The Serena Hotels portfolio is a meticulously curated collection of 5-star properties in superb locations throughout Africa and Asia.
Each Serena destination offers a deep connection to its surroundings, with a character steeped in the culture, cuisine, heritage and architecture of its location. While each hotel is unique to its locale, what all share in common is a passion for the discovery and new experiences that make travel unforgettable. This passion is revealed through varied activities such as a traditional high tea, a cooking class taught by a master chef, or perhaps a winter stroll through an orchard slumbering beneath a blanket of snow, or a revitalising soak in a nearby hot spring.
At Serena Hotels, discerning executives and world travellers are invited to savour the essence of our destinations without having to compromise on comfort, amenities or service.
The Nyiragongo Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, famous for the lava lakes that have formed in the summit crater. The hike to the summit takes approximately four to six hours and can be difficult in humid conditions, but you are rewarded by sightings of rare birds and animals such as monkeys, bushbucks and chimpanzees, and the summit offers wonderful views of Gisenyi Town.
This is a hand-craft based association comprising of women who dropped out of school due to unplanned pregnancies. It offers hand-craft & traditional dance classes
Time: 2 and half hours
Time Options: 08:00-17:00hrs
Price: US$30 per person or US$20 per person for groups of two or more.
*Please note prices do not include transportation
Take a stroll to the historical Vazir House, which was originally constructed in 1936 by the land’s incumbent Vazir and was subsequently used as a State Guest House. Famous visitors to the State Guest House, later converted into the Swat Hotel, include Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, who, in 1961, laid the foundation of the new hotel block.
An Ornithological Haven
The only way to get close to nature on foot. Led by an experienced Naturalist, the one-hour walk begins right at the camp, through the sprawling Acacia thickets right to the Lake shore. This is one of the rarest opportunity to walk designated Ramsar and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Unlike the drives, nature walks captures all the desired attention of natural happenings like identifying tracks and signs of wildlife, geology, native plants identification and their traditional medicinal values or uses, one on one interaction on birding with an expert, more thrilling, how these birds find their way all from Europe and Asia into Africa during winter! The cover of diverse habitats ensures maximum content achievement.
The Conservancy plays host to 450 bird species, and birding experts report up to 60 species of birds a day – a birder’s paradise including the flamingos and the endangered Great White Pelican. The guided bird walks along the lake, are conducted by the resident naturalist, and tools such as the binoculars and a birding list are provided.
Hidden in the mountains 19 kilometres up a dramatic barren gorge is the green and lush valley, the Naltar Valley is heavily wooded with pine, spruces, birch, rowan and juniper. As one of the most highly recommended activities for a day outing from Gilgit, this is perfect for anyone looking to get in exercise. As a Pakistan Air Force Ski training base, a ski tournament organized by Pakistan Ski Federation at Naltar is held in February. It is also the starting point for two longer treks; one across the Naltar Pass (about 4,600 metres) to Ishkoman and the other across the Daintar Pass (4,636 metres) to Chalt. Naltar is a two-hour drive and about 47 kilometres from Gilgit via the west back of the Hunza River to Nomal Village.
Perched on two boulders cresting a thousand feet over the gushing Hunza river, the stunning 11th century Altit Fort is the oldest surviving monument of the region and the birthplace of the Hunza Kingdom. Altit, translating to ‘this side down’, was the first royal dwelling for the Tham (the traditional ruler) or Mirs of Hunza. The fort and the surrounding village settlement of Altit Khun have been restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture through its Historical Cities Programme. The fort is the recipient of the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2011.
Altit Fort has been home to a flourishing women social enterprise named CIQAM since 2003 ever since restoration work began on the Altit Fort. The word Ciqam [she-kum] means ‘greenery’ in Brushaski and stands for growth and prosperity. The enterprise was created in 2003 as a project developed under Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan (AKCSP), and co-funded by the Royal Norwegien Embassy in Pakistan (RNE).
The Leif Larsen Music Center is situated within the Royal Garden of the Altit Fort compound. The Center provides facilities for traditional musicians and performers of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral to train youth in different traditions and genres of mountain music. It was set up under the Aga Khan Music Initiative in partnership with Royal Norwegian Embassy. Following the Ustaad-Shagird (teacher-apprentice) model of music education, the Center offers students short courses for training in local music instruments, music education and production as well as short residencies for visiting artists, writers, historians and environmentalists. The Center also helps local communities organize different festivals and music events.
Be transformed back 700 years and explore the royal seat of the ruler of Hunza – the Tibetan influenced UNESCO award winning Baltit Fort and the surrounding bustling
Karimabad Bazaar. Enjoy lunch or a coffee at one of the local restaurants or cafes whilst soaking up the incredible views over Karimabad
A famous archeological site recording 2000 years of travels along the silk route to and from China. The inscriptions are in Kharaoshthi, Barhmi, Gupta, Sogdian & Tibetan and depict many an Ibex. The rock is on a top of a hill which lies in east to the Hunza River and is accessible on the N-35 in Nagar-Khas, Hunza Valley.
