The rooms are partially tents with raised wooden floors and the bathrooms are fully rocked. The shower was very good, the room was clean and spacious enough. The front porch was nice in the evenings or for a quick break before setting out on the 2/3 mile hike to the main lodge or the even further hike to the restaurant.
The wifi does not reach the rooms, but honestly, it's pretty good at the welcome center and it's amazing that there is even any this far out in the Serengeti. No cell phone signals reach out here. If you are texting with a cell, you'll have to wait until you reach the end of the 45 minute long driveway to get any signal. But that's not a bad thing, really. :)
The food was very good for the most part. I wish I had known if the fresh fruits and vegetables were prepared with sterilized water. Not knowing (and I didn't think to ask), I avoided them, which was sad, because they looked excellent. It was all good, but the grilled meat we had on our last night was the best meat we had there. Delicious!
There was a family of 29 there with 16 kids so we never got a chance to get in the pool when things were quiet. The view from the pool and the deck of the restaurant was excellent, though.
Be prepared to be expected to tip your escorts before and after daylight hours. We didn't realize that would be the case and had no cash on us for the first young man who kept us safe from the after dark wildlife. No one told us how much was expected so we treated it like a tip for a porter and gave $1USD for a trip to the restaurant and $2USD for a trip to our chalet since it was soooo far out.
I might stay in a slightly more centrally located place if I went back, but I can't say anything too bad about the drive out. It was like having a game drive start as soon as you left the main grounds of the camp.
This is close enough for a day trip to Lake Victoria and I'd recommend that if you want to see a fishing village and experience some local life. A short break in game drives that is well worth it. It does cost money, though, so ask your guide how much. It may well vary depending on
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