Sitting majestically on top of a kopje, one of the distinct rock formations found across the Serengeti National Park, the new Serengeti Simba Lodge offers a 360 view into the national park and the Grumeti sector and reserves. Located just outside the Ikoma gate, the lodge is built on one of the first wildlife management areas, a new system which is aimed to enable local communities living near or along the border of a park to also benefit from tourism. (see recent article on USAID gives 6 million US Dollars to Conservation) A dozen suites under canvas have been put up, driven by solar panels which provide power and hot water to guests to minimize the lodges carbon footprint, while generous spaces are available for visitors in the public areas.
Even the pool is set in such a way that gameviewing is possible from the cooling water, looking across the wilderness in the surrounding valleys and plains which are filled to the brim with game when the annual migration of the wildebeest and zebras moves through the area, but there is always enough resident game around the lodge to allow tourists tick their list of the must see animals.
The lodge can be reached through their website marketing
More information is on Facebook page via www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=549434645#!/pages/Serengeti-Simba-Lodge/190656567640189 and comments by the early bird guests who stayed at the lodge during the soft opening phase can already be found on TripAdvisor: www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293751-d2166634-Reviews-Serengeti_Simba_Lodge Serengeti_National_Park.html
(Pictures courtesy of Annie Birch, Marketing, Serengeti Simba Lodge)
In a related development it was also learned that Melia Hotels and Resorts, Spains largest hotel group, has very recently opened a new resort on the main Zanzibari island of Unguja, their first property in Tanzania. Located in the North-East of the island the new resort sits reportedly on some 100 acres of ground and more details will be available here in coming weeks when all particulars have been established.