Our custom-built open-sided six-person safari vehicles offer comfort, panoramic viewing, dedicated safari guides, refreshments on-board and radio-links for fast location of game. Traditionally, game-drives take place early morning (you are woken with tea and arrive back in time for breakfast) or late afternoon. They can also be timed to coincide with sundowners in the bush.
On the banks of Lake Victoria lies our beautiful, picture perfect golf resort with a 18-hole golf course, designed by Golf Plan with a challenging layout for golfers of all skill levels. The views of the lake and its surroundings are soft on the eye with ample bird life, while each hole has a different and relaxed feel to it.
Visit the 14th century Chaqchan Mosque or the majestic Khaplu Khanqah, built in the 18th century by Sufi scholar Mir Mukhtar Akhyar. View the UNESCO-awarded tomb of the saint “Astana Mir Muhammad”. Drive to Saling to marvel at the rock carvings and one of Central Asia’s largest Buddhist Stupas.
When the food couldn’t get any better, throw in a view to die for!
Adjacent to the Lodge is our dedicated bush barbeque area, which overlooks the Chyulu Hills and is traditionally lit with safari lanterns. Reached by a winding, lantern-lit pathway from the lodge, it features a stone-built buffet-area, bush bar and a glowing charcoal barbeque. Here, our chefs prepare a lavish 7-course banquet, which is served to individual tables gathered around a blazing fire-pit. At the end of dinner, our guitarist entertains you as drinks are served around the bonfire. A special cultural dancing troup may also be at hand to entertain you.
The ‘sun-downer’ is an essential part of safari life and dates back to the time of the great safaris of the 1920’s when elegant cocktails were always served while watching the spectacle of the African sunset. Timed to begin as the sun begins its descent, the sundowner begins with a gentle evening game drive, arriving at the sundowner site just as the evening sky turns gold-pink
Soak your cares away in Chutron Shigar Hot Springs. Go boating on Kachura Lake and fish for trout before enjoying a picnic lunch at Sukh Nallah. Enjoy a swim in our local Lake Jurbusso. Located in the middle of a ‘cold desert’, one of the highest in the world, this warm water lake is stunning with its scenic beauty. Further afield, enjoy fishing and boating at Satpara Lake.
The Islamabad Serena guest experience is enhanced by an outstanding ethnic design that beautifully captures the essence of the region. The Moorish and Mughal architecture and interiors evoke ancient Islamic civilization and reflect the cultural heritage of Pakistan.
A lovely little park in the town center, with the Gunt River running alongside it. PECTA (Pamir Eco Cultural Tourism Association) with its tourist information office is located in the park, together with Chor Bogh Restaurant where you can sit on tapchan with your choice of tea or coffee and enjoy the world go by.
The guest experience is enhanced by the hotel’s remarkable design and peaceful garden setting that captures the true essence of Pakistani heritage. Experience a taste of the old city homes of Faisalabad when you admire the sophisticated and spacious interiors of the hotel featuring Chinioti sofas with vibrant local floral tapestry and traditional ceramic lamps.
Only 20 minutes from Kampala, Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa is a beautiful Mediterranean-style oasis overlooking the shimmering vastness of Africa’s second largest lake. In addition to enjoying a round on Uganda’s finest championship golf course, guests enjoy access to a world-class marina offering fishing excursions, sunset cocktail cruises and cruises to the nearby islands.
Known locally as “Kandt House,” this museum celebrates the work of Dr. Richard Kandt, a German physician and explorer who embarked on an exploration of Rwanda in 1897, searching for the source of the Nile River. A rich showcase of Rwanda’s natural treasures, the museum includes artifacts from Dr. Kandt’s expedition and also a ship that was sunk off the shores of Lake Kivu during the German troops’ surrender to the Belgian Army in World War I.
Ololoolo escarpment forms the western boundary of the Mara triangle running along a geological fault line forming the edge of a granite plateau that rises to a height of 400 meters from the bottom.
The escarpment receives more rain than the rest of the Mara triangle and lots of fresh water streams radiate from its face disappearing into the ground only to reappear in swamps lower down. As a result of the rains a growth of thick vegetation is found to be growing along the escarpment This terrain of the escarpment ranges from rocky crags, boulders strewn slopes and well-watered wetlands. The icing on the cake has to be the ability to enjoy endless plains of grass of the Mara Plains which are a site to from atop the escarpment.
Enjoy a tour of the unique Tanzanian village of Mto Wa Mbu, home to over 120 tribes across Africa. Interact with the locals and learn about the diverse lifestyles and heritage of this remarkable village. Other sites to visit include farms, schools, churches, a milling machine and much more.
Descend to the floor of the Crater for game viewing drives. Often described as the “Eighth Wonder Of The World,” the Ngorongoro Crater is a spectacular natural sanctuary for over 25,000 animals, including the black rhino. It is also a conservation area inhabited by the Maasai tribe.
Slow in pace and wide-ranging in scenery, the Serengeti nature walk is designed to offer gentle exercise and a fascinating insight into the world of African trees, flowers, insects, reptiles, birds and animals. Tanzania offers more than 1,000 species of birds, half of which can be seen in the Serengeti. Most commonly spotted are the Masai ostrich and Kori bustard and, on the lakes, the lesser flamingo.
