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Speke Bay Lodge
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

Stayed here in the "middle" of a Safari in Mid May. Pluses were, the location which is beautiful right on the Lakeside. The gardens and the birds are lovely, the service was excellent and we were made very welcome, the breakfast provided on the terrace in front of our lodge was excellent and a nice touch. The visit to the Fishing village was also very good and there was no real hassle there to buy anything which was nice. The power goes off at night BUT when I pointed out that my wife required power for her machine for Sleep apnea the manager was there within the hour with a small portable appliance that ensured power all night which was brilliant.There were a couple of small "blemishes" the lodges are quite dark and smell musty but that was made up for by the position. The other was the food at dinner which was not all that good as it was a set meal as there were only 3 units occupied so there was no choice.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank WELLANDITE
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

This is such a peaceful location on the shore of Lake Victoria. The units are spacious, private and comfortable. The bird-viewing within the trees and grasslands is good but then at dusk you are treated to the spectacular sight of hundreds of egrets, ibis etc coming home to roost on the nearby islands. As there were only two units occupied, there was no buffet dinner available - so a simple choice of dishes on offer - food was OK, but not special. Enjoyed a canoe trip on the lake to nearby village. A relaxing place.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

After 7 days on safari this was a great relaxing break on our schedule. The lodge sits on the shores of Lake Victoria and is a smaller establishment when compared to the much larger Lodges on our tour. The units were standalone, shaped into traditional round, thatched roofed huts with private deck facing the Lake. As such we ordered breakfast to be served on our deck, as did the other two couples in our group, and this was a real luxury. The one staff who served did such a tremendous job. The units were very cozy, the maintenance/serving staff were mainly from the nearby fishing village and were extremely pleasant. The Lodge supports the community through staff employment and also contributes to the infrastructure of the village - I was glad to see this. The surrounding park is a bird watcher's paradise, the Lake is murky and contains parasites so swimming is not advised. This truly was a wonderful experience and the rating of 'average' is merely based on comparison to the more luxurious lodges at which we stayed.

Room Tip: Room facing the Lake with private deck
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank g0bananas
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

One of the places you must visit before you die. Set on the shore of Lake Victoria it is as peaceful a place as you can imagine. Built by the Dutch the posh rooms all overlook the lake with amazing views, the rooms themselves are amazing and waking up and throwing open the doors to listen to the lapping water is heaven.

Food was amazing and we sat out next to the sandy beach. With only 8 lodges it is personal and very friendly.

There are a few camping style tents but they have no view so make sure your in a lodge, oh and watch out for the croc, the one we saw was the first they had seen in 8 years.

Room Tip: Pick any room, there are only about 8 and they are all fantastic with views to die for.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Thank depicus
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

The small, intimate resort is the perfect escape from Mwanza or a great place to stop after a Serengeti Safari. Each of the 8 rooms is a private bungalow with comfortable bed and mosquito net. Breakfast (included in the rate) is served on the patio of your private bungalow. Dinner (also included in the rate) is served in the elegant dining room. The staff is pleasant and helpful and can arrange bicycle tours or a canoe trip to a local Sukuma fishing village (highly recommended for a true African experience). Our service dog was welcomed with open arms!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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