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Serena Mivumo River Lodge

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- Beautiful riverside setting
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Boat trips
- Fishing and birdwatching

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Set high on the banks of the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania, the Serena Mivumo River Lodge is a comfortable and attractive property with many modern conveniences. The lodge is accessible by air, a short 30-minute game drive from the Stiegler airstrip. The Selous, a world heritage site, is the oldest and largest of Africa’s game reserves, with stunning scenery and a plethora of wildlife to explore, including one of the largest concentrations of elephants in the world.

Mivumo’s communal areas comprise a spacious dining and lounge area interconnected via wooden walkways with the library and bar. There is intermittent mobile phone reception and WiFi is available in the main areas. The stunning infinity pool has wonderful views of the river and its resident hippos. Elephants, playful baboons and fabulous birdlife can also be observed from the property’s expansive sundecks.

Activities include fishing, guided walks, birdwatching excursions, vehicle safaris and some of the best boating safaris in the region. Note that the Lodge is located some distance from the main Big 5 game-viewing areas, meaning full-day game drives are to be expected. Bush picnics can also be arranged.

The accommodation comprises 12 air-conditioned timber chalets with glazed windows, polished wooden floors and thatched rooves. The chalets are well spaced-out along the River banks, each with their own veranda and private plunge pool. Every chalet has a large double bed and a separate bathroom with large free-standing bath, twin marble sinks, toilet, and sliding French doors leading to an impressive outdoor shower with lovely views down the river. Laundry and room service are available for all guests. The Mivumo Villa, a private suite comprising three double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, is offered on an exclusive use basis.

Children aged six years and over are welcome at Mivumo River Lodge. Adjoining bedrooms are available for families, and additional beds can be added to rooms for up to 2 children. Cots, child-minding services, high chairs and baby food are available, along with flexible meal times. As is the case across the Selous, walking safaris are only available to children over 16 and we tend to recommend this lodge to families with older children so that nobody misses out on any part of the experience. The wild location of the lodge and the surrounding waters mean that children must remain under vigilant parental responsibility at all times.

While the abundance of facilities might detract from the authentic, wilderness feel of other properties in the Selous, Mivumo River Lodge is a very good mid-range option in a beautiful and remote setting, with an unusually high level of creature comforts.

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  • Yes everything went incredibly smoothly , excellent guide and set up u have . I might need a new pair of calves though !!! Thanks for sorting ALL the changes out. Regards Charlie

    Missingcharles b reviewing 6 Day Toubkal Circuit on 03 May 2023

  • Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair

    MissingAlistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023

  • Dear Lisa
    Well, we are back and still buzzing. We have had a marvellous time. The weather helped. We left Manchester in the snow and arrived in Marrakesh at 30 degrees. We were well looked after in the Riad. I'm glad we booked a meal for the first evening - ate it on the roof terrace. We can recommend that. It was delicious. We ate at the Foundouk, as per your recommendation and on the following night we ate at Le Jardin - got lost on the way to it!. We can really recommend Le Jardin.
    The following day we went to Majorelle gardens. Fortunately we had looked it up before we travelled because you have to book in advance online only from Jan 2023. We found our own way to the Medera Ben Yousef and Latifa took us to Bahia Palace - both were stunning.
    The following morning our lovely taxi driver Mohammond collected us to go to the EcoLodge. Yet another Mohammond made us very welcome. Again we ate well! You were right, the pool was freezing, but I can't sit next to water and not get in. Once you're in you forget how cold it is! I wasn't the only person to try the pool.
    Rashid, our guide for our walk collected us. He was brilliant. It was hard work, but worth it. I was determined I would make it. Kevin is fitter than me! The Berber family were lovely. We stopped when we were nearly there to see how rag rugs were made. When we got back Rashid and Mohammond confessed that Mohammond had said to Rashid that he should get us to a road if we got too tired and they would send a taxi (or a mule!) to collect us - or me, but Rashid was sure that I'd be OK. He was right. I think they wondered about these 2 70+ year olds. We can't praise Rashid enough. He had walked over from Imlil in the morning and was going to walk back after he left us.
    Thank you so much for putting our holiday together. We never thought it would be 3 years before we went. We are so glad we persevered. We did wonder what we had let ourselves in for as 2 oldies!
    Fiona and Kevin

    MissingFiona B reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 21 April 2023

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