Take an easy ride around the crater of Lake Duluti and view birdlife and uninterrupted sightlines of Mount Meru. The two-person fiberglass canoe is accompanied by a well-trained guide to ensure your safety whilst explaining more about the natural environment, wildlife and cultures of those living around the lake.
Located in the heart of the city, the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club is everything from a multi-faceted sports facility to a tranquil and scenic view above the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy activities at the exclusive club that include Tennis, Football, Squash and Cricket. Not to mention the outstretched fairways that make up a gorgeous 18-hole golf course. The remarkable experience is available for our guests to have access at a special rate.
Understand the history and environment of Kenyan tribes at the Bomas of Kenya, the cultural centre in Langata, located near the main gate of the Nairobi National Park. The Bomas, (homesteads) are displayed as various traditional villages that belong to several tribes, in order to demonstrate the remarkable diverse culture that embodies Kenya.
One of the highlights of the tailor-made safari experience, the bush breakfast is an experience not be missed. Typically, guests are awakened by an early morning cup of tea in their tent before setting off on a game drive, which is timed to offer the very best chance of spotting ‘The Big Five’. After breakfast, our professional guides will be on hand to offer an exclusive game drive back to the Lodge. Breakfast can also be set up on the riverbank, sand banks or island sites.
One of the most magically memorable of the Serengeti experiences, a balloon safari allows you to drift in silence above the splendour of the plains, to dip down to visit the hippo pools of the Grumeti River, and to enjoy a bird's eye view of the wildlife theatre as it is enacted below you.
Karakul Lake was formerly known as the Lake Victoria, named after Queen Victoria by the British cartographers/ military geographer. It was marked as such by most maps of the area until the 1920s when the new Soviet cartographer replaced the British name with the Kyrgyz name Karakul, or Black lake. The lake lies at an elevation of 3,960 m above sea level. It is endorheic (lacking a drainage outlet) and the water is brackish. There is a small village with the same name on the eastern shore of the lake.
“Mzima,” meaning alive in Kiswahili, is a peaceful oasis at the heart of red-dusty Tsavo and this magical place is not to be missed. The pure water of the three Mzima pools filtered by the porous sponge-like soil of the Chyulu and the Shetani lava flow brings life to a unique ecosystem at only 40 kilometres away from the Chyulu Hills. With a daily supply of more than 250 million litres of fresh water, the pool provides an oasis of green.
Nothing is quite so essentially “Safari” as the traditional ‘bush dinner', especially when it is enlivened by the presence of a group of scarlet-clad Maasai morans (warriors). Located in a grove of acacia trees immediately adjacent to the lodge, your lantern-lit dinner begins with cocktails around the campfire. A six-course dinner will then be cooked on a blazing BBQ, accompanied by a wide range of salads and vegetables.
Explore the nearby historic villages of Chinpa, Halpapa, and Shigar. Visit some of the most ancient mosques in the area, including the nearby Khilingrong Mosque and the 14th century Amburiq Mosque in Shigar Village, a UNESCO award-winning site. Hike up the famous Shigar Rock, at the top of which sits the ruins of Kari Dong, the first ancient Fort dating back to the 11th century.
Tucked away in the majestic Maasai Mara, a secret and enchanting location sets the scene for a memorable dining experience set under African skies accompanied by the sounds of nature that will leave you blown away. Be it a honeymoon surprise, anniversary, a proposal or any special event.
Live like a Raja or Rani and experience a Royal High Tea at Serena Khaplu Palace. Visit a traditional home in Khaplu and enjoy the local Balti chai. An excurision to the Bara wool spinning and weaving centre is the perfect opportunity to purchase a local Baltistani topi.
Our staff are proud of their reputation for providing professional, attentive and personalised service to all our guests to ensure their expectations and desires are met. Additionally, our Guest Relations Office is at your disposal to assist you throughout your stay. They can reconfirm your return flight, send a package, recommend a restaurant, or provide you with a detailed guide for the best shops in Faisalabad. The choice is endless.
Gorilla trekking has fast emerged as one of the world’s top bucket list travel activities, and DR Congo happens to be among the few African countries that allows travellers to engage with endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. A face-to-face encounter with the mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park – which is a World Heritage Site – is often described as an awe-inspiring experience. This may be one of the greatest wildlife encounters on Earth owing to the fact that endemic primates like Grauer's gorillas, bonobos and silver-backed mountain gorillas are facing extinction and can only be found in the off-the-beaten-track tracks of DR Congo.
Take a trip to the Paradise Island, an unspoiled paradise covered by dense tropical forest that is inhabited by monkeys as well as birds. Later, treat yourself to a tour around the fishing villages and meet Ugandans to learn their culture and ways. The cruise takes approximately 3 hours at USD 150 per hour.
Established in 2007 by 18 women living in Nyamirambo, Kigali, the NWC examines Rwanda’s unfortunate history of violence, inequality and discrimination towards women. Today, the Center’s mission is to provide education and vocational training to disadvantaged women so that they can gain better opportunities for employment.
