Serena Mountain Lodge
Natalie Bartlett enjoyed her stay at the Serena Mountain Lodge
“Our stay was very comfortable, the rooms have excellent views: the food was amazing and the staff extremely helpful.
Serena Mountain Lodge is located at 2,134 metres above sea level on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya. The open-air viewing-deck looks down on to its own waterhole and salt-lick, which attracts numerous herds of elephant and buffalo. There is also a tunnel leading to a photo-hide, which offers spectacular viewing and photographic opportunities just metres away from the wildlife at the waterhole.
Each cabin-style room (pictured below) has its own ensuite bathroom and a private balcony overlooking the waterhole. Hot water bottles are provided at night. Smoking is not permitted within the lodge, due to the fact that it is of timber construction but a smokers' area is provided on the roof-top terrace.
The central dining room is raised to tree level offering long views over the forest canopy. All meals are served on a buffet basis and showcase both local and international cuisine. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of meat and dairy products, as well as fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the mountain.
The panelled bar is decorated with scenes from Kikuyu life and features a central fireplace and access to the viewing platform over the waterhole. The wine list offers a broad selection of wines, and local and imported beers and spirits. The lodge also offers a wide range of soft drinks including an array of freshly-made local fruit juices. Only the finest Kenyan coffee and tea is served; there is also a wide range of fruit and herbal infusions.