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Kilaguni Lodge: Kilaguni Lodge

I have covered this Lodge extensively here:

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It is one of my favourite places in the world. I go back again and again and feel that wonderful sense of joy every time I pass through the gate into the reception. The lodge itself is very big and airy, reminds me of the Great Hall of Valhalla. All meals are taken in the main lodge, there is a bar and also a verandah where you can watch the animals at the waterhole.

This is part of the Serena Hotel brand, so if you were planning a full safari, you should be able to do a deal with them if you use some of the other Hotels in the range.

This is the most relaxed serene place on earth. The service is attentive and not intrusive, all your needs are taken care of without fuss or excitement and the food is good.

The view from the verandah of the park up to the mountains including the waterhole is stunning. You can watch the sun go down behind the mountains at around 6pm each evening. The perfect way to end the day, have your sundowner and see who comes for a drink at the waterhole.

There is a pool, a bar, a shop and of course the restaurant.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Birdwatching, Safari
  • Written December 26, 2010
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Ngulia Safari Lodge: Comfortable with Great Food

This lodge is older than others we have stayed in but we were welcomed with a cold drink and a wonderful and plentiful buffet of baked chicken, and roasted lamb. Its hard not to overeat.

The view from our perch is magnificent at 3000 feet above sea level. The lodge has a nice pool and from the lookout point, we spot zebra and giraffe. Our room is just so so with twin beds and no hairdryer.
The view from our balcony makes up for it though and we have a good look at the cheetah that arrives nightly to feed on the slab of meet hung out by the staff.
As a side note the lodge advetises that it is a leopard that comes each evening but it is actually a cheetah...our guide confirmed this.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Seniors, Safari
  • Written March 29, 2010
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Severin Safari Camp: Severin is Simply Fabulous

We stayed at this camp for one night only (shame). The camp is unfenced in Tsavo East and the surroundings, accommodation, food and staff are fantastic.

Rooms: Severin boasts 21 beautiful cream canvas round tents. These are very well equipped with a very large double bed, en-suite bathroom and separate toilet. They have a safe (free of charge), plenty of wardrobe space and a lovely terrace which has a security light for evenings (don't walk anywhere alone in the dark - it is not fenced).

Suites: Severin has two suites which are decorated in the same fashion as the 21 guest tents. They have a little more panache (obviously), in particular, from your bed you can gaze at the night stars through the top of your tent. The suites also have "satelite" tents with them which would be handy if you were away with family, friends, colleagues or a nanny as they are not attached but very close to the suite. The suites have decking with a second outside floor, on which are loungers that look out over the fabulous views of the park.

Junior suites: There are four junior suites which are buildings not tents and are away from the main camp. These are almost complete at January 2009 and will be an added bonus to the Severin camp. Boasting a large bedroom, en-suite bathroom and lounge with terrace, again overlooking the lovely views, they will be well worth a visit.

Bandas: there are 8 of these self catering bandas which are approximately 1 kilometre away from the main camp. They have a small kitchen, bedroom and bathroom with a terrace - perfect for a family or group of friends who prefer to cook or be independent. There is a warden available 24 hours per day.

Spa: this is most definitely the jewel in Severin's crown. A breathtaking oasis in the middle of nowhere!! A refreshingly cool relax pool which is surrounded by top quality loungers and fluffy towels. There are two of the most luxurious changing rooms I have ever seen, anywhere! Also available is a peaceful and tranquil holistic area where you can have massages, aromatherapy, relfexology etc. They even have a bush massage which is a massage couch outside, with a shower and a hammock roof above. It's truly a shame to leave the spa for your game drive!!

Restaurant: they have an extremely good choice of food available from the a la carte menu (lunch and dinner) and breakfast is the usual huge variety - cooked, continental, fruit etc which is self serve buffet style. they have water holes and feeding platforms for any number of little creatures, a fascinating show to watch while eating your lunch!

Facilities: Wi-Fi throughout - free of charge. Also a rather nice "Conference Room" which is a huge Tent (in the same design as the 21 guest tents), this can hold up to 30 people, it has facilities for slide shows etc. would be perfect for business, weddings or just a family party/special occasion. Fitted with a kitchen and bathrom, it has everything you'd need. The sides of the tent are huge "window" panels so if you were bored, you could always gaze across the plains!

Staff: I asked for a tour around the staff quarters as what I had seen so far seemed to good to be true. I'm so pleased to say that the managers here really do think highly of their staff and this is highlighted in the quarters for them. They have their own rooms, a restaurant, TV etc. Also, small houses available for the staffs family to come and stay which I think is a terrific idea.

