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At 2 000m above sea level and surrounded by emerald jungle that reverberates with the cries of Sykes’ monkeys and is home to blue cranes, white-tailed mongooses and plenty of game – not to mention an uninterrupted view of ice-peaked Mount Kenya - Serena Mountain Lodge is one of the most unusual stop-overs in the country.

Balanced on stilts and built almost entirely from cedar wood, each room in this 3-storey hotel looks out on the permanent waterhole and salt lick, meaning you can enjoy the privacy of your balcony while honing your photography and animal identification skills so that you can soon easily tell the difference between a bush and water buck. By day, enjoy the antics of visiting elephant families, while staff can wake you at night should a hyena, leopard or genet drop by in the wee hours for a drink. Very keen photographers can access the photography hide via a tunnel for hours of composing, focusing and capturing their shots.

Hikers and walkers can delve into the jungle with an experienced guide to learn more about this fragile but beautiful ecosystem; look down to spot exotic flowers and fungi, and up for birds, butterflies and hooting monkeys. The clear mountain streams teeming with fresh-water trout beckon anglers while climbers can tackle Mount Kenya up to Point Lenana. Guests preferring a traditional 4x4 game drive can make the trip to the Ol Peteja Conservancy beyond the lodge.


  • Forest canopy vistas & tree-top dining
  • Cosy cedar-panelled rooms
  • Spa treatments available
  • Hiking, fishing & mountain climbing
  • Permanent, floodlit waterhole
  • Views of Kenya’s highest peak
  • Tree-planting programme


  • Fishing
  • Game drives
  • Hiking
  • Picnics
  • Bush dining
A comfortable forest lodge that allows you to slow down on a fast paced tour of the game parks. Relax on the balcony overlooking the waterhole and wait for the wildlife to come to you or spend a few hours down in the hide getting up close to the wildlife. The guided walk is highly recommended from this lodge. The perfect option for a change of scenery and good value.
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Kikuyu culture is echoed in the unpretentious ‘log cabin’ rooms that feature hand-woven fabrics and traditional wall hangings. Each room overlooks the water hole and has an en suite bathroom in addition to a private balcony. Hot water bottles dressed in traditional Maasai cloth are slipped into your bed at turn-down and unite with the sounds of Africa to lull you to sleep. Bottled mineral water, hairdryers and signature toiletries are also available.


Serena Mountain Lodge is geared to families with children over seven who want to explore an environment so different to classic savannah and safari grassland. The key attraction at the hotel is the permanent floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attract a wide variety of large and small game, including the occasional nocturnal predator. Linked to this is a secret photography hide, ideal for those wanting to hone their skills and get familiar with the animals before heading out onto a game drive.

Guides lead educational walks into the jungle, where you will stop for tea (out of delicate porcelain cups and saucers) at clearings along the way. Serena Mountain Lodge also runs a tree-planting programme to aid reforestation and secure the wilderness for future generations.

Outdoorsy guests will also love a day in the cool mountain air fishing for trout, climbing to Point Lenana or spotting birds and game from the open-air viewing room.

In the evenings, swap stories in the bar, relax at the central fireplace, peruse the library or challenge your fellow guests to a board game or two. Guests can also indulge in treatments like massages, facials and manicures.


The unfussy dining room is situated at tree-top level, meaning a lush, green canopy unfolds before as you enjoy your continental or full English breakfast. In the evening, ward off the chill of being at altitude with a warming cocktail or perhaps a chilled Kenyan beer from the laid-back panelled bar before heading to the plentiful supper buffet. Children’s menus and special dietary requests can be arranged.

General facilities

  • Wi-fi available
  • Library
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Computer facilities
  • Beauty or wellness therapist
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Serena Mountain Lodge

Jill Burry

Serena Mountain Lodge - Staff were amazing, so friendly and helpful. Rooms were very comfortable and although I had read reviews saying that the walls were paper thin and you could not sleep due to hearing you neighbours, we did not find this to be t he case and slept very well. However, I would not choose to stay there again. It felt quite restricting after being at Sweetwaters. Having said this, it was the only place we saw a beautiful Leopard.
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William Bradley

"The trip was AWESOME. I had a great time. The Serena Lodges were exceptional and a great place to stay. The hotel staff I met were very friendly and helpful."

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