With its excellent location right in central Kampala, the Kampala Serena Hotel is the perfect place to start and end your Ugandan wilderness safari. Just 40km from Entebbe airport, this flagship Serena hotel is the last word in five-star luxury. Standing in 7,2 acres of lush landscaped gardens, Kampala Serena Hotel is an oasis of tranquillity. Uganda’s abundant lakes and rivers inspired its central water theme, manifested in the extensive water gardens and water world, hand-carved panels and shimmering mosaics that grace the walls. Ugandan art pays homage to the country’s culture, and even the most sophisticated traveller will appreciate the level of luxury on offer here.
The 152 air-conditioned rooms and suites range from deluxe and executive offerings to the ultra-luxurious Presidential Suite. Each spacious room offers everything cosmopolitan travellers have come to expect: en-suite bathroom, WiFi, satellite TV, minibar, private safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, 24-hour room service and much much more.
With its rooftop terrace, rock-sculptured Sesse pool terrace and bar, three excellent restaurants, festive Mist bar and the Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa in the style of a Moorish palace – not to mention the international conference centre and garden auditorium – the hotel offers every conceivable convenience. The Sesse pool terrace has a 7m-high waterfall that cascades from a stone cliff into the plunge pool below – this is something that has to be seen to be believed!
There is something for the whole family: while the children are making the most of the water park and kids’ pool, adults can enjoy chilled cocktails at the poolside bar. And those wanting to work off any energy will relish the chance of a run on the track that winds through the grounds or a stroll through the flower-filled 17-acre indigenous garden, where birds and butterflies add an exotic element.
Cuisine ranges from Italian fare at The Explorer restaurant and a brasserie menu at the Lakes to superior fine dining at The Pearl of Africa. Meals are generous buffet-style presentations, with something to suit absolutely everyone. High chairs and baby-friendly food are available, as are slightly earlier children’s meals (as early as 12 noon and 6.30 pm) tailored to keep kids (and parents) happy.