Serengeti Simba Lodge, aptly named after the Swahili word for lion, embodies the spirit of the majestic king of the jungle. Perched atop a hill, our lodge offers uninterrupted panoramas of the vast Serengeti plains. It’s a sight that will leave you spellbound and connect you with the untamed beauty of Africa.
As our esteemed guest, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Serengeti Migration. Twice a year, millions of ungulates embark on their epic journey through the Serengeti ecosystem, passing by our lodge in June-July and October. Prepare to be captivated by the sight of lion, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, elephant, and more, all roaming freely in their natural habitat.
As a leading lodge in the Serengeti region, we pride ourselves on providing an exceptional experience that will leave you in awe. With our unparalleled hospitality, breathtaking views, and a myriad of activities to choose from, Serengeti Simba Lodge is your gateway to an extraordinary journey.
At Serengeti Simba Lodge, we understand the importance of a restful retreat after an exhilarating day of exploration. Our accommodation options are designed to provide both luxury and comfort, ensuring you have a rejuvenating haven to return to.
Our fifteen uniquely designed “tents” are a harmonious blend of romance and permanence. Built on solid stone foundations with thatched roofs, these canvas marvels offer the security of a permanent structure while retaining the enchantment of a tent. Each tent features an attached concrete bath and an outdoor stone shower, allowing you to indulge in a truly immersive experience with nature. Wake up to the breathtaking vistas of the Serengeti and embrace the tranquility that surrounds you.
For families or larger groups, our Stone House offers six spacious rooms with two twin, two queen, and two family rooms. From Stone House, you can savor panoramic views of the Serengeti savannah and the distant Grumeti River. It’s an ideal setting to create lasting memories with your loved ones.
Every en-suite tent and room provides a magnificent view of the Serengeti, showcasing either a glorious sunrise or a captivating sunset. Adorned with local fabrics and handcrafted wooden furniture, our accommodations exude an authentic African charm. Complete with mosquito nets, full amenities, and solar power, we ensure your utmost comfort while minimizing our impact on the environment.
Serengeti Simba Lodge is located in the heart of the renowned Serengeti National Park, in Tanzania, East Africa. The lodge is situated in a prime location that allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife of the Serengeti. Surrounded by vast plains, acacia trees, and abundant wildlife, the lodge offers an authentic African safari experience. From the lodge, guests can easily access the park’s various game drive routes and witness the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebras. The Serengeti’s central location also makes it convenient for exploring other nearby attractions, such as the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
Indulge your taste buds with a culinary journey that celebrates the rich flavors of Africa. At Serengeti Simba Lodge, we take pride in serving continental cuisine prepared with the finest local ingredients. Our emphasis on healthy options, including an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, ensures a delightful dining experience.
Wake up to a sumptuous breakfast buffet featuring homemade granola, a selection of fresh fruits, pancakes or muffins, made-to-order oatmeal and eggs, and an assortment of delectable spreads. Enjoy your morning meal while taking in the sweeping views of the Serengeti.
For dinner, delight in our four-course buffet that tantalizes your senses. Begin with a vegetarian-based soup, followed by a refreshing salad. The main course offers a choice of fish, beef, chicken, pork, or a vegetarian protein option. Accompanying the main course are a variety of side dishes inspired by local flavors, such as plantains, yams, and lentils. End your culinary adventure with a delectable dessert that highlights the best of African ingredients, such as tropical fruits and rich chocolates.
At Serengeti Simba Lodge, we offer a wide range of activities to ensure you make the most of your time in this extraordinary wilderness:
- Game Drives: Embark on thrilling game drives led by experienced guides who possess an intimate knowledge of the Serengeti. Witness the incredible diversity of wildlife as you explore the vast plains and track the movements of the iconic Big Five.
- Balloon Safaris: Experience the Serengeti from a unique perspective as you soar above the savannah in a hot air balloon. Marvel at the sunrise and the stunning landscapes below, while spotting wildlife from above.
- Nature Walks: Immerse yourself in the smaller wonders of the Serengeti with guided nature walks. Learn about the fascinating flora and fauna, and gain a deeper appreciation for the intricate ecosystems that exist within this untamed wilderness.
- Cultural Experiences: Engage with the local Maasai community and learn about their rich cultural heritage. Visit a Maasai village, witness traditional dances, and have the opportunity to purchase authentic handicrafts as souvenirs.
- Photography: For photography enthusiasts, the Serengeti offers endless opportunities to capture stunning images of wildlife, landscapes, and breathtaking sunsets. Join our photography guides who will provide tips and assistance to help you capture the perfect shot.
Here are some of the amenities offered at Serengeti Simba Lodge:
- Accommodations: The lodge provides comfortable and well-appointed canvas rondavels with thatch roofs. The rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, and spacious beds to ensure a pleasant stay.
- Restaurant: Serengeti Simba Lodge has a restaurant that serves delicious meals prepared with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Guests can enjoy a variety of culinary delights, including both international and local dishes.
- Bar: The lodge features a bar where guests can relax and unwind while enjoying a wide selection of beverages, including soft drinks, cocktails, spirits, and wines. The bar offers a cozy atmosphere and panoramic views of the Serengeti.
- Infinity Pool: Serengeti Simba Lodge boasts a stunning infinity pool where guests can take a refreshing swim or simply relax by the poolside. The pool overlooks the vast Serengeti plains, providing a picturesque setting to enjoy the African wilderness.
- Wi-Fi: Complimentary wireless internet access is available in the common areas of the lodge. Guests can stay connected and share their experiences with friends and family, although the internet connection may be limited or slower due to the lodge’s remote location.
- Game Drives: The lodge organizes game drives in the nearby Serengeti National Park and the surrounding wildlife management areas. Experienced guides lead the drives, offering guests the chance to spot a wide variety of wildlife, including the famous Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo).
