderful, food great and plenty of places to just sit and relax.

Room Tip: rooms facing the drinking whole is nice.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Krieke
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Ames, Iowa
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190 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Amboseli Sereni Safari Lodge 2 nights in March 2013 while on a small group safari in Kenya and Tanzania. Rarely have we ever stayed in a hotel or lodge so beautifully decorated with indigenous-inspired art: wall murals, beaded light sconces, beaded and stained glass borders on mirrors, carved door handles resembling Maasai spears, and lampshades encircled with beadwork resembling Massai women's collars. The ceiling fan kept our room comfortably cool. Food choices in the dining room buffet were excellent, and the staff members were courteous, friendly, and helpful. Free WiFi was very welcome. This was a very comfortable and convenient base for game drives in Amboseli National Park. We saw not only wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, warthogs, lots of elephants, hippos, hyenas, and ostriches, but also three cheetahs and several lions. Also some spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the lodge.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Doha, Qatar
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I have visited this hotel twice and wouldn't hesitate to go back again. From the moment you get away from the noise and traffic along the busy highway that's when it all starts. When its just the sound of the van u r in n the animals grazing from afar off . Once in the hotel's vicinity before u get to the main reception u already have a warm reception from the monkeys and the birds who criss cross your way without a care. Hot towels and chilled glass of juice to welcome u into the great ambience right in the middle of the bush,everything built and decorated with an african theme. ooooooh the rooms from outside look like the traditional nomad houses and
don't bother to set ur alarms , either u will wake up to the sound of the birds singing or the monkeys knocking your door. The food-gastronomique.Evening game drives was my best and the countless huge elephants i saw was spectacular. Very professional and friendly staff.Great job amboseli serena

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank WhitneyS212
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La Jolla, CA
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116 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We walked to our room and thought to spend a quiet hour reading. I curled up on my bed, read a little bit, then looked up...Elephant? Wow! and probably 30-40 zebras. So much for reading. Then there were all the vervet monkeys. They were quit entertaining out our front door and then on our balcony. Then in the evening we say a hyena crash through just beside the outside lounge area. What a nice place. And I have to say, in all of our tour of Africa, this gift shop was the absolute best to buy anything. The jewelry, t-shirts, knick knacks and even postcards were the best and at the best prices. We had gone to the Masai Mara, the cultural center in Arusha, and the Maasai market in Arusha, lots of other hotels, airports and even on the plains after a hot air balloon ride, but this is definately the best place to shop.
Also, we had our laundry done there and it came back perfectly done at a very reasonable/cheap price.
Food was pretty good, we had worse and better.
All in all you can't go wrong with this lodge!!!!!

Oh and be careful, there was about and inch drop off just outside the door, where you don't quite look for it. I was one of many who made a graceful stumble out the door. :0(

Room Tip: As you are coming into the lodge, get a room on the left hand side and out as far as possible. Then...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank patilajolla
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Breda, The Netherlands
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26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

This was one off the camps from mine 9 days safari with Kenya wildlife safari’s.

Good things:

Welcome’s singing
Service from the employee’s
The atmosphere is beautiful and romantic.
Food is good
A nice shower (this is not in every lodge)
Tents are very luxure like a 4/5 star Hotel
Nice garden
At night a nice hot fire outside.

Bad things:
None……
Oh yeah one thing wish to be there now.

It is a very nice and beautiful place, the have a nice view point for the Kilimanjaro and with good weather you can see it good, a garden full off butterflies.

Tip brig an multiple extension plug for your electrical stuff as these day’s you have to charge everything.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Johanpaul
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed here for only one night as part of our safari. It is well worth staying longer and of course with Kilimanjaro as the backdrop it is a really spectacular setting. We were well looked after, the restaurant was first class and the room was fine with monkeys and Sunbirds just outside. Walking back to our room after our meal we found that Nightjars were hawking above catching the insects attracted by the lighting.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Laurie G
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Address: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system > Amboseli National Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Amboseli National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Hotel Class:4 star — Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest Mountain; beside a copse of giant Acacia trees and gently flowing natural spring. In the clean, crisp air of an Amboseli dawn, the snowcapped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro shimmering in the southern sky, you can sit atop a volcanic throne in the middle of the Masai plains and see the world. ... more   less 
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