We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Safe heaven” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lobo Wildlife Lodge

We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this hotel, but we can search other options in Serengeti National Park
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Lobo Wildlife Lodge
Save
You added Lobo Wildlife Lodge to your Saves list
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Northern Serengeti, Serengeti National Park 2633, Tanzania   |  
Hotel amenities
Kiabakari
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Safe heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We were traveling in a group of seven from Ngorongoro crater to Lobo Lodge as our overnight destination. Our safari vehicle broke down just at the junction to Olduvai Gorge. No replacement. we had to hire another company car to get us as far as Serengeti Wildlife Lodge. Then another car to get us to Lobo Lodge where we were booked (and paid in full in advance). We arrived to the lodge very late, it was dark already. It felt so good to be received nicely and shown to our rooms. To be able to wash and change and go to the dining area with live music played on piano. The food was excellent and plenty. It was so great to be there after a terrible day in scorching heat.

In the morning before the break of dawn, I went with my camera to shoot some night photos. I went up to the swimming pool and observation deck overlooking the plain. The sunrise was spectacular and breathtaking! I was mesmerized by the beauty of it. Elephants, zebras and gnus wandering below in the plain and the majestic sun coming up quickly and bathing everything in red, pink and gold. The pictures of the sunrise can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150608993626912.410645.649361911&type=1&l=cb35c53211

When everyone woke up refreshed and rested, we had a king size breakfast and left for Musoma around 10am, leaving behind us a safe haven, a magnificent place which hopefully will get ugrade and refurbishment as the location of it deserves so much.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

166 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    45
    58
    39
    14
    10
See reviews for
29
62
13
2
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (23)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
San Jose
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Beautiful setting and architecture, great vistas and wildlife around.
Service and food were excellent- was pleasantly surprised to find Indian cuisine on the menu.
The common areas are magnificent, the rooms and fixtures are a bit dated but clean and functional. Watch out for the baboons and hyrax droppings but is worth it to step out early and catch the sunrise from the spectacular pool terrace.
Having lodges like these in such wild, remote locations is certainly an expensive luxury but was worth it for us...wish we could have spent longer here.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ridgetop, Tennessee, United States
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

As with all places in the serengetti, you have to know when to go where. This lodge is owned by the same people as Seronera which I already wrote about. It is built much the same way, but i like this restaurant better and the overlook is better. If you were here during the migration, it is an amazing place to be!! The same principles, power and hot water out at midnight and back on at 5am. Food is good and service is good, but location is outstanding and you can literally see for many miles. Again, Fortes is my choice to get me here. You can reach me at rfrasier@cornerstonenashville.org for any further info request.

Room Tip: They are all the same for the most part. There may be a suite though.
See more room tips
  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ottawa, Canada
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

This lodge is absolutely beautiful! Made me think of an ewok village with its sections connecting by wooden walkways. Service was very goosd as was the food. We stayed one night and had no complaints. Note that electricity and hot water not always available but that is pretty standard for many places in Tanzania. I definitely recommend this place!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Your here to see animals, not to be in the lap of luxury. At least that was the mindset we came in with. This was a great lodge if that's all you are looking for. We came here for 3 nights because we wanted to see the migration and that's what we got. Being in the middle of thousands of wildebeest and zebra's made up for the lack of luxury.

The rooms were adequate, working shower, toilet and sink, what more do you need.

The lodge itself is very interesting. It is made with huge planks of wood and is very beautiful. The furniture around the lodge is very eclectic, lots of tiffany lamps!

The food is buffet, and adequate. We did not go hungry, and the prices for drinks were very reasonable. You can always buy water like we did before starting the safari.

Overall, I would stay here again if only for the fact that we got so close to the migration.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Portland, Maine
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Stayed at Lobo Wildlife Lodge for two nights on a recent safari (July 2012) and found it was not at all what they advertise on the website. Apparently it is under new ownership and the service and accommodations have declined in recent years. The rooms were very small and not well maintained-the mirror was so spotted, it was hard to see in it. The information on their website is incorrect. They do not have a library or an Internet cafe or a gift shop or an adapter or even a hair dryer to use! There was no hot water until 7pm which made it difficult to clean up and get to dinner early when you had been out all day and needed to get up early again in the morning. The food and service did not compare to the other locations. They also did not treat the guides very well, one night refusing to provide them with showers and another making them wait until 9 pm. Our guide drove many long days over dusty, bumpy roads to take us everywhere and I wish he had been treated with more respect. I would recommend spending 2-3 nights at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge (which was excellent!) and doing day trips to the Northern Serengeti if that is on your itinerary.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Absolutely beautiful location at the Northern end of the Serengeti National Park. This hotel is partially carved into an enormous rock formation bursting out of the ground. You get spectaular views of animals migrating as you sit by the pool and have a drink while the sun go down. It is in the National Park so you can only access with your guide so I think you may need to arrange it through a tour company, but its isolation is part of its magic. You get the pleasure of sharing the relaxation area with monkeys, who know to keep their distance. The staff are very helpful and friendly. There is 24hr security patrolling to grounds and the facilities are more than adequate. I would definitely stay here again if I ever find myself back in the Serengeti.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Lobo Wildlife Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Lobo Wildlife Lodge

Address: Northern Serengeti, Serengeti National Park 2633, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lobo Wildlife Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lobo Wildlife Lodge is a dream of romanticism in its remote location, strategically hidden inside an enormous volcanic rocky outcrop. It is the biggest Lodge on the migration route. You can watch and witness the migration by lying in the pool. Artistically made of wood and glass elements around clusters of large boulders, harmoniously merging with its surroundings, the Lodge affords from its raised location stunning views of the most amazing natural spectacle to be seen on Earth.Lobo is ideally set in the migratory route of over two and a half million of wildebeest in their desperate struggle for survival. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Lobo Wildlife Hotel Serengeti National Park

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Lobo Wildlife Lodge, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.