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Bilila Lodge Kempinski (Central)
Exclusive Lodging (Pricing between $400 - $800 per person)
The Bilila Lodge Kempinski is a brand new lodge, set in the centre of the Serengeti National Park close to Seronera.

With 74 rooms it is a large international-style hotel and is beautifully and stylishly put together, with lots of high quality fittings from South Africa. It is the closest that you will get to a five star hotel in the Serengeti.

The main facilities include a comfortable lounge and bar furnished with huge sofas and armchairs. There is a vast indoor dining area and restaurant serving international cuisine prepared in an open kitchen, and also an outside deck with tables and chairs. The infinity swimming pool has plenty of sun loungers dotted around it where you can sunbathe and look out across the Serengeti plains at the same time.

You will also find a gym with numerous machines and weights, a game room which is home to an antique billiards table and a variety of board games including chess and backgammon. There is a relaxing library and a beautiful wine cellar which stocks a vast array of South African wines. A shop sells high quality curios and wandering through the art gallery is a fun way to spend half an hour.

Wooden walkways raised off the ground lead you between the main areas and Bilila's 74 bedrooms. These include Deluxe rooms, Club rooms, Corner suites, one Presidential suite and two Family villas. They are all spacious, and the suites are some of the largest rooms in the Serengeti. Each is decorated with local artworks and textures, so you do have some sense of your location but they remain quite minimalist and very smart.

Each room has an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, satellite TV and radio, a DVD player, hair-dryer, a mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, high speed internet access, and a private teak deck with a telescope for game viewing. In addition, the suites and the two Family villas have their own private plunge pool, offering great panoramic views over the Serengeti plains.
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Mbuzi Mawe Camp (Central)
Luxury Lodging (Pricing between $190 - $300 per person)
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp lies at the epicenter of the Serengeti within easy reach of the prime wildlife theatres of Lobo, the Western Corridor of the Grumeti River, the southern grass plains, the Seronera Valley and the kopjes, or inselbergs, Gol, Barafu, Maasai, Loliondo, Simba and Moru.

Accommodation comprises 16 luxurious, very spacious tents, each with 24-hour generator electricity, constant hot water, ensuite bathroom, dressing area, two double four-poster beds and a verandah with a double sun bed. The central lounge features a generous tented seating area opening on to a broad granite terrace with views over the Serengeti. There is also a cocktail bar, a stylish boutique and dining tent.

Cleverly located on one of the main annual migration corridors for over one million wildebeest, half a million zebras and gazelles, and their accompanying cast of predators, both of these tented camps enjoy a ringside seat for one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth - the annual migration.

Activities here at Mbuzi Mawe include daily game drives where with the aid of your guide you will have the opportunity to experience and appreciate first hand the harshness and beauty of this area. Balloon flights and sundowner cocktails can be arranged.
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Serengeti Kati Kati Lodge (Central)
Standard Lodging (Pricing between $90 - $190 per person)
Kati Kati Camp is located in central Serengeti in northern Tanzania.

With 20 tents this is relatively large for a mobile camp. It tends to operate Dec/Mar and Jun/Oct, with guests being able to book in and out on a shared basis as they would a conventional lodge.

As with all mobile camps, the exact location is determined by the parks authorities, but Kati Kati Camp is generally located away from the core busy areas but within easy access of the best gameviewing.

Two to three nights is the usual stay duration, with the second full day providing the chance to venture further afield should the game have wandered.
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Sanctuary Kusini (South)
Exclusive Lodging (Pricing between $400 - $800 per person)
Kusini is located in the South Central area of the Serengeti National Park. Part of Kusini's charm is its remote and private location within the park borders offering exceptional and essentially private game viewing. Serengeti is home to the great Wildebeest migration, and the short grass plains around Kusini provide the perfect setting for the wildebeest as they mass around the area in the early months of each year.

Accommodation is offered in twelve double tents which are scattered around the main Kopje. Each tent is attended by a personal butler and has en-suite facilities with hot and cold running water. Private verandahs with comfortable furnishings extend in front of each unit. The dining area, lounge and library are housed in the main area, which affords spectacular views from its wooden deck and the adjacent kopje.

