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Kirawira Serena Camp
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Alton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A little bit of paradise and a little bit of heaven”
Reviewed September 22, 2011

Sue and I arrived at Grumeti air strip on September the 4th, and was welcomed by our guide for our four days, by KITOY NDOSSY the number one guide in East Africa. On the way to the camp we saw our first glimpse of what was to come. The camp was more than we expected, the staff from Mr Ellietta Mbisse, our friend Emmanuell, hope your wife Agnes is well, and little Eric. to Catherine our house keeper who always made our tent look so nice, and to Jane in the shop with her beaming smile, and Frank in the restaraunt, and so many of the staff who made our visit so special. A BIG BIG thank you for the cakes and the songs made my birthday even more special.The service was above first class, the food just wonderful, in facr everything about Kirawira for us was out of the world. The views over the Serengeti amasing, and to think we had our own lion pride walking around our camp, once while we were on a game drive, they came up to the dining tent, they must have heard of the superb menus. And Kitoy made sure before we had an even closer look at the pride on Wednesday evening, never thought we would be so close to such magnificent animals. Our four days at the camp have been some of the most special Sue and i have experienced.We saw all the animals that we could wish for, from a rare sighting of Serval, well done Sue!! to watching a pride of lions surround a nile crocodile, poor thing didnt stand a chance. To seeing the elephants stripping a tree bare, we even had to get out to push the jeep as the battery went flat, in the middle of nowhere, now that was fun. Breakfast sitting over the Grumeti river watching the thirty or more hippos playing was very special, but to sit on the serengeti plain drinking wine with Kitoy as the sun set was probably our most treasured moment. If you want a real african experience, in the most wonderful of settings, and with staff who make you feel like family this is for you. To all at Kirawira, lots of love and thank you, Rod and sUE

Room Tip: tENT ELEVEN WAS LOVELY, THE "simba" tent as its known. lovely view
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Reviewed September 4, 2011

We (four adults) stayed at Kirawira for two nights at the end of a two week safari – and as with most properties we were greeted with the complimentary hot towel and fruit drink. We had started out our Safari in another Tented Camp in Kenya, and loved it. Kirawira though, was just that much better, and that is saying a lot since the other property was fabulous.

Now as to the “Tent”. Each tent is raised up on a platform overlooking the Serengeti and has a large balcony. Hardwood floors, marble and granite bathroom, large walk-in shower, king size canopy bed, teak furniture, telephone, electric plugs and lights everywhere – in other words you have canvas walls, but saying it is a tent is stretching it. You still have that feeling – but your “tent” rivals any high end hotel room you have ever stayed in. Turn down service is standard, including a complete refresh of the room each evening. Bugs were pretty much non-existent and we never saw a mosquito. We stayed in August and the temperature was around 30 in the day and 15 at night.

Now for the service. Somewhere in our research of where to stay, I had come across either a review or a comment that Kirawira was like stepping back in time to the 1930’s. Whoever coined that phrase got it right. All staff are in formal attire, anticipate your every wish, and no detail is left unattended – no matter how small. Something as minor as your wakeup call – is a personal visit to your tent with your favorite morning beverage and a muffin, this to tide you over on your morning safari until you return for breakfast.

Food was great for all the meals – breakfast (including complimentary champagne), lunch and dinner. Lots of variety, great soups, salads and main courses. This again is where their service comes in – each meal served with flair and very, very, personal service.

Both the lounge and the two tents that serve as restaurants, are just that, tents. But again though – they are very well appointed with hardwood floors, high end furniture, linen and silk draped roofs. All overlook the Serengeti and you get fabulous sunsets from the deck out front.

Although pools at most of the African properties are just pools, the pool area at Kirawira makes it a resort. Water trickles down a rock lined stream from above, into a small pool, and then from that into the main pool. There are lots of places to either sit in the sun, or relax in the shade. From the pool you can see animals, although to see a lot you do require binoculars.

For those reviewers that said following the Migration – there are no animals, either had a bad day, went out in the heat of the day when the animals were staying out of the sun, or didn’t have a competent guide. This part of the Serengeti is full of things to see even after the Migration. Zebras, Gazelles, Impalas, Warthogs, Buffalo and Hartebeests were all present, and therefore so were the predators. On game drives we saw a pride of lions, including two lioness up in a tree, a cheetah, tons of giraffes, crocodiles, and a small family of elephants. Plus you have hippos pretty much everywhere. Within a couple of hours drive we saw a leopard with a fresh kill 30 feet up a tree, her cub in another, a large family of elephants (over 30), and one of the biggest elephants we saw in Africa. To be fair, in some parks you come upon more animals, more often.

