We had booked our safari as part of the Thomson/First Choice package hence had no choice of lodges. (Plus we had changes to elements of the itinerary at the last minute). Our third stay was two nights at the Serengeti Simba. I would really love to agree with previous reviews but I can’t. Probably our reaction on arrival was coloured by the fact our driver/guide got lost and we were driving along just visible tracks only being directed by lights on the hill the Lodge is on, plus Tsetse flies were enjoying our presence which didn’t help (you are in a tsetse fly area by the way). The Lodge is quite a drive from the park entrance. The driver had turned off at a Serengeti Simba sign on the ‘main’ road, be warned and go along through the village before turning left! Access is by a steep rutted track. We also found the access to our ‘room’ difficult and were very worried that hubby might trip. At night you are guided by an escort with torch and spear! Hubby also mentioned that the rails at the edge of the veranda and quite weak and some of the veranda floor slats were wonkey. We had booked our holiday stating that we needed two beds. All the other Lodges and hotel had got such a room ready. Not the Serengeti Simba. They said they had been told two doubles (we were two couples). Give them their due they quickly put in a proper single bed complete with mosquito net. The rooms are clean and well kept with a bath (such luxury) and an outside shower which the other couple said was amazing. As in our previous Lodge the lighting was dim especially in the bedroom and dining area. Our torches were in our bags which locked with a coded lock, I could only just see to open them. The views from the Lodge are stunning, you look right over the plains to the mountains. It was lovely to sit outside with a drink and look over the landscape for miles. We were all surprised that we weren’t offered any choice for dinner. Luckily we all liked what we were given. I guess you could probably ask for an alternative. Breakfast was good with elements of a cooked breakfast cooked as and when required. Staff were friendly but their English was a little limited. The other couple had thought of using the pool but on looking decided if they did would only go in to the waist due to some algae, so didn’t bother. The Lodge has some very interesting design features both in the 'rooms' and main building. The Lodge has a wonderful setting but may not be the best place for older people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located outside Serengeti National Park’s Ikoma Gate with endless views across the plains. Built of local materials and using solar power and hot water in the rooms, this lodge is unique to the area. Reception, lounge, bar and dining incorporate a natural rocky outcropping (kopje) into the design. Fifteen creatively designed large canvas rondavels reveal the romance of a tent with the security of a permanent structure. Each bathroom has an outdoor stone shower. Family rooms are in a ‘stone house’ with equally impressive views. ... more less
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