If you’ve been craving some down-to-earth diversity and a taste of the untamed, the Serena Mountain Lodge will be all that and more. The misty northern heights of Mount Kenya are now in your reach, thanks to the newly-paved highway from Nairobi. Recognized as one of the only two snow capped peaks in Africa, and the second highest mountain on the continent, the Serena Mountain Lodge is comfortably nestled among the treetops of Mount Kenya. Like a magnificent treehouse, the hotel appears on stilts. The unobstructed area allows all species to interact in their daily fashion. After an afternoon in the wild, return to the hotel for gourmet surprises. With a range of sumptuous African specialties, barbeques, and international choices, there is little left to desire in this untapped haven.
The only ‘tree hotel’ ever to be built on the slopes of Kenya’s legendary Mount Kenya, Mountain Lodge offers a matchless game viewing opportunity whilst combining a glorious panorama of mountain vistas with the primordial splendors of an ancient rainforest. Floating 2,195 m high on the flanks of Kenya’s highest mountain and secreted deep within her largest forest reserve, the lodge offers not only the champagne-clarity of mountain air, the tranquility of the forest and a colorful cavalcade of wildlife but also the chance of scaling the icy peaks of Africa’s second-highest mountain. Guests can also awake to the trumpeting of elephant, fall asleep to the symphony of the African night or sit in stillness and observe the fascinating interplay of the animals as they arrive to drink, bathe, spar and forage around the water hole.
Sailing like an ark above the rainforest’s waxy-green canopy, the first sight of Mountain Lodge sets the scene for the experience to come and provides a dramatic climax to the tantalizing approach up the lower slopes. A timbered drawbridge leads from a winding path in the depths of the rainforest, over a moat of sun-dappled jungle and up on to the wooden ‘decks’ of the forest-green, timbered lodge. Inside, the impression of having boarded a ship is perpetuated by a combination of log panelled walls, timbered game-viewing decks and winding stairs leading to a selection of snugly comfortable, cabin-styled rooms. Cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-sightings, the open-air viewing-deck looks down onto the endlessly shifting scenes of the wildlife theatre that troops and teems around the salt lick and waterhole below.
The traditionally timbered dining room is surrounded by windows and has been built on stilts so as to seemingly float above the liana-strung forest whilst commanding enchanting views over this primeval environment. The menu has been planned to offer a blend of traditionally hearty safari favorites, spicy ethnic cuisine, crisp salads and internationally-themed dishes.
Activities and entertainment include the chance of a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ climb to the glacial glades and jade-green tarns of Mount Kenya’s mythical Lenana Peak.
Explore the forest and moorlands via a series of 4km trails that can be tailored to suit the fitness levels of the party. View “Sundowners” on the hushed, timbered game-viewing deck overlooking the water hole where cavalcades of buffalo, elephant and other wildlife come to drink. Experience exclusive trout fishing after trekking to the mountain’s crystal streams and tarns. Later, bask in a lamp-lit safari-dinner ‘under canvas’ and high on the roof of the lodge. Also try Safari tea in a forest glade whilst following the winding paths of the Rainforest Nature Trail in the company of the resident naturalist. Learn more through 'Wildlife and Mountain Wilderness’ talks and slide-shows by the resident naturalist. Take a walk in the forest (accompanied by the resident naturalist). See Kikuyu dancing and cultural displays.
(Nairobi, Mt Kenya, Samburu, Naivasha)
A photographer's dream, the itinerary is the perfect tour for those adventurers who want awe-inspiring game drives, unparalleled wildlife and enchanting landscapes at an excellent price.
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