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“A lovely place but felt a bit like a theme park”

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Sweetwaters Serena Camp
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Reviewed November 14, 2010

The house and grounds are lovely and well kept and the idea of the tents for sleeping in does make it feel a bit like an adventure but also a bit like a disney theme park. We had a tent in the back row so did not have a great view of the watering hole, however, animals were plentiful and on our game drive we did see the Black Rhino, which none of the others vehicles managed to find. Our stay was spoilt by the arrival of about 60 squaddies who turned up to use the pool and the bar, so a relaxing afternoon dip was out of the question. They were noisy and took over the pool area which I was a bit miffed about as they were not even staying there. Meal times were a bit of a scrum as there were two large family groups who descended upon the buffet like a plague of locusts and didn't understand the concept of queueing or even letting the person if front of them finish their selection before diving in. Their children were noisy and kept wandering around the restaurant and lounge areas staring at you which was very off putting. There was nowhere to go for peace and quiet and this definately ruined our stay. To sum up it was a lovely setting with good food, however, it seemed like more of a resort hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

We just returned from a 14 day Safari arranged by Southern Cross Safaris in Nairobi (excellent company and I highly recommend). We stayed exclusively at Serena and Sarova Lodges and tent camps. While the Fairmont Mara was nicest (5star highly recommend), our favorite was Sweetwaters. We only stayed 1 night and should have stayed at least 2. Our Safari was exceptional - 3 cheetahs stalking and running down a warthog family was the highlight. The Food was exceptional and the setting across from the watering hole was just very special. We loved seeing the giraffes coming up every evening. I noted the comment that the lodge was old (or dated) which was not my opinion. Everything was very modern and our tent was very nice. This is a must stop place in a private reserve. Don't miss it!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Thank horns72
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Reviewed October 11, 2010

We had a fabulous stay at sweetwaters. The main lodge does appear very old when you enter and the decor definitely needs updating but they make up for it in service. The location for going to the Chimp reserve is great and for game drives. Our tents were cozy and had a great view of the watering hole. At night when its cold room service comes by and puts a heated water bottle in the beds to warm them up. The watering hole provided a great view from the tents and from the dinning hall. We were able to eat lunch and dinner while watching all types of animals come in for a drink. The meals had great variety and were very good. The wait staff was attentive and helpful.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2010

We stayed there for one night with a family of six adults and two small children. Excellent settings and landscapes. There wasn't much to see of the game around the water hole this time but plenty of impalas and rhinos at night. Restaurant staff is friendly and very helpful, food is excellent. Tents are well maintained and to a high standard. On the local game reserve drive we saw lions, chimps and rhinos. Mount Kenya was visible in the background for a short time only in the morning.
Our trip was planned and booked through African Quest Safari who took great care of us. Well recommended.

Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
Thank TahirUK
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Reviewed October 4, 2010

One of the lodges owned by Serena Hotels. Excellent service, beautiful location, tented accommodation excellent with fabulous views of the waterhole and Mount Kenya in the distance. Huge variation of animals visiting the waterhole including elephant and rhino. Lovely pool area, comfortable lounge and dining areas. I found the food a little disappointing and not up to the usual Serena standards but apart from that a "must visit" for lively safari's and fabulous variation of wild life.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled solo
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Thank newgranny
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Reviewed September 13, 2010

Not only lived up to brochure claims Sweetwaters surpassed all our dreams and hopes.
Never having spent a night under cavas before I was a little aprehensive, the size of the tent - the king sized bed and full ensuite facilities were amazing. As Sweetwaters sits right on the equator we found ourselves sleeping in the northern hemisphere whilst dining in the southern. The food was excellent a great variety to suit all tastes and plenty of it. All the staff were very friendly and courteous and worked hard to make our stay one to be remembered. A very busy waterhole, giving lots of super photo opportunities, espescially sunrise and a backdrop of Mount Kenya. The memory of warthogs rolling and playing in the mud will stay with me forever.
Every gamedrive we did proved to be very fruitful and on the first day we had found 4 or the big 5. Our safari holiday took in other locations but this had to be the best all round, could have stayed here longer and hope to return.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Thank ledamum
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Reviewed September 5, 2010

This is the only lodge in this reserve.
It is a lovely place, staff were very attentive and interacted very well, asking how you day had been. Gave good service and advice.
The tented rooms were wonderful, very cosy and comfortable. You got a hot water bottle at night as it got chilly due to the altitude.
The food was good, hot/cold buffet service.
The waterhole was man mad and would have benefited from some landscaping.
We would stay again

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Thank sussexoldbrit
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Address: Central Kenya near Nanyuki, Nanyuki Town, Nanyuki Municipality 10400, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Laikipia County > Nanyuki Municipality > Nanyuki Town
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Nanyuki Town
Price Range: $214 - $304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sheltered oasis, clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of its own private reserve, Sweetwaters Tented Camp is in a class of its own. Abounding with wildlife, unfettered by the more rigorous strictures of the Kenyan National Parks and designed to offer a charming blend of under canvas ambiance and uncompromising luxury. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Sweetwaters Tented Camp Hotel Nanyuki
Sweetwaters Serena Camp Kenya/Nanyuki Town

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