By: Joseph Roberts
Mara Serena Safari Lodge is located within the Mara Triangle of the Masai Mara National Reserve, which is 320 kilometres and an approximately 5 hours drive from Nairobi. By air, Mara Serena airstrip is 45 minutes from Nairobi and the lodge is 2 kilometers from the airstrip with “meet and greet” and transfer services provided.
The breathtaking landscapes of Masai Mara National Reserve, uninterrupted views of the Mara River and a design inspired by a traditional Maasai Manyatta set Mara Serena Safari Lodge as an unforgettable destination for safari holidays.
Mara Serena Safari Lodge 74 guest rooms which includes the suite have been inspired by the local Maasai heritage and surrounding natural splendour, welcoming guests to experience the allure of the only lodge located within the famed Mara Triangle. A merger of Africa’s untamed beauty and modern sophistication, our accommodations are arranged with one slightly in front of its neighbour, allowing for Sweeping river and savannah views.
Adorned in swirling patterns that reflect the colours and shapes of the bush, rooms feature Maasai-inspired design-motifs, King or twin beds, lavish, all-encompassing mosquito-curtaining and marble bathrooms with walk-in showers.
Contemporary amenities like complimentary Internet and television with satellite channels along with personalised touches like ceiling fans to enhance the guest experience
Our Lodge Room immerses you in the beauty of our surroundings with views of Mara from your private balcony. Enjoy the warmth and coziness of these rooms appointed with every modern comfort.
- Complimentary wireless Internet
- Coffee/tea station
- Complimentary mineral water and toiletries
- Valet, laundry and shoe-shine
- Ceiling fan
- Mosquito netting
The Mara Suite
Equally viable as a presidential/CEO, honeymoon or VIP venue, the lodge’s spacious and generously appointed Mara Suite welcomes in the beauty of its surroundings with marvellous views of Lake Mara. Enjoy the warmth and sophistication of this suite appointed with a master bedroom with a King bed, a separate sitting area and two private balconies.
- Spacious master bedroom (ensuite) with King bed
- Generous bathroom with tub and shower
- Separate sitting room
- Mini-bar – stocked according to your preference
- Two private balconies
- Satellite TV and video
- Dedicated room steward
- Complimentary wireless Internet
- Coffee/tea station
- Premium bath amenities
- Ceiling fan
- Mosquito netting
Dining (A Maasai dinner in the bush)
Crafted with the finest local and seasonal ingredients, the food you enjoy at Mara Serena Safari Lodge takes you on a culinary journey that celebrates the bounty, richness and untamed spirit of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Whether you’re dining in our restaurant, greeting the sunrise with breakfast by the hippo-filled Mara River or toasting the sunset with “Sundowner” cocktails and canapés in the bush, you will be treated to an unforgettable dining experience with every meal. Three times a week, our dinners are accompanied by a traditional Maasai dance performance.
Hippo Pool Breakfast
Depart the lodge after an early morning cup of tea and enjoy an exhilarating game drive in the crisp morning air, keeping an eye out for matriarchal elephant herds, the lion prides and all the other wildlife in which the Mara abounds.
Arriving on the banks of the world-famous Mara River, you will be met by a traditionally clad Maasai warrior who will lead you where countless hippos wallow. Once you reach a clearing, you will be offered a glass of chilled sparkling wine or fresh juice before being shown to your table, which is located in a shady grove immediately alongside the hippo pool. Beneath the trees, you will find a full display of fruit, patisserie and cereals as well as a line of chefs ready to cook eggs, bacon, sausages and chicken to your specification.
Please note that all Mara Serena Safari Lodge wilderness dining sites feature full security and bathroom facilities.
For those who have dreamt of dining in the wilds, Mara Serena Safari Lodge bush dining experiences are incomparable. They are experts at arranging breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktails in a number of dedicated sites: by the hippo pool, on panoramic Look-out Hill or on the savannah plains. All meals are typically presented with tables, safari chairs, a ‘bush bar’ and a ‘bush kitchen,’ where a broad range of meats, poultry, fish and vegetables are cooked on-site (supplemented by fresh soups, salads and desserts from our hotel kitchens
The “Sundowner” is an essential part of safari life and dates back to the time of the great game hunting safaris of the 1920s when cocktails were always served as the sun began its descent. Your experience opens with a gentle evening game drive, ideally timed to catch the wildlife as it emerges into the cool of the evening.
Arriving at Mara Serena Safari Lodge sundowner site the light turns to gold (ideal for photography), you can sip your drink and enjoy our inspirational selection of canapés as the sun slowly drops below the horizon. It typically leaves the sky streaked in shades of lilac, pink and gold. This is a sight never to be forgotten and an event not to be missed.
Mara Serena Safari Lodge sundowner bar, open for just an hour each day at sunset, is located high above the plains on Lookout Hill with magnificent panoramic views and equipped with a blazing campfire, a safari bar, a hot canapé-counter, seating, safari lanterns, Maasai warriors and a guitarist (plus bathroom facilities).
