My wife and I enjoyed a 6-night safari in Tanzania in June of last year. We chose June because of the wildebeest migration - the weather was great (in the 80s F), and we literally saw hundreds of thousands of animals over the 6 days. Really quick background/side note. We arranged the trip through a UK company called luxury-safaris. They were amazing and extremely helpful with organizing everything and working within our budget. I believe that the tour/guide company with which they set us up was called Warner Safaris - if that's correct, see if you can get Dynamite as your guide for the week. The guy is incredibly nice, knowledgable, and he truly cares about the animals and conserving the area (he would stop the car in the parks if he saw any piece of trash, hop out, pick it up, and then carry on). Luxury-Safaris partners with Serena lodges, and they were all great! We felt like we were in “Out of Africa” because during the day we’d get absolutely filthy bouncing around in the safari jeep through the dirt. Then at night, we’d come back to the lodge to get cleaned up, have pre-dinner drinks with our group, a four-course dinner, and after-dinner drinks before heading to bed and repeating the process again the next day.
During our check-in briefing at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, the receptionist explained that there are no fences around the property and the animals are free to come and go, and often use the pool for drinking water. Therefore, we were not allowed to walk around alone at night, but had to call a guard to escort us - pretty cool! And that night after dinner, we did see an owl next to the pool, dik-diks running around, and even a serval cat.
This lodge is really nice. The "huts" look very traditional and not at all out of place from the outside. On the inside, they are clean, luxurious, and comfortable, with huge glass doors to the balcony, so you can wake up with an incredible view of the sun rising over the Serengeti. The food was great (buffet style), drinks are reasonably priced, and the staff are all extremely friendly.
If I could, I would fly back to Tanzania tomorrow and do this trip all over again. Just go - you will not regret it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by a traditional African village this extraordinary lodge presents a vibrant design concept rich in indigenous craft and cultural detail that is without compare. Set high on a hill with rolling visas over the teeming plains of a natural amphitheater it also enjoys a ringside seat for the greatest show on earth, the annual migration of the wildebeest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Serengeti Serena Safari Hotel Serengeti National Park