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“Beautiful on the outside, rotten on the inside.”

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Lobo Wildlife Lodge
Hannover, Germany
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“Beautiful on the outside, rotten on the inside.”
Reviewed January 16, 2012

The lodge is spectacular in architecture, location and views. However, it seems outdated, poorly managed and despite its aspiration to luxury, our stay was rather uncomfortable.

The rooms are tiny, hot and stuffy. No mosquito nets. After repeated enquiries an annoyed employee was finally motivated to spray the room with a bug killer, which was really just a nice intention, considering the gap under the door to the outside and the holes in the mosquito net at the window. We ended up somehow suspending our emergency mosquito net in an precarious setup. As we were the only guests there at the time, we were served the food directly, (and it was rather nice) and so cannot comment on the buffet.

Just like the twin Seronera Wildlife Lodge, no warm water other then for a few hours in the evening and morning (even then it was just a touch warmer then what came out of the cold tap). There was something spooky about the place, probably mostly because we were the only guests there and felt stared at from every corner. Lights were still on outside at about 9 AM, but they switch all power off at night - appalling management.

As a plus, I found it very nice that one of the employees noticed how sick I was and suggested to call the resident nurse (I did not expect something like that out there in the wilderness), who turned up soon at our door, and after listening to my complaints produced a bottle of green stuff, free of charge, that really helped with my cough. Thanks for that.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Paris, France
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

We stayed 1 night at this lodge during our safari. The views are fantastic, we were able to see a great sunset. We enjoyed resting at the pool deck and watching the animals. The room was clean, a bit hot at night. The food was average but the drinks were good.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

Rooms were recently renovated and comfortable. Food was good. Pool, sunrise and sunset were very scenic. Many animals nearby. Service was good.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

Got a surprise upgrade to this lodge during our safari, and it lived up to its reputation. Views of the Serengeti from anywhere in the lodge are amazing, especially from the pool deck. Meals in the restaurant area were really great - wish we could have stayed for more than just one night. Definitely recommend as the first choice for anyone heading into the Northern Serengeti.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

Really did like the location, it's in the northernly part of the serengeti, and you can see wildlife just outside your windows. Unfortunately it was a bit difficult to get things done here though. We were given a room with 2 single beds, and when asked to be moved it took quite some time. The door nobs kept on falling off, and when we asked for the 2 bottles of water that was in the first room by default, it took quite a few questions, and time before sorted...If I had known it was going to be so difficult to get a bottle of water which was meant to be included with the room I wouldn't have bothered. Other than this the place had pretty good food, and the sunset watch point was fabolous.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

The location is just awesome! The lodge apparently has been renovated within the last one year, so everything was new and refreshing. But I would recommnend this place just for the Serengeti view. The food was good and service was good too. thei view point was just terrific.

By the way, I have to also say how great our safari operator was. We booked through Naipenda Safaris and they took care of everything (airport pick up/drop off, food, lodge bookings, guide and vehicle). Our guide, Chris, was absolutely great and so was the customer service rep of Naipenda safaris.

Room Tip: all rooms were great - we had 3 rooms. anyway we spent most of our time out of the room - in the vie...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reston, Virginia
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

The Lobo Wildlife Lodge is a recently privatized lodge built by the Tanzanian government in the late 60s. It's been well maintained, but like all properties of that age, it will soon be due for a refresh.

The lodge sits atop a large rock outcropping which offers spectacular views from all angles. One special feature is the lodge's swimming pool, which isn't lined with tiles, but instead is a pool of water built into the rock itself. The terrace surrounding the pool has a great view of a valley below and a top notch bar. Be sure to climb the rocks above the pool to see the sunrise and sunset.

For my taste, the lodge was too large with too many people. But unlike other lodges run by the same Indian hotel chain, this one has a very good staff who provided our group very good service. For example, upon arrival late in the evening, the staff greeted us in the lobby with hot, well washcloths which we used to wipe off the Serengeti's dust we accumulated en route in our jeep. At all of our meals, the staff was attentive answering questions about the food and providing coffee and drink refills cheerfully.

The location is what makes this property. You will find yourself amidst the animals. Your guide will take you just a few minutes drive outside of the lodge's gate and you will see every animal you hope to see on your safari. For that reason alone, you should stay here, just know that you will be dealing with a very large property filled to the rim with other guests.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Lobo Wildlife Lodge
Address: Northern Serengeti, Serengeti National Park 2633, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lobo Wildlife Lodge 3*
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 
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