Uniquely situated on the shoreline of sapphire-blue Lake Elmenteita where hundreds of thousands of birds congregate, the small and exclusive Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp is evocatively styled to echo the area's rich history. The nomadic Masai had passed through the area for centuries and the name Elmenteita derives from the Masai Ol muteita for “place of dust”.
The camp is located in the 48,000 acre Soysambu Conservancy, which is a RAMSAR site - a wetland of international importance. The alkaline lake's rocky islands are the only East African nesting site for great white pelicans, while its algae and plankton provides food for vast flocks of flamingos and a multitude of other waterfowl, many of them rare.
Day game drives offer peace and privacy, with chances to watch vast herds of zebras, gazelles, elands, waterbucks and buffalos, as well as family groups of black-backed jackals, warthogs, dik-diks and baboons. Soysambu protects flourishing breeding herds of endangered Rothschild giraffes, as well as the nationally threatened colobus monkeys. Less common species include the bushbuck, bushpig, steinbok, reedbuck, duiker, caracal, golden and side-striped jackals.
Night game-drives offer a unique opportunity to spot nocturnal creatures including the curious-looking aardvark and elusive leopard. Walking is also allowed, with chances to experience the miracles of the bush close-up. Lake Nakuru National Park and Kariandusi prehistoric site are also nearby.
The camp blends aristocratic elegance with modern luxury and will offer cuisine and service of fittingly high standards.
There are 24 luxury tents in total, all with views of the lake. The Flamingo suite is an additional luxury suite, complete with a spacious lounge, jacuzzi and prime lake view. Each tent is tastefully furnished with its own private veranda.
Atmospheric bush dinners beneath the stars and spectacular sundowners over this geologically fascinating part of the Great Rift Valley are a few more of the camp's exciting activities.
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