Whatever you decide to do – remember to tip those who make your holiday special. A couple of bucks to your waiter, porter or guide are appreciated along with a few Asante's (thank-you's).

We stayed at Serena properties throughout our two weeks. They all do a great job with their service and the food is good. Each property provides bottled water in the rooms.

We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay at Kirawira.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Springfield, NJ
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

The tents are gorgeous and luxurious and the service was very attentive. We were greeted with warm towels and cold drinks when we arrived and coffee and muffins were brought to our tent at 6am. The lounge tent is beautiful with antique furniture, and the shower was the best on our ten day safari. The food here was not as good as it should have been for the price. I had an undercooked omelet for breakfast and a very dry roast beef sandwich for lunch. However, the dinner was awesome from start to finish. The service here is very formal, so if you are not comfortable with that level of attentiveness, this is not the best choice for you. Your dinner is presented under a dome and the waiters lift all the domes off the plates at the same time, they pour the milk in your coffee, put your napkin in your lap for you, etc. One thing to be aware of-- the tents do not lock, so you should not leave valuables around. The pool was also lovely-- cold but refreshing. The safari drives in this area were great because there were hardly any other jeeps around so we were able to get close to some animals because we were the only ones there. Overall, it was a lovely place and would stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Scottsdale
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

We just returned from our trip to the Mara and the Serengeti. We reviewed many camps prior to our selection of the Kirawira. The reviews were rather mixed but we decided to book our stay and so glad we did. I have read some of the reviews recently and have to say, my husband and I disagree with the negative comments. The service is outstanding with Joseph overseeing the restaurant. Everyone is sent for intensive service training in this 5 star location. the breakfasts, lunches and dinners are wonderful and we can't compliment them enough on their service. the rooms are amazing with great views. We had tent 6 and loved the bed and views from our room. Upon arrival we were greeted with cool towels and refreshing drinks. We did use the pool for a few hours one day and had a nice conversation with Michael. if you go, give our regards to Michael and Jane in the gift shop. One comment we do agree with is the viewing of the Serengeti. Since we came from the mara with the migration the Serengeti was a disappointment. We wished we had stayed in the Mara an extra day. This was definitely a great place to stay with very friendly people.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

Don't let the tent part fool you - aside from the risk of a baboon getting in your tent, these are luxury accomodations. Hard wood floors, granite bathrooms and the best shower we had in three weeks in Africa. Fresh coffee delivered as your wake up call. The food is better than the Serena average and the location is stunning. A truly wonderful experience.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

I agree with much of what ktwyman says. We found this to be very "corporate" in feel. Yes, it is very elegant, but service was so "correct" that it was "stiff" and far too formal. At breakfast one morning we had about six people waiting on usand watching our every move! They were so keen to please that my finished plate was removed whilst I was still chewing! None of this is the fault of the staff who were all excellent and trying very hard in their own way to please and do a good job. However those responsible for training the staff need to take note that what applies in a big Serena hotel in the city is not necessarily what is required in a safari camp. I suggest they go visit somewhere like Oliver's camp in Tarangire and learn from the excellent experience we had there. Like ktwyman we had settled the bill presented to us in full, but were later accosted by the head waiter whilst we were having breakfast who claimed we had an outstanding payment. This was rather a public humiliation for us and left a very bad taste! One more thing - a large group was allowed to take over the only bar area for an entire evening of kareoke, which meant that those of us travelling independently had no where to relax.

Room Tip: No difference between tents, although some are closer to the public areas than others.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2011

Great tents with incredible views. The place is very classy, the pool is nice too. We enjoyed our wake up calls with coffee, hot chocolate and muffins, what a treat. I'm spoiled!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Kirawira Serena Camp
Address: Western Serengeti, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 113 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Kirawira Serena Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ultimate in luxury safari ambiance, this hilltop-tented camp offers all the romance of sleeping under canvas whilst providing all the opulence and amenities of a world-class hotel. The camp also offers the finest in game viewing, a brilliance of birds and driving safaris that is unrivaled in East Africa. ... more   less 
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