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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Our rating

7/10

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Highlights

- Spectacular views
- Large pool
- Private game drives available
- Community visits and guided walks

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Overview

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is located in the Seronera area of the central Serengeti, Northern Tanzania. The scattered hillside layout of this extraordinary lodge affords guests a real sense of privacy despite the property’s large number of rooms, and the views from its elevated position are spectacular. The lodge can be reached by road or by plane to the adjacent airstrip.

The thatched main areas have a rustic, African feel and comprise a reception area with curio shop, and a stunning domed dining room with separate lounge and bar. The semi-circular ‘vanishing horizon pool’ is set in a stunning location on the edge of the hillside, with breath-taking views across the Serengeti plains.

Activities comprise daily ‘Big 5’ game drives, guided nature walks and local community visits. The annual wildebeest migration is a must-see spectacle and the birdlife is wonderful. Cultural dance displays and nightly wildlife talks are also offered, as are balloon safaris and massage treatments.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge falls into the larger hotel category of this area with 66 ‘beehive style’, thatch-roofed rondavels spaced out amidst the acacia trees. Each ronadavel contains three modestly-sized hotel rooms, each with its own outside entrance and a simple but pristine en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet, shower and twin basins. Rooms of double and twin formation are available, and many of the rooms can work as triples. Adjoining rooms can also be arranged.

Children of all ages are welcome and families are well catered for. The large pool is a real draw, although young children must be supervised by parents despite the presence of a lifeguard. Meal times are reasonably flexible and cots and babysitting services are available. Note that the lodge is unfenced with game free to roam through camp, and while it’s unlikely that animals will approach humans, parents must keep children under close supervision at all times.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge offers comfortable, good value accommodation. Although it’s a popular hotel and can become rather busy, the excellent central Serengeti location, high level of creature comforts, and wonderful views make for a delightful stay.

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Average Rating

based on 503 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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