GUIDE ON SWEETWATERS SERENA CAMP IN KENYA
Spend your safari vacation in north-central Kenya on the patio outside your tented room at the Sweetwaters Serena Camp, comfortably seated in easy deck chairs, watching the watering hole in front of you as animals come to quench their thirst. A lioness with two cubs might stop by if you lucky or maybe a herd of gazelles or zebras. A dike separates the area from the tents arranged around the waterhole, but an eland might jump over it to sample the greener grass closer to your room. Mount Kenya stands watch over the horizon, its snow-capped peaks adding to the sheer beauty of the southern Laikipia landscape (view map). Sweetwaters Serena Camp is a mid-range accommodation sited in the middle of the 90,000 acres of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is well known for its awesome variety of wildlife aside from the Big Five of East Africa. The main reception, lounges and dining room are housed in an enchanting, colonial-style house with high, wooden beams holding up the roof and tiled floors. The house features two bars, the Kashoggi Bar and the Waterhole Bar, which as its name suggests, also overlooks the watering hole. There are also two swimming pools. AfricanMecca guests touring Laikipia are accommodated in one of the 39 tents that are erected on individual platforms in expansive, well-maintained wild lawns. Yellow fever trees, decorative shrubs and flowering bushes dot the property and paved walkways lead to the tents. The camp has 12 tents with double beds and 27 twin-beds; few are enough to accommodate an extra bed or a baby crib. Some of the tents are sited on raised platforms with several steps leading up while others are on ground level. Grass thatch roofs above provide added heat shelter to the tents that have walls made of canvas with mesh windows and roll-up blinds while a few have glass doors (Morani Wing) which are also more well-appointed. The glass door tents have built-in wooden wardrobes with a wooden doorway leading to the attached bathrooms at the back. The toilet and shower areas are distinct and bathrobes, slippers and hairdryers are included for your use.
Have your meals in the Rhino Restaurant, its huge windows allowing tranquil views of the greenery outside. The restaurant serves an interesting inter-continental style selection of dishes for breakfast and lunch, which are laid out buffet style. Order your dinner as table d'hôte with choices from their varied wine list. The lodge also offers enjoyable vegetarian options. You can watch many animals like waterbucks, elephants, giraffes and buffaloes visit the waterhole, and since Ol Pejeta is known for its black rhino numbers, you might see some of them close by. But your game drives allow you to see more animals and learn about their habits and how to track them. Custom-built safari vehicles are made available to you and your proficient and experienced guide talks to you about the animals you see. During your wilderness holiday in Ol Pejeta, you can take game drives during the day and night or go on safari bush walks to better understand the flora and smaller fauna of southern Laikipia. But your cultural travel in Kenya with AfricanMecca would not be complete without a trip to the local community to experience their tribal traditions, and Ol Pejeta has an in-house Ereri Multi-Cultural Community Manyatta on offer. Sweetwaters also has a chimpanzee reserve where wild chimps that have been rescued or orphaned are provided a safe haven. You can visit it to see them up, close and personal. Also, meet with Barak, the blind rhino, who is the face of rhino conservation in Ol Pejeta.
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