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Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
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New York City, New York
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26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

I agree with all the great reviews of this place. Stayed here for 2 nights with a group of friends and I wish we could've stayed longer. You are amazed the second you arrive. This place was so beautiful and peaceful with great service and pretty good food. The rooms are spacious and clean, there's a small pool area with a bar and according to my friends the spa was also great and reasonably priced. The best part was being able to sit in the dining/terrace area at any time of the day and watch the animals come to the watering hole. We saw zebras, baboons, gazelles, giraffes, elephants, warthogs, hyenas, and a leopard all without leaving the lodge. I would absolutely stay here again and again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

It is difficult to describe the feeling that you get when you walk into this lodge, to be greeted by friendly staff with warm towels, a cool drink and the sight of an elephant standing in the sun drinking from the waterhole outside... fantastic.
Food (buffet style) was good and plentyful. and the dining area overlooks the waterhole with its abundant wildlife.
Our room, which was pleasantly furnished and clean also overlooked the waterhole, and sitting outside watching the animals come to drink during the evening was magical, but don't forget the insect repellent!
Recommended - it's a shame that we only had one night here.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Formby
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56 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

I cried when I arrived, and again when I left - with happiness on arrival and sadness at leaving. a purely magical place to experience luxury and kenyan hospitality on a safari.
The main entrance leading to the great hall is so inviting and being offered white towels to wipe hands with on arrival was so welcome.
Sitting with a drink on the observation level late into evening looking at the wildlife at watering hole is very peaceful

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Southampton, Hants.
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

Did safari with JT Safaris in January and this was the last lodge we stayed in. What a place!!!! Definitely the best of the 3 we stayed in. 5* without a doubt. Everything you wanted or needed was there. Immaculately clean and the food is out of this world. Imagine eating breakfast with a glass of champagne while watching zebras, giraffes and baboon drinking at the water hole. Fantastic. If you are thinking of doing a safari then book with JT and visit this lodge and you will not regret.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Kim1953
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed here in December 2012 as part of a safari tour and loved this place.
Rooms are lovely, clean and comfortable. Grounds and facilities are brilliant and the staff are friendly. We also done a night safari here and even though we were not lucky enough to spot any animals that we hoped for (big cats) we did have a great experience being out in the park at night and being part of the eerie silence and darkness. No high rise, no light pollution, no noise... bliss.

Great place, great staff, great stay.
Would recommend a visit.

Room Tip: Grab an afternoon tea and sit on the verandah and watch the sun slip down on the horizon. Beautiful.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tootsymoo
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cumming, ga
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52 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

The Kilaguni Serena is a spectacular facility with all the trappings anyone could ask for...nice rooms, great food choices, a nice bar, an active water hole, AND often times a wonderful view of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the west!

With that said, Tsavo West is not a great wildlife viewing location. This park is quite dense with growth and vegetation and no off-roading is allowed should you finally see some wildlife. As an experienced amateur photographer the off road travel restrictions in both Tsavo East & West and in Amboseli make these parks not high on my recommendation list, but if you are in Mombasa and interested in a quick safari experience, give it a try with JT Safaris!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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11 Thank ccmarks
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Kilaguni Serena is simply amazing. The incredibly kind and thoughtful staff, the truly delicious food, and the absolutely amazing views. It can't be beat. We only spent one night in this beautiful resort but it ranks as one of the highlights of our 3 week trip. I can't think of a single thing that would have improved our stay, except for more time.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BethCo4
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Property: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Address: Tsavo National Park West, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Tsavo National Park West
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Tsavo National Park West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in Tsavo West National Park in Kenya, the lodge commands a magnificent view second to none which extends to the rugged scenic Chyulu Hills in this 7065 square km park. The snowy dome of Mt. Kilimanjaro creates a perfect back drop. ... more   less 
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