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Out of Nairobi/Travel: 20 Hours in Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, Taita Taveta County

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge


Wednesday
In between Nairobi and Mombasa cities lies the Tsavo East and West National Parks, now in Taita Taveta County. Tsavo is more synonymous with the man eaters of Tsavo – the lions that brought havoc to the railways constructors in the late part of 18th century. Coincidentally, the railway is being constructed this time not by the British but the Chinese. While there I did not come across any news of a re-occurrence of the fate that befell the British. Maybe the lions like the Chinese!

If you access the Park by road like we did, you will see a high level of activity on Nairobi-Mombasa Road – the building of the Standard Gauge Railway.
Of the two Tsavo’s the West is more a popular destination and Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is located inside. By road the Safari Lodge is a 5 hour’s drive from Nairobi but it is also accessible by air. We were informed there is an airstrip within which you can access the park. If you can the 1 hour’s flight from Nairobi is highly recommended.

Since Tsavo West boarders Tanzania, one of the things you need to be aware is, the phone network might be an issue especially Safaricom customers – it is recommended you have an Airtel line. Otherwise, you can buy an Airtel or Orange sim card from the gift shop.

Location

1. Lunch with a View | 2 pm
Our group arrived at the Lodge a few minutes after two and upon arrival one of the things that hit us was the watering hole which is next to the dinner/restaurant area. The watering hole is also visible from the rooms.
At this time of the day, there were few animals at the watering hole – we were able to spot Zebras, Thomson Gazelles and Baboons. If you planning on visiting the lodge it is advisable you carry a pair of binoculars and a camera to snap the animals.

The lunch offered here is a self-service buffet which is included in package but the facility does allow one to drive in for lunch [reservations recommended]

2. Drive to Mzima Springs | 3 pm

Mzima Springs which provides water to Voi and Mombasa residents

Mzima Springs which provides water to Voi and Mombasa residents


Drive to Mzima spring was the next item in our itinerary after having had late lunch and checking in to our rooms. The Spring we were duly informed is the source of water to the residents of Mombasa. The park has constructed walking pavements along the spring with an underwater observatory. During our visit we were unable to spot any crocodiles – the only animals we were able to see were the monkeys and hippos who seemed to be playing a hide and seek game with us!
Hippos which seemed to be watching us from a far!

Hippos which seemed to be watching us from a far!


However, to and from the spring we were able to see a number of animals; masai giraffes, hornbill birds and some gazelles.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge at Night

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge at Night


3. Dinner – Chyulu Bar and Night Vigil around the Watering Hole | 7.30 pm
Chyulu Bar is where we had our dinner; an area reserved for groups that wish to have some privacy and is situated next to the conference room. Thereafter, we proceeded to the observation area to view the animals at the watering hole.
At night chances of spotting the cats are significantly higher as opposed to the day. The lodge has a resident nature officer who is usually at hand with any clarifications one might have. Also, the lodge has a room call for any visitor who wishes to be woken up in the middle of night in case they spotters are able to see a specific animal one is interested in.

Thursday
4. Breakfast and Checkout | 8 am
The lodge does not have a gym but has a football field where one can jog in the morning and two bicycles in case jogging is not your thing. Also, their swimming pool opens at 7 am and in my case I was able to do a few laps before breakfast.
Breakfast is served from 6.30 to 10 am and in the morning one can spot a few animals at the watering hole – such as giraffes and buffaloes. At that time of the day it is usually not very hot.
Since we were going to Amboseli, we were not able to do a morning game drive. (game drive usually costs KES 4000 pp).

Note:
– There is no television in the rooms – the lodge is set out in a manner gives the visitors more time to interact with the environment as opposed to staying indoors watching TV. However, in the conference room there is a television – in case one wishes to catch up with the news.
– The lack of indoor entertainment (TV) is made up with very good Wi-Fi – which is free.
– The reception area has an excellent running exhibition with photos of railway line construction under the British to some very interesting photos of Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta visiting the Lodge watching the elephants at the watering hole.
– Paintings in the rooms are by Yony Waite.
– There are caves within the vicinity which were used by the British durung World War I when fighting the Germans who had control of Tanganyika by then.

If you are traveling to Mombasa and need a place to recharge, then Serena Safari Lodge is most ideal. Also, for tourists visiting the coastal circuit and wish to have a game view the location of the lodge on your way to the coast offers convenience to any Safari itinerary.

Reservations recommended but walk in guests accommodated as well.

Useful links:
a) KWS Tsavo West National Park
b) Serena Hotel’s Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

Disclosure: This trip was facilitated by Serena Hotel.

February 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm Leave a comment

Magical Kenya Racing Weekend, Jul. 19-20 2014 @ Ngong Racecourse

Ngong Race
Dates: July 19-20, 2014
Venue: Ngong Racecourse
Tickets: Adults Kshs 200, Under 16 Kshs 50 and Children below 5 years – Free

July 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: 13th Edition of Lamu Cultural Festival, Nov. 21-24 2013 @ Lamu

Lamu County
The Lamu Cultural Promotion Group is proud to present the 13th edition of the annual Lamu Cultural Festival.

