From February 24-28, 2013, we had the good fortune to stay at Serengeti Simba Lodge, just 20 minutes outside Serengeti NP - a lovely drive across the plain on the usual bumpy roads, wild animals all along the way, and up a hill (kopje) to the lodge. I don't think it is farther away than other hotels in the park, as there's always alot of driving, and it depends on where the animals are. The main lodge and swimming pool incorporate the rocks of the kopje, adding to the charm of the place. There are views all around out across the Serengeti. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The lovely permanent tents, with solid floors, are scattered around the hillside, each with a deck, comfortable bed, full bathroom with tub and an outdoor shower. We loved showering outdoors (total privacy) with the sound of the birds. Electricity is available 24 hours a day and is solar powered - we appreciated all of the lodge's efforts to be green. The staff was so helpful and friendly, one of the best in all the years of traveling we have done. We were grateful to be treated with such care and attention to detail. They do everything possible to make one's stay comfortable. The food in the dining room was very good as well as the service. Anderson and his staff prepare wonderful meals and are very accomodating to guests with special diet requests. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would recommend it for those who want a very comfortable but more authentic experience on the Sergengeti, not an American luxury hotel experience. We stayed at very nice lodges and tented camps all through our tour, and this was one of our favorites. We would love to have the opportunity to stay there again. Thank you, Serengeti Simba Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located outside Serengeti National Park’s Ikoma Gate with endless views across the plains. Built of local materials and using solar power and hot water in the rooms, this lodge is unique to the area. Reception, lounge, bar and dining incorporate a natural rocky outcropping (kopje) into the design. Fifteen creatively designed large canvas rondavels reveal the romance of a tent with the security of a permanent structure. Each bathroom has an outdoor stone shower. Family rooms are in a ‘stone house’ with equally impressive views. ... more less
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