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They say good things come to those who wait…and we are indeed sitting on the edge of our seats eager for the big unveil of the completion of the 2nd phase of Nairobi Serena Hotel refurbishment. We are ecstatic about it and from how it is looking; it’s definitely worth the wait.
Take advantage of the current re-opening offer today.
GORILLA NAMING CEREMONY
For many years, mountain gorillas have been on the list of the most endangered species in the world. However, with the remarkable conservation efforts, these species have made a slow but fragile return from the brink of extinction. Rwanda is one of the three countries after Uganda and DRC that is home to the world’s last mountain gorillas. Every year, the Government of Rwanda together with conservation partners and local communities host a gorilla baby naming ceremony with the aim of creating awareness of conservation efforts for the endangered mountain gorillas. The ceremony dubbed “Kwita Izina” is now part of Rwandan culture and has become a leading dialogue on conservation and tourism attracting thousands of regional and international participants annually. This year’s Kwita Izina will be graced by renowned international celebrities such as Barcelona FC and Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, Arsenal Legend-Tony Adams, R&B Singer Neyo and supermodel Naomi Campbell. The names given to the gorillas play a significant role in the on-going programme of monitoring them in their families and habitat. This year marks the 14th Kwita Izina ceremony since 2005 will see 25 baby gorillas named and will be taking place at Kinigi in the Volcanoes National Park on the 6th of September. In addition to the naming ceremony, guests can also look forward to an array of exciting weeklong celebrations of activities including beer brewing, basket weaving, music and food tasting experiences. Kigali Serena Hotel and Lake Kivu Serena Hotel remain an impeccable host for you to experience Kwita Izina.
To make a booking for Kigali Serena Hotel and Lake Kivu Serena Hotel contact:
Email: Kigali or Tel: +250 252 597 100 / 250 788 184 500
Email: Kivureservations or Tel: 250 252 541 111/ 250 788 200 408
Cloud Forest Scene- photo courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler
AFRICA ROARS IN THE LION KING
The much anticipated Disney remake of 1994 bestselling movie Lion King hardly disappointed when it was released in the cinemas on July 18th. The Director retold the 25-year film using almost real characters to bring the film to life. And what makes it even more special is the use of Africa’s destinations to inspire the scenes. Magical Kenya was notably featured in most of the scenes in Lion King and we couldn’t be more proud that the mountain views from Serena Mountain Lodge and the moorland setting in Mount Kenya region, inspired the scene “Cloud Forest” as sited by the Conde Nast Traveler. Serena Mountain Lodge is a perfect choice for families who want to relate to the euphoric scenes of the Lion King. This destination offers an array of activities both adults and young ones will be enthralled with activities such as guided forest walks, short hikes, cultural talks, tree planting and trout fishing offered. Wind down your days by enjoying the wildlife terrace viewing experience as the wildlife come to drink water from the waterhole. Relive the nostalgic moments and sights and sounds of nature just like in the movie.
Take advantage of the ongoing Serena Mountain Lodge offer here.
CONNECTING INCREDIBLE INDIA WITH MAGICAL KENYA
September 27th will mark a special day in the Kenyan tourism industry as not only will it will be the World Tourism Day, but also Air India will be launching direct flights between Mumbai and Nairobi. The airline is expected to have four direct flights a week and will reduce the travel time from 11 hours down to 6 hours. This is amazing news for travelers looking for less tedious flights that involve layovers. Serena congratulates Air India and welcomes travelers to enjoy a variety of amazing experiences that Magical Kenya has to offer. #ComeLivetheMagic
To book your stay with us, please contact our sales team: Email: croTel: +254 732 123 333/ +254 709 998 333
HOPE FROM THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION
There are only two female northern white rhinos left in the world. Saving this representative of from extinction seems impossible under the circumstances however, an international consortium of scientists and conservationists just completed a procedure that could enable assisted reproduction techniques to do just that. On August 22, 2019, a team of veterinarians successfully harvested 10 eggs from the two remaining female northern white rhinos who live in Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya — a procedure that has never been attempted before. The eggs will be artificially inseminated with frozen sperm from a northern white rhino bull, and in the near future the embryo will be transferred to a southern white rhino surrogate mother. And in remembrance of the last male northern white rhino, Sudan, we invite guests for the screening of an award winning documentary Kifaru taking place on the 24th October 2019.
Click on the link for more details and to purchase tickets.
Book your stay with us at Sweetwaters Serena Camp and Ol Pejeta House both located in Ol Pejeta Conservancy here.