Dates: November 21-24, 2013
Venue: Lamu County

For those planning to make reservations this might help:http://www.lamu.org/index.html

The Festival continues to promote a World Heritage Site that constitutes the common heritage of humanity, and share its distinct Swahili traditions with the world.

Know Lamu
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For more information contact Lamu Cultural Promotion Group on Tel. 0722 476219 / 0733 660216 or Email: lamuculturalfestival@gmail.com

November 18, 2013 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

Out of Town: Naivasha Fashion Weekend, Oct. 19 2013 @ Enashipai Resort and Spa

NFW 2013 Poster
Date: October 19, 2013
Time: 12pm to 6pm (afterparty with DJ Adrian thereafter)
Venue: Enashipai Resort and Spa
Entry: Ksh 1,500

Designers: Vaishali, Manciny, Wambui Njogu/MooCow, Agnes – Nesra Apparels, Nick – Ankara, Sarah Karay, Anna Adero, Mikono Knits, Anthony – Jiamini, Sylvia – Lamar, Richard/Kazuri Beads, Life Beads/ Minalyn Nicklin, Sarah Wangu and Lieke
Website: www.naivashafashionweekend.com

Fashion Show
This year the event will start at 12noon and three fashion shows are scheduled for the afternoon – 2 indoor and 1 outdoor.

Kenya’s supermodel Ajuma Nasenyana and Susan Anyango (Miss Kenya 2011) alongside other talented local models will be showcasing some of Kenya’s finest designers latest collections. The entire show will be produced and choreographed by Surazuri Modeling and Casting Agency – East Africa’s most renowned and longest established model agency that has launched international modeling careers for many Kenyans.

About
Naivasha Fashion Weekend is a signature fashion event that made its debut in 2012. Due to its overwhelming success, the organizers, Enashipai Resort and Spa, together with the East Africa Womens’ League are teaming up to do it again in 2013 turning it into an annual “must attend” fashion event. The event is more than just fashion- it is about raising money for the charities based in Naivasha and participating in the greater good of our communities.

This year, the event will be held on 19th October 2013 at the newly opened state of the art Entumo Conference Centre at Enashipai in Naivasha Kenya. Designers and models are gearing up to showcase an elegant and superbly choreographed in and outdoor fashion show with the overarching theme “Wild at Heart.”

The organisers promise to deliver an amazing day out with fantastic entertainment by Chris Bitok and June Gachui followed by an off the hook after party by Capital FM’s DJ Adrian

October 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm 1 comment

Out of Town: Rift Valley Festival, Aug. 30-Sept. 1 2013 @ Fisherman’s Camp – Lake Naivasha

Rift Valley Festival
Rift Valley Festival has joined hands with Blankets & Wine to bring you a 3 day international music festival at Fisherman’s Camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha.

Dates: August 30-September 1, 2013
Venue: Fisherman’s Camp, Lake Naivasha
Tickets: Day tickets Kshs 2000, Weekend Tickets Kshs 4000

Acts: Just a Band, Mukoomba, Eric Wainaina, Racubah, Sou Sou & Maher, MC Matre, Paleface, Dela. Maia Von Lekow, Winyo, Barney Barrow, Foozak, The Dons Sofrito, Quantic, Dj Kuzi, Mr Sean, Yam Yam, Electrique Dj’s and the Beat Parade Band, Ska-Face, Owiny Sigoma Band, DJ Andre, DJK

Fisherman’s camp will have camping space available at 500/- per night on a first come first served basis from Friday morning – Aug. 31 2013.
Fish Eagle and Carnelleys directly next door are other recommended spaces for accommodation.

www.riftvalleyfestival.co.ke

August 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Outdoor Concert: Jazz Blues and Fashion in the Wild, Feb. 2 2013 @ Ivory Burning Centre – Nairobi National Park

Jazz in the wild
Date: February 2, 2013
Venue: Ivory Burning Centre – Nairobi National Park
Time: 6 pm
Tickets: Advance Tickets Ksh3,300 and Ksh5,300 VIP (Ksh300 Gate charges in promotion of our wildlife) $40 for foreign nationals
Price at the GATE – KSh3500 & Ksh5500 VIP
For more info & tickets: 0713 887 890

Performance by Enrico Crivellaro Band & Brian Templeton

January 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm 3 comments

Out of Town: 12th Edition of Lamu Cultural Festival, Nov. 15-18 2012 @ Lamu


The Lamu Cultural Promotion Group is proud to present the 12th edition of the annual Lamu Cultural Festival.

The Festival continues to promote a World Heritage Site that constitutes the common heritage of humanity, and share its distinct Swahili traditions with the world.

For more information contact Lamu Cultural Promotion Group on Tel. 0722 476219 / 0733 660216 or Email: lamuculturalfestival@gmail.com

For those planning to make reservations this might help: http://www.lamu.org/index.html

October 3, 2012 at 9:39 am Leave a comment


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