Kilaguni Serena safari lodge

Advent Calendar – December 21, 2019

Advent Calendar – December 21, 2019

December 21, 2019
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The magic of this place!
Kenya. Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, inside Tsavo West National Park.
At sunset, with the view of the lit water hole.
As we stood there, birds came to drink, varying kinds of antelope, big and small animals of all kinds… and then, all of a sudden, an elephant.

It seemed so surreal.
Sure, I’d seen elephants earlier in the day, and yet.
Here, right in front of our noses, an elephant coming to have an evening drink, as we were doing the same, getting ready for dinner.

I FaceTimed my children back home in Sweden but they had a fairly lackadaisical attitude to it all. Desperate to share this with someone back home, I called my wives of sorts (yes, that’s what we call ourselves! There’s four of us and we’ve been a tightknit band ever since the days of the Twitter-born movement #skolvåren – which translates into school-spring – in 2013). And, as always, I knew I could trust them to match my wondrous state of mind, at witnessing this grandeur.

What a journey this trip turned out to be.
A journey of insights and new knowledge.
Greater understanding as well as gratitude towards life.
Friendships and new bonds formed with my fellow travel companions as well as our gracious hosts.
Laughter and singing and the occasional tear.
Erosion-stricken semi-arid lands, wildlife in the national park, a few hours of absolute relaxation at the splendid beaches of Malindi.
The plantations. The partner farmers.
The schools and microfinance banks.

A journey that is the result of a number of decisions made, starting with me buying my first trees in November of 2015.
Becoming an ambassador a year later.
Not really doing anything until yet another year had passed.
And then, slowly, getting more and more into it, simply because there’s so much about this that attracts me.

The path I’ve taken doesn’t have to be the path for everyone though. You can easily put aside a bit of your savings to buy trees – as a one-time-gig or monthly – and not think more of it than you do with your other forms of savings. But sitting here, getting to revisit Kenya again, thanks to this advent calendar, I am very happy that I did take on a more active engagement because this is not a trip that will ever be forgotten!


Advent Calendar for 2019: sharing pictures and stories/reflections from my trip to Kenya in June. I went to visit “my trees” and get a hands-on experience of the social entrepreneurship of the Kenyan forestry company that I buy trees through.

Full disclosure: I am proud to say I am both a customer and an ambassador for the company. If you are curious to find out more, let me know and I’ll gladly get in touch with you! Here’s my sponsored link: https://betterglobe.com/27216 

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Advent Calendar – December 11, 2019

December 11, 2019
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A small (!) number of zebras down by the manmade watering hole of the Kilaguni Serena safari lodge. Me and Lena, my roommate, could have spent hours just witnessing the antics of the zebra. The youngsters – hundreds of them at times, or at least it seemed as if they were that many – were basically doing what all youngsters do: running around chasing each other, having an absolute blast!

Kilaguni Serena safari lodge is located within Tsavo West National Park and as such, has to comply with quite rigorous standards, which might be one reason why they have achieved a Gold eco-rating from Eco-tourism of Kenya. One of the things the lodge has pledged is keeping this watering hole filled with water for the animals of the park, but reading up on what they do on a yearly basis, I am impressed. They do a heck of a lot more than this. Check it out for yourself: https://ecotourismkenya.org/eco-rated-facilities/entry/198/

I am skeptical of zoos in general and try to avoid them, but in essence, here at Tsavo West National Park, we were the ones ‘caged’, rather than the freely roaming animals. We had strict orders not to get out of our bus. We had two planned stops outside of the lodge but still within the park borders (Mzima Springs and Lion Rock breakfast), and both times we did so with armed guards, to ensure any wild animals could be scared off.

At the entrance to the park, there was a big information sign from the Kenya Wildlife Service. What caught my eye the most, was this:
SERVICE: Compensation for human injury/death
REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN SERVICE: Duly filled compensation claims form
COST: Free


Advent Calendar for 2019: sharing pictures and stories/reflections from my trip to Kenya in June. I went to visit “my trees” and get a hands-on experience of the social entrepreneurship of the Kenyan forestry company that I buy trees through.

Full disclosure: I am proud to say I am both a customer and an ambassador for the company. If you are curious to find out more, let me know and I’ll gladly get in touch with you! Here’s my sponsored link: https://betterglobe.com/27216 

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