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“Gorgeous tented camp” 5 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Central Kenya near Nanyuki, Nanyuki, Kenya   |  
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“Gorgeous tented camp”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Spend two lovely nights from 27 th till 29 th of December at serena sweetwaters tented camp.. The staff are very friendly and cheerful, the tents are very clean with all facilities one would need for comfortable accomodation, food was very tasty and healthy..Once u open the tent zip, you find the lake and animals few meters away.. Morning and afternoon drives were very fruitful as we saw looottts of animals
Thanks to sweetwaters team and keep it up..
Wish to come back again some day :)

Stayed December 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We stayed here during the holidays. 3 different families; 11 people and 2 babies. Each of us loved this hotel, and we had an amazing time as a family.

The lobby is nicely laid out with the lounge area facing where the animals gather. The wifi didn't always work but it didn't really matter. The restaurant staff were great. The babies didn't sit still and each one of them was so friendly with the babies. They remembered their names and what they needed each time.

The rooms look like other tented camps I have been but I still loved them. They provide cribs for babies as well. Shower pressure was good. Water temp was good. Hot water bottles at night in the rooms were perfect. Fyi - no mosquito nets and there are a few mosquitoes. i was bit at night but not my husband.

The grounds were great for kids too. We had four plus the two babies. They had plenty of space to play ball and run around.

Wonderful view of Mt. Kenya. Great animal viewing. Pretty good food. Nice staff. I found this place to be a piece of heaven and I would love to return.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The Sweetwater Tented Camp was simply amazing. We spent two days at this location including Christmas Eve! It was fantastic! truly a great experience. The variety of food for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner was superb. The tents were truly luxurious and very comfortable. The staff were extremely helpful and courteous. The wildlife viewing was amazing as wild animals would come to the watering hole right at the camp. Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

stayed here only for one night on 5 dec...wished we stayed there longer.

truly first-class resort all the way from the range of cuisine offered to personalized service offered by all from check-in to dining. The rooms were absolutely luxurious and you felt guilty not wanting to wake up early for any safari becoz everything was just so comfortable and snug.

sammy the junior waiter at the restaurant provided exceptional service throughout. we made sure the management knows about this :)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

The Sweetwaters Tented Camp exceeds expectations. Each tent is arranged around a watering hole, where the wildlife come, day and night. When I say tent, forget thoughts of camping experiences and think luxury, each tent sits under a thatched shelter and has shower, toilet and very comfortable beds. The restaurant food is excellent and the service just wonderful. Well worth a few nights stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We stayed here in August 2013. It was very exciting to be on Ol Pejeta after watching "Ol Pejeta Diaries" on TV. We were greeted with fresh juice and warm towels to wipe the dust from our faces. The rooms were huge, clean and of high quality. We stayed in a "tent" facing the waterhole so we saw lots of animals. At night we could hear animal sounds quite clearly and even some creatures running between the tents all of which added to the excitement of the stay. We did a night safari but didn't see much (although the night before they'd seen lions killing a warthog). The walking safari was good, too. The staff couldn't do enough to help us.

Room Tip: Make sure you book a tent that faces the waterhole.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We stayed for only 2 nights end of October 2013 enroute to our eclipse site. There were 30+ international travellers & we got a lovely tent for 2 facing the salt lick. You can just sit on your porch every evening with your sundowner and watch all the different types of animals pop by for a drink to! We had giraffes drinking, visits by a variety of birds from the ibis to the spendid starling to the crested cranes. There were also waterbucks and warthogs.....Very exciting - at your doorstep. Our tent was cosy and really comfy with mosquito nets and a thoughtful inside door zip to keep out the light and mossies from the bathroom area. Hot water was running, toilets were running, no problems at all. Meals were generally buffet style with a hot cooking station which was excellent. A nice fireplace at the bar which was warm and inviting.
A bit spooky walking down the path late at night cos you had the tree hyraxes screaming at you from every tree - probably the same hyrax following you around but they had staff patrolling who assured me that i was safe along the pathway. Although I did hear from someone that some waterbucks did manage to find their way across the ditch onto the premises.....Staff were helpful even though they ran out of umbrellas during the rainy arrival.....

Room Tip: Ask for the tents facing the salt lick - we felt safe enough but if you want to be above the ground...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Central Kenya near Nanyuki, Nanyuki, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Nanyuki
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Nanyuki
Hotel Class:3 star — Sweetwaters Serena Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sheltered oasis, clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of its own private reserve, Sweetwaters Tented Camp is in a class of its own. Abounding with wildlife, unfettered by the more rigorous strictures of the Kenyan National Parks and designed to offer a charming blend of under canvas ambiance and uncompromising luxury. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Sweetwaters Tented Camp Hotel Nanyuki
Sweetwaters Serena Camp Kenya/Nanyuki

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