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Samburu Serena Safari Lodge.
  Samburu Serena Safari L.
Getting there
Samburu Serena Safari Lodge is a 5–6-hour (or 300 km/185 mi) drive from Nairobi. You pass Aberdare National Park and Mount Kenya National Park en route.
The lodge has its own airstrip, from where you may reach Nairobi by air in about one hour.
In Nairobi, safari flights depart from and arrive in Wilson Airport (WIL/HKNW), not Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK). The transfer time between the airports is 20–30 minutes.
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Samburu Serena Safari Lodge
Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves
Samburu Serena Safari Lodge is a good lodge in Buffalo Springs National Reserve in the northern part of central Kenya. It's set on the southern bank of the Ewaso Ngiro River, and is surrounded by a lodge garden.

The rooms are in bungalows along the river. They have private bathroom, mosquito nets, fan, telephone and a veranda facing the river, and are styled in canvas, khaki and wood. There are 60 rooms all in all, including a few family rooms.

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The lodge has restaurant, bar, library, a gift shop and an outdoor swimming pool. The bush facing the restaurant and bar is lit at night, and you may spot animals there. Even elephants and leopards are sometimes seen.
Other facilities/services are laundry, baby sitter, children's menus, money exchange and conference facilities for groups of op to 25 people. The rooms have 220–240 V outlets for charging cameras etc, and 110 V outlets for shavers.

Samburu Serena Safari Lodge offers game drives in the park. This is of interest mainly to guests arriving by air; if you arrive by road, you will probably do game drives in your own vehicle. Other activities offered are bush meals, camel rides led by the local Samburu tribe, walks in the areas surrounding the reserve etc.

More about Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs
Samburu National reserve, and neighbouring reserves Shaba and Buffalo Springs, are situated some 100 km/60 mi north of the equator, and just north of the fertile Central Plateau of Kenya. These parks are a first taste of the drier areas of northern Kenya.

Double room at Samburu Serena Safari Lodge.

Preparations for lunch in the bush.

Samburu warrior.

Few safari-goers travel further north than this; all major parks of Kenya are further south. Samburu and its sister parks are drier than most of these, and offers habitats for some animals not found further south, for example beisa oryx, Grevy's zebra, gerenuk and reticulated giraffe. This giraffe has been considered a subspecies of the general giraffe, but recent studies indicate that it may be a full species.

A lot of crocodiles can be seen in the Ewaso Ngiro River, and the water attracts a lot of animals to the shores, for example elephants, antelopes and monkeys. All the three African big cats are present in the area; lions, leopards and cheetahs.

The Samburu tribe
Samburu's name comes from the local Samburu tribe, which is closely related to the Maasai that inhabits southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. Both tribes are pastoralists, living from cattle breeding.

Wildlife around the lodge
Samburu Serena Safari Lodge is set close to the bush, and animals may be seen around, including most species present in the park. The animals most likely to be encountered within the lodge area are monkeys and birds. You may look along the river for crocodiles and Nile monitor lizards, and for animals that come to drink.

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