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Review of Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

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Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Good location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

Amboseli Serena lodge is in a location where the biggest attraction is the Kilimanjaro. You will be able to see the Kilimanjaro peak while you are on game drives. The lodge is clean and peaceful and food is particularly great. There are few Masai villages nearby and you can visit one of them. It was a quite a humbling experience to visit one such village. I would highly recommend to keep a Masai village trip in your itinerary. The lodge has a nice pool although not a lot of people will be interested in swimming pool while on a safari trip. Animal concentration in Amboseli is not as great as Masai Mara. The biggest draw for the park is the view of Kilimanjaro and a chance to visit nearby Masai village. Just beware of the monkeys roaming the property and don’t keep anything on the balcony as monkey’s may take great interest in it.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013

Great lodge. Extremely clean and comfortable. The room had everything you needed and we had a wonderful night's stay. The food in particular was the best of the whole holiday! Would highly recommend this lodge and would be more than happy to stay for a longer period.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here one night this December. It was my least favourite of the trip due to how commercial it was but none the less it was clean, well appointed, friendly staff, with a nice swimming pool and a good view so it may just my personal preference that I didn't like it as much as the other places.

They serve a wide range of buffet food - good for vegetarians - and provide pool side towels and an evening outdoor pit fire which was a nice touch.

The monkeys are hilarious and everywhere - as other reviews have mentioned be careful to leave anything out - they aren't shy!

The 'gift shop' is reasonable and stocks a lot of nice things. Everything is priced which is quite refreshing after stopping at a lot of pit stop shops where you'd have to haggle for a reasonable price on anything.

Hot showers available all day and sockets for charging cameras and phones which is a huge bonus!

All in all it was a lovely place to stay but a bit americanised for my personal preference.

  • Stayed December 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

I loved this place! It is right by a Maasai village. Massai warriors are on the property, serving mimosas and ready with the sling shot to scare off the monkeys that freely roam the property. The only thing I wasn't totally impressed with were the safaris. They don't get close enough to the animals. Unlike my safari in Mala Mala in S. Africa where the guides actually tracked and took you to the animals; this safari stays only on the jeep path, so make sure to bring your telephoto or zoom lens if you want to get really good pictures.

Otherwise, it is a great location, very serene, clean rooms that are nicely decorated, good food and serviceful staff.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Redford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2013

In my 2 night stay at Amboseli Lodge, I was robbed by black-faced monkeys to the tune of a sugar packet and a piece of banana bread ... not as bad as a friend ... got her wallet lifted .. her chasing and yelling at a monkey was almost as good as a comedy show ... but all of this was just GOOD FUN ... I loved it!! ... oh yeah, and the lodge is nicely appointed. My room was appointed with a ceiling fan ... much appreciated. I should probably talk more about the lodge ... very nice, clean, everything (actually more) than I expected ... On the walls of all of the rooms are paintings of animals ... I had a porcupine ... hmmmm, does Africa even have porcupines? (it didn't keep me up at night). The views of Mt Kilamanjaro ... magical ... there's even a little bit of snow up there ... got my favorite photos here ... game in the foreground, mountain in the background ... AWESOME!!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

The Amboseli Serena Lodge is where I stayed for 2 nights on my Amboseli National Park part of my safari. This is my favourite accommodation so far. There are monkeys everywhere and if you leave your door open they will pay you a visit which is not a good thing. One even tried to pinch my shoes that I had cleaned and had outside to dry.
Again red and blue lizards everywhere .
When you enter the grounds you pass under some wire that is hanging over head this is to stop the elephants from entering the grounds there is a symbolic set of ropes once you enter the grounds to reflect same.
The monkeys at times even venture into the lodge and that is where once again Masai are employed to keep them away. I didn't like the idea of using a sling shot to deter them as this could harm the monkey.
The room was appointed with a ceiling fan the first in my travels in East Africa and appreciated. Again roll back bed is done and personal toiletries supplied as well as complementary water.
On the walls of my room where paintings of animals and you find this throughout the lodge .
Food is adequate one thing for sure no one tourist will starve in East Africa.
You do see armed guards for security but again tend to blend in well.
This is the last shop in my travels so again if you see something that you like buy it as souvenir shopping is not bountiful in East Africa on my safari.
A most pleasurable stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

We had been twice in Ngorongoro Serena lodge and therefore we had no doubt in choosing Amboseli Serena. We are happy for our choice. Despite being quite big, It is a comfortable and warm lodge, with clean rooms and tasty meals. The staff are friendly and polite. Situated right in front of Kilimanjaro, it is a very good start for profitable game drives. We very very lucky to see lions eating a wilderbeest among a pack oh hyenas.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Property: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
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 8 Specialty Lodging in Amboseli National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge 3*
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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