In conclusion, the staff here are absolutely fabulous. My favourite things about Severin were the public areas surprisingly. They have a lovely seating area with a fine collection of reading material, a very nice and well stocked bar and outside in the evening a cozy fire is lit where you can sit and while away the hours chatting to the Managers - Manja and Jurgen - or just looking out for the animals. Manja and Jurgen have fantatsic vision and this is obvious in the way they run the camp. It's certainly the kind of lodge I want to buy when I win the lottery!

A beautiful place which I intend to enjoy again very, very soon.

Peaceful, remote, luxurious, not fenced, wonderful spa, glamorous tents, food is great, very welcoming managers.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Safari, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written January 22, 2010
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Kilaguni Lodge, Tsavo: Kilaguni Lodge

My very favourite Game Lodge is Kilaguni in Tsavo West, we went back so many times that we got to know all the staff and it was like a second home to me.

I first got to know Thomas, the Restaurant Manager who made sure our every need was catered for. We were treated like special guests, pampered and fed extremely well. Thomas made sure that my husband had a complimentary bottle of wine on his birthday on 23rd February and opened the shop especially so that I could buy him some presents in a hurry.

The new manager is Thomas Malului. He is obviously extremely competent in his work, sensitive to guests' needs and in full command of the Lodge. He is dicrete and I count him as a friend. We had a brilliant suite, a complimentary bottle of wine on our fourth night and impeccable service from Millicent and the other staff.

You walk into the lodge after a hot dusty drive from Nairobi and are given a glass of chilled juice, hot fragrant hand towels to wipe away the sweat and dust, checked in with lightning speed and the bags taken to the room. After a wash and brush up, unpack the camera and binoculars and go to the main lodge, step down into the main viewing verandah overlooking the waterholes..... elephants come and go, sometimes HUGE herds of buffalo, baboons (which try to invade the main dining room), impala, zebra, maribou storks, superb starlings, the place rings with the calls of red billed hornbills...... at night you hand feed civet cats, bush babies, watch porcupines, from the safety of your restaurant table.... at breakfast you see Mount Kilimanjaro floating like a vision above a cloud layer, covered in snow.....

I particularly like the bird tables where you can see the birds close up and sometimes they come onto the tables to feed from your bread roll. This is one of the joys of Kenya, you can get so close to the wildlife and the Manager of the Lodge knows this and will encourage every bird and repels the monkeys!!

Spend the day on a game drive and try to spot lions (never did in Tsavo) visit Roaring Rocks, the under river observation tank built by the British Army in 1949 at Mzima Springs, look above and below the water at the hippo snorting and grunting in the river..... watch out for crocodile!

Hurry back before dark at 6.00pm, wash and change and get a good seat on the verandah again with a sundowner of Tusker beer and, literally, watch the sun go down.....

This is my favourite place in the entire world. The main lodge is tall, airy and overlooks the waterholes. The mountain range at the edge provides the perfect backdrop to wach the sun go down. The service is friendly, efficient and nothing is too much trouble.

You have access to affordable beauty care in a specialised environment, the food is first class, the staff wonderful and we always get top class service.

There is a pool, small but cooling, with poolside bar and staff. If you want to, you can sit under the sunshades and birdwatch.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Safari, Eco-Tourism
  • Written January 4, 2010
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Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge: Kenya's 1st safari lodge is awesome!

Kilaguni Serena is the very first safari lodge built in Kenya and is still one of the popular. Kilaguni means "small rhino" but unfortunately, I didn't see any during my stay. I'm surprised that the lodge has withstood years of wear and still looks absolutely great. I believe the rooms have been renovated because my room didn't have any noticeable defects.

My room had twin beds and decorated with African motives. Don't expect any TV or radio, which was fine because I needed some peace & quiet. The balcony was huge and had a fabulous view of the watering hole plus 2 chairs & a small table to chill after a game drive. My stay was fantastic because everything was taken care of, except the mozzies threatened to bite me while I watched the animals from my balcony.

The first thing you will notice when you enter the lobby is the view of the distant mountains through the open-air foyer. The view really took my breath away. More so the views of the watering holes from the restaurant & bar where you can watch the wild animals come to take a drink.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Photography, National/State Park
  • Written August 28, 2007
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Kilaguni Lodge: Kenya

Wonderful place immersed in the savana......I won't forget the incredible nights spent listening to the sounds of the various animals around the lodge.....