Relax at the Nyota Terrace – a cocktail bar with a difference, where a pianist plays most evenings. You’ll enjoy calming ambience, which is perfect for pre-dinner drinks. Featuring everything from live bands to acrobatic shows, Sokoni Plaza is the center of nighttime activities at Serena Beach Resort & Spa. Every evening, hotel guests may enjoy themselves around the plaza.
Allow yourself to view the city as a local would, with the Cultural Tour to the outskirts of Maputo that enables visitors a unique side of the city, the suburbs. This tour provides guests with the realities of everyday life of the locals, their habits and struggles.
One of the highlights of the Crater visit, the bush breakfast is an experience not to be missed. Typically, guests are awakened by a very early morning cup of tea; they then set off down the steeply winding road that leads to the Crater floor. After a game drive through primeval forests and acacia groves, the guests arrive by the selected spot where a spectacular cooked breakfast is served. After breakfast, the game drive continues around the 120 km of roads that circle the lakes, forests and plains of this unique conservation area.
Located 23 km offshore from Entebbe, this 100 acres forested island is a safe haven for juvenile/ orphaned chimpanzees that are free to enjoy the natural habitat on this wonderful island. The tour takes 3 hours charged at USD 450 to Ngamba Island exclusive of entrance fees at the Island.
Garm Chashma Hot Spring is 42km from Khorog, on the way to Ishkashim. The spring is least several thousand years old and by now exists as a huge travertine mound cascading down to the river. The curved cascades are bright white, yellow and brown and range from 1,5 km long, 35-45 meters wide and from 7 to 35 meters high. The water comes out of the earth in the form of micro geysers from 10 cm to 1,5 meters high.
Once climbed, the Roaring Rocks will give you magnificent panoramic views, usually only seen by the eagles and buzzards that fly around these cliffs. Over the plain called Rhino Valley and the Ngulia, the Roaring Rocks, located near the Rhino Sanctuary, has long been an observation point for the protection of black rhinoceros and the fight against poaching.
This is an opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities within a natural environment amidst wildlife. It’s a mental, physiological and psychological therapy for the body. It gives the pleasure and joy of being able to exercise the gift of physical movement of the body and learn the beauty of our natural flora and fauna.
The Maasai are undoubtedly one of the most famous traditional cultures on earth. In fact, the Manyatta are usually a circular encampment of long, low, rounded houses, created by daubing cattle dung over a framework of sticks. Visiting a Manyatta is a good way to learn more about the Maasai culture and everyday life. Many ceremonies involve the ritual slaughter of cattle or goats with meat being distributed among the community, according to social rank.
The hotel’s state of the art health club and spa is a world of tranquillity and peace that promises to stimulate your senses, encourage relaxation and leave far behind the hustle and bustle of the city. The spa offers a range of treatments including massages, facials and holistic de-stressing therapies inspired by ancient rituals and healing practices.
Take a morning or an evening ride within the 600-acre Endangered Species Enclosure, accompanied by knowledgeable staff on Ol Pejeta’s safari horses. These rides will take you on a journey through a predator-free area set aside by Ol Pejeta for the recovery of the northern white rhinoceros. As well as meeting the last three remaining northern white rhinos on the planet, you will ride through herds of the highly endangered Gravy’s zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest.
Take an interpretive walk through the nearby villages to learn about the various social and economic development initiatives undertaken by Aga Khan Cultural Services and other development agencies in the area. Explore attractions around Skardu, including a shopping trip to the Bazaar for one-of-a-kind local handicrafts.
Explore the very first fort and birthplace of the Hunza Kingdom – Altit Fort and its surrounding settlement of Altit Khun. Another award-winning heritage asset that has been restored with thanks to the Aga Khan Cultural Services is Pakistan. Enjoy traditional Hunza food in Altit Fort’s ancient Kha Basi Café, which is abundant with apricot trees.
Marvel at the unique architecture of our hotel, where modern design is perfectly combined with traditional Afghan culture. Large bay windows offer sweeping views of the gardens, courtyards, lawns and patios. Unique Afghan flair is evident in the hotel lobbies, halls and foyers.
Located ten minutes from the city centre, the Kigali Genocide Memorial offers guided tours of the exhibits and gardens commemorating the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Visitors can choose to be guided by one of the staff, many of whom are survivors of the genocide, or purchase the KGM digital guide, which provides an audiovisual tour.
An essential part of traditional safari life, the concept of having drinks whilst watching the sun go down dates back to the time of the great safaris of the 1920’s, all of which featured the serving of elegant bush cocktails against the unforgettable backdrop of the African Sunset.
One of the classic safari highlights, the bush breakfast is an experience not to be missed. Typically, guests are awakened by a very early morning cup of tea. They then set off on a game drive, which is timed to offer the very best chance of spotting “The Big Five” (elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and buffalos).
The enchanting tiny sandy island, is located approximately 1 kilometer from the hotel and accessible by boat in just 30 minutes. Surrounded by the amazing sea, in the most beautiful shades of blue and green water, guests can enjoy spectacular sea views in every direction. Nyange sandbank is 30 minutes further.
