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Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Dallas, Texas
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20 reviews
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“Lodge”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stayed at this lodge for 1 nite while on safari in the serengeti. The rooms are small & beds firm. Bathroom is clean & adequate. There is no ac, but it isn't really necessary. You can open your windows, they are screened. The electricity is shut off at different hours of the day, esp. at nite. Hot water is only available certain hrs. of the day. The lodge runs on generators. Not sure why they haven't embraced solar energy. The pool is odd, very deep & difficult to get into, & very cold, not really safe for children. There is a wonderful observation deck that you can see out over the serengeti for miles. That evening, an elephant came by & ripped a tree down to munch on. Also great for sunsets/sunrises. The food is the same typical fare at all the lodges we stayed at on safari; some kind of tough stewed beef/chicken, rice, vegetable, soup, dessert, salad, coffee, teas. We got tired of the same food every nite. Breakfast was a little better, but not sure why they are always serving "beans & weenies" at breakfast all over Tanzania. The lodge is built into a rock formation. Very interesting. Lots of baboons & hyrex hanging around. Be careful of the monkeys; they'll take your stuff if you leave it unattended. The lounge areas are very nice & well appointed. The same type trio of musicians play the same tune over & over again. Would be nice if they would vary it from time to time. Overall, a nice respite from a bumpy day on safari. A hot tub would be a nice addition; solar powered, of course!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights during our safari. The location is very beautiful in the middle of Serengeti and thus you can quickly go on a safari at any time. The deck is really lovely overlooking the plain, but very strange there are no seatings so you can only stand on the deck.
Our room was rather old, but the bed was alright.
We arrived rather late from our safari and therefore did not reach the restaurant from the beginning. The restaurant was very crowdy and there was no table for us, so we had to wait for the second serving (a buffet), which could have been alright if there had been enough food. We complained to the head servant who could not care less. We had the same experience the second day.
The lunch packet was rather poor, but the second day we went back for a hot lunch which was our best experience, since the number of guests was limited.
Sonja and Steen Stensgaard
Denmark

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

We stayed three nights at this lodge, in main part due to the location, which is indeed perfect and no other lodge is as well-located. This lodge has so much potential, it is a shame that it is run so poorly. We really didn't mind the squeaky floors (we were thankfully on the 2nd floor, however...I think it would have been more annoying to have those squeaks above us.) The thin walls, the low water pressure, the old towels ...all that I could overlook, I've stayed in much worse. The food was fine. But...the lack of mosquito nets was an issue, as there are open drains all over the property and this was the one place where there were a LOT of mosquitoes. All of our party got many bites there. Also, the pool, which is built into the rocks, has no filtration during mid-day when the electric is off; its really murky and uninviting and at one point we saw baboons drinking from it. Not appealing to swim; and there is absolutely no shade (no umbrellas around the chairs) so there is really no place to cool off and relax during mid-day between game drives. The three "shop" spaces (gift ship, exercise room, internet room) were all locked up and signs said "opening soon" but from reading these reviews those signs have been there for many months...we really didn't care about those places but it just made the hotel feel like it was half-abandoned. The public space lounge/bar area was comfortable, and the resident rock hyraxes were fun. There was even an elephant munching on the trees out front one morning. But if I am in this area again I'd endeavor to stay somewhere else, unless there is new management.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Lexington, Kentucky
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26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

I spent 4 fairly miserable days in this lodge. In the first room, no water for the shower...you could turn the faucet handle forever and not one drop would come out. Telephone didn't work, electrical outlets didn't work...moved to another room, telephone not working...third room, seemed okay but no hot water until 6:00PM (every day). Consequently, when returning from a game drive, I had to wash my hands in cold water, take a cold shower. Shower is overstated because there was basically a few trickles of water coming from the shower head.However, the WORST experience was how my guide and driver were disrespected! When management finally consented to allow these young men to take their meals with us, we were charged $80 per meal for our guide and driver. Never happened at any other lodge, camp or hotel. The accommodations for our guide and driver were totally inadequate. They were forced to find other lodging in order to shower and sleep. We were completely appalled by the way native Tanzanians were treated. The wood floors were full of loose boards....squeak,squeak,squeak with EVERY step. I recommend that if you plan a safari choose other lodging and make it clear to your safari company that you do not want to stay at the Seronera Wildlife Lodge or any of the lodges owned by this individual/company. I would highly recommend that you chose accommodations (when possible) owned and operated by native Tanzanians. Also would like to mention that when we were having our meals with our guide and driver, the manager came to the dining room and "glared" at us while we were eating. They (guide and driver) were the only native Tanzanian people in the dining room with the exception of the staff ....cleaning tables,etc.

