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Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
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“Amazing lodge 5 star accommodation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

We had a 5 night trip and this was a 1 night stay. I wish it could have been longer. It is a stunning hotel. Clean, beautifully decorated, 5 star service, amazing food with good veggie choice! Service was excellent and the view - incredible. The large watering hole that our room and the dinning area look over was amazing - we had a whole heard of zebras and hyenas there during dinner and lots of birds at lunch.

This is the most expensive place for drinks although we just had water so it didn't break the bank.

Safaris from here are wonderful - we went with JT safari who were also amazing.

The pool was another great treat here, it's much nicer that the one at Amboseli Serena (another hotel in their chain) beautiful flowers, and poolside towels provided!

Hot showers available all day, and sockets to charge equipment in rooms. A huge bonus!

All in all this was one of the most favourite places I've ever been to - I would love to return!

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riga, Latvia
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33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

After visiting some safari lodges in my personal top it takes the 1st place! We were upgraded to Suite. What an amazing view opens from the window! Kilimanjaro, water-whole for animals and a big part of Tsavo West park. Beautiful rooms, big and comfortable bathroom. The food is just amazing. Staff so nice and friendly! The garden with plenty of trees, flowers, birds and lizards. We have only good emotions here and would be happy to stay for a couple more days to enjoy fully.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bexhill-on-sea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

third and last lodge we stayed in during our safari.
amazing surroundings with the hills on the horizon and on a clear day you can see mount killimanjara through the gap in the sky!
perfect view of the watering holes and landscape.
,watching all the different wildlife arrive from every direction.
rooms were good and very clean
saw hyenas wild dogs elephants giraffes ,zebras.etc
woke up on my Bithday,sat out overlooking the watering hole . what a fantastic sight to see 1st thing in the morning! couldn't ask for a better Birthday.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank michael w
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

It is a lovely place, the rooms are absolutely beautiful and have a balcony to look out of/sit on depending if you insects all over you or not. The staff is helpful and they can arrange the your safaris, if you like me decide to do a spontaneous trip without pre-arranging a safari or trip. The restaurant is a great place to sit and watch the park from. However, I would have expected better tea and coffee for the price we were paying - not instant coffee or tea bags. That could have been better. If you want better coffee you need to pay of it.

I also suggest if you are interested in staring half the night out into the open then you should take the rooms on the higher level where the view are better.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank moho_c
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed 1 night at this lodge. We booked a 3 day Tsavo East + West safari with JT Safaris and the whole experience with this company was just amazing and we definitely recommend it to everyone. They were professional and reliable and we had lots of fun during our rides.
This lodge is located in a beautiful countryside with a wonderful views. There's a watering hole and just from your room you can watch all the animals coming for drink. In the middle of the night we saw about 25 elephants, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes,... It was really a once in a lifetime experience.
The lodge is very luxurious with very comfy rooms. We made use of a swimming pool in between our safari rides. The restaurant offers wide varieties of meals, fruits, vegetables and delicious deserts. While eating, we enjoyed the view of Kilimanjaro. The staff were nice and would do anything for us.
We really had a lovely time and would come back again.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Istanbul, tr
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

Kilaguni might not have the luxury charm of some of the top tented camps in Kenya, but the view from the main hall of the lodge is one of the most spectacular on the planet.
Just arriving from the long and dusty road, without too many spectacular sighting (this is Tsavo, after all, not Masai Mara), we set on the veranda and could not believe our eyes: elephant herds (plural) were descending on the waterhole a few hundred meters from our eyes.
It did not stop there: giraffes, waterbucks, zebras and buffalos went on parading in front of our eyes for the whole lunch.
Travelling with a young kid, who gets bored in the long game drives, there couldn't be a better location. You do not actually want to leave the place to go on another drive (drives are well worthy if you have a good driver, thou: we did see lions and leopards, and these do not come to the waterhole).
Not everything else is perfect: the rooms are charming and with amazing views (our a bit more angular and less extensive than from the main hall), but a bit on the small side.
The grounds are green and well kept, but the pool is a bit dingy and cloudy. Finally, the food is nothing to write home about, and an unclear sitting policy makes it so that you might sit a bit removed from the waterhole, and the view is not as enjoyable, or private.
Still, these are minor complaints: we treasured every second at Kilaguni: we moved to fancier camps the morning after, but we missed here, and that's where we will definitely stay if we return to Tsavo.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank yudhisthira70
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

This lodge is Tsavo West is really comfortable. Rooms and Restuarant overlook waterhole. Sightings from room balcony included elephant, waterbuck, ostrich, zebra, giraffe, hyena, leopard, baboon, impala etc. naturalist free service is a room phone call if an animal is spotted, which you have placed on their list. Staff are friendly and extremely helpful. Buffet meals are adequate. Drives in park are pleasant. View from room balcony also includes Mount Kiliminjaro. In the area the Lava covered plaines are unique and a visit to Mzima Springs for crocodile and hippo is a must, includes an underwater viewing tank of the riverbed with fish. Enjoyable visit, hope to return!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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