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    Serena Kilaguni Lodge, Tsavo National Park, Kenya & Kilaguni Safari Lodge

    Kilaguni Serena lodge is part of Serena hotels chain; Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is located in the heart of the vast Tsavo National Park, Kenya. The Tsavo National Park has been a part of world history for over a hundred 100 years. The Tsavo Safari "brand recognition" came after the story about "The man eaters of Tsavo", portrayed in the movie Ghost and Darkness played by Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas, displaying the abundance of fierce lions. Tsavo National Park has much more than lions to offer and that are what Serena Kilaguni Safari Lodge has for you in store. Being the first safari lodge ever to be built in a Kenya National Park, Kilaguni Safari Lodge is superbly situated in the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro, encircled by volcanic splendour, adjacent to a teeming water hole and daily visited by vast herds of elephant, buffalo and plains wildlife game. Inspirationally positioned so that not only all the rooms but also the open-air restaurant, timbered game-viewing decks and rock-built bar enjoy uninterrupted views of the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro, Kilaguni Lodge also stands central to miles of lion-stalked grasslands, elephant-studded plains and wildlife-teeming bush and is ideally placed for Kenya tours to all the park’s prime attractions.


    Faced in volcanic stone and utilizing the natural rocky outcrops of a valley known as ‘the place of the young rhino, from which it takes its name, the Kilaguni Hotel has been designed to blend chameleon-like into the savannah landscape. Cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-viewing the open-air dining area, timbered decks and rock-hewn bar blend the traditional “khaki-and-canvas” look with bright-painted banners, sepia-hued paintings and evocative olive-wood carvings of elephant herds and tail-erect wart hogs. The elegantly renovated rooms at Serena Kilaguni Lodge draw on a sun-gold, sky-blue and bush-green savannah color palette and have been so styled to provide world-class hotel luxury accommodation and a quintessential African aura whilst featuring private verandas with views of eternity, Kilaguni Serena Lodge, now a member of the flying blue programme was the first lodge to be built in a Kenyan National Park and was officially opened in 1962 by his Royal Highness. Serena Lodge Kilaguni close proximity to the main attractions in Tsavo namely - Mzima Springs, Chaimu and Shetani Lava Sites, Roaring Rocks and the Rhino Sanctuary makes Kilaguni Lodge Serena you ideal base for Tsavo West lodge safaris. All guest rooms are en suite, and have a large verandah overlooking the watering-hole.


    Facilities include a swimming pool and massage and beauty treatments. You will absolutely fall in love with Serena Kilaguni Hotel, an amazing room layout together with an excellent main hotel area with a great verandah and dining room. The waterhole attracts wildlife and the noise during the night is amazing, Zebra, buffalo, giraffe, and monkeys all gather round this waterhole and sure if you stayed up all night you would witness a kill. The meals are excellent, service likewise; the rooms are clean & tidy. Staff are friendly and helpful. What makes Kilaguni Serena Hotel so special is being able to sit and eat a meal or have a drink while watching the animals come and go at the waterhole. Taking its name from a Kamba word meaning 'young rhino', the Serena Hotel Kilaguni is located in the middle of the world renowned Tsavo National Park - an area covering 20,720 square kilometers that boasts a huge population of elephant.


    The Serena Kilaguni Lodge Tsavo is about 250kms from Nairobi, an approximately 1 hour flying time, air Kenya and Safari link operates daily scheduled flights to Tsavo West and Tsavo East, Safari Link and Air Kenya provides daily scheduled flights into Kilaguni and Finch Hattons airstrips in Tsavo West and into Ol Donyo Wuas at the western end of the Chyulus. The timing and connections of the flight is such that returning passengers can directly fly to the Masai Mara or fly north to Nanyuki, Lewa Downs, Loisaba, Samburu or Shaba. To travel to Serena Lodge Kilaguni from Nairobi Take the main Nairobi to Mombasa road (A109) via Voi through the Voi gate or Manyani gate. Distance about 200km to travel to Kilaguni Lodge Serena from Mombasa, take the main Nairobi to Mombasa road (A109) and enter through the Bachuma gate. Distance is about 150km From Malindi Go to the Sala gate on the (C103) from Malindi; this road was recently graded and is the shortest way from North Coast. There are six airstrips in the southern part of the park and thirteen in the Northern part. There are no scheduled flights to the Park but chartered light planes can be used. The Kilaguni resort offers their guests some of the most memorable sunset's views and you can gaze daily over the savannah while the game feed at the waterhole. The dining room has a menu which features a blend of ethnic cuisine internationally-themed dishes and traditional safari favorites. Each one of the 52 bedroom units offer a unique and sophisticated African designed interior with never ending luxury and your own private veranda with views of the beautiful escarpment. Guest may also enjoy the amenities and services this include a dip in the cool, blue waters of a rock-paved swimming pool, bird watching, guided nature walks, game drives, an extensively stocked curio shop, beauty and spa treatments, full house keeping services, Forex facilities, weather air-strip for private landings and well-maintained road network and full medical back-up and emergency evacuation facilities. From the rooms one can enjoy a spectacular view and guests speak in low tones as they watch elephants, zebras and hippos quench their thirst at a water point about 80 metres away.