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Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights and liked our stay. We were very worried about coming since the other reviews on Trip Advisor are mostly very bad. Luckily it wasn’t like the reviews would want you to believe.
Rooms
The rooms are just fine, not big but you do not spent much time there anyway. You have a bed, desk and little sitting area and a bathroom. At night you can open the ventilation in the window and it will be nice and cool. There are mosquito nets in front of this window so the insects will be kept out. The floors do squeak so I would recommend you to ask for a room on the 1st floor as we did. For showering there is no pressure during the busy hours and we didn’t have any water one night between 6:30-7:30. So we showered after dinner and that was much better, lots of pressure and good temperature. After that we always showered after dinner. So we suggest you do the same and you will be fine. The rooms are a bit noisy especially if people pass by in the evening and are loud you can hear every word they say.
Food
The food was very nice, can’t complain about that. There was enough for everyone and lots of choice. Do come early since the big groups tent to take all the seats and there not enough chairs for all the guests to eat at once.
Staff
Most of the staff members are very friendly and will do their best to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The lady at the reception was very rude though and should be stationed somewhere else since she is clearly not suitable for the job. Luckily her collogue is very friendly and makes up for the rudeness.
Location
The hotel is built on the kopjes and has a wonderful view of the surrounding plains. These kopjes are the home of many hyraxes, beautiful agama lizards and several birds. You are in the middle of all the action and that is where you want to be. We saw lots of different animals like giraffe’s, gazelle, topi’s, elephants, hippo’s, lots of birds, lions and even several leopards!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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245 reviews
108 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

The Lodge is perfectly located for exploring the National Park and, as such, ideal. It is constructed around a massive kopje, inhabited by hyraxes and mongooses, and monkeys and baboons which means you can never open the windows. I did once, a crack, inorder to take a photograph and a vervet monkey was immediately trying to get it. The bar is huge, with mock rock paintings on the huge stones and the restaurant below it gives great views over the surrounding plains. The watchpoint behind the swimming pool does that too. The food was pretty average - it was a buffet, some things were excellent, others not so good, and the service adequate. Reception was not so good. Our room was directly above reception, quite small, with an adequate bathroom. It was off-putting to listen to the boards squeaking and the conversations of other guests as one used the bathroom which was alongside the walkway. It was worse when woken at 4.00 a.m. by loud-talking Americans wheeling their suitcases whilst on their way to their balloon flights - but you cannot blame the Lodge for inconsiderate people.
So, great location, adequate public areas, compact rooms but in need of a make-over.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

Been at this place 3 times in past 3 years. The quality keeps declining. Seems new manager from last two times is the problem. Buffets are terrible for what you pay to stay. Warmed over left overs of the day before. Very unappetizing in appearance & taste. Rooms are hot, old and the floors are very creaky. If you have to stay here get the upper floor. Customer service is poor. Not good for anyone with disabilities, all stairs, long walks. Great location, unique setting in the rocks but needs a major make over and new management. I won't stay there again.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Address: Central Serengeti, Serengeti National Park 2633, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #80 of 115 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Seronera Wildlife Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seronera Wildlife Lodge is artfully constructed round a rocky outcrop from glass and wood elements, perfectly blending into its surrounding; next to the lodge, several waterholes attract day and night the most amazing animals, providing a unique opportunity for a close encounter with the so called Big Five. The Lodge is only 5 minutes far from the departing point of the hot - air balloon safaris, which offer a thrilling birds-eye wildlife perspective of the vast plains of the Serengeti. ... more   less 
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