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Getting there
Mara Serena Safari Lodge is situated in western Masai Mara, 6–7 hours (or 350 km/220 mi) from Nairobi by road. Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate and Mount Longonot are en route, 5 hours from Masai Mara.
The lodge is set close to an airstrip, which is served by scheduled flights from Nairobi every day. The flying time is one hour, but the plane may land at other airstrips en route, so the actual time spent on the plane may be longer.
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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Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Masai Mara National Reserve
Mara Serena Safari Lodge is a good lodge in Masai Mara National Reserve in south-western Kenya. The lodge is built on the ridge of an escarpment in western Masai Mara, overlooking the Mara River and wide areas of the park. The Mara River is one of the rivers crossed by the migration every year. You have probably seen these huge herds of wildebeest and zebras crossing the Mara River in documentaries on television. Map of Africa Namibia Botswana South Africa Zambia Mozambique Malawi Rwanda Tanzania Kenya Uganda
The lodge has 70 rooms. 20 of these are doubles (with a double bed), while the rest are twins (two single beds). There is space enough for extra beds, and some of the rooms can be interconnected and used for family rooms.
 
The bathrooms are spacious, and the bedrooms designed in soft and curvy shapes and in African colour schemes. All rooms have their own balcony facing the Masai Mara view. There are 220–240 V outlets for charging cameras etc, and 110 V outlets for shavers.

Besides the standard rooms, Mara Serena Safari Lodge also has a presidential suite.

Overlooking a waterhole
The restaurant overlooks a waterhole. The lodge also has a gift whop and a swimming pool with wide views of the park. Special meal arrangements are offered, for example bush meals, hippo pool breakfasts and park sundowners.

The lodge also 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. There are also night game drives, guided nature walks in the lodge area, focusing on the flora end the birds, and balloon safaris.

The swimming pool has a good view overlooking Masai Mara.

Room at Mara Serena Safari Lodge.

Massai warriors preparing a bush lunch.

Other facilities/services are laundry, baby sitter, money exchange and conference facilities.

More about Masai Mara
Masai Mara (sometimes referred to as 'the Mara') is one of the prime parks in East Africa. It is home to a great number of animals and to many different species, including the Big Five.

Masai Mara's main attractions may be the migration, present in the park during August to October, and its many lions. Other classic safari animals often seen are cheetahs, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes and elephants. The birding is good, and many birds of prey may be seen.

The Masai Mara landscape is known for its wide undulating plains, crossed by a few major rivers. In the south, the park borders Serengeti in Tanzania.

Masai Mara is situated in a part of Kenya dominated by the Maasai tribe. Maasai warriors and villages may be seen en route when travelling to the park. Most lodges and camps in the area arrange visits to such villages.

Wildlife seasons
Masai Mara offers good game viewing all year round, but you may want to avoid April and May, which are usually wet and rainy. The prime time is August to October, when the migration is present, adding vast herds of wildebeest and zebras to the resident animal population.

Balloon safari in Masai Mara.

Wildlife around the lodge
Mara Serena Safari Lodge has a water hole, which may attract animals, especially during the dry seasons. There is also a good view of the savanna and the Mara River, where wildlife may be seen at a distance. In the lodge area, you can mainly expect to see birds and small mammals such as monkeys.

 
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