    The panoramic views of Taita-Taveta hills, particularly at sunrise and sunset, are amazing. Not surprisingly, Kenya’s elite enjoy dining and wining at the Kilaguni restaurant when they visit Tsavo West National Park. At vantage positions, gigantic carvings of a herd of elephants, which almost look real, are displayed. Art enthusiasts can enjoy attractive portraits of different personalities including that of Kenya’s founding father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. All the standard rooms and five suites have private balconies that provide tranquil game viewing. Apart from the main dining room, there is an open-air area with timbered decks and a rock-hewn poolside bar from where guests can wine and dine. Guests can also enjoy a dip in the rock-paved swimming pool surrounded by lush foliage. In the restaurant, sun-gold, sky-blue and bush green savannah colour palettes blend with traditional khaki and canvas to give an African aura. Breakfasts include freshly squeezed juices, yoghurt, cornflakes, millet porridge, boiled eggs, toasted bread and thick tea, ahead of daylong game drives. Serena hotels Kilaguni believes that hospitality is their specialty as their objective is to satisfy the culinary delights of their clients. “They strive to ensure guests enjoy their stay before and after game drives across the expansive Tsavo West National Park,” The restaurant was recently renovated to accommodate 130 guests. Previously, it used to sit less than 100. Dinner has special theme menus different on each day of the week. Serena Hotels collection of safari lodges seem to be recognizable by their rather odd and distinctive outward appearance which range from the beehive structures of Serengeti Serena safari lodges to the dumpy square concrete blocks of Amboseli Lodge and the Mara Serena Lodge. The Serena hotels are well situated and maintain a fairly consistent level of service across the board; Serena Hotels are located in some of the world's most exciting and exotic holiday destinations. Each Serena lodge & safari camp experience is tailored to be a unique and unforgettable experience, whether in a Serena luxury safari camp or in one of the Serena hotels or Serena Beach resorts


    Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge Hotel Accommodation


    There are 56 rooms (inclusive of 5 suites: all non-smoking). The luxury ensuite rooms are accommodated either in a double storey block overlooking the waterhole, in a series of cottages to the right and left of reception, or in a building dedicated entirely to a selection of luxury suites. Surrounded by shaded gardens, all the rooms enjoy views, either of the waterhole or the Chyulu Hills. Each tastefully-appointed room features natural volcanic stone walls, king-sized bed or luxurious twins, lavish all-encompassing mosquito-curtaining, bathroom (with walk-in shower), writing/vanity unit, and private veranda. The Standard Room facilities include a ceiling fan, Telephone and WiFi connectivity, Drinks only room service, Complimentary mineral water and toiletries, Bathrobe and slippers Valet, laundry, shoe-shine, Hair dryers and safes (from reception), Babysitting services, cots, additional beds, children’s menus, Forex, travel and 24-hour on-call medical services. The Kilaguni Suites are equally viable as a presidential/CEO, honeymoon or VIP venue. The 5 spacious and luxuriously-appointed suites are accommodated in their own volcanic-stone building with stunning views over the waterhole and towards the Chyulu Hills. Each suite offers: Spacious master-bedroom (ensuite) with luxury king-sized double-bed, Luxury bathroom with bath and shower, Sitting room with broad terrace, Interior and exterior dining table, Mini-bar – stocked according to your preference, Private balcony, Satellite TV and video, Dedicated room steward and in-room catering/bar services.


    Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge Restaurant


    The central dining room, which is partially open-air, overlooks the water-hole and features a stone-built viewing terrace. The open-air, rock-built bar also overlooks the water-hole and features relaxing day beds with glorious views of the Chyulu Hills. Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices including a ‘full English Breakfast’ as well as European options while the lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian options. The table d’hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of meat and dairy products, as well as the fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the park. There are three special ‘theme’ nights which include Pasta Night (features a range of home-made pastas and traditional Italian sauces), Mongolian Night (presents a fusion of oriental stir-fry, BBQs and spiced roasts) and Kenyan Night (features such Kenyan favourites as Nyama Choma traditionally roasted meats ‘Sukuma’ (local spinach cooked with tomatoes, onions, garlic and coriander), ‘Posho’ (maize) and other cultural specialities. The wine list offers a broad selection of old- and new-world wines, and local and imported beers and spirits. Also on offer is a wide range of soft drinks including an array of freshly-made local fruit juices. The lodge also arranges for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktails in the bush. In the evenings, ‘sun-downer’ cocktails are traditionally served around a campfire and can be followed by a lamp-lit ‘bush dinner’. For special events the lodge can also offer a selection of local musicians, live bands or local traditional dancers.


    Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge Conferences


    The Lodge has its own dedicated conference facility, which stands in landscaped gardens immediately adjacent to the reception area. Uniquely presented with hand-painted wildlife wall frescos, it offers: A generous room with an external terrace, both of which enjoy fabulous views over the Chyulu Hills, A separate reception and registration area, Dedicated grounds, which can be used for social events or team-building pursuits, Integral break-away area for workshops, coffee, tea and cocktails, Modern, modular events furniture, which can be tailored to your specifications, PA system, LCD overhead projector, podium, flip charts and marker pens, Delegate pads, pens/pencils, individual mineral water supply, Business support (secretarial services, photo-copying, WiFi and a full range of global communications), ‘Meet and greet’ services, Team-building programmes, Ample safe and secure parking, Generator power and Massage and health and beauty services.


    Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge Weddings & Honeymoons


    Tsavo is probably one of the most atmospheric wedding backdrops in the world. It offers the magnificent snows of Kilimanjaro, all the members of the ‘Big Five’, one of the largest rhino sanctuaries in Africa and the magical Mazima Springs, a magnificent outpouring of pure, clear, Kilimanjaro melt water in which lounge large numbers of hippos. Stage your ceremony by the waterhole, ringed by the Chyulu Hills, the youngest volcanic range on Earth; in the dedicated reception centre, by the pool, in the ‘bush dinner’ arena, on top of ‘Roaring Rocks’, a nearby volcanic outcrop, or on top of Lion Rock, once the look-out point for Tsavo’s infamous man-eating lions. Most important of all, rest assured that all the planning will be taken care of: registrar, certificate, cake, champagne, pre-wedding suite, honeymoon suite and the wedding reception of your choice – just the two of you – or family and friends.


    Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge Eco-View


    The Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge hosts a number of eco-programmes, all of which are designed to support and sustain the natural and human community of which we are a part. Such programmes vary according to need, but presently they are as follows: working with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in carrying out an on-going tree-planting programme for the park, the staff also regularly join with KWS to have ‘litter collecting days’ so as to keep the park in a pristine condition, built a classroom block for the local school as well as providing desks, teaching equipment and sports equipment, providing training programmes on the importance of using clean water to reduce the incidence of diarrhea, supplying clean drinking water for the local community, supplying mosquito nets to the local community, creating both temporary and permanent jobs for the local community, offering training and work-exposure programmes for school leavers.


    The Lodge encourages interface between the guests and the local villages – hosting tours and promoting the sale of handicraft items, supports local orphanages and hospitals, mostly via the provision of food stuffs, but also by means of voluntary support visits by the staff, the lodge abides by a code of responsible practice in relation to: energy conservation (inverter systems have recently been installed so as to reduce the lodge’s use of diesel-fuelled generators), waste recycling (glass, plastics, ‘wet waste’ and the distribution of food-waste to local pig-farmers), sewage disposal, air emissions, non-CFC use, pesticide-use, noise reduction and visual pollution. In order to promote the overall health of their workforce, Serena has also established the Employee Wellness Programme, which aims to address the holistic health needs of not only Serena’s staff, but also of the communities that surround their lodges. When you decide to place your booking with African Safaris and Adventures your information will be forwarded directly to Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge in Nairobi over a secure connection that will assure your privacy completely. Your Kilaguni Serena Lodge reservation will be stored in their computer system, ready to be retrieved upon your arrival at the hotel. Your booking can be made either online through this website, or by calling our help center, Should you choose to book online, your personal and credit information will be collected over a completely secure web connection that has been authorized , the web's leading authority on secure information exchange. This will ensure that your privacy will remain intact, and your information will only be seen by the people that need to see it. After you complete your booking, you will receive an email that confirms your reservation plus a service voucher. This email will contain all the information you need to complete your stay, including the phone number and address of the hotel as well as a confirmation number that uniquely identifies your reservation. Feel free to call the hotel to confirm your stay with them, if you like, but please allow 24 hours for them to receive your reservation. Thanks, and enjoy your stay at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge


    Why Kilaguni Serena Lodge


    Travelers chose Kilaguni Safari Serena Lodge from its reviews as well as its position.


