10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We stayed at the Samburu Serena in November and it was a truly memorable stay. The rooms are very nice, remember you are in a lodge on a game park! There are nice touches such as your mossy nets being turned down at night and the lights switched on.
The food was very good and the staff were excellent. The monkeys do sometimes try to get in the restaurant but there is a watchful guard on standby and it is hilarious to watch them trying to sneak in!
We woke up one morning to find a herd of elephants on the other side of the river, if only I could have that view every day!
The game viewing was excellent, zebra, giraffe, eagles, leopards, elephants, the list goes on.
A great place to stay."
- Travel date: Fri 19th of January 2007
A lovley place
"The Samburu Serena Lodge is located on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River and has 62 rooms including 8 family rooms. We stayed in one of the family rooms which are very large indeed and have a great view of the river. The rooms are all en suite with a large bathroom and sitting area and also a terrace which faces onto the river. The staff are fantastic and extremely friendly courteous and helpful.
Meals are taken in and open sided dining room which has views overlooking the river. Meals are a combination of waiter and buffet service and are of a very high standard with plenty of choice and superbly cooked. The lodge has a viewing area on the banks of the river where drinks and bitings are served as the sun sets. Here they feed the crocodiles who come right up to the viewing area to eat. The Lodge also places leopard bait on the opposite side of the river in the evening to attract the leopards.
We spent 4 days at the lodge and had a fantastic stay with excellent game drives in both Samburu and buffalo springs. A truly memorable stay where we were thoroughly spoilt something rotten"
- Travel date: Wed 27th of September 2006
"We were booked into Serena Lodges by African Horizons as part of our 11 day safari through Kenya and Tanzania, and they were all excellent - probably the best "chain" we saw when we travelled - definately better than the Sopa Lodges.
Samburu lodge has a great shop, bar, restaurant, pool, and the rooms are of an excellent standard. I struggle to see how they maintain such great standards in what seemed to me like such remoteness."
- Travel date: Mon 21st of August 2006
Oasis in Northern Kenya
"Spent two nights at Samburu Serena in the Fall of 2005. Pleasantly surprised by the spacious accommodation; we were located on the upper floor of our duplex and found the river view to be most pleasant. We spent much of our time simply sitting out on our balcony and enjoying our surroundings.
Wildlife viewing in this region is amazing and offers opportunities to see unique species that are not found in lower Kenya and in Tanzania. The red and brown terrain is in stark contrast to the greener areas of the South. In mid-September the park was brimming with newborn elephants.
The drive to the Samburu area from points south takes several hours and at times can be quite intense but in the end it was well worth it. The hotel staff was courteous and the hotel design is very open and I found it to be very relaxing. In the evenings slide shows were offered. I have two negatives to mention; 1) This hotel does bait both leopards and crocodiles. 2) The Samburu tribe's village is very close to the hotel and you will certainly be offered the opportunity to visit; it is an interesting opportunity but be prepared for a "negotiated" price."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of June 2006
"lovely, everyone has there own private chalet and from there u have an excellent view of the river. on the first night we saw one elephant cross this river and stand litterally feet away from us and on the second night 5 elephabts crossed, very rare apparently!! seeing the crocs, leopards etc was lovely but my suntan lotion was stolen by a monkey, funny but i didnt get it back!!"
- Travel date: Sun 25th of June 2006
Great location...fabulous stay
"Had a great 2 nights at samburu as part of a Somak safari. Great lodge, lovely food, good staff.. rooms may be a little on the small/dark side, but as there's so much to see outside the room it shouldn't make much of a difference. All Serena hotels seem to be well run- would definately recommend!"
- Travel date: Thu 13th of April 2006
"During our 6-night safari through Northern and Central Kenya, we also stayed 2 nights at the Samburu Serena Safari Lodge!!
It was a lovely place with beautiful surroundings and lots of wildlife!! We even managed to see 10 lions laying on a long "bended" tree, that was such a wonderful and exciting experience!!
Lodge was nice, cosy rooms with wonderful views of the river and lots of colourful birds around!! Staff was nice and food was excellent!!
We had a great stay at the Samburu Serena Safari Lodge and we hope to get the opportunity to return some day!!
Annika&Peter from Sweden!!"
- Travel date: Sat 11th of March 2006
It was wonderful
"We stayed at the Samburu Serena Lodge for two nights in November 2005. Of all the lodges we stayed in on safari, the Samburu Serena was the best!
The rooms were really spacious and very nice, all spread along the river, with monkeys playing on the lawn outside our rooms. The meals were great and the pool was very nice. The staff were lovely.
Combined with the wildlife and our great guide, it was a wonderful stay."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of January 2006
Great location, OK rooms
"This lodge set on a river in the Samburu game reserve. Most, if not all, of the rooms are duplexes and overlook the river (there is a wall between). There are monkeys everywhere and although they will get close, they didn't get too bothersome.
The room is small and OK. Looks older and not so nice, but it worked.
There were lots of bugs here and nets over our beds. This may be b/c the water and warmth. Either way, it was interesting.
The cool part was that the lodge would bait the crocodile to come on the bank of the river right in front of the lodge with bones & meat. It was so cool to have a beer, relax, and watch the crocs eat.
They also baited a leopard across the river by tying meat on a rope, I think. We did see a silohuette, but not sure if it really was a leopard.
Make sure to bring budg spray though--lots of insects!"
- Travel date: Tue 6th of December 2005
Small but Excellent Hotel in Midst of Samburu Ntl Park
"This hotel was our first taste of accomodation outside of Nairobi and we were pleasantly surprised..spent 48 hours here while on safari in Samburu reserve and thoroughly enjoyed it
Small individual chalets with ceiling fan and mosquito nets...complimentary water in rooms.
Excellent location on the banks of riverbed....only there's no water in it in February - so dont try to go fishing !
Food was excellent....good choice of meals... monkeys seemed to like it as well....bit of a nuisance but good fun none the less..personally feel that it adds to the experience as opposed to detract from it.
Staff, typically of Serena hotels ( as we later found out as we continued our holiday ) were very friendly, obliging and helpful at all times.
Excellent selection of animals in the locality...didn't see any lions but treated to a 20 minute display from two young leopards..An experience I will never forget!
Overall, a good hotel choice if in the area on safari. Its relatively small number of rooms in the grounds makes for a relaxed atmosphere where guests are never crowded and can relax in peace between game drives.
Also has a view point of area where they put meat out for the leopards to feed.
- Travel date: Fri 11th of March 2005