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Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp is exclusively situated in the Soysambu Conservancy and offers guests the opportunity to experience countless birds on the shimmering blue shoreline of Lake Elmenteita. The camp is within two hours of Nairobi in an area of incredible natural beauty that is home to an impressive array of wildlife.

The name of the camp was derived from the Maasai words for “place of dust.” In 1897, the Baron Delamere arrived in the area after walking 1,000 km from Berbera on the Somali coast. He moved to Elmenteita in 1906 and settled in what he called “Soysambu.” Today, Soysambu is a 48,000-acre wildlife conservancy as well as a wetland of international importance. This RAMSAR site is the only East African nesting place for great white pelicans, and vast flocks of flamingo and other rare birds feast on the algae and plankton in the lake’s rich waters. In addition, tens of thousands of wild mammals roam here, including the endangered Rothschild giraffe, wild dog, and black rhino.

The camp has 24 luxuriously spacious tents that is each exquisitely decorated and furnished with a nod to the colors and history of the area, both Maasai and Colonial. Each tent offers spectacular views of the lake. One additional suite, the Flamingo Suite, has a sitting room, bedroom, bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, and a private balcony with lake views.

The discerning traveller will not be disappointed with the amenities at the camp. Luxurious public areas connect the swimming pools, spa, and dining area. The camp even has WiFi.

Activities at the camp center around daily game-drives on which you are likely to see vast herds of zebra, gazelle, eland, waterbuck, and buffalo along with smaller groups of black-backed jackal, warthog, dik-dik, and baboon. Since Kenya rarely allows game drives at night, the ones in Soysambu are a privilege, offering the unique opportunity to see nocturnal animals including leopard, aardvark (also known as pangolin), and other cat and bird species.

A walking safari in Soysambu allows one to experience the African bush at close quarters and to be both spectator and participant. Hot-air ballooning at sunrise over this part of the Great Rift Valley is a breathtaking experience. All three lakes as well as Mt Kenya are visible. Visit the hot water spring about a half hour drive from the camp or fish for tilapia in the fish ponds.

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