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Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.
  Kilaguni Serena Safari L.
Getting there
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is a 4–5-hour (or approximately 250 km/155 mi) drive from both Nairobi and Mombasa. Most of the road is tarmac, followed by dirt road once you enter the park.
The lodge has a private airstrip. The flying time from Nairobi or Mombasa is 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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Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Tsavo National Park
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is a good lodge in Tsavo West National Park in southern Kenya. It has a long and special history; it was the first lodge built in a Kenyan national park.

The lodge is built from volcanic stone that blends into the surroundings, while the interiors are styled in colours and materials inspired by the African culture, combined with safari style classics such as canvas and khaki. The lodge offers high standard.

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There are some 55 rooms, including a handful of suites. All rooms have private bathrooms, and face the surrounding bush and Kilimanjaro.

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge also has a bar, a restaurant and observation decks towards the bush and Kilimanjaro. A waterhole outside the restaurant attracts elephants, buffalos, zebras and other animals.

Special meal arrangements are offered, for example bush meals and sundowners in the park. The lodge also offers visits to a local rhino sanctuary, 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 for groups up to 100 people.

Room at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.

Giraffe in the bush.

More about Tsavo
Tsavo West is a huge park that is part of an even larger cluster of parks, combining into an eco system of many different wildlife habitats. There are mountains, rivers, forests, plains, bushlands etc. The park was originally forested to a higher extent than today, but has gradually been opened up by the many feeding elephants.

The mountains have volcanic origin. Some of them are as young as 500 years, and have craters that can be visited by foot. Another popular place to visit is the Mzima Springs, where hippos can be observed in pools of surprisingly clear water.

View of Tsavo.

Classic safari wildlife
The wildlife in Tsavo includes most of the classic African safari animals, for example giraffes, elephants, zebras and lions. Fierce poaching during the second half of the 1900's heavily decimated the populations of elephants and rhinoceros, but huge herds of elephants can still be seen. Most of the remaining rhinos have been translocated to special rhino sanctuaries, established to protect the animals and to re-build the population.

Tsavo and its surroundings are inhabited by several different tribes, including the Kamba tribe (one of Kenya's largest tribes), the farming Taita tribe, which is found in the southern parts of the area, and the pastoralist Maasai tribe, easily recognized by their red clothes.

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