- Beautiful riverside setting
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Boat trips
- Fishing and birdwatching
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.
The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.
The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.
The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.
We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.
You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.
Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.
stuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019
Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.
Laura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018
We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!
Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:
Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.
I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.
The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.
The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.
We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.
The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.
The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.
Gwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018