- Cultural Experiences: Serengeti Simba Lodge provides cultural experiences, such as performances by the Simba Dance Troupe. Guests can witness traditional dances and learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Ikoma tribe.
- Viewing Deck: The lodge has a spacious viewing deck that offers panoramic views of the Serengeti plains. Guests can relax on comfortable seating while enjoying breathtaking sunsets and observing wildlife in their natural habitat.
- Laundry Service: A laundry service is available at the lodge, allowing guests to have their clothes cleaned and refreshed during their stay.
- Gift Shop: Serengeti Simba Lodge has a gift shop where guests can purchase souvenirs, local handicrafts, and other items to remember their safari experience.
Conservation and Sustainability: Preserving the Serengeti
At Serengeti Simba Lodge, we are committed to protecting the environment and supporting local communities. We have implemented various sustainable practices, such as solar power usage, water conservation initiatives, and responsible waste management.
Furthermore, a portion of our proceeds goes towards conservation efforts aimed at preserving the Serengeti’s fragile ecosystem. By choosing to stay with us, you contribute directly to the conservation of this iconic African wilderness.
Getting to Serengeti Simba Lodge is an exciting journey that allows you to witness the beauty of Tanzania’s landscapes. There are two main ways to reach the lodge: by air and by road.
By Air: The most convenient and time-efficient way to reach Serengeti Simba Lodge is by flying into one of the nearby airstrips. Several airlines offer scheduled flights from major airports in Tanzania, such as Kilimanjaro International Airport and Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, to Seronera Airstrip or Lobo Airstrip, which are closest to the lodge.
Once you arrive at the airstrip, a representative from Serengeti Simba Lodge will be there to warmly welcome you and transfer you to the lodge. The transfer usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour, during which you can already start enjoying the scenic beauty of the Serengeti.
By Road: For those who prefer a more adventurous and scenic journey, traveling to Serengeti Simba Lodge by road is an excellent option. The lodge can be reached by driving through the Serengeti National Park’s designated entry points, such as the Ikoma Gate or Seronera Gate.
To access the Ikoma Gate, which is closer to the lodge, you can take a road trip from Arusha or Mwanza. The drive offers stunning views of Tanzania’s landscapes and allows you to soak in the beauty of the surrounding areas. From the Ikoma Gate, it is a short drive to Serengeti Simba Lodge, where you will be greeted with warm hospitality.
It’s important to note that driving through the Serengeti requires a 4×4 vehicle and a valid park entry permit. The roads within the park can be rough and bumpy, but the experience of a self-drive safari is truly rewarding.
Whether you choose to fly or drive, Serengeti Simba Lodge will ensure that your arrival and departure are seamless and comfortable. The lodge’s staff will assist you every step of the way, making sure that your journey to this enchanting destination is as memorable as your stay at the lodge itself.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the best time to visit Serengeti Simba Lodge?
A: Serengeti Simba Lodge is a year-round destination, offering unique experiences in every season. However, the best time to visit depends on your preferences. If you want to witness the great wildebeest migration, which is a remarkable wildlife spectacle, the months of June to October are ideal. During this time, millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other ungulates migrate across the Serengeti plains, providing incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. If you prefer a quieter and more intimate experience, the months of January to March offer fewer crowds and lush green landscapes.
Q: What types of accommodations are available at Serengeti Simba Lodge?
A: Serengeti Simba Lodge offers a range of accommodations to suit different preferences and group sizes. The lodge features creatively designed canvas rondavels, which provide the romance of a tent combined with the comfort of a permanent structure. These tents are built on solid stone foundations, with thatch roofs, en-suite bathrooms, and outdoor showers. Additionally, there are family rooms available in the Stone House, which offer stunning views of the Serengeti and can accommodate larger groups.
Q: Are children welcome at Serengeti Simba Lodge?
A: Yes, children over the age of six are welcome at Serengeti Simba Lodge. However, it’s important to note that children under the age of thirteen must share a room with an adult who is 17 years or older. The lodge also has two large family rooms in the Stone House, which are suitable for families with children. Serengeti Simba Lodge provides a family-friendly environment, allowing children to experience the wonders of the African wilderness while under their parents’ supervision.
Q: Is there internet access available at the lodge?
A: Yes, Serengeti Simba Lodge offers free wireless internet access in the inside common areas. This allows guests to stay connected and share their incredible experiences with friends and family back home. However, please keep in mind that due to the lodge’s remote location, the internet connection may be limited or slower compared to urban areas.
Q: What activities can guests enjoy during their stay at Serengeti Simba Lodge?
A: Serengeti Simba Lodge offers a range of activities to enhance your safari experience. Guests can embark on thrilling game drives in the nearby Serengeti National Park or the surrounding Ikona Wildlife Management Area. These game drives provide opportunities to spot a diverse array of wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, and more. Night game drives are also available during the dry seasons, allowing guests to witness nocturnal animals in their natural habitat.
Additionally, guests can relax and cool off in the lodge’s infinity pool, which offers breathtaking views of the Serengeti plains. Cultural experiences are also offered, such as performances by the Simba Dance Troupe, who showcase traditional dances from the Ikoma tribe. The lodge’s common areas, including the bar, dining room, and viewing deck, provide ample space for relaxation and enjoying the stunning panoramas.
Q: How does Serengeti Simba Lodge contribute to the local community?
A: Serengeti Simba Lodge is committed to making a positive impact on the surrounding community, specifically the people of the Ikoma tribe. The lodge provides vital employment opportunities to the local community, contributing to their economic well-being. Additionally, a bed night fee is paid to the local village council, which helps fund development projects that benefit the community as a whole. By supporting Serengeti Simba Lodge, guests indirectly contribute to the upliftment and sustainable development of the local community.