Experience the beautiful Village Museum, which exhibits Tanzania’s rich cultural heritage through authentically constructed dwellings. The museum exemplifies the definition of traditional life across Tanzania, with a display of 18 furnished houses from varied ethnic groups and regions of Tanzania. Visitors can view beautifully constructed small plots of crops, plants and trees. In addition to the displays, the museum offers traditional tribal dance performances most afternoons.
Our custom-built riverboats are built for comfort, safety and panoramic viewing. Piloted by dedicated safari guides, they also feature on board refreshments and radio links to the camp. Utterly unique, the Rufiji River game viewing experience promises abundant sightings of hippos (both in and out of the water), basking crocodiles and elephants. It also offers the rare chance of seeing a lion come down to the river to drink.
Typically, the Serengeti bush dinner takes place at a scenic location on the plains. Or it can occur at our own dedicated bush dinner site, which stands high on a hill overlooking the migration corridor. Timed to coincide with the setting of the sun, which on the Equator is around 6:00 p.m., the bush dinner will commence either with a game drive or a short stroll to our hilltop site.
Because entrance to the Crater is strictly limited – and also because there is so much to see – many guests prefer to take lunch on the Crater floor. This can be provided as a picnic, which can be enjoyed in one of the forest clearings, or as a full cooked lunch, which is typically cooked and served in the acacia groves. Before and after lunch, the guests are then free to enjoy extensive game drives around the Crater floor.
Our custom-built open-sided six-person safari vehicles offer comfort, panoramic viewing, dedicated safari guides, refreshments on-board and radio-links for fast location of game. Traditionally, game-drives take place early morning (you are woken with tea and arrive back in time for breakfast) or late afternoon. They can also be timed to coincide with sundowners in the bush.
This collective of Rwandan creative artists showcases local works in contemporary African arts, crafts, music and dance. In addition to exhibiting paintings, sculptures and mixed media expressions, the center conducts programs, projects and initiatives designed to expand the creative arts in Rwanda.
A black lava flow of eight kilometres, 1.6 kilometres wide and five meters deep, is the remains of volcanic eruptions. They were subject of tales among local communities who named the flow "shetani," meaning evil in Kiswahili, after it spewed from the earth when it was just 240 years old. Climbing the flow isn’t an easy task as the thick, black soil is composed of uneven chunks of solid magma.
Take a most beautiful and scenic nature walk up into the valley along the Shigar stream. We recommend an excursion to the Deosai Plateau (literally "place of flowers" in Balti), a unique eco-system over 400 square kilometres at an elevation of 4,000 metres, which features over 100 species of mountain flora and is home to wildlife such as the Snow Leopard, Himalayan Brown Bear, Golden Marmot, Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Red Fox, Himalayan Ibex, and Ladakh Urial.
Nothing is quite as ‘Safari’ as the traditional ‘bush dinner,’ especially when it is enlivened by the presence of a group of scarlet-clad Maasai dancers. The lantern-lit dinner begins with cocktails around the campfire. The meal will then be cooked on a blazing BBQ, accompanied by a wide range of salads and vegetables. While dessert and coffee is served, the Maasai will entertain you with songs, chants and dance displays.
The Juniper forests of Ziarat Valley are famous for being the second largest in the world. They are home to important species such as the Suleiman Markhor, urial, black bear, and wolf, as well as more common wildlife like the Afghan pica, fox, jackal and the Chakor Partridge.
Thanks to Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s private status it is able to offer night game drives, an activity not available in most national parks and reserves in Kenya. A night game drive offers visitors an opportunity to discover Ol Pejeta Conservancy ‘after hours’. With the help of a filtered spot light, the drives can produce some unusual sightings of nocturnal animals, including aardvark, white-tailed mongoose, caracal cat and even perhaps, bat eared fox.
The Himalaya Rock Salt Detoxifying Signature Journey at award winning Maisha Spa & Health Club. An innovative healing technique that uses warm rock salt crystal stones to balance your body’s electromagnetic field, central nervous system and meridians. These salt crystals, which are extracted from an ancient primal sea beneath the Himalayan Mountains are hand-carved into massage stones to gently soothe away stress, tensions and toxins.
Whilst on a tour of Altit Fort, visit the Hunza Women’s Social Enterprise (WSE). A direct outcome of the restoration and rehabilitation of Altit Khun and Altit Fort, WSE employs over 90 underprivileged women who have been trained in seven different skill areas, including carpentry, masonry, electrification, plumbing, surveying and furniture design.
Just 14 kilometres North of Goma, the Nyiragongo Volcano is said to be among the most active volcanoes in the world and is also famous for its active lava lake. A six-hour hike to the mountain’s summit is the best way to experience this unique treasure, and the best reward is spending the whole night on the top of this active volcano.
Wait for the golden hour and view the city from a breathtaking perspective, aboard a boat cruising on Maputo Bay. Relax as the sun sets along the coast and take in the night life of Maputo as the city lights up at a distance. This voyage lasts nearly two hours, from 16h30 to 18h30.
