Monday, 05 August 2019 10:09

Naming Baby Gorillas in Rwanda

Kwita Izina has, since the first ceremony in 2005, become an unmissable annual tradition in Rwanda when dignitaries, park rangers, researchers, friends of gorillas, media and tourists gather at Kinigi in the Volcanoes National Park to take part in naming all the baby gorillas born that year. Besides being a very moving, “bucket list” experience, naming them also helps with monitoring each individual gorilla in their family and habitat and highlight the plight of this endangered species and their habitats in the Virunga mountain range. Most of the baby gorillas are named according to the circumstances of their birth, their future expectations or the location where they were born.

Volcanoes National Park currently shelters over 340 mountain gorillas, which have been habituated into 10 families, namely the Titus, Kwitonda, Susa, karisimbi, Amahoro, Umubano, Sabyinyo, Agashya, Hirwa, and Ugenda families.

This year the official ceremony will be held on 6th September 2019, with a week-long schedule of activities planned, including beer brewing, basket weaving, music and food tasting experiences. After the naming ceremony all guests are invited to attend a gala dinner which is included in the US$100 ticket price and can be booked within most of the hotels including the Kigali Serena Hotel and Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.

Lake Kivu Serena is located on the white sandy shores of the sixth largest lake in Africa and offers a range of activities to enjoy after your gorilla trek including its own private beach, boating, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, volley ball, tennis, fishing, hiking, biking and trekking as well as a spa. It is a more affordable alternative to staying within the National Park. 

For more information on these Rwandan properties or how to book a gorilla package including the Kwita Izina ceremony please email [email protected] or visit
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Monday, 02 July 2018 13:05

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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Serena Beach Resort and Spa on Shanzu Beach, just north of Mombasa, has a new Architectural, Cultural and Conservation Tour where guests can learn more about the design and architecture of the property and its fascinating history - as well as visit their butterfly and turtle projects. The resort itself replicates a Lamu Historic city, inspired by the Swahili culture.  Watch the video here or read the full blog on
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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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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 13:07

Serena Scoops 12 World Travel Awards

It was a victorious night for Serena Hotels, East Africa’s leading hotel group, scooping 12 awards including the top Award, "Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand" at the 2016 ‪World Travel Awards‬ held in Zanzibar over the weekend. ‪‎Mr. Mahmud Janmohamed, Serena's Managing Director said "It is our staff who make it happen, their commitment to excellence is beyond doubt and management appreciates their continued efforts. We wish to thank all our esteemed clients, business partners and supporters for voting for us and for believing in us. We promise we shall continue to endeavor to lift the Serena Experience to greater heights". Click here for the full story and list of awards

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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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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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There are many reasons to #ChooseKenya.  Celebrity Peter Andre recently chose it as a location to go and do some vital work for the Born Free Foundation – building lion-proof bomas for the Maasai living on the outskirts of Amboseli National Park, hosted by Born Free, Kenya Airways and Serena Hotels. Watch the great video on his trip or read all about it in Hello!
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:47

Serena launch new family package for Kenya

Just announced - Up to 2 kids under 12 years old stay for free when combining either Mara Serena Safari Lodge and Serena Beach Resort or Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge and Serena Beach Resort. This unique offer is valid at Mara Serena for the May and October 2014 half term breaks and at Kilaguni Serena for the May and October 2014 half term breaks AND the summer holidays. Bookings can be made through your existing booking channel or if booking direct please contact [email protected] for full details.  
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