Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable; butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little bit of sunshine. At Serena, not only did I get to live on the sunny side of life, but I discovered an enchanting little Butterfly Park just a few meters away from the lobby!
The park, having been established in 2003, has hatched over 7000 species of butterflies in an effort to replenish the dwindling butterfly population in Mombasa. I decided to take a stroll along the park, when I came across Maurice, one of the trained personnel at the Butterfly Park who was kind enough to show me around the park.
We walked in to the breeding project, where I got to see the butterfly’s life cycle, from the egg, to the caterpillar, to pupae and finally a captivating butterfly!
With over 263 different species of butterflies in the Coastal region, it was amazing to see that the Butterfly Farm in Serena has more than 24 unique butterfly species at the Park. The passion in which Maurice talked about the butterflies was evident by the way in which he explained the process of how he goes to the bush, hides for hours and finally traps butterflies to be able to bring them to a more secure location at the park away from predators such as lizards and crows.
At the main cage, I came across carefree butterflies feeding on bananas and fluttering away freely, while Maurice’s attention was suddenly distracted by a lizard that was preying on one of the Citrus Butterflies flirting its way on the plants.
After ensuring that everything was safe, he caught up with me captivated by one of the lovely butterflies that landed on my hand; marveling at it, I realized how much we delight in the beauty of butterflies, but rarely admit to the change it has gone through to achieve that beauty!
As I left the park, I continued with my exploration of what the hotel had to offer, by visiting the Turtle Hatchery. Unfortunately, they had just released some hatchlings back to sea about a month ago, so I didn’t get to see the little turtles; but I made a point of making sure I came back in July as soon as the eggs hatched!
In the face of land encroachment and pollution, it was really nice to see how important eco- tourism and protecting the environment are held dear at the heart of Serena. It’s no wonder that Serena Beach Resort has attained the Gold Level Eco Rating certification, for their social responsibility and ensuring that our eco-system needs to be protected as much as possible!