Sweetwaters Serena

Accommodation in Mount Kenya

It’s location in a private conservancy with a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any of Kenya’s national parks makes Sweetwaters Serena Camp one of the most exclusive tented safari camps in Kenya.

Sweetwaters Serena Camp is an exclusive and sheltered oasis assembled around a water hole. It provides an amazing wildlife viewing experience where you can see animals from the comfort of your rooms.
The original 39 tents overlook the water hole. A swimming pool on the Sweetwaters Serena Camp offers respite from the African heat. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching. Camel treks, daily and nightly game drives, and cultural dancing will not disappoint the guests who want to get up and around.

A few of the services and activities offered at Sweetwaters Nanyuki. Wedding venues, with honeymoon suites located on-site and grand views of wildlife, are available for newlywed couples.

Highlight of a Stay at Serena Sweetwaters; Excellent game viewing with stunning views of Mount Kenya in the background.

Sweetwaters Serena Camp Location

The camp lies at the centre of the 110,000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which lies on the Laikipia plains 17 kilometres from Nanyuki and 217 kilometres from Nairobi. Transfers by road from Nairobi take approximately 3-4 hours

About Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy Situated between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya, the 110,000-acre private wilderness of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of wildlife, including all the members of the ‘Big Five’ (the endangered black and white rhino , leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion).Offering one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya and a higher wildlife to acre ratio than any Kenyan national park, the conservancy offers sanctuary to a number of endangered species, most notably the rare Grevy’s zebra and the Jackson’s hartebeest. The largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, the conservancy also hosts the only sanctuary for chimpanzees in Kenya

Sweetwaters Serena Camp Facilities

  • Day and night game drives daily
  • Swimming pool
  • Central Rhino Restaurant
  • Colonial-styled lounge and bar
  • Extensive grounds
  • Private waterhole and night viewing bar
  • Conference room
  • Cultural dance and music
  • Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
  • Gift shop, business centre, Wi-Fi
  • Telephone in room
  • Babysitting services and a baby cot in the room, offered upon request
  • 24hr on-call medical services available
  • Camel treks, guided nature walks, bird spotting

Sweetwaters Serena Camp Room Types

Sweetwaters Serena Luxury Tents

Accommodation at Sweetwaters Serena Camp in Kenya is comprised of 56 tents, each with its own en suite bathroom (hot and cold running water, 24-hour hot showers and flushing WCs). All tents have canvas interiors, solid floors and separate thatched roofs. Electricity is provided by 24 hour generator. 14 of the tents are on raised platforms with private balconies, the rest have private verandas, all with safari chairs and tables. Extra beds and cots can also be provided.

Total number of tents:

  • 52 including one adapted for the physically challenged
  • 16 Double Standard Tents
  • 23 Twin Standard Tents
  • 8 Double Morani Tents
  • 7 Twin Morani Tents
  • 2 Triple Morani Tents

Foods & Drinks options at Sweetwaters Serena Camp

The Rhino Dining Room at Sweetwaters Serena is located within what was once the ranch manager’s house and has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterhole. The bar is also located within the house and features a blazing log fire and a typically colonial ambiance.

The Water Hole Bar at Sweetwaters Serena Camp Nanyuki is located in a traditional ‘hide’ which overlooks the water and offers unique opportunities for wildlife viewing. Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices.

In typical safari style, we offer a ‘full English Breakfast’ as well as European options while our lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian options. Our table d’hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of our meat and dairy products, as well as our fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the reserve.

Breakfast and lunch

Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices.


The dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits, and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available.

Activities At Sweetwaters Serena Camp

  • A range of health and beauty treatments*
  • Day & Night game drives daily with dedicated driver-guides*
  • Guided bird walks*
  • Lion tracking* (Morning only)
  • Board games and library
  • Visit the Chimpanzee sanctuary
  • Bush Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner*
  • Sundowners at the Marsh Viewpoint*
  • Camel rides*
  • Jogging
  • Wildlife movies
  • Zumba
  • Tree planting
  • Archery
  • Water colour painting

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