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Serengeti Safari Lodge Review – For The Best Budget Safari Experience

Mark Whitman

The Serengeti Safari Lodge is a budget-friendly three-star lodge made up of exquisite self-contained tents that immerse guests in the surrounding wilderness. The lodge is located in the very heart of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park in what is known as the Seronera Tana Spring Area, making it ideal for a Tanzanian safari on a budget

I stayed at the Serengeti Safari Lodge with some friends and we had an absolute blast. There were just enough activities provided by the lodge to keep us entertained while also allowing us ample time to rest and enjoy the fantastic views of the plains. 

In this article, I'll provide a short review of the Serengeti Safari Lodge and all the things you can expect during your stay in this illustrious location. 

Let's get started. 

Serengeti Safari Lodge

Serengeti Safari Lodge

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As is often the case with Serengeti hotels, amenities at the Serengeti Safari Lodge include a world-class restaurant with local and continental food, a spa, a modern swimming pool and a lounge with a bar area.

The lodge also offers guests the chance to partake in private dining experiences in isolated sites in the bush. Guests wake up to the undisturbed tranquility that only an African bush landscape can provide with uninterrupted views over the vast, open plains of the Serengeti. 

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Location and Views from the Serengeti Safari Lodge

The Serengeti Safari Lodge commands sweeping views over the plains of the central Serengeti. Although the pattern of the Great Wildebeest Migration is unpredictable, guests are sure to be treated to the sight of antelopes and predators alike wandering across the landscape. As an unfenced lodge, guests are provided with thrilling up-close encounters with Serengeti wildlife that pass through the camp.

Please Note: Guests are not permitted to walk around in the evening and are accompanied to and from their units by Masai warriors to ensure their safety.

From setting out on game drives in search of wildlife to just relaxing by the pool, the Serengeti Safari Lodge is the perfect place to soak in the sights and sounds of the African bush. The lodge is roughly 360 km from the nearest major city of Arusha. Expect about a 9-10-hour drive or a one-hour flight from Arusha Airport to Seronera Airstrip. The airstrip is just 11 km from the lodge and free shuttles are provided.

Serengeti Safari Lodge View

Amenities and Services at the Serengeti Safari Lodge

Guests at the Serengeti Safari Lodge have access to several amenities and services, offering familiar creature comforts that they're used to in the hospitality industry. Some of these amenities and services include:

Serengeti Safari Lodge Pool

Facilities at the Serengeti Safari Lodge

Although it is not a 5-star resort, the Serengeti Safari Lodge offers quite a number of high-quality facilities for a good stay like: 

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Modern swimming pool
  • Bar / lounge and a fireplace
  • Restaurant
  • Gift shop
  • A spa with massages available on request
Serengeti Safari Lodge Room

Rooms at the Serengeti Safari Lodge

The lodge consists of 15 luxurious semi-permanent tents – each equipped with an en-suite bathroom. 

There are two types of rooms available – guests can choose between a single room with a double bed or one of the double rooms that sleep three people. All beds are sheltered by a mosquito net, and the rooms are tastefully decorated and equipped with free WiFi and a phone. 

Beautiful en suite stone bathrooms come standard containing a shower or bathtub. Some of the units also come with an outdoor shower. 

Please Note: Units at the lodge are powered by solar electricity, so be aware that water temperature may fluctuate depending on the weather. Items such as hairdryers also cannot be used because of this.

The rooms are large, comfortable, and incredibly spacious with jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the plains. 

The balconies provide a perfect platform for game viewing. As you lie in bed at night, you’ll be transfixed by the sounds of the wildlife right outside the raised cottage. 

Serengeti Safari Lodge Dining

Food and Drinks at the Serengeti Safari Lodge

Guests at the Serengeti Safari Lodge have numerous options for sumptuous dining and drinks to make their stay a culinary delight. 

Some of these food and drink options include: 

  • Complimentary continental breakfast available every morning for all paying guests. 
  • A restaurant specializing in fusion cuisine serving local and continental food.
  • An on-site lounge with an African themed bar. 
  • Room service. 
  • Private meals arranged for guests in the surrounding bush. These are incredible experiences in isolated locations handpicked by the staff to provide the most intimate dining experience imaginable. Continental buffet breakfasts as well as barbeque lunches and dinners are set out for guests choosing this option.
  • Special dietary requests catered for by the lodge staff with advance notification.
  • Packed lunches and breakfasts provided for guests going on game drives.

The price for a suite sleeping two people starts from US$430 per unit per night, with breakfast included and the extra option of including all meals. The price for a unit sleeping three people is from US$530 with the choice between breakfast only, or all meals included.

Please Note: The lodge’s units are not geared for self-catering. All cabins do, however, come equipped with an espresso maker, free bottled water, daily housekeeping, premium bedding and an ironing board on request.

Conclusion

And that's a wrap on my review of the Serengeti Safari Lodge! Located in one of Tanzania's most famous national parks, I guarantee that a stay at this budget-friendly lodge will be unlike anything you've ever experienced before. 

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Mark Whitman

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