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Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

The snow-clad peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, or '"Kili" as it is affectionately known, seems almost alien in an African landscape. But it is here in a world-famous national park that Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge stands. From its setting in an acacia grove, the lodge has breathtaking views over the African savanna and of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The melting waters of the Kili ice-caps flow into pools that form the only sources of water for this beautiful but dry. This in turn attracts large numbers of elephant, hippo, buffalo, and plains game to the waters and wallows.

The lodge is at the heart of Maasailand, and its décor pays homage to the bright colors and shapes of these warriors. At the heart of the lodge is a free-form swimming pool that is shaded by palm trees. Branching out from the pool are the 92 Maasai Manyatta-themed rooms and suites., each room being housed in a single-story building that opens directly on to the grounds.

The central dining area can be reached by a timbered bridge over a melt-water stream. The lounge and bar feature a broad terrace and a blazing fire-pit. The decor reflects the traditional artifacts of the Maasai people, and particularly beautiful are the hand-painted wildlife murals.

Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style with a wide range of international choices, while lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian options. Table d'hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits, and tea or coffee. The wine list offers a broad selection of old- and new-world wines in addition to local and imported beers and spirits, soft drinks, and freshly-squeezed fruit juices.

Staff at the lodge is expert at arranging a “bush dining” experience that is often a highlight of many travelers’ stay. These can range from breakfast to lunch to cocktails to dinner. These meals are served at a number of panoramic sites.

While the sunrise “bush breakfast” is enjoyable, it is the Amboseli lantern-lit bush dinner with Maasai warriors in traditional dress around the campfire that is truly magical. The blazing fire is both warmth and light and serves as the cooking fires.

Activities at the lodge include guided nature walks, game drives in the specially adapted open-sided safari vehicles, Maasai dancing and cultural displays in a dedicated cultural display area, and classes on Maasai beadwork, Maasai warriorhood, and Maasai tracking. Specially arranged culturally-interactive trips to local Maasai villages and/or schools can also be arranged.

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