June 2017 will forever mark a signature milestone in Kenyan history with the newly unveiled Standard Gauge railway. Offering a more affordable way to discover the magic of Kenya, the SGR takes passengers on an exciting ride traversing extensive Kenyan landscapes, opening doors to extraordinary experiences and unforgettable destinations.
Serena Hotels is proud of the governments’ achievement of these milestones and we look forward to the new opportunities it will create for the Kenyan tourism.
The railway line connects Kenya’s capital city Nairobi to the coastal tourist hub that is the city of Mombasa and with stations along the way, which will transport you to some of the most enchanting destinations in Kenya; Amboseli National park and Tsavo National park. This is a great opportunity for the domestic, regional and international travellers to discover a world that they otherwise would never have considered exploring before.
Amboseli famous for its big herds of elephants , Maasai people and culture and views of Mt. Kilimanjaro can now be accessed from the Emali station which will be 3 hours including the change over from the railway to vehicle to park entrance formalities and clearance.
The history of Kenya’s railway which dates back to the early 1900’s is brought to life at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge. Built in Tsavo west, home to the infamous man eater lions to whom many of the railway line builders lost their lives, the lodge houses a time capsule in the form of a photo gallery that captures early memories of the construction of first railway line. Immerse yourself further into the history of this lodge and set out on a game drive in search of lions, elephants, the breathtaking Chyulu hills, the Shetani lava as well as the Mzima springs where you are assured to spot hippos and Crocodile. Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge can be accessed from the Mtito Andei station which is 3 .5 hours including change over from the railway.
With the last stop of the train being in Mombasa, arrive in this coastal city in style and soak up the Swahili culture as you stay at the Serena Beach Resort and Spa. Designed to look like the 13th Century Swahili town and offering a wide range of activities including water sports, tennis and squash, pool and pool bar for those lazy days as well as the Maisha Spa, however way you choose to unwind, this resort promises the complete fun, sun and sand experience that the Kenyan coast is so well known for.