Serena Safari Lodge has won the Special Award; “Extraordinary
Business Case and CSR”, at the official Global Best Practice
Awards 2018 ceremony in Milan.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge won this award for using
eco-friendly practices in providing professional textile care
through sustainable and energy efficient laundry services.
The Global Best Practice Awards was started in year 2016 with
the aim of recognizing organizations that have shown ingenuity
in business models that meet customer needs in a sustainable
Kilaguni Serena Safari lodge is the first lodge in Tsavo
National park to implement a fully-fledged solar power plant to
provide for its entire power requirements.
The solar power plant is under a 10-year lease contract,
consists of 960 solar panels that produces up to 307 kWp and has
the capacity to supply Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge’s full
energy requirements during normal weather conditions.
During adverse weather, additional energy needs are met using
synchronised generators which were previously the main source of
energy before the commissioning of the solar plant in July 2017.
Abdulkadir Rahim, Group Engineer, Serena Hotels, says, “We are
humbled to receive the Global Best Practice Award.
“This award demonstrates how our journey and efforts to move
from fossil based energy to renewable energy sources and
effective energy and waste water management has evolved over the
“Incorporating historic energy data insights to our business
strategy is one of the key drivers that led us to install the
solar power plant.
“We have also recently installed a solar power plant at the
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge and are committed in replicating
this model at the other Serena Hotels properties in Africa.”
As part of its day-to-day operations, Serena Hotels focus on
innovative programs that respond to the needs of the
environment, economy and communities within which it operates.
All Serena’s programs are aligned to the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDG) set out by the United Nation Development Program.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge solar power plant particularly
aligns to “SDG 13 Climate Action” - with the aim of fighting
climate change and its effects to the environment.
Dan Chahenza, Lodge Manager at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
says, “The demand from eco-travelers is growing and Serena
continues to adapt its business best practices model to meet the
ecological travel experiences and expectations of today’s guest.
“Despite being remotely located in the park; we have
successfully managed to use a clean-renewable source of energy
to fully run the lodge operations.
“This includes supplying the needs of energy intensive functions
such as the kitchen and laundry departments without restricting
other energy related services for our guests.”
The laundry department uses eco-friendly detergents and the
lodge has a bio-digester that recycles all the waste water which
is used for irrigation and reafforestation.
This goes a long way in protecting the environment which is part
of Serena’s philosophy.
According to the solar power plant data records, 467 tons of
carbon dioxide has been avoided since the last 15 months of
To extract this carbon dioxide from the environment naturally
within 10 years 37,399 trees need to be planted.
The solar power plants complement the Serena East Africa tree
planting initiative that has taken place for over 2 decades.