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Serena News

Check out the latest Serena news from Southern and East Africa.  What's New? Baby turtles in Mombasa.  A rhino calf at Ol Pejeta.  The Nairobi Serena Reveal.  Cultural Walking Tours at Serena Beach.  Madaraka rail packages.  New Mt Kenya activities at Serena Mountain Lodge plus others...
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:33

Serena News Highlights

East Africa's migration is on the move, you can now ride horses with rhinos at Ol Pejeta, there's a fantastic new special offer for Mivumo Villa in the Selous and there have been major refurbs at Nairobi Serena, Dar es Salaam Serena and at the Polana Mar in Maputo.  Serena Mountain Lodge in Kenya also has a fantastic new kids club.  Check out the full stories and more on this link.
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Monday, 13 February 2017 09:43

Tourvest expands East African portfolio

Tourvest East Africa has been awarded the full management contract for Kili Villas near Arusha in northern Tanzania. The contract comes into effect on March 1.

Leanne Haigh, Lemala Chief Executive and Tourvest East Africa Director of Operations, said the property would be rebranded to Lemala Kili Villas.

There are three villas with a total of 13 rooms.

Built around a central private courtyard, each villa has a reception, living and dining room with views of both Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. The villas can be rented on a per person basis or on an exclusive-use basis.

Haigh said Kili Villas was a welcome addition to Tourvest’s growing portfolio of properties in East Africa, and that she planned an extensive refurbishment of each villa. “We look forward to adding considerable value to the daily operations and marketing efforts of this iconic property through
our hands-on management approach.”

Tourvest East Africa already operates the Lemala tented camps and Kuria Hills permanent camp in the northern Serengeti, as well as the Wildwaters Lodge and Adrift river-rafting company on the River Nile in Uganda.

For more info please contact: [email protected] 
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In a bid to promote tourist attractions, Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) has embarked on global e-marketing campaign by developing a modern destination online tourism portal and Application.

Launching the online system in Dar es Salaam, TTB Acting Marketing Director, Mr Philip Chitaunga, said the online services will help much on promoting the tourism attractions existing in the country.

“Due to the growth of technology globally, especially internet, many tourists prefer using online systems to access tourism information and it is the reason why we decide to come up with the application and the website,” he said.

Following the introduced online portal, many tourism firms especially Small and Medium-sized Entrepreneurs (SMEs) will be supported to increase their earnings and conduct their business more easily.

Moreover, the portal will serve as tool for directly accessing tourist markets as well as online payment, a move that will allow tourists to directly pay for the service providers in the country and enable government pocket its rightful revenue income as well as tourism agents.

“The Tanzania Tourism App, contains detailed information on various tourist destinations in Tanzania, among other things the App gives includes an overview of what Tanzania can offer as unique tourist destination in Africa, things to do, hospitality services and how to plan their trips just to mention a few,” he noted.

According to him, the introduction of e-marketing campaign is expected to bolster the tourism industry in the country as well as make it more a foreign exchange spinner.

He, however, urged Tanzanians to use both products when scheduling their local tourism visits during their holidays, as the products were not designed for foreigners alone.

Source: Daily News Tanzania
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Thursday, 09 June 2016 14:00

Lemala Camps and Lodges refurb complete

Lemala Camps and Lodges are delighted to confirm the completion of the soft refurb of their tented camps including Lemala Ndutu / Mara, Lemala Ewanjan and Lemala Ngorongoro. 

We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the hard work put in by everyone and have every confidence that you and your guests, colleagues and industry connections are going to thoroughly enjoy the new look in the camps. We are busy updating our website with download links for the new images but if you need something urgently please contact  us for our drop box link to download high and low res images.

Some of the upgrades include:

  •  New linen and furniture has been added into the rooms
  •  The solar system has been upgraded
  •  Paid close attention to Menu and food preparations
  •  Increased seating areas in the lounges with new sofas and chairs
  •  Supported community projects by bringing in a beautiful range of recycled glassware to our bars and lounges
  •  Done away with all plastic water bottles 

Special offers:

Just to remind you that our 2016 / 2017 specials are combinable with any of our camps, with no minimum star required OR you can simply use them as standalone offers for any individual camp.  

Just to recap :  Stay 3 Pay 2 |  Stay 3 Pay 3 | Stay 5 Pay 4 | Stay 6 Pay 4 | Stay 7 Pay 5 | Stay 8 Pay 6 |  Stay 9 Pay 6.


In order to offer Single travellers the best available rates, each of our properties have waivered the Single Room Supplement for most of the year.  We will only be charging SRS during the following months:

Kuria Hills:  July and August

Lemala Mara:  July, August and September

Lemala Ewanjan:  July and August

Lemala Ngorongoro:  July and August

For more information on the refurbishment or the special offers please contact:  [email protected]
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Serena Hotels was delighted to welcome back into the fold Mr Mugo Maringa, who took over the role of Country Director Tanzania on 1 October 2015. Claire Roadley caught up with him at World Travel Market for a quick Q&A.
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Simba Safaris has Launched a New Safari called "FOLLOW THE MIGRATION" to enable the Migration Lovers to witness it throughout the year. Its a 10 Nights Safari itinerary which consist of 3 Nights in a Luxury Mobile Camp following the wildebeest Migration activities. The Safaris also covers the other jewels of Tanzania like Visit to Hadzabe, Night Game Drive, Sundowners, Walking Safari etc. For More details and information:
Email us: [email protected], [email protected]
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Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:44

Serena leads by example

When times are tough – Serena Hotels leads by example and invests US$20 Million in East Africa’s tourism.  Read about what Serena has planned for some of its hotels in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania next year  – and check out their swish new landcruisers on
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Serengeti Explorer Camp is excited to have been nominated in seven categories for the 2016 Safari Awards.

Our nominations are for the following categories

- Best Value Safari Property -
- Best Safari Cuisine -
- Best Safari Guiding Team -
- Best Family Safari Experience -
- Best Ecologically Responsible -
- Best New Safari Property -
- Best Community Focused –

Just to be nominated for seven awards is a great tribute to the hard work our team at Serengeti Explorer Camp has put in over the last few months. Now we need your help! Please give us your support by voting for Serengeti Explorer Camp. Please vote for the camp by clicking here

The Safari Awards is now in its 9th year and recognises properties for various categories.  There is a panel of judges along with the tourism professionals who vote and decide the winners fr the varying categories.  We very much appreciate and thank The Safari Awards organisers for acknowledging our camp in the Serengeti and we hope to win accreditation or some of the categories we are nominated. 
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 16:38

Lemala Camps Launches Lemala Cubs

Introducing Lemala Cubs - kids activities for family safaris 


Effective 1st July 2015, Lemala Camps are introducing a range of activities for children which will maintain their interest, be educational, and most importantly ensure that they have fun whilst on safari.

Staying at Lemala Camps will be an opportunity to introduce children to the wonders of the African bush.  As current custodians of Tanzania's wildlife it is our intention to show future generations the need for conservation and preservation of Africa's wildlife. 

Diversity is the spice of life, and we will be offering a variety of activities appealing to a child's sense of adventure.  These include time spent with the Maasai learning to throw (blunt) spears; use bows and arrows; tracking around the camps with our resident guides in search of creep crawlies or making plaster casts of the night visitors tracks; as well as early morning game drives.  After a busy day there is time to sit under an Acacia and listen to the African fables that have captivated children's imaginations for countless years.

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