An experience never forgotten and not to be missed
The ‘sun-downer' is an essential part of safari life and dates back to the time of the great game hunting safaris of the 1920's when cocktails were always served as the sun began its descent. Today, though the hunting days are gone, the tradition of the sundowner endures – with good reason.
On the equator, the sun begins its descent at roughly the same time all the year round – between five and six pm so your sundowner experience will begin with a gentle evening game drive – ideally timed to catch the wildlife as it emerges into the cool of the evening.
We offer a selection of sundowner sites – one is located high above the plains on Lookout Hill, with magnificent panoramic views, another is on the banks of the famous Mara River and the third is in a secluded clearing. All are equipped with a blazing campfire, safari bar, hot canapé-counter, seating, safari lanterns, Masai warriors and a guitarist (plus bathroom facilities).
Arriving at your chosen sundowner site as the light turns to gold (ideal for photography), you can sip your drink and enjoy our inspirational selection of ‘bitings’ (canapés) as the sun slowly drops below the horizon, typically leaving the sky streaked in lilac pink and gold. It is a sight never to be forgotten and an event not to be missed.
Cost per person (inclusive alcoholic drinks): US$ 40
Cost per person (exclusive alcoholic drinks): US$ 20
Safari dinner in the wilderness
Dine in the wild
Typically wilderness, essentially safari
There are few experiences so typically wilderness and so essentially ‘safari’ as the traditional bush dinner. Leaving the lodge as the sun goes down you will enjoy a gentle game drive to your chosen wilderness dining site where lanterns will already be lit, the table laid and the campfire burning. Greeted by your team of Masai warriors, you will be served cocktails around the campfire while your team of chefs prepares dinner to your specific order. After starters from the buffet, entrée, dessert and tea or coffee, accompanied by your choice of wines or soft drinks, you can then relax around the campfire. Later, experience the thrill of a late evening game drive back to the lodge.
Cost per person (inclusive alcoholic drinks): US$55
Cost per person (exclusive alcoholic drinks): US$40
Note: all our wilderness dining sites are provided with full security and bathroom facilities
Moonlit dinner by the pool
The location of the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is unique – it stands high on the saddle of a hill with stunning views down to the famous Mara River. As for our pool, it lies just below the dining terrace, surrounded by stone-flagged terraces and gardens – it also enjoys a stunning view out over the plains of the Mara. For a truly memorable experience, why not let us arrange an exclusive dining experience by the pool where you can dine beneath the stars and by the soft light of safari lanterns. After dinner, enjoy coffee by the blazing fire of our firepit.
Cost per person (inclusive alcoholic drinks): US$40
Cost per person (exclusive alcoholic drinks): US$30