The most exclusive of the Serena Group’s
many Safari venues, the exquisite Kirawira tented camp is the epitome of
classic safari camp luxury and a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the
Standing high on the bluff of a bush-cloaked ridge, commanding panoramic
views over the endlessly rolling reaches and volcanic reefs of the
Serengeti National Park, Kirawira Camp is the epitome of colonially-styled
safari luxury. Designed in typically Edwardian style, it features an
elegant central meeting tent evocatively furnished with a tasteful
selection of chintz-covered chaises lounges, jewel-hued Persian rugs,
antique escritoires, wind-up phonograms, leather-bound traveling cases,
brass shooting sticks, carved rocking chairs, and stud-backed smoking
The tent also incorporates a stained-glass and mahogany Edwardian bar and
a stone flagged, khaki-and-canvas ‘Sun downer’ terrace looking out over
gently sloping acacia groves towards the lilac-grey hills and lion-gold
plains of the Serengeti’s Western Corridor, scene of the thunderous
theatre of the million-strong wildebeest migration. As for camp views,
from lilac-streaked sunrise to diamond-domed night, the searingly
sensational Serengeti delivers a series of timeless volcanic vistas that
are second to none.
The essentially colonial ambiance of the tented-rooms evokes colorful
memories of the famous safaris of days gone by, when such romantic figures
as Teddy Roosevelt and Edward, Prince of Wales indulged in lavish East
African shooting safaris of unrivalled elegance. Each room has a personal
valet and has been accommodated in a spacious canvas tent, erected on
raised platforms of rope-lashed logs and sheltered by a bush-thatch roof.
The décor is a clever blend of classic opulence and camp practicality
featuring generous four-poster beds, hand-made patchwork quilts,
steamer-trunk wardrobes, brass lamps, sepia photographs and rosewood
escritoires, whilst to the rear of each tent is an elegant
mahogany-paneled bathroom with twin marble washstands, polished brass
fittings and classic black-and-white tiled Edwardian shower and lavatory.
Guest room information
The lodge offers 25 luxury tents, each with a private terrace and personal
valet (5 King Size and 20 Twin Bedded Tents).
In keeping with the theme of colonial opulence, the elegant dining tents
feature Edwardian-styled dining furniture, sprung floors, crisp-starched
napery, delicate blue and white china and weighty silver accoutrements,
whilst the staff are attired in classical colonial ‘mess’ uniform of white
Swahili robes and turbans.