Explore the inland adjacent to Lake Victoria by mountain bike. In this area the only means of transport is a bicycle, which is why there are numerous small tracks and no vehicles. The guided trip can take 3 to 4 hours and is normally made in the afternoon. During the trek, guests will be exposed to local culture, enjoy a picnic lunch or have a hot lunch at a nearby hotel. In the evening, guests can enjoy a dip in the pool or a massage.
Located 40 minutes away on the beautiful West Coast of Zanzibar, Safari Blue is Zanzibar’s most talked about sea Adventure. You are sure to spend a magical day exploring the Menai Bay Conservation Area and a host of aquatic activities. Tour the area in traditional wooden dhow, enjoy swimming and guided snorkeling in the beautiful clear waters, or watch dolphins at play! Feast on delicious Swahili seafood barbeque and indigenous tropical fruit tasting. Enjoy a fun-filled day with all the drinks and snacks throughout the day. A never miss unique Zanzibar outing.
A short distance from the village museum, the Mwenge Handcraft Centre is arguably the best place for souvenirs and handcrafts from all over Tanzania, The Congo, Malawi and West Africa. Also known as the Woodcarvers Market, the shops line within packed stalls, offering a variety of goods. The prices are negotiable and concession must be reached by smart bargaining. The famous Makonde carvers can be seen at work, pecking with their sharp chisels on the rare black ebony wood.
Our custom built open sided our person safari vehicles offer comfort, panoramic viewing, dedicated safari guides, refreshments on board, and radio links for fast location of game. Game viewing experiences, meanwhile are guaranteed to be unique: the Selous is home to some of African’s largest populations of elephants, buffaloes, hartebeests, sables and rare African hunting dogs. Other easily spotted animals include lions, giraffes and antelopes.
An essential part of traditional safari life, the concept of having drinks whilst watching the sun go down dates back to the time of the great safaris of the 1920's, all of which featured the serving of elegant ‘bush' cocktails against the unforgettable backdrop of the African sunset.
There are few better ways to begin your day in the Serengeti than with our bush breakfast. Allow us to awaken you with an early morning cup of tea, and then set off on a game drive, which is timed to offer you the very best chance of spotting “The Big Five”. After your game drive, you’ll arrive at a chosen breakfast spot, where our hospitality team will be waiting for you with a glass of chilled sparkling wine and fresh-pressed orange juice. Savour a full English breakfast among stunning bush vistas before heading back to the camp on another game drive.
The resort’s boating marina on Lake Victoria is located on a man-made bay featuring a channel and yacht basin with moorings for yachts and motorboats. Take a trip to the channel to Lutembe beach and view the exotic birdlife or cruise to Ngamba Island, a chimpanzee preserve where guests can participate in feeding the animals. Additionally, we offer dawn lunch and sundowner cruises for small groups.
Experience the daily drama that unfolds in the Kenyan Savannah!
Tsavo National Park consists of a diverse ecosystem where numerous species of wildlife are spotted on any game drive. From the tenacious elephant herds to buffalos and the big cats, a game drive in Tsavo is a must-have experience! Both night and daytime game drives are possible to give guests the opportunity to view both diurnal and nocturnal animals.
Please join us for a classic safari sundowner 'bubbly cocktail', on Lookout Hill with panoramic views across the Mara plains. The event includes a sundowner with hot and cold canapés and a full bar. It’s a traditional Maasai welcome that includes being greeted by the elders as well as traditional dressing and entertainment by a local guitarist and traditional Maasai dancers (by request and subject to a fee).
A unique opportunity to track and learn about the lions of Ol Pejeta and contribute towards their conservation. Guests can participate in helping us to gather vital research information needed to monitor the collared lions. In the event that the collared lions are inaccessible, other lion sightings are reported and the same identifying features such as whisker spots, ear tears and nose spotting recorded.
Approximately an hour and a half from Maputo sits the coastal paradise of Inhaca Island, known for its magnificent coral reefs and stunning beaches. Located along a beautiful coastal forest and mangrove swamps, take a tour by boat and get away to the adventure that awaits.
An essential part of traditional safari life, the concept of having drinks whilst watching the sun go down dates back to the time of the great safaris of the 1920s. They all featured the serving of elegant “bush” cocktails against the unforgettable backdrop of the African sunset.
The lake features over 240 species of bush, swamp and water birds. Enjoy a guided morning walk (07.00) or late afternoon walk (16.30) to see these indigenous birds in their natural habitat. The duration of the walk is about 2 to 3 hours, and the maximum number of participants is eight people. The cost is USD $48 per walk.
The first ever Museum dedicated to the world legend Freddie Mercury, located in Shangani, in the heart of Zanzibar Stone Town, officially inaugurated on Sunday the 24th of November 2019, in order to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the beloved passing of the rock legend.
Just a seven-minute drive from the hotel, enjoy the 30-hectare forest reserve that is the Nairobi Arboretum. A host to more than 300 species, the arboretum holds over 100 migrant and resident birds, as well as exotic and indigenous tree species and Sykes and Vervet monkeys.
