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“NICE PLACE WITH GREAT FOOD” 4 of 5 stars
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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Mbingwe Valley, Serengeti National Park N/A, Tanzania   |  
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“NICE PLACE WITH GREAT FOOD”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

In spite of the presence of the disgusting tse tse flies, I love the serengeti national park as it is full of games through out the year. Amidst the park is the serena lodge to feel the thrill of the jungle. In spite of being inside the forest area, this lodge has no electric fence. So it was little frightening while returning to the cottages each night after dinner.One of the hotel guards always used to accompany us to the cottage after sunset.Many wild animals roam arround in the lodge premises at night. A particular leopard is a regular visitor. It actually visited the lodge & drank water from the swimming pool, while we were staying there. The room was good & the bathroom was clean. The food at the restaurant was excellent with lots of choises to select from. All meals were great.The hotel giftshop had very good collection of african artifacts, ebony animals, bead jewellery etc. We used the swimming pool, but the water was very cold. We enjoyed our regular game drives very much as we saw lots of games everyday. It was a great place to stay within one of the worlds biggest national parks. we will definitely come back to stay at the lodge again.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

If you take away the fact that this place crawls with tourists it was brilliant. For a chain tourist hotel it is exceptional. The accommodation was fantastic; I had gazelles almost up to my room and could see the zebra passing close by, The food was great; very well done considering the number of people they cater for and even though they catered for all tastes still had a good selection of "local" food, The setting was sublime.
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  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Located in the middle of the Serengeti is this beautiful lodge surrounded by what appears to be mud/grass domed huts, each with rooms that are nicely furnished and very clean. You certainly get the sense of being out in the middle of Africa with quite comfortable surroundings. The food was delicious; the service excellent and, because we stayed there 5 nights we were treated like royalty with a "bush dinner", which was an experience that contributed to our memories of an outstanding time in Tanzania.

Room Tip: If you can stay in room 18, you've got the best room on the grounds.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I have been to Serengeti Serena on a few occasions. Never solo, always with my visitors, friends or volunteers. Never staying overnight, only passing for lunch or refreshments while on our way back from Serengeti through Serengeti Western Corridor to Ndabaka Gate on the main highway from Mwanza to Musoma.

I won't comment on rooms as I have no experience of them. I can though comment on common areas which are quite impressive, in particular the entrance, the corridor to the restaurant / bar and the swimming pool.

On the very first occasion we went there for a special lunch while on safari in Serengeti with my guests. It was lovely. And they enjoyed the food and the service, the location and the ambiance.

On the last occasion we went there looking for food! We were on a day trip to Serengeti from my mission in Kiabakari. We took sandwiches, drinks and water with us, but the supplies run out quickly before midday and we were left with no choice but to look for some extra food somewhere in Serengeti. No hunting allowed, so the hotels were the only choice.

We went first to Seronera Wildlife Lodge but they refused to accept us for lunch as the residents only option is in place there. We went to Serena on our way back to Ndabaka Gate and we were very happy to learn that they would accept us for lunch for the price of 20$ per person (buffet). It was agreeable and we had a very nice lunch sitting on the verandah overlooking the swimming pool and the bush.

The thunderstorm broke suddenly and the whole area was soaked in water. We had great difficulty to reach Ndabaka on time, and we were late a bit, but safe.

Nice memories connected with Serena. And a big thank you for accepting us, passerbys for lunch!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

WE have a difficult time rating the 10 properties we used in E. Africa - do we compare to other E. Africa hotels, or to standards in America/Europe/Asia -- we choose to split the difference, and give a 3 instead of the 2* when compared to europe or the 4* compared to other E. Africa lodging. the biggest problem is gettiing to and from the lodge - if you can afford it, fly in, as the roads are abyssmal going thru the edge of Ngoro and across the miles of boring, bumpy, dusty plains (in dry season when we were there). The rooms are bare bones, but seemed clean - with safe and fan, but no frig or coffee maker. View so-so - one can see the plains in the far distance to the west with many wildebeest, and the sunset is nice. The pool is ok, but small - at night, they require escort to/from rooms, tho the biggest threat we saw was the uneven pavement and poorly maintaioned wooden steps (and a few dik-dik) - (the escorts are armed with a small flashlight to scare away the beasties). The buffet (and partial a la carte) is decent, tho food not great - typical of all E. African lodges. Our tour arranged an excellent outdoor 'bush breakfast' near pool on our last day - nice experience. Service (to repair plumbing and broken steps in front) was prompt - too bad it was required at all. Good entertainment at nite (Masaai dance or acrobat). Overall adequate, but little above average.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

A Perfect Place location and place to stay. We had the best experience for our stay. The entire staff was very friendly and accommodating. Since we had been traveling for almost 2 weeks and missed home food, the hotel chef went out of their way to serve us good gujarati food to the extend that they allowed us into the kitchen to cook in the kitchen and they also learned and noted some Gujarati food Recipes from us.
Rooms were really nice, clean and comfortable.
Even the packed lunch boxes that we very provided by the Hotel for the Full Day Safari was always prepared after discussing our taste, likes and dislikes. The lunch boxes had more than sufficient food for our picnic boxes.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melksham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

A beautiful hotel, unfenced,hence the need for escorts after dark, in the Serengeti. Lovely bedrooms with glorious views over the plain - so close you can hear the animals! We watched 22 elephants strolling across the grassland, amongst all the thousands of other animals. To cap it all a leopard appeared by the swimming pool during dinner!! Food was very good and the staff very efficient and polite. The balloon safari that we did from here was one of many trip highlights and the bush breakfast that followed it was unforgettable.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mbingwe Valley, Serengeti National Park N/A, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inspired by a traditional African village this extraordinary lodge presents a vibrant design concept rich in indigenous craft and cultural detail that is without compare. Set high on a hill with rolling visas over the teeming plains of a natural amphitheater it also enjoys a ringside seat for the greatest show on earth, the annual migration of the wildebeest. ... more   less 
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