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Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge.
  Amboseli Serena Safari L.
Getting there
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge is a 4-hour (or 200 km/125 mi) drive from Nairobi, both on tarmac and on dirt road.
There are daily scheduled flights between Nairobi and Amboseli airstrip. The flying time is less than one hour. There are also flights from Mombasa.
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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Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Amboseli National Reserve
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge is a good lodge in Amboseli National Reserve in southern Kenya. It is set in a grove of acacias close to the southern park border, facing both the plains of Amboseli and Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Kilimanjaro is situated in northern Tanzania, but is often depicted from the Kenyan side of the border, from where it looks the best.

The lodge offers high standard, and is styled with inspiration from African materials and the culture of the Maasai tribe, which lives in the area around the park.

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There are some 90 rooms, most of them doubles. They all have private bathrooms and views of the Amboseli plains. The observation decks, the lodge garden and the swimming pool, which is filled by water from Kilimanjaro, share the same view, allowing for game viewing from the lodge.
Waterhole attracting wildlife
The lodge has its own waterhole, where elephants, antelopes and other mammals come to drink. There is also a restaurant, a bar, a library and a gift shop.

Special meal arrangements are offered, for example bush meals and sundowners on Observation Hill in the Amboseli wetlands. The lodge also offers guided nature walks in the lodge area, focusing on the flora end the birds, and game drives in the park. These game drives are of interest mainly to guests arriving by air; if you arrive by road, you will probably do game drives in your own vehicle.

Other facilities/services are laundry, baby sitter and children's menus, money exchange and conference facilities. The rooms have 220–240 V outlets for charging cameras etc, and 110 V outlets for shavers.

Room at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge.

The swimming pool is filled by water from Kilimanjaro.

Amboseli view.

More about Amboseli
The most classic picture from East Africa may be a large elephant posing in front of snow-peaked Kilimanjaro. When you see such a picture, it's most likely shot in Amboseli. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the highest stand-alone mountain in the world, rises on the other side of the Kenyan border to Tanzania, and is a beautiful backdrop for pictures. You may want to rise early to shoot them, though, as clouds and haze often forms during the day, hiding the mountain from view.

The elephant is also a typical feature of Amboseli, which is a very good elephant park. The herds have even become too large, destroying vegetation faster than regrowth, and tree-planting projects have been started to counteract the deforestation.

Amboseli has many other mammal species, including giraffes, African buffalos, zebras, lions, cheetahs and hippos. The bird life is rich, too. The Amboseli bird list includes 425 species, ranging from sunbirds to ostriches.

The park is situated in areas inhabited by the Maasai, a tribe of pastoralists found in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.

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