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“Serenity”
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Speke Bay Lodge
Ranked #1 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Mwanza
Mara Region, Tanzania
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Serenity”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Actually, I never stayed overnight in Speke Bay Lodge. Just visited many times on my way to or back from Mwanza. The lodge is situated on the Lake Victoria Speke Bay shore, just a few kilometers from Lamadi village, and a few hundred meters from the main Mwanza-Musoma highway.

The good thing which helps to preserve serenity in the lodge is the barrier some two hundred meters from the lodge itself, preventing cars of nonresidents from reaching the lodge.

The setting of the lodge is very nice, with lots of foliage, thus many lake birds around. The bungalows are simple and nice. The tents with thatched roofs just a usual ones.

The food in the restaurant is good and tasty, nothing to stun me though.

I find the place a bit pricey, especially bungalows b&b, half and full board. Bit too much to my taste.

Other than that, dropping in for a couple of hours, for refreshments and rest - this is the perfect place.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Paris, France
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed here in September for 1 night, in 1 one of the lodges. The place is absolutely fabulous. The lodges (houses) either have an amazing view over Lake Victoria or over the savannah. Lodges are spacious enough for 2 people with a double bed, very modern bathroom, desk, and huge closets which function as saves as well (handy to store your camera!). The Dutch people who run the place are very friendly and always willing to help. Food was good: breakfast or lunch is at the terrace outside (or inside in the resto if you prefer), while dinner is in the restaurant. For lunch, you have a choice of main dish. Lunch and breakfast always consists of 3 courses: soup, main dish and a dessert. All staff were really friendly and the lodge can organise som fun activities for you as well. We visited a fishermen's village closeby with one of the local people. Interesting, poor, but interesting to see. Additionally, they organise birding tracks or rides and other fun things to do. Very comfy place to relax after or before your safari.

Room Tip: If possible or affordable, take a lodge with a view of the lake. STUNNING! Otherwise, a lodge with a...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Torrance, California
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2012

The lake view bungalow is very nice, because all facilities are using solar power, there are few hours in the day has no power supply. The back yard is big can see many birds. The food is just ok, or everything else is good.

Room Tip: choose the lake view bungalow, remember few hours in the day has no power supply
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Jiji Z
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Stayed for 2 days as part of a safari tour. The location is stunning and the view from our lodge over Lake Victoria was beautiful.The lodge itself was more basic than we had become used to but maybe that was due the previous high standards at Sopa and Serena lodges. It was nice to sit out on the veranda and watch the birds monitor lizard and crocodile, we also went on a bird watching walk led by George (barman) and in less than 2 hours saw 50 species!
The only disappointment was the food, there were only 2 choices at each meal and the quality of each we had was very poor and not up to the standard we had come to expect (this was despite the efforts of our waiter Adam who tried his best but this could not disguise poor quality and presentation)
Overall nice location pity about the food

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2012

Our family stayed just one night in 3 of the beach front lodges, if we had known just how good this place was we would have stayed more. The location is stunning, the buildings are just right, well appointed with excellent bathrooms and beds, with amazing views. The meals where outstanding, the bar well stocked and staff friendly and efficient.
We took the boat trip to the village and this was authentic and a real eye opener.
The bird life around the lodge was worth the stay and to top it off a Fish Eagle was nesting in a large tree right outside the restaurant.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Markoko
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Gold Coast
Level 6 Contributor
510 reviews
122 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2012

This lodge is built in the style of Tanzanian huts with thatched peaked roof but interestingly, at least in the rooms, the ceiling is made of either aluminium or galvanised iron. It is located on the shores of Lake Victoria that can have various moods but the place is secluded and very peaceful. One can walk around the deserted shores of Lake Victoria and watch all kinds of birds from the deck outside most lodges. They also have tented accommodation which is not on the lakes' shores. The rooms are very spacious with possibility of more than a couple in the room with upstairs "children's" beds. They use a generator as well as solar power. The dining menu is limited and there is no buffet. Breakfast, limited choice of food and drinks, can be had on the deck overlooking the lake. The manager is from netherlands and speaks extremely well and is very knowledgeable. Take lots of mosquito repellant, you will need it.

Room Tip: If you can afford it go for a lodge as the tents are not on the lake's shore
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Eaa1947
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Tanzania
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2012

We stayed in the tented lodges and were comfortable. We were the only people staying in that part so it wasn't too difficult to share the showers and toilets.

I was most impressed with the service and friendliness of the workers. I introduced myself to one worker, Adam, who remembered my name as well as the names of other members of our family he met. It was definitely appreciated.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Speke Bay Lodge
Address: Spekes Bay, Mwanza, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Mwanza Region > Mwanza
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Ranked #1 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Mwanza
Number of rooms: 8

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