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Everything about this is perfect
I can't praise this place highly enough. From the way there, to the location itself, the views, people who work there, food, accommodation etc etc, all top notch. Very unique experience, hope more people get to enjoy it.
COMPLETE WILD EXPERIENCE
Highlight of our stay in Tanzania Beautiful hotel, attentive service, from the way our driver Francis received us at the airstrip to the services provided at the hotel. Stock up on the insect repellant due to tsetse flies. Very serene and you wake up to the sounds of nature and hippos in the nearby river. You may spot the hyrax, bushbaby, baboons, crocodiles and hippos in the hotel. Last night in the lodge the chef surprised us with the local dishes: such a lovely gesture! Food was good and I 💯 % recommend the lodge for your stay.
Excellence in every aspect
We visited Selous reserve after completing our Northern national parks Circuit. In the north we stayed at Serena/Sopa lodges at all national parks. The Serena Mivumo Lodge was different than any of the northern lodges we stayed in. How so? Let's start with the "room." It was more than a room - it was huge. A king size bed with large open spaces and a small seating area that included a comfortable chaise longue and a comfortable chair along with a small table. In another area, a desk and plenty of storage space in the room. The room was air conditioned and had a small fridge. The bathroom was large - two sinks and a bathtub/shower combo. The large balcony overlooking the Rufiji River had two chairs, small table, a whirl pool, el fresco shower and two sun lounge chairs with another table and umbrella. There are 12 "rooms" (I was told) - so the lodge feels exclusive and personal. November is not high season - so we pretty much had the lodge to ourselves. On the first night there were two other guests (on a travel agent familiarization trip) and us. On the second night - just us and on the third night - us and one other couple. Service - from the moment we arrived and were met and welcomed with refreshing towels and glasses of juice till we departed service was efficient and extremely responsive in every aspect. Our house keeper was friendly and went out of his way to be helpful and make our stay very comfortable. In the dining room - we had two different servers for our breakfasts, and one of them was our dinner server (and bar tender for sun-downers). Meal service was right on - comparable to what you'd expect in an upscale restaurant. No detail too small - from cutlery to placing and serving plated food. Breakfast and dinner were a la carte and basically western foods. Everything was well prepared and served at the appropriate temperature and requested preparation/doneness. We certainly enjoyed our excellent meals, but I think more local food options would be appreciated by some of the guests. The dining area and adjacent bar/lounge/library area are small but certainly not in confining way and in the right proportion for the number of guest rooms. The lounge ambiance and decor makes it a great spot to enjoy a beverage along with a bowl of warm cashew as the sun sets over the Rufiji. WiFi did not consistently work during our stay. But then again, we literally were in the middle of the proverbial "nowhere." (Note: The lodge did not have a check in/lobby area. We were taken directly to our room and were asked to bring the registration form to the restaurant when we were ready. Settling the final bill also took place at the restaurant as we finished up our final dinner) Everything from the helpful staff, great room, balcony views and location overlooking the Rufij makes this lodge a place to be on the top of anyone's list for lodges in Selous.
As this was our first safari experience, I wanted to pick somewhere that was also comfortable. Serena Mivumo River Lodge proved exactly that and more. Our room was large with a huge comfy bed, and provided the opportunity to see and hear animals from our verandah. Open-air showers a real nice touch. The whole experience was truly serene and we really felt at one with the animals - the boat safari (close ups of hippos and crocs) and the jeep safari. We smelt the elephants before we saw them. A family of five on the edge of the trees. Francis, our guide, thought too that he could smell lion. And sure enough, we came across two lion brothers simply lounging under a tree. I am still amazed at how close we were to them (less than 15ft away although of course we stayed in the jeep). I've heard others say that the Serengeti can be frenetic with 15 jeeps circling one pride of lions. I'm sure we didn't see as many animals in Selous but it felt natural and respectful. No constant drama or kills as a documentary might have you believe. Just animals co-existing and going about daily life. Giraffe, zebra, impala and buffalo looking at us inquisitively from the bush before turning away. We certainly felt like a welcome part of their community. A special note to anyone who has a dietary requirement. My husband is a coeliac and the lodge went out of their way to cater for him. Would highly recommend Serena for anyone looking for comfortable accommodation and a natural safari experience.
Five star in all respects
A beautiful hotel with wonderful staff. The rooms are fantastic - not to mention the outdoor shower! The food was excellent and the staff could not have been more helpful. Well organised safaris, both river and 4x4, with knowledgeable guides. I have no hesitation in recommending.
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