The Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Secreted deep within the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill, embraced by arcing vistas and washed by a sea of richly rolling grasslands, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas and has a ringside seat for the greatest wildlife show on Earth, the legendary migration of the wildebeest.
Drawing its inspiration from the traditional Maasai cultural motif of a cluster of domed, mud-coloured huts encircled by a “Boma” of brushwood, the Mara Serena offers a rare blend of raw African splendour and sumptuous sophistication. The essentially ethnic décor also draws on a vibrant colour-palette of sun-burst colours, embellished by a unique selection of Maasai art to create the look and feel of a traditional bush encampment. The lodge features individual rooms, each with their own balcony and view of eternity, a sky-blue swimming pool and a spectacular restaurant, overlooking a water hole where a fantasia of creatures collect to drink.
Styled to mirror the circular motif of a traditional Maasai "Manyatta", the lodge has been designed to blend international sophistication with raw African beauty.
The wide-spaced and secluded rooms have been sensitively designed so as to blend seamlessly into the landscape whilst offering magnificent Mara-vistas from their private verandas. As for the interiors, individually styled in exuberant bush colours they feature spacious bathrooms and the calm sophistication of a world-class hotel.
Up, up and away on a Mara Balloon Safari
One of the most magically memorable of the Mara experiences, a balloon safari allows you drift in silence above the splendour of the plains, dip down to visit the hippo pools of the Mara River, enjoy a bird’s eye view of the wildlife theatre below and descend to a scenic champagne breakfast cooked and served in the middle of the bush.
A Serena Active brochure can be obtained from reception giving full details on all the sporting activities within the group. However, at Mara Serena Safari Lodge the main features are:
- Balloon safaris
- Walking in the bush (accompanied by our resident naturalist)
- Discovering the brilliance of the local bird life
- Game viewing around our water hole
- Adventure game drives around the Mara eco-system
- Swimming in our spectacular natural pool
Taking the Eco Route
The Serena Group is committed to an escalating eco-policy that embraces sensitivity to the interests of the local population in relation to such matters as: cultural preservation, sustainable habitat and community development. The group also abides by a code of responsible practice in relation to: energy conservation, waste recycling, sewage disposal, air emissions, pesticides, noise reduction and visual pollution. Finally, all Serena Group properties are built to harmonise with the local landscape and to utilise eco-friendly materials, local handicrafts and products. Wherever possible they also aim to enhance the environment via landscaping and indigenous plant material reinforcement.
The Mara Eco Programme
Experience has shown that committed sustainable conservational policies work best when linked to committed community support and to this end the Serena Mara Safari Lodge works closely with the local community to contribute to a broad range of community benefits. These include; road rehabilitation, maintenance of air strips and building projects for local schools and conservation centres. The Lodge also aims to boost local employment by hiring and training local personnel and offering educational scholarships to local children. The Lodge has also provided housing and electricity for the Kenya Wildlife Service rangers and is following through on an ambitious eco-programme that involves the reclamation of eroded areas of bush and the replanting of indigenous species.
They Need Your Help
If you’d like to support Serena Hotels in their efforts to plant more indigenous species and trees and thereby contribute personally to the greening of Africa, why not take part in the Plant a Tree for Tomorrow Campaign? This way, and for minimal expense, you can not only invest in Africa’s future but also ‘own’ a small but significant part of the glory that is the Masai Mara.