I read a lot of mixed reviews before coming here...and was not real sure what to expect based on those reviews. I will say, my family of three was VERY pleased with our experience!
We stayed in a tent and were the only "campers" on that particular Thursday night, though there were other guests in the bungalows, etc. some of whom we met and were nice enough to show us their bungalow...very nicely furnished and well kept with beautiful views and great access to the camel and giraffe right from the balcony of their bungalow!
When we arrived, Seth greeted us at the front of the lodge outside the doors, introduced himself to us, got us checked in and told us a little about the property and showed us around so we would know where everything was. He even gave us his cell phone number and told us many times throughout our stay that he is not always able to be at the front desk but is ALWAYS available and to just call if we need anything.
The tent we had was wonderful. It was exactly what one should expect from camping in a tent in Texas during the August heat. Though it is air conditioned, we had no expectation that it would be nice and cool in there during the day...that just can't happen in this area in Texas. That was fine by us, we played in the pool with our 5 year old, she was excited to see the playground equipment which was simple but perfect and had her favorite thing, a tire swing! By nightfall the tent cooled off just fine and we were quite comfortable all evening.
There were enough animals to keep things interesting but not scary. The giraffe kept his distance most of the time we were there, but he did venture over to say hi to us at the fence area outside our tent several times. The camel...I think his name is Clyde...was a real gem! When we got to him he ignored the food in my hand and immediately started nuzzling me....I was a little shocked and not sure what he was doing at first...was he going to eat my hair? haha...nope he was literally rubbing his nose/cheek area on my cheek and neck. It was so sweet and such a fun experience. After he nuzzled me for a few minutes he went ahead and ate some food from my hand.
The ostriches can be a bit intimidating...but we were able to distract them, anytime they came running up to us and getting a little pecky, we just waved food in front of them and then threw it a little distance from our cart and they took the bait pretty easily and left us alone. It gave us some good laughs more than anything. The male was sitting on an egg or eggs most of the time we were there, which turned out to be pretty awesome since the little one hatched and was found while we were there and taken to a cage by Seth early that morning so it would be safe since daddy wasn't being very nice to it. Seth took us to the barn and let us look at the baby and pet it. Sooooo sweet!
The bathroom house at the tent area was clean and kept well. They even had clean towels, soaps, shampoos, etc available for our use. That was not something we expected as campers...it was a very nice touch.
While I was cooking out at the grill the male ostrich, camel and giraffe all came over to the fence line which was about 10 steps away from our tent and paid us little visits one at a time. I got some fabulous pictures and video footage of these beautiful creatures. It was just really neat to have them hanging out like you would expect from a family pet rather than a wild animal.
We found Seth to be extremely accommodating, even giving us some plates and dinnerware to use since we had ours secured inside our pop-up camper which we were using the next night at a different location.
Overall, our one night stay was a total success! Upon checkout we purchased a couple of souvenirs to take home simply because we wanted to support this establishment and their efforts to make this a great place to stay.
Seth mentioned to us that they plan to have a few RV pads sometime around January! If/when this happens we will definitely be back to make use of that!
I think the biggest negative for me was that the grills at the tents were all pretty old and falling apart. I am very experienced with grilling, but couldn't get one of the grills to get enough airflow in the barrel to keep the coals lit. Another one literally had the bottom fall out of it when I went to put charcoal in it, and then a third I was able to get working just fine but it is likely to have the bottom fall out of it soon as well by the looks of it. Next time I will just bring my own portable grill and the problem will be solved. :) All in all, this was just not a big deal though since there was not anyone in the other tents and I could hop from grill to grill till I found one that would work well. I suppose it may have complicated things a little if they had been occupied.
Thank you Serengeti Resort for a wonderful 10th anniversary stay! We look forward to returning...hopefully the little baby male ostrich will be grown big and we can see him again!
- Also Known As:
- The Serengeti Hotel Bergheim