10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Loved the views
"We stayed here for one night as part of a 3 day safari. If you get the chance to stay here I hope you have a great time. No review could prepare you for when you walk through reception and see that viewâ¦â¦â¦.
The lodge does have some faults which I wonât even bother going into - when you have Zebra etc outside your bedroom all is easily forgiven."
- Travel date: Sun 12th of November 2006
First class lodge and fabulous scenery
"We arrived at the Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge having stayed at Voi Lodge in Tsavo East and Ngulia Lodge about 20km down the road, also in Tsavo West. Of the three Kilaguni was definitely the one I would choose to stay in for longer.
The view from the bar and restaurant area is simply stunning with bright orange dust giving way to grey-green scrub and Kilimanjaro providing an impressive backdrop against a deep blue sky. Turn your head 90 degrees to the right and you see an equally impressive range of volcanic hills in the middle distance.
We were booked into one of the "cottage" style rooms away from the main building. The room was extremely smart and generously proportioned with touches of four and even five star world class hotel rooms thrown in for good measure.
The standard of service was the same high level of hospitality that you expect from all good quality Kenyan hotels.
The watering holes attracted a family of elephants during the night that we were there - they all lined up and faced us for their evening drink while we enjoyed ours!
Staying here has made me seriously consider other Serena properties elsewhere, if they're of a similar standard then I know I won't be disappointed."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of October 2006
A room with a view
"Serena Kilaguni lodge is located in Tsavo West close to the Chula gate. The lodge overlooks two water holes and has panoramic views stretching from the Chula hills all the way to Mount Kilimanjaro. The rooms are very large and confortable with a balcony which offer views of the waterhole. We stayed in one of the Suites which was truly magnificent, a large sitting room, terrace with unrestricted views of the waterhole and a large sitting room complete with mini bar and satellite TV. The bar area has a terrace where you can spend many hours watching the animals coming to drink at the waterhole and has truly amazing views. Food is excellent with both buffet and waiter service. The staff are superb so friendly and helpful and nothing is too much trouble for them This is a lovely lodge one of the best we have stayed in on our many trips to Kenya and definitely the best in Tsavo This was our 5th visit and still that first view you get when you walk into reception of the hills and waterhole are still as breathtaking as ever."
- Travel date: Thu 28th of September 2006
"Kilaguni is stunning - on arrival we were met by the usual JAMBO and cold towels to refresh ourselves. We had lunch overlooking kilamanjaro then did a bush walk on the afternoon with John the resident guide (and a armed ranger) we didnt see any big animals (which i suppose is good as we were on foot!!) but found out a lot of interesting facts about the the area and the wildlife and insects and the birdlife - really worth doing. We arrived back to the lodge to find that they had been into our rooms to give us bathrobes and had turned down the sheets and put the mossies nets round the beds read for us!! A really nice touch - the rooms from the outside look like little hansel and gretel type buildings they are fab - the interior is stunning as well i could have easily stayed inthis lodge for the duration of my stay - we were overlooking a waterhole where whilst we were having eveing meal a herd of Zebra then elephants joined us!! we woke in the morning walked onto the blacony and had a cuppa overlooking Kilamanjaro which is a truly awesome sight - this lodge is stunning - go and enjoy wish i was coming with you."
- Travel date: Sat 5th of August 2006
"We just spent 3 nights at the Kilaguni Lodge over the May day weekend.
It was so relaxing that we did not want to come back.
The food on the buffet was okay but every meal time we spoke to the head chef and she was gracious enough to make whatever we felt like eating as the main course for us.
We went in a group of four people ( two couples and a one year old baby).
We suggest rooms numbers 1-4 for people travelling with children as it saves you a long walk.
The new rooms are nice and spacious and very comfortable.
The bathrooms are basic but quite nice.
Only problem we found with the rooms was that the walls are paper thin so you are privy to every conversation your neighbours are having and they are privy to yours.I think the management need to try and make some improvements as it just hampers people from feeling at home if you know what i mean.
The staff are very nice and they are willing to go out of their way to accomodate you in every way possible.
The management needs to bring down the pricing of their drinks as it forces people to carry their own drinks with them.
A soda being priced at 125/- is too high as it costs 16/- in the supermarkets.( a profit of 800% is a bit too much).Most of the guests were enjoying drinks in their own balconies as it was prohibitive to drink in the main bar.
Definitely a place that i would recommend to everyone."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of May 2006
If you go to Kenya -- go here!
"One of the most beautiful places on the planet! Be prepared to walk in the hotel, see the view out the back and have your mouth drop open...it happens to EVERYONE who enters the hotel (at least when we were there). At the back of the hotel is the only watering hole in the area for the animals, be prepared to be entertained and commune with the animals 24/7. It's a truly amazing place and great service and wonderful hospitality!"
- Travel date: Wed 1st of March 2006
What a wonderful place!
"What a wonderful place! Views were outstanding and there was always something to see at the watering-hole at all times of the day.
The food was was amazing - so much choice and so tasty! The staff were friendly, the rooms were clean and huge! Each is like a small bungalow, beautifuly laid out, with a balcony looking out onto Mt Kilimanjaro. We had a few hours spare and also took a refreshing dip in the pool!
This was the best by far of the 3 lodges we stayed in (Voi & Nguali) and had a much more 'personal' touch."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of February 2006
"We stayed here our second night during our 8 day trip. We had picked the place for it's watering holes and from the reviews on tripadvisor. We were not disappointed. We are photographers and were able to capture several animals coming to the watering holes to drink. We also liked the free entertainment the monkeys provided right outside our room. The rooms were basic but clean and the staff was very polite."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of January 2006
"We stayed at Kilaguni lodge on the last night of our safari. Rooms were great with mosquito nets around beds. We had a six course meal served to us at the table. The views were stunning with Mount Kilamanjaro in the distance. There was all sorts of wildlife visiting the waterholes about 20 feet from the dining area. If you get the opportunity go on the armed guided walk in the afternoon."
- Travel date: Mon 21st of November 2005
What a View!
"WOW!! What a place-absolutely fantastic. Stayed here on our second night whilst on Safari. Surreal!!. Lodge has a very relaxing upmarket ambience and the terrace looks out over the most beautiful scenery-top that with a waterhole that attracts animals by their hordes- we sat there past midnight watching the activity just didnt want to go to bed!!. The food at the Lodge is very good although we found the drinks to be more expensive than in the UK. Rooms all had wonderful views of the landscape. Wished we had stayed there longer.Only downfall checking in and out was a little prolonged."
- Travel date: Tue 25th of October 2005