Enjoy an easy 90-minute wildlife walk around the lodge and Crater rim with our resident naturalist. On this purely educational tour, you will see an array of bird species, wildlife and plants and flowers while enjoying spectacular views of the Crater floor below. Morning and evening walks are offered.
Price: $30 per person
Stone Town is the heart of the historical Zanzibar with its old buildings and narrow streets dating back to the Slave Trade era hence a heritage protected site. The tour includes visit to the Darajani town market, the former slave market, slave caves and cells, Forodhani gardens, the house of wonders, Sultan palace and the Old Portuguese Fort.
Not many experiences are more memorable, or as typically Kenyan, as breakfast on the “Lion Rock.” One cannot resist the charming “Jambo” from the chefs as they welcome you to our wonderfully set breakfast buffet of cold cuts, fruits, cereals and hot dishes with eggs made to your specifications as you wait. A great setting for wildlife watching, you’re welcome to relax and only say “Kwaheri” (goodbye) after you’ve had enough.
Price: $35 per person
Minimum pax: 4
This is an experience out of this world. Table set at the Lake’s shore, the bubbly breakfast with an array selection of our fittingly assorted menu items is the best way to start the day. Guests are escorted on a walk from the camp to the site. From the table, the abounding spectacle of birdlife and spectacular landscapes adds more effect to the product.
A unique opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day care of the chimpanzees in our care.
Gain exclusive access to feeding time and the enrichment activities within their enclosures. Chimpanzees are not indigenous to Kenya. One can also adopt a chimp.
Available daily between 09:30am – 1:00pm and 2:00 pm – 4:30pm.
To really appreciate the wonders of the African bush, you have to leave the safari vehicle behind and take a walk. Slow in pace and wide ranging in scenery, the Selous nature walk is designed to offer gentle exercise and a fascinating insight into the world of African trees, flowers, insects, reptiles, birds and animals.
Sundowners have been a hallmark of the safari experience since the 1920s, coupling the pleasure of an afternoon cocktail with the enjoyment of a majestic African sunset. Timed to commence as the sun begins to set, sundowners at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp begin with a leisurely drive to a scenic spot where chairs, lamps, campfire and a bush bar with cocktail snacks have been set up. Musical entertainment can also be provided.
Located nearly 3.1 miles from the city centre, the Giraffe Centre is home to the endangered Rothschild giraffe, which is found only in the grasslands of East Africa. Built to protect the animals, visitors can partake in the main attraction of the centre and feed the giraffes from a raised observation platform.
A balloon safari is an excursion unlike any other. Drift in silence above the Serengeti plains, dip down to visit the hippo pools of the Grumeti River and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the wildlife theatre as it is enacted below you. After a cup of tea around 5:30 am, you will be driven to the balloon take-off point, where a team inflates the vast rainbow-coloured balloon.
Get the feel of the whole local market experience by visiting the Tengeru Market. Tengeru is a local farmers market walking distance from the Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa. Catch the buzz of the local food and vegetable market as traders and buyers haggle over prices.
The ‘sun-downer’ is an essential part of safari life and dates back to the time of the great safaris of the 1920s when elegant cocktails were always served while watching the spectacle of the African sunset. Timed to begin as the sun starts its descent, the Sundowner opens with a gentle evening game drive, arriving at the site just as the evening sky turns a gold-pink.
Price: $40 per person
Minimum pax: 4
After watching the awakening of an African day on your early morning game drive, you stop at a secluded and shady spot on the banks of the Mara River. It’s where hippos bask in the warming sun, birds flit among the shady branches and plains game stroll across the grasslands.
Bring your day to a relaxing close or stir your evening to life with our seasonal BBQ at the Poolside Gardens. Savour perfectly grilled Pakistani BBQ meats including seekh kebab, fish tikka and chapli kebab along with an enticing array of delicious local dishes.
The bush walk gives visitors the opportunity to learn about game trails and spoor identification as well as the insects, birds and smaller mammals of Ol Pejeta. The walk is not designed to be strenuous however a reasonable level of fitness is required, as you can expect to be walking for around two hours.
Available daily between 7:00am – 8:00pm.
Vipingo Ridge Golf Resort, located on the north coast of Mombasa, lies at the centre of a 2,500-acre former sisal estate. The two golf courses at Vipingo Ridge are the first in East Africa to be built to real international standards with world renowned USGA specifications applied to all aspects of the course.
From the lodge, guests are picked up by the fishermen in their traditional canoes and taken along the shoreline to a nearby village. Here, guests can explore the village while learning about the traditions and cultures of the Sukuma people living at shoreline of Lake Victoria. This activity normally starts in the morning and the cost is USD $200 per canoe. The maximum number is eight people, and the price will be reduced if the number of people is two or one per canoe. The canoe trip also includes bird watching, both from the canoe and when exploring the village.
The tour provides a rare experience why Zanzibar is referred to as the 'Spice Island' with a tour of the rural Zanzibar to small hold farms and plantations where the locals are growing spices such as Vanilla, Nutmeg, Clove, Cardamon, Cinnamon etc., medicinal and ornamental plants and variety of tropical and local fruits. You get detailed description of the spices and learn how to use the different plants for local dishes, herbal medicine and traditional ceremonies which are an important aspect of the Zanzibaris life.
