Strut with the flamingos

Lake Elmenteita’s name is derived from the Maasai word ‘ol muteita’, meaning ‘place of dust’. But don’t let the name fool you: with its turquoise waters and lush shoreline, this area is anything but dusty and dreary. And nowhere is this clearer than at Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp.

The graceful flamingo might as well be Elmenteita’s unofficial symbol. About two-hours’ drive from Nairobi, the wetland reserve that this camp calls home is an absolute paradise for bird-watchers. Pelicans, waterfowl, and (of course) flamingo are among the 450 species of birdlife on the reserve, and can usually be found flapping about on the lake’s shoreline and rocky islands. The reserve is also great for game-viewing, with Rothschild’s giraffe and leopard being among the signature mammals. Otherwise, opt to be pampered at the onsite spa by professional therapists.

Accommodation consists of 25 Luxury suites, each with Wi-Fi, a mini-bar, electronic safe, and a private deck overlooking with a view to the lake. For extra opulence, book a spot in the Flamingo Suite which comes with a spacious lounge and its own private plunge pool. The main area includes a bar, restaurant, and a lounge.

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