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“Large tourist hotel with great views of the Serengeti.” 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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Abu Dhabi
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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“Large tourist hotel with great views of the Serengeti.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is a large tourist hotel pearched on a hill overlooking the fabulous veiws of the Serengeti.

This is not the place to go if you are looking for contemplation and tranquility. It's main purpose is to service very efficiently the thousands of tourists who pass through their doors every year. That said, the rooms a cosy and comfortable using traditional styles and safari chique.The pool area has wonderful views over the Serengeti but is often busy and noisy, The food is plentiful and if there are any complaints, it is only that it lacks variety but it must be remembered that everything has to be trucked in across the Serengeti from Arusha so with this as their main constraint, they do very well. This was an ideal place to visit with a young family and again, for this reason, it is not a peaceful our tranquil place but as a safari base in the Serengeti, it does it's job very well.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 April 10, 2013

The hotel was beautifully appointed with comfortable rooms and very friendly staff. We stayed at the lodge for 3 nights and it was the ideal location for our wonderful Serengeti Adventure. Our tour was arranged from South Africa through Sunset Tours and Safaris and they got our holiday brief really spot on with this Lodge. I have a problem with my knees and requested a room close to the main building. We couldn't have got closer!!!! No stairs and only about 20 meters from the main building.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
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Waterloo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Beautiful grounds, attractive and comfortable room. Excellent food and service. The food was buffet every night. Plenty of stations (eggs for breakfast, pasta/grill at dinner, etc.) and a ton of choices. A nice surprise was the room safes and wi-fi, which we were not expecting.

This lodge is located in the middle of the Serengeti National Park. The animals roam freely, including the lions, so you are supposed to be escorted to the dining room and back after dark. We had to wait a long time to go to dinner one night, and so dispensed with this service on subsequent nights. But there are plenty of escorts for going back to your room.

When we first arrived, the room was very hot, but cooled off after an airing. We left doors open - no mosquitos (though we still took precautions every day). There is no air conditioning.

The swimming pool was a delight.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ames, Iowa
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

My wife and I stayed two nights at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge in March 2013 as part of a small group safari in Tanzania and Kenya. The lodging is unique, consisting of large room/suites in beehive-shaped triplex units, drawing inspiration from Maasai architectural traditions and construction styles. Our room was fitted with comfortable beds, chairs, a writing desk, and a little terrace overlooking the mixed savannah for which the Serengeti is so famous. The foods offered at the dining room buffet were extensive and delicious, especially the breakfasts prior to the long morning's game drive. The staff was cordial and attentive. Evening entertainment nice. A wonderful base of operations for daily game drives to observe the Serengeti's fabulous array of wild life.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We stayed in Serengeti Serena for one night.
From the exterior the room seems to be in a hut, once inside the rooms are clean, well mantained and you have internet all over the hotel ( once you signed at the lobby or reception area) which is hard to get in Tanzania. The double room bed was big, but the room itself was not too big. The bathroom was nice, clean with a shower and hot water. The towels and bed sheets are clean and you can find a hairdrier. The staff is ok, not too nice but average . The food was good, with a lot of choice from the buffet. The hotel is big, you can walk around the huts, the restaurant ( which organizes african perfomances for the night), a shop , bar and a nice pool.
The view on Serengeti is very nice and you can see some mini deers here and there.
Very quiet at night.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I stayed at this mountain top Serena Lodge for 3 days as part of a 13 day safari in Northern Tanzania. I was part of larger group travelling together in 7 safari vehicles. Upon our arrival(s) we were greeted by music and dancing, warm cloths to wipe our dusty faces and chilled mango juice.
The rooms (which are in 2 story huts) are lovely with beautiful views overlooking the valley where one can see (from some rooms) elephants and giraffes off in the distance. The Lodge is in the Park so the animals can also roam on the grounds. The tree in front of our apt / room had been toppled by an elephant. There are always guards patrolling, on the watch for animals as no one is allowed to return to their rooms at night with out being accompanied (especially since we had the furthest room from the Lodge). Our guard each night was Reginald and he was great at explaining the animal behaviours to us. On one night walking back he calmed a group of young Japanese tourists. We never felt unsafe.
after they insisted they saw a leopard from their room. All of the staff speak excellent English and nothing is too much trouble for them. The Manager Felix greets guest, introduces himself and takes the time to answer questions and ensure that we are being well served. In our case, we sat and talked with him for 20 minutes asking questions about the Lodge and its history.
The Lodge itself is beautiful with hand carved wooden statues at the doors. The dining rooms and lounges inside and outside are beautiful with lovely table settings (high end linens, cutlery etc) And very comfortable seating.The service is excellent and attentive. The lounges are where the Wifi can be picked up. Works much better inside than out, but it works!
The meals are delicious with buffets for breakfast and lunch and a menu option at dinner. Plenty of options for vegetarians or folks with food sensitivities. Always a local dish on the evening menu which was delicious.
The rooms are lovely, small but well laid out. We had twin beds which were very comfortable, showers were excellent. We were on the upper floor of the 2 story hut. They all have a balcony. The rooms can be warm at night and with only a table fan to cool off it was a bit stuffy. Leaving the balcony door open is not an option as baboons are clever animals!
The swimming pool is lovely, lots of seating, towels and service for beverages. Evening entertainment consisted of young drummers and dancers who could really move.
I would return to this Lodge, for the friendliness of the staff, the beauty of the location and the serenity of the Lodge!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ghent, Belgium
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Travelling regularly to Tanzania ... this is a great lodge ... after driving a full day this is a delightfull stop ... good food ... gentle staff ... in the middle of the Serengeti and the wildlife. Spend at least 2 nights before going to their ***** star sisterlodge Kirawira ... Great location, don't miss it ! xxx

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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 78 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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