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Reviewed 5 May 2008

We booked our honeymoon in October 2007 and were alarmed when all the trouble over the presidential elections erupted! We watched the news closely and considered cancelling, but in the end we decided to go with it and hope for the best!

Thank god we did! We spent 1 night in Nairobi and 4 nights in Tortilis before heading off to the Masai Mara. From the second we arrived to the second we left we had the most amazing time!
Overall we found the Kenya people warm, polite and very friendly!

Tortilis Camp is a high end camp, but we thought it was worth paying that bit extra and they really did justify their worth. The staff were great, a real pleasure to be around. The food was fantastic, to the point I was in danger of making myself ill from overeating! They have their own vegetable and herb gardens so the taste and freshness blew you away. The camp itself was extremely well maintained, amazing views, and you wanted for nothing. We saw the little ants in the camp someone else commented on (tiny compared to what you get in the UK!), we also saw zebra, hyena, dik-dik, vervet monkeys, Marabou stalk, etc... this is Africa... this is why we came here! Yet none of these were in your tent or anything ...well except for 1 vervet monkey who stole a biscuit! ;-)

The game drives were the reason we chose this camp, all the above were added bonuses! With Tortilis you are not stuck with 10 other people in a mini bus with a sun roof, you are in an open Landrover... just you, your guide, and at most 1 other couple (though we generally had it to outselves). Our guide Chege (or Joseph) was knowledgable, patient and accomodating. He was happy to stop as many times as we want for as long as we wanted when we came across wildlife. He was our guide for our entire stay and he really made the trip special! With him we saw pretty much the entire park and most of the wildlife! We saw elephant, lion, zebra, buffalo, hyena, cheetah, hippo's, baboons, fish eagles, ostrich, a large variety of birds and antelope to name just a few!

The manager Bart and his wife Mary were lovelly...Mary would chat to us at breakfast and bart would join us for a drink or 2 in the evening. All in all every member of staff from the management down made us feel relaxed and at home. We were sad to leave and we will be going back!

One thing though did stand out... both here and in the Masai Mara... the camps and national parks are deserted of tourists.
Fear of the violence portraid in the media is keeping people away. and this is hurting the people here. It is highly likely some camps will close... they are already having to let staff go... this is very sad. No tourists were ever involved in the violence and even at its worst there was never any trouble in the South in the lands of the Masai, where these parks lie. So now is the best time to go, because like us, you will have the whole place to yourself!!

Our only travel advise, for peace of mind, is arrange transfers between the airports, it makes everything so much easier!

PS. hope to add photo's soon.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2008

Serena Safari Lodge is part of Amboseli National Park in Kenya. We were there in October 2007 and were lucky enough to see the Kilimanjaro with snow and without clouds three days in a row! Wow.
The lodge itself is wonderful situated, has a nice drinking pool where during the day a lot of zebra's and birds come. The restaurant has a nice view over the drinking pool and an award winning Italian cook. The food in Serena is really one of the best parts of the lodge (the cook grows all vegetables and herbs in his own garden!). Our Dutch and Canadian hosts were more than friendly and warm and provided us will all services wanted. The tents are clean, well decorated and nicely situated with a more or less free view of the Kilimanjaro.
Have a look yourself at tortilis.com.

Because the tents are situated lower than the reception and restaurant area the climb between those 2 areas can be a hassle for older people.

We have only one remark about this lodge and that is that the drivers are not rangers. They drive you trough the park, but do not have a feeling for photography, light, position etcetera. they seem to have a standard program with which they service you. Special whishes are tough to fulfil for them.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2008

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 January 2008

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 September 2007

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