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Sweetwaters Serena Camp
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

About Sweetwaters Serena Camp
A private conservancy with a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any of Kenya's national parks
A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury.

Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features thirty-nine luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. The central Rhino Restaurant is housed in the former manager's house of this once colonial farm, and offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centres on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching

Room Tip: Ask for a tent at the front if you want to view the water hole.
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3  Thank Mike M
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Sweetwaters Tented Camp is a comfortable place, and I mean this in the sense that you can truly relax here and feel at home. The service and common areas are nice but not stuffy, the staff are friendly, the grounds are beautiful. We liked our tent and its layout very much, especially that you could completely partition the bathroom off with a zippered tent wall. What was most noteworthy was the comfort of the bed. Unlike the very firm Kenyan mattresses we had in every other camp and hotel, this one had just the right give. Best night's sleep I had the whole trip. The meals were well laid out; and I, suffering from turista was given special consideration by our servers, provided with delicious soup and bananas and rice upon request. They were very nice about it. Meanwhile, my husband enjoyed the full buffet: good variety and tasty preparations.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank RevMaryN
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Sweetwaters Tented Camp is certainly comfortable, not however luxurious. The room was comfortable although not large and we certainly appreciated the hot water bottle in bed at night! The en-suite bathroom was really just a shower curtained off from the bedroom likewise the separate toilet. The highlight of our stay was the abundance of game and the pleasure of watching animals coming down to the waterhole. We did manage to see the 'big five' although the rhino was only seen in the far distance. However, there is an abundance of other game and on our first day of our safari tour we thought it fantastic. We went to the chimpanzee sanctuary but really did not see a great deal except for one chimpanzee making its frustration felt by banging repetitively with a stick on the wire fence surrounding the sanctuary. The camp was pretty crowded during our stay. The staff were friendly but rather rushed. Food was OK buffet style in the dining room.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Marilyn674
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Sweetwaters Tented Camp was one of the highlights of our safari: the animals drinking in the waterhole were amazing, the game drives fantastic (lions, cheetahs, elefants, rhino). It is also special to know that you are so close to the equator. The tents are very comfartable and I liked it to find a hot water bottle in my bed. I slept very well. The food was excellent, better than all other lodges we stayed. We enjoyed it all!

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
Thank Gea S
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Fantastic! The best accommodations we had during our 12 day trip across Kenya. Our 'tent' included a marble tiled bathroom and a window wall looking out on the waterhole. Service was great. Food was great. And, I am not sure there is anyplace else on Earth where a husband can wait for his wife to finish getting ready to go to dinner while watching a water buffalo spar with a rhino for a spot to drink at the waterhole.

The conservancy surrounding the camp also had a great variety of animals. We observed cheetahs at play and eating a kill. We also visited the chimpanzee sanctuary and got to feed Baraka, a full grown black rhino that had the misfortune of being blind.

On our next trip to Kenya we may simply stay at Sweetwaters our entire visit.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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