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“Sweetwater's Revisited Yet Again”

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Sweetwaters Serena Camp
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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“Sweetwater's Revisited Yet Again”
Reviewed January 30, 2011

Due to requirements of my job I had to visit Sweetwater's again, it was so nice, the staff remembered me and I was treated like royalty, it realy is a wonderful place to come back too. However there are a few points I would like others to know about and that is:
1. They are in the middle of a rebuild program, 6 of the tents have been fully refurbished from the ground up, another 6 are being completed as this is being typed, which is fantastic to see as they were getting a bit tired!!
2. Park entry fees have been introduced since my last visit (May/June 2010), dependant on vehicle size, it varies between Ksh300 and Ksh1000 per day, this money is charged by Ol Pejeta Conservancy, not Serena Hotels and is used for park upkeep, this is in addition to the Park Fees charged by Serena Hotels which appear on your bill in addition to your room charge.
However this didnt distract from the wonderful place that it is.
If your coming to Kenya, you have to visit Sweetwater's, if you don't it's your loss!!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

Stayed for 2 nights as part of a longer business challenge in the Laikipia region. Was intended to be (and was) the luxury part of the trip. Stayed in tent 15 which overlooks the vast open areas of the conservancy - with an early morning welcome from Zebras and Giraffes and amazing views of the sun rising over Mount Kenya.

It is ultimately a very large zipped tent with 2 single beds, sink, shower, toilet, complimentary mineral water etc. and, believe it or not, a turn down team that stick a hot water bottle in your bed for when you head back! Also they provide a torch for your use which you should carry at night as, even though the grounds are quite well lit, there is the odd dark area and I was slightly surprised to encounter a Gazelle on the path home one night.

Restaurant food tended to be a buffet of good quality and decent choice. Drinks were around £3 for a beer (Tusker) and around £20 starting price for a bottle of wine.

If looking for an authentic base for real Kenyan wildlife, in a stunning setting this could be the place for you.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

A dawn wake at Sweetwaters is pure heaven. Zip open the flap, go back to bed and savor the still, morning quiet gazing straight at Mount Kenya. It does not get better than this. Matched with some of Kenya’s world renown Coffee it takes the ‘game’ here to a whole new level.
At dusk the previous evening in the middle of the reserve and against a stunning backdrop of Elephants we enjoyed a lovely Cocktail hour in magical surrondings.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed January 13, 2011

We spent 2 nights at Sweetwaters and the camp was one of the finest we experienced in Kenya. After reading reviews I ensured that we got a room right beside the watering hole. We were lucky to get one and the view was fantastic. Lying on our bed we could see gazelles, rhinos, buffalos, giraffes and more. The tents were very clean and well laid out. The rest of the property is also well maintained.
The food is plentiful and good. The staff are very friendly. The whole stay was very relaxing... and we saw fantastic game.
We would definitely like to go back someday!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Mombasa, Kenya
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Reviewed December 30, 2010

We stayed 1 night and went on a game drive at midnight in an open roof Landcruiser. It was a fantastic experience. We luckily spotted a pride of Lions at night chasing a few Gazelles but no hunt materialized. The lions were within 2 metres of our vehicle at one time, and the kids were all goosebumps at their sight. Photos aren't always that great at night but still posting a couple. The really thrilling part was when one of the 5 landcruisers got stuck in a swamp and despite efforts to wrench it out it stayed stuck. Then all the passengers were transferred to other vehicles out in the wild. The vehicles were well equipped with powerful flashlights and radio calls. in the middle In the day we saw Giraffes, Elephants, warthogs and numerous other animals in my self-drive SUV. The Ol Pejeta Sanctuary recently received a few white Rhinos from Czechoslovakia but we missed these in Dec 09. Shall go again. The Rhino Sanctuary was great.
Tent had attached WC with full time running water and it was on a hard cement base. And Serena service is top notch as usual. Food was A la carte and excellent.
The view from the dining area is excellent, over the water hole, ad beyond on the plains.
There's even a well-stocked small shop for souvenirs and book guides. Satellite Premium Tv in the Lounge. We dint use the swimming pool as it was quite chilly in the morning when we were checking out. Guess would make it a longer stay next time if the rates were reviewed - after all, its tented.
It might be a good idea to have a connection to the reception like phones or intercom
The view is vast. Plains as far as you can see, with Mount Kenya in the background.
While returning, my car's silencer came off as the murram road from Nanyuki to Sweetwaters is not in that great shape and slighly long at about 20 Kms I guess.
Overall, an unforgettable experience!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 4, 2010

We stayed 2 nights at sweetwaters tented camp and it was amazing! We had a tent over looking the watering hole so we saw animals 24/7! We had the best 2nights and we didn't want to leave! Staff are very friendly food was brilliant loads on offer to do! We would def recommend this to anyone who wants to go on safari, we saw loads of animals and 4 of the big 5! We will def be going back!

  • Stayed November 2010
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Glos
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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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Property: Sweetwaters Serena Camp
Address: Central Kenya near Nanyuki, Nanyuki Town, Nanyuki Municipality, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Laikipia County > Nanyuki Municipality > Nanyuki Town
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Nanyuki Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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 
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Sweetwaters Tented Camp Hotel Nanyuki
Sweetwaters Serena Camp Kenya/Nanyuki Town

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