Lake Victoria Serena is ideal for travellers hoping to spend a supremely comfortable time in this region of Uganda. It is run by Serena Hotels, a company with an impressive portfolio of deluxe properties across Africa and Asia. There is accommodation at Lake Victoria Serena to suit all types of traveller, and one category has even won Uganda’s Leading Hotel Suite for three consecutive years at the World Travel Awards.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Situated on the beautiful banks of Lake Victoria just 20 minutes from Entebbe, it is convenient for the international airport – and it is also only 20 minutes from Kampala, offering the opportunity for guests to take trips into Uganda’s capital too. The resort is usually accessed via road transfer from Entebbe International Airport. Plans are afoot to link it to the Entebbe–Kampala express highway connecting to Jinja, further opening this area of Uganda for travellers who like to explore.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The entire site of Lake Victoria Serena is designed to resemble a hillside village in Italy, with pastel buildings and terraced gardens leading down to its boating marina and surrounding golf course. Guests arriving at the property find nothing short of an Italian palace to greet them, complete with vibrant mosaics and enchanting colonnades. All interiors are absolutely lavish, featuring abundant lounge spaces with lovely views across the lake. When it comes to restaurants and bars, guests are truly spoilt for choice. Superb brasserie The Citadel provides buffet breakfast and lunch, as well as an à la carte evening menu including Mediterranean specials among its international options.
The Lake View Pool Terrace offers café dining, family snacks, cocktails, and more, while The Courtyard Lounge and Piano Terrace is perfect for pastries, ices, coffees, and wines. A wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available at The Kigo Bar, and The Club House serves delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners close to the golf course. Finally, if you fancy something eastern and exotic, you can head to The South East Fusion Restaurant, for Far East fine dining. Other amenities at Lake Victoria Serena include a gift shop, a gym, a spa, a 25-metre swimming pool, the very scenic championship golf course and 40-hectare marina, and a state-of-the-art conference centre with capacity for a maximum of 300 delegates. Please contact us for further information if you are interested in holding a business event here.
The impressive array of communal areas at Lake Victoria Serena is matched by the very high quality of its guest accommodation. In all, there are 124 suites and rooms. These come in three categories – Standard Room (114), Executive Room (8), and Presidential Suite (2). All rooms are situated within villas dotted around the resort’s garden grounds. Each is exquisitely furnished using a pleasant palette of cream and terracotta. Guests staying in a Standard Room may select either a queen-size bed or twin beds, and other features include bedside tables, a dressing table, a desk and chair, a seating area, a balcony, and a gorgeous marble bathroom. Every room benefits from air conditioning, as well as direct-dial phone with voicemail, flatscreen satellite television, Wi-Fi, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, safe, and hairdryer. If you opt for an Executive Room, you can enjoy all the amenities of a Standard Room, but with a larger seating area, a larger desk, and two balconies. And for a super-sumptuous stay, there is the award-winning Presidential Suite category. Both suites are found within the main building, at penthouse level. They boast all the features of the Executive Room, but the bed is king size and there is a lot of extra space in the form of a reception room, a dining room adjoining a private kitchen, a private event or conference room, and accommodation for staff.
If you have time to explore Entebbe during your stay here, you need only pop down to Lake Victoria Serena’s travel desk for advice and information on all the local attractions. Among these are the lake itself, for fishing, cruises, and some wildlife watching – the wetlands are home to a fine assortment of mammals, such as hippo, marshbuck, reedbuck, waterbuck, otters, marsh mongoose, cane rat, and giant otter shrew. There are reptiles too – turtles and Nile crocodile – in addition to many highlights for keen birders. Close to Lake Victoria are Entebbe’s botanical gardens, also of interest to wildlife fans. You can expect to see hornbills, Marabou stork, and black-and-white colobus monkey – and the gardens host all sorts of events throughout the year. The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre is worth a visit too, as are Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and the shoebill-rich marshes of Mabamba. And the centre of Entebbe contains plenty of bars, cafés, and restaurants, offering a thrilling medley of local and international cuisine.