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  • Written September 23, 2006
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Kilaguni Safarilodge: Tsavo's first safarilodge

Kilaguni is a special place to me. My third visit was in Nov. 2004. You can hear the Hyena at night,have a lovely wiew to the wildlife while enjoying a superb dinner.

The first lodge ever to be built in a Kenyan National Park, Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is superbly situated in the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro, encircled by volcanic splendour, adjacent to a teeming water hole and daily visited by vast herds of elephant, buffalo and plains game. Inspirationally positioned so that not only all the rooms but also the open-air restaurant, timbered game-viewing decks and rock-built bar enjoy uninterrupted views of the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro, the lodge also stands central to miles of lion-stalked grasslands, elephant-studded plains and wildlife-teeming bush and is ideally placed for visits to all the park’s prime attractions. Faced in volcanic stone and utilising the natural rocky outcrops of a valley known as ‘the place of the young rhino’, from which it takes its name, the lodge has been designed to blend chameleon-like into the savannah landscape.

Cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-viewing the open-air dining area, timbered decks and rock-hewn bar blend the traditional “khaki-and-canvas” look with bright-painted banners, sepia-hued paintings and evocative olive-wood carvings of elephant herds and tail-erect wart hogs. The elegantly renovated rooms draw on a sun-gold, sky-blue and bush-green savannah colour palette and have been so styled to provide world-class luxury and a quintessential African aura whilst featuring private verandas with views of eternity.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Safari
  • Written February 14, 2005
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Ngulia Lodge: In the heart of the wilderness

Another lovely, rustic lodge with great views over the park and a small water hole from the balconies. Pool on a high rock with great views. You can sit in the restaurant watching animals grazing just a few yards away. Perfect!

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  • Related to: Safari, National/State Park, Birdwatching
  • Written December 19, 2004
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Kilaguni Lodge: Kilaguni Lodge

Kilaguni Lodge, in the heart of the vast Tsavo National Park, is an experience not to be missed, for it is without doubt one of the best game viewing lodges in Africa. The magnificent views extend out over some of the most rugged scenery with the snowy dome of Kilimanjaro looming above the mountains as a perfect backdrop. The Lodge's 56 large rooms look out onto the waterhole. All bedrooms have verandas as well as private toilet and shower. It's absolutely not fancy but its perfect location makes up for that.

PS. Kilaguni has now become part of the Serena Hotel Group which means that it will have been totally refurbished into a luxury safari lodge.

The Kilaguni Lodge was the first safari lodge in Kenya built in 1962 with a magnificent view of the volcanic Chyulu Hills and the majestic Kilimanjaro.
With its own airstrip conveniently at hand, Kilaguni makes an ideal place for a small conference or seminar, with all the facilities required for such an occasion.
The lodge has a swimming pool, a small one, though well enough for a bit of refreshment in the tropical heat.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Photography, Luxury Travel
  • Written March 30, 2003
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PUBLIC CAMP-SITE: EVERY-MORN.!!!

MACHARICA, the BEST DRIVER in KENYA!!
Has this thing abut checking our:
LAND-ROVER!! Good routine to have!
9/2002

ALONE!!

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  • Related to: Safari, Photography
  • Written March 7, 2003
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THE ROUTINE!


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PUBLIC CAMP-SITE: BEST COOK IN KENYA!!

LUCAS, my cook all he wants to do ! PLEASE
HIS CLIENTS!! Very lucky who ever has him!!
9/2002

HE'S THE BEST!!!!!

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  • Related to: Photography, Safari
  • Written March 7, 2003
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"MY BUDDY!"


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PUBLIC CAMP-SITE: SHOWER LIZARD!

Take photos of everything! Even this LIZARD chasing it's BABE! Lost track of that one. A
little brown thing! I forgot what kind of LIZARD this is.
9/2002

FUNNY!

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  • Related to: Safari, Photography
  • Written March 7, 2003
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"WHERE'S MY BABE!"


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PUBLIC CAMP-SITE: BABOON, LIKES US!

Don't leave your garbage or camp area
unattended! it will get RAIDED!! Don't leave anything behind! BURN IT!
Not my minni-bus, NO WAY!!
9/2002

OPEN, HARDLY ANYONE HERE, OR ALL ALONE!

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  • Related to: Safari, Photography
  • Written March 7, 2003
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"THE HOST?"


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OUT IN THE OPEN!!: PUBLIC CAMP GROUNDS!

None right now. I just never want to say:
GOOD-BYE to a place!! Off to TSAVO-EAST!
Not knowing we won't be staying!!
10/2001

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  • Written December 1, 2002
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"BYE TSAVO-WEST"


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