Samburu Serena was one of three Serenas on our trip (we also stayed at Ngorongoro Serena and Mara Serena).
While we really loved the common areas of the lodge, the setting along the river and the monkeys and baboons on your doorstep, the rooms here were our least favorite of the three Serenas.
The room was decorated nicely, but it was fairly small and had two separate twin beds. The beds were very hard.
The bathroom was very tiny with a very small shower. It was hard to turn around in the shower and with the limited space and only a shower curtain it was nearly impossible to not get the whole bathroom floor wet.
However, there was good water pressure and hot water.
There is no TV (which is fine, because you just want to relax after all the exciting wildlife you see on safari!)
It was very hot in Samburu during the first week of October, especially compared to Tanzania and the Mara . There is no air conditioning and there was no breeze inside the room so it was very warm in there.
There was a ceiling fan, but we had to move the beds out from the wall to get underneath the fan in order to feel it.
It did cool down a little at night, so it wasn't too bad.
The common areas of this lodge are really nice!
There are many covered 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 was nice to come back and take a look at all the great photos we 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!
The setting by the pool just off the river is wonderful!
The food was pretty good, with a large buffet. I can't imagine that you wouldn't be able to find something you like. The desserts, however were always a bit of a disappointment.
The food situation was pretty much the same at all the Serenas.
Beer was about $4US, wine $8-9US per glass.
There was wi-fi interenet, cost $4-5US per hour or $21US for 24 hours.
It was reliable.
The staff was friendly and helpful and they get laundry done very quickly. If you drop off in the morning by 10am they have it back to you that same evening.
Pants and shirts were about $2-3US a piece.
Samburu is definitely a unique park, the scenery is very lovely and the special species of giraffe and zebra are an added bonus. We also loved seeing the gerenuks, which we saw nowhere else.
But Samburu is hot and dusty and we didn't see near as much wildlife as we did in Tarangire, Ngorongoro or the Mara.
So, we'd say this lodge was just average. The setting is nice, but the rooms were only OK. Not as nice as Mara Serena. I saw someone posted a photo of a much larger room than we had. If you get the large room, with a larger bathroom, then it would be pretty nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the fertile banks of the Uaso Nyiro River at an altitude of 700 meters, in the center of the Samburu Game Reserve Kenya, Samburu Serena Safari Lodge echoes the robust rhythms of river front life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samburu Serena Safari Hotel Samburu National Reserve
- Samburu Serena Safari Lodge Kenya/Samburu National Reserve