    The Kilaguni Serena Lodge is located in a very nice setting over a large waterhole that can be seen from the restaurant, bar and most of the rooms. You can see a lot of animals coming and going. Visibility of Chyulu Hills from the Serena Kilaguni Lodge is good. When you walk through the main entrance at Serena Kilaguni Lodge i it is really amazing as you take in the view. There you can sit comfortably looking out at the water hole and all the animals that go there. The highlight of the location is the watering hole, visible from both bar and restaurant. After a great day of game drives it is such a wonderful experience to sit comfortably and have a drink while waiting for the animals to come to you. The waterhole gets visited by baboons, eland, waterbuck, gazelles, elephants, giraffe, guinea fowl, etc. Note that this is much better during the dry season; during the rainy seasons there is no shortage of natural watering holes so the progression of animals is much less spectacular.


    Tsavo National Park Kenya Information


    Tsavo West National Park is a 9,000 sq km game park in southern Kenya, located about 200 km south-east of Nairobi. Separated only by the Mombasa and Nairobi road from Tsavo East and Tsavo West is part of the entire Tsavo eco-system. Tsavo is a model national park in both layout and its geophysical, animal and plant diversity. Tsavo West has more than 2000 km of well maintained, all weather, roads. Good signposting leads the visitor on a Safari to Tsavo from one natural wonder to another. Chief among these must rank the marvel of Mzima Springs, replenished with two hundred and twenty million liters of crystal clear water every day, from the underground streams stemming from the lava massif known as the Chyulu Hills, 40-50 km away. Mzima forms a haven for a rich wildlife pageant with elephant soaking half immersed in the waters, hippo, apparently weightless, tip-toeing across the bottom, crocodiles basking on the bank or swirling through the water; gazelles, zebra and giraffe wandering around the banks through the thick acacias and raffia palms together with hundreds of chattering monkeys and birds. There are well marked nature trails, an observation platform and an underwater glass tank which provides a special vantage point to view this remarkable oasis. Not far from Mzima Springs, along a well-marked track, lies the precipitous magnificence of the Ngulia escarpment at the foot of the Ngulia Hills which rise to 1825 metres. Each year from late September to November, Ngulia has become the base of a unique phenomenon. Attracted by the lights of Ngulia Lodge, thousands of migrant birds descend through the mists which are prevalent at this time of the year to be netted, ringed and released. It has become one the the bird wonders of the world and provides vital information on the migratory routes and habits of many species common to the northern hemisphere.


    Reports of ringed birds have been received from as far north as St Petersburg, and from countries as widely separated as Oman, Malawi, Iran and Germany. Apart from the elephant population there are many lion - some undoubtedly the descendants of the famous Man-eaters of Tsavo! Among the less common animals to be found at the fringed-eared oryx, the gerenuk and lesser kudu. The carnivores in addition to lion include serval, hyena, leopard, cheetah and caracal. The landscape is dominated, especially off the hills by the giant baobab, a tree which is reputed to live a thousand years. After the rains the park is showered with white and pink ipomea, the morning glory family, and the acacia trees are festooned in feathery masses of white and pink blossoms.


    The desert rose, somewhat like a miniature baobab, produces fuschia-pink flowers of striking beauty at almost any time of the year. This feast of wildlife, flora and birds combines to make Tsavo of special interest - an interest perhaps made greater by geological activity evidenced by a mass of recently extinct volcanoes and massive lava flows. It is also possible to make an excursion tot he Chyulu Hills National Park which abuts tsavo to the North West. The Chyulus are one of the world's newest mountain ranges; the most recent volcanic peak was formed only 500 years ago. A four wheel drive track leads to this peak - Shaitani - from the Chyulu gate and it is simple to walk to the caves on the side of the volcano. It is a breathtaking landscape of rampant ferocity and the vistas to Kilimanjaro are unbeatable. At the other end of Tsavo West, in the south west corner, lies Lake Jipe.


    Bisected by the border with Tanzania it is a favorite haunt of bird watchers and boats are available for ardent ornithologists. Both Tsavo East and West are ideal for those who enjoy solitude and a chance to explore wilderness without encountering other people. Lodges and Camps tend to be remote and accessible by long drives or air transfer. Of the two Parks, Tsavo East is the more remote and less visited. Many of these can organize game walks and other activities. The relative proximity of Tsavo East to the Mombasa makes it an ideal safari destination for those staying on the coast, or wishing to combine safaris to Tsavo and beach holiday. Many Mombassa, Malindi and Lami Island based visitors combine a safari in Tsavo with visits to the Shimba Hills and Taita game sanctuaries, Amboseli National Park, or the Chyulu Hills, Tsavo Safaris are difficult without private transport. Most visitors come to here as part of a Safari package from Nairobi or in a Hire Car. Both parks have well established internal roads and tracks.


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