The park, and the area around Kusini in particular, is noted for its lion and cheetah populations and excellent leopard sightings. Sites such as the nearby Moru Kopjes are also renowned for good resident game, particularly cats, all year round. The woodland area fringing the short grass plains, where Kusini is located, also has high sightings of resident game including rarer species such as klipspringer in addition to some incredible bird-life.

The famous wildebeest migration is usually present in area around Kusini Camp from around January and April. The season between January and March greets the arrival of newborn zebra and wildebeest calves.
Ndutu Lodge (South)
Luxury Lodging (Pricing between $190 - $300 per person)
Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the South-eastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem. Shaded by majestic acacia trees, each of the thirty four cottages, which are built of local materials, has a private verandah facing Lake Ndutu. The Lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs which encourage a host of birds and mammals to come right to your front door. Tucked well away from the busy tourist circuit, Ndutu offers peace and tranquillity far from the madding crowd.
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Lake Masek (South)
Luxury Lodging (Pricing between $190 - $300 per person)
Lake Masek Tented Camp is located in the southwestern sector of Serengeti national park in northwest Tanzania.

Set on a rise overlooking the easterly of the two saline lakes in the Ndutu area, this permanent camp is a reasonably stylish creation of wood, thatch and canvas, fitted out to relatively high levels of comfort and facility.

The main building is approached from the rear, with comfortable lounge and dining areas leading out onto a nice raised deck area with splendid views out over the lake.

The twenty tented rooms are set out amongst the light acacia cover, raised up on decks, each equipped with comfortable beds, phone, shower and freestanding bath.

Lake Masek Tented Camp is a good mid-priced option in this attractive Ndutu area.
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Lobo Wildlife Lodge (North)
Standard Lodging (Pricing between $90 - $190 per person)
Lobo Wildlife Lodge was first built in 1968 and was run by the government until two years ago. The old-fashioned, stone structure of the building has effectively remained unchanged since being under new management. The lodge has been built in and around the volcanic rocks of the distinctive Lobo Kopje, in the northern Serengeti. It's a mixture of jumbled, rounded rocks – some boulders the size of a hand, others the size of a small tower block.

Lobo Wildlife Lodge is one of few lodges in the Serengeti National Park to have really excellent views – and there are several viewpoints here where you can watch the sun rising and setting, and get a really amazing view over this undulating corner of the northern Serengeti.

Lobo Wildlife Lodge is a large lodge, with 75 rooms. All of these are fairly monotonously placed in a number of square, box-like adjoining blocks. The layout of Lobo Lodge means that all of the rooms are directly next to one another and down long, white painted corridors which are often open on one side.
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Serengeti Mara Camp (North)
Luxury Lodging (Pricing between $190 - $300 per person)
Nestled on a ridge of acacia trees and with an unrivalled and uninterrupted vista of the Serengeti's long-grass plains and Maasai Mara National Park, Serengeti Mara Camp is a picture-perfect destination. Being the only camp in the Lamai Wedge, it's a private, intimate and truly unspoilt wilderness. Sleeping under canvas beneath the enormous starlit Lamai night sky is guaranteed to be truly special experience.

The camp consists of six luxurious and stylish walk-in tents, all with en suite toilets and showers. Guests enjoy an authentic camping experience within a totally wild environment without sacrificing any of the comforts of home. A larger tent provides the living space for dining and relaxing, with tables and chairs, sofas and a well-stocked reference library.
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Serengeti Bushtops (North)
Exclusive Lodging (Pricing between $400 - $800 per person)
Serengeti Bushtops is located in the north west of Serengeti National Park, just 25 km from the Mara River and directly on the path of the main migration route.

A wonderful location, a great venue and a fantastic experience with a combination of superb food and drink, luxurious accommodation, and staff who are determined to match and exceed every expectation makes this a truly special venue.

Under Serengeti Bushtops canvas lies the finest in seductive luxury and twelve of the largest, most luxurious tents imaginable. Each tent faces the sunset and is open on three sides, giving you an extraordinary panoramic view of nature’s living masterpiece.

A massive 110sqm open-sided living area creates an overwhelming sense of space. With Serengeti Bushtops welcoming anyone aged seven or over, two children’s beds can be added to any tent on request, complementing a substantial Comfort bed. One extra bed can be added for a third adult sharing a double tent. Bedecked with beautiful wooden flooring each tent’s lavish facilities include an en-suite shower area, large private terrace, a hot tub, writing desk, your own telescope for game viewing, 24-hour butler service, a dining table (if you prefer to eat privately), and massages in your tent whenever you wish.