Achieve unparalleled serenity at Maisha Mind, Body and Spirit Spa, a true sanctuary for the senses. The exquisite Moroccan-style wellness spa at Nairobi Serena Hotel offers replenishment, customised treatments and an array of amenities, including four private treatment rooms, a 25-metre heated lap pool and a fully equipped gym and aerobics studio.
Float above the Mara plains in a dimension of unsurpassed tranquillity and beauty. The hot air balloon lifts you into the clear blue sky at dawn and gives you an eagle’s view of the wildlife pageant below. You will glide over the treetops with the early birds and be wafted gently over the plains, above the bustle and bumps of the ground below, but cruising close to enjoy the spectacular scenery.
You will arrive at the Kenya Marineland jetty to board the dhows by approximately 5:30 p.m.
The evening begins with a leisurely sail into the inland waterways of Mtwapa Creek on a traditional Arab dhow to experience the sun going down over the African wilderness. Various cooking fires of the local villages fill the air with the scent of giant baobab trees, making superb sunset photograph opportunities. Relax to soothing entertainment and delight in the breathtaking tropical scenery.
Visit the oldest settlement in the Hunza Valley. It has existed for approximately 1000 years. In addition, it is the recipient of many UNESCO awards for the superb heritage conservation and development work completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture through its Historic Cities Programme.
Sit beneath a ceiling of stars, and enjoy a classic film at the Polana Serena pool area with your family, or friends. Complimentary and available to the public, this event occurs every Wednesday evening and is a fantastic opportunity to take in the calm setting of our hotel.
Catfish and tiger fish are prolific in the river. Considered by many fishermen to be the finest fresh water fighting fish, the tiger fish’s Latin name, Hydrocyon, means ‘water dog’ and aptly describes this voracious predator, which is armed with ferocious blade like teeth. If you’d like to try fishing, your dedicated guide will provide rods, boat and choice of sites. Our chef will also be happy to cook your catch whenever and however you wish.
Also known as Changuu Island, lies about 30 minutes from Stone Town. The island was formerly owned by an Arab trader and was meant to be confinement for refractory slaves but no prisoners were ever housed; on the contrary the island became a quarantine station for yellow fever epidemics. It was bought by General Lloyd Mathews and the jail which still stands was built in 1893 and hence the name ‘’PRISON ISLAND’’
Prepare yourself for sounds that soothe, from saxophones to trombones, at the Jazz & Sushi at Aquarius Bar. The live music offers guests a performance that will surely have you swaying in your seats with memories to last your trip. With a live show every Thursday evening, this free event is open to guests and the public.
Experience the best cultural excursion on the Kenyan coast. Enjoy Mombasa by night with a sound and light show at Fort Jesus. This tour evokes the passions that ran amok during the 17th century, when both the Portuguese and Omani Arabs fought to gain supremacy and the battle scene was “Mvita” as Mombasa was called in those days, meaning “Island of War.”
Within a short drive of the camp lie the Maji Moto hot springs, this can be easily reached via a short walk into a hidden ravine surrounded by lush vegetation. Here hot sulphurous water pours from the rock and forms little streams, which gather into a series of picturesque pools cool enough to swim in.
The Empakaai Crater is a beautiful 6-kilometre wide, 300-metre deep caldera containing a natural forest and a soda lake that serves as a famous Flamingo breeding site. From the north and eastern rim you can take in dramatic views of the Great East African Rift Valley, Lake Natron and the cone of the active Oldoinyo Lengai Volcano.
Marvel at the largest mammals on earth at the only Elephant Orphanage within the City of Nairobi. Founded in 1977, the centre is an orphanage for rehabilitation and rearing of orphaned baby elephants. Here, you can learn about the lives of the animals and how they survive in the wild.
Hidden in the mountains 19 kilometres up a dramatic barren gorge is the green and lush valley, the Naltar Valley is heavily wooded with pine, spruces, birch, rowan and juniper. As one of the most highly recommended activities for a day outing from Gilgit, this is perfect for anyone looking to get in exercise. As a Pakistan Air Force Ski training base, a ski tournament organized by Pakistan Ski Federation at Naltar is held in February. It is also the starting point for two longer treks; one across the Naltar Pass (about 4,600 metres) to Ishkoman and the other across the Daintar Pass (4,636 metres) to Chalt.
Located on the sixth floor of the hotel, the Nazara Lounge offers snacks and exclusive services for all guests staying on the executive floor of the Margalla Wing. Providing panoramic views of the city and the Margalla Hills, the rooftop lounge is open around the clock and serves complimentary continental breakfast, all-day tea and coffee and juice.
Cultural talks are offered evenings at the bar area at 9:00 p.m. Our resident naturalist will discuss the Maasai culture, their activities, their lifestyle and their co-existence with wildlife within the Ngorongoro conservation area. You will also learn about the Ngorongoro ecosystem and biodiversity.