Enjoy one of Kenya’s most captivating dining experiences in Maasai-inspired dining room overlooking the plains of the Masai Mara and down to the river. Decorated with traditional Maasai motifs, it offers open-plan seating (inside and outside) and a relaxed atmosphere. Linked to the dining room is a welcoming bar area, which also offers exterior seating around the nightly campfire.
Breakfast and lunch are presented as buffets and feature a wide range of international choices. In typical safari-style, Mara Serena Safari Lodge offers a ‘full English breakfast’ as well as European options. Mara Serena Safari Lodge lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian dishes. Other dietary preferences can be accommodated with prior notice.
Mara Serena Safari Lodge five-course table d’hôte dinner menus feature a wide array of choices and vegetarian options are always available. Guests may also enjoy three special ‘theme’ nights. This popular feature offers a broad selection of international options, ranging from pasta to BBQ to authentic Kenyan specialties. Enjoy “Nyama Choma” (traditionally roasted meats), “Sukuma” (local kale cooked with tomatoes, onions, garlic and coriander), “Posho” (maize) and other local delicacies.
Meetings & Conferences
At Mara Serena Safari Lodge, the majestic, rolling landscapes of the Masai Mara National Reserve infuse conferences, corporate retreats and incentives with unparalleled inspiration. Adorned in vibrant red, sunshine-yellow and white hues and decorated with striking Maasai artefacts, our dedicated conference facility offers stunning Mara River views as a dramatic backdrop for events of up to 50 guests.
Experience beautifully decorated accommodation, superb cuisine and unforgettable travel incentive options like wilderness workshops, “Sundowner” cocktails on Lookout Hill, night game safaris and more. Our five-star lodge is one of the most unique conference destinations in Kenya.
For your comfort and convenience, our Conference Room is equipped with air conditioning, complimentary wireless Internet and audiovisual equipment. In addition, our event planning team and caterers will ensure that every detail is perfect and every expectation is exceeded. The space features a registration or welcome area and its own shaded reception terrace, where coffee, tea and cocktails can be served.
As an alternative, our “Under-Canvas” facility offers a “business in the bush” experience via a weather-proof safari tent with roll-up windows, zippered doors, safari-flooring, lighting, a power-supply, modular furniture, bathroom facilities, outside catering and safari-seating for evening campfires.
Mara Serena Safari Lodge can also assist with arranging an array of incentive tours, safaris and programmes, including:
- Balloon safaris over the Mara, landing to a full English breakfast with chilled ‘fizz’
- Game drives with guides whose skill in locating the coveted ‘Big Five’ is outstanding
- Unique night game drive experiences, the best time to catch the creatures of the night
- “Sundowners” with campfire, entertainment, dancers, music, ‘bush bar’ hot or cold canapés
- Poolside cocktail receptions, lantern-lit and with a blazing firepit on our panoramic deck overlooking the Mara
- BBQs prepared in a clearing by the famous Mara River where hippos wallow, preceded by a game drive and will include a Maasai welcome, campfire, lanterns, bush bar and four course dinner
- Full English breakfasts by the hippo pools of the Mara River – complete with chefs, cooking stations and Masai warriors
- Wilderness workshops at under-canvas facilities that can be erected in a number of panoramic sites in the Mara wilderness, ideal for workshops, team-building events, cocktail parties or safari suppers (Maasai dance performances, choirs or guitarist are options as well)
- Visits to the nearby Maasai Cultural Centre, an authentic Maasai Manyatta, where your group will meet the elders, be shown around a typical hut, enjoy demonstrations of dance, fire-making, cattle raising and handicrafts
- Maasai hosted celebrations at the Manyatta with BBQ roasts and dance ceremonies
- Branded gifts can be prepared for your incentive recipients such as hand-made Maasai beaded items, customised safari or leisure wear and more
- Safari detox and re-energization programmes in our panoramic Maisha Safari Spa & Gym
- Guided photographic, nature or ornithological tours or walks linked to tailored workshops
Weddings (Wedding in the Masai Mara)
With a style and setting inspired by the traditional Maasai Manyattas, Mara Serena Safari Lodge offers a stunning wedding celebration setting infused with the untamed beauty, grandeur and spirit of the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Set on a brush-cloaked hill overlooking the Mara River, Mara Serena Safari five-star lodge is a retreat to nature. Rolling grasslands, dramatic wilderness migrations and exhilarating activities ensure that every moment is unforgettable. From English breakfasts by a river teeming with hippos to “Sundowner” cocktails and bush dinners accompanied by Maasai music and dance performances, your wedding and honeymoon in the Masai Mara will be distinguished by incomparable enchantment.
Say “I do” on the banks of the Mara River. Host a sunset cocktail reception by Mara Serena Safari Lodge pool perched high above the Mara plains with sweeping views in every direction. Welcome your guests to an authentic Maasai Manyatta to enjoy a traditional Maasai welcome, dancing, singing and a blessing by the elders. Or plan a more formal evening in our gracious Conference Centre.
Whatever your vision, our wedding planner and catering team will help you design an affair to remember.