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Serena Mountain Lodge.
  Serena Mountain Lodge
Getting there
Serena Mountain Lodge is a 3–4-hour (or 200 km/125 mi) drive north from Nairobi. You pass Aberdare National Park en route.
You may reach Nairobi by air in about one hour from an airstrip close to the lodge.
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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Serena Mountain Lodge
Mount Kenya National Park
Serena Mountain Lodge is a good lodge just outside Mount Kenya National Park in central Kenya. It's set at 2,200 m/7,200 ft altitude on the south-western side of Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. Both safari-goers and mountain climbers come to stay in the lodge.

Serena Mountain Lodge is a special kind of lodge sometimes referred to as 'tree lodge'. The concept, mainly seen here in Mount Kenya National Park and in Aberdare National Park, is game viewing from the lodge (not from vehicles on game drives or on foot in the bush).

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You spend your whole stay in the lodge, eating and sleeping well, and spending the rest of the time looking for animals from the observation decks or from a hide close to the waterhole, which attracts animals from the surrounding forest areas.

Like a giant tree house
Serena Mountain Lodge is a huge wooden building, a couple of floors high and facing the waterhole and the forest. The wooden interiors, the narrow stairs leading between the floors, the observation decks and the rooms reminding of cabins create an atmosphere of staying in a giant tree house or a ship.

Room at Serena Mountain Lodge.

Serena Mountain Lodge.

There are some 40 rooms. The restaurant overlooks the mountain forests, and the lodge provides all the services that are normal for a hotel. All rooms have 220–240 V outlets for charging cameras etc. The guests are requested to keep sound levels low, not to disturb the animals around the lodge.

The lodge offers walks in the mountain forests and five-day mountain climbs to Lenana, one of the three peaks of Mount Kenya. There is also trout fishing in mountain streams.

Elephants come to the lodge waterhole to drink.

Wildlife around the lodge
The lodge is set in mountain forest, which means you won't see savanna species such as giraffes or wildebeest. Instead, you have chances of seeing species that may not be spotted in the other parks you'll visit on your safari.

The bongo is a rare forest antelope that may be seen. Bushbucks aren't rare, but they are very shy, and are most likely to show up at dusk. Bush pigs, buffalos, elephants and monkeys are other mammals to look for.

For bird watchers, the forest habitat also means other species than those found in the savanna. Turacos, large hornbills, trogons and crowned eagle are some of the forest species.

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