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Mbalageti Tented Lodge (West)
Luxury Lodging (Pricing between $190 - $300 per person)
Mbalageti is located in a prime area for exceptional year round wildlife viewing and a multitude of game drive options. Due to its central location, Mbalageti can be used as a base to explore the West Serengeti, Central Serengeti or East Serengeti. With its pristine location, unparalleled service, and timeless luxury, Mbalageti is one of the most special properties in all of Tanzania. We are sure that your stay here will make priceless memories that you will cherish for years to come.

Mbalageti Tented Lodge, also referred to as Mbalageti Serengeti, offers exceptional luxury accommodations in a secluded location half way down the western corridor of the Serengeti. Expect to be impressed, pampered, and inspired by this Lodge's natural beauty, sophisticated luxury, and pristine surroundings. Mbalageti has cemented itself as a shining star of the Serengeti. Four years of construction and a "spare no expensive" attitude, combined with a top safari-lodge design team, has created a truly remarkable property.

Mbalageti is perched on the crest of Mwamnevi Hill and offers panoramic views of the Mbalageti River Valley and Dutwa Plains below. This remote slice of the Serengeti is incredibly isolated, stunningly beautiful, and allows for a unique 'off the beaten path' safari experience. T he Lodge is named for the seasonal Mbalageti River that winds through a fold of plains and hills that stretches from the Southern Serengeti plains, past the Lodge, and eventually into Lake Victoria. This river forms a natural corridor that the wildebeest and zebra migration follow each year, putting Mbalageti Tented Lodge right in the middle of their thundering path!

The organic furnishings of the Lodge are purposefully and soulfully designed to blend in inconspicuously with the surrounding environment. In these efforts to fuse with nature, luxury is not compromised but rather enhanced. A blend of natural stone and gnarled timber turn common living areas into a delightful extension of the natural world. Thatched canopies offer sunshade over open-air ambience. Splashes of vivid color, eccentric décor, and warm smiles from the staff ensure that nothing about this Lodge is pretentious, but rather aimed for comfort and delight.
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Kirawira Tented Lodge (West)
Exclusive Lodging (Pricing between $400 - $800 per person)
If you are looking for seclusion, luxury and the ultimate in fine service - all located in one of the most remote areas of the Serengeti - Kirawira Tented Lodge is an experience not to be missed! Hemmed in by the dense Acacia groves that envelope the banks of the Grumeti River, Kirawira's lofty location on a hilltop offers sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding woodlands.

Weary travelers are graciously greeted at the door with a hot towel and a cold refreshing drink by one of the attentive staff. The mahogany bar, lounge and dining tents are draped in khaki and canvas, allowing you to experience Africa's unique sights and sounds in open air ambience long after you've parked the land cruiser. The dining is exquisite, the wine list is long and white glove service leaves nothing to be desired. Close your day and contemplate the magic of Africa while you lounge in the refreshing blue pool. Or enjoy an evening sundowner on your own private veranda as banners of pink and gold stream over the evening sky.

As night envelopes the camp, bask in the warmth of a blazing campfire under a dancing canopy of stars. Once you are back at your own private tent, stretch out in your comfortable bed and allow the natural rhythms of the African night gently hum you to sleep. You may choose to sleep in, or pre-arrange to have the staff wake you bright and early with steaming hot coffee and delicious muffins delivered to your balcony.

Although there is plenty of resident wildlife to witness all year long, Kirawira offers especially splendid game viewing from May through mid July during the northward wildebeest migration. During the northward migration, Kirawira boasts a front seat to the thunderous theatre that is the million-strong wildebeest migration. Additionally, throughout the entire dry season (May to November), the surrounding area offers great wildlife viewing for resident animals including giraffe, elephant, lion, hyena, impala, topi, crocodile, hippo and several species of primates including the beautiful black and white colobus monkey (this species is only found in the Western Serengeti). Kirawira can also make a great spot in November when a portion of the southward migration may pass through the area especially if the onset of the rains is delayed. During November, some of the migratory wildebeest and zebra accumulate in the Western Serengeti before making their final southward leap to the southern Serengeti Plains.
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