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Serena Mivumo River Lodge: the boutique waterside retreat

Stay in a luxury wooden lodge nestled among indigenous forest overlooking the Rufiji River…

By Simon Magaigwa
Camp Manager, Serena Mivumo River Lodge

Stay in a peaceful lodge set on the shores of Tanzania’s biggest river: Rufiji. Mivumo River Lodge is a boutique property with just 12 wood chalets nestled among indigenous forest. Each one has a sun deck that showcases views of the river, with its own plunge pool and outdoor rain shower. The design is a mix of classic Edwardian – think crystal chandeliers, four-poster beds and claw-foot bathtubs – with rustic Makuti ceilings and wooden furnishings. Guests really enjoy the views from the rooms, often you can spot buffalos, hippos and crocodiles down by the water.

We’re surrounded by a dense forest that’s particularly green and lush during rainy season. If you love nature, this is a beautiful place to simply relax and take in the surroundings. You might like to lie by our pool after an early-morning game drive, or perhaps have a massage at the spa. Dining takes place in our restaurant, which is perched on a timber deck overlooking the Rufiji River with all its animals; or we can arrange bush meals so you can dine in the wilderness.

Our private reserve is set right on the edge of Nyerere National Park so you can spend your days exploring on game drives with our experienced driver-guides. Many people don’t realise that Nyerere is four times the size of the Serengeti, so there’s an endless amount to see across different landscapes. You’ll travel in our custom, open-sided safari vehicles which are great for viewing wildlife. All of our friendly guides have been here for years and know where to find the animals. You’re likely to see herds of buffalos, elephants, giraffes, lions, hartebeests and even rare African hunting dogs if you’re lucky.

For a completely new perspective, take a walking safari through our reserve, where a naturalist will point out African plants, as well as insects and animal tracks. Other activities include two-hour river boat safaris where you can see everything from hippos and crocodiles to elephants bathing and lions coming to the bank for a drink. Many guests like to visit the nearby hot springs where you can bathe in warm, sulphurous water surrounded by forest scenery. Of course, the best way to end the day at Mivumo River Lodge is to take a boat to our special sandbank spot for cold sundowners by the water.


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Simon Magaigwa has worked in the tourism industry for over 20 years in various hotel roles. He is now the camp manager at Mivumo River Lodge, where he greets international guests and introduces them to the beauty of Nyerere National Park. For Simon, the best part of his job is interacting with guests from different countries and ensuring that they make incredible memories in Tanzania.
Simon Magaigwa, Camp Manager, Serena Mivumo River Lodge

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