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Getting there
Seronera is situated 6–8 hours' drive from Arusha (or 330 km/205 mi), the first 2.5 hours on good tarmac road, followed by poor dirt road. The road passes Lake Manyaras National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
The lodge is situated a few minutes' drive from Seronera airstrip, which is served by a number of scheduled flights from Arusha every day. The flying time to Arusha is one hour.
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Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Serengeti National Park
Seronera Wildlife Lodge in Seronera Valley in central Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was one of the first lodges built in Serengeti. The nearby Seronera River may be the best game viewing area in the park, and the central location allows for day trips to any part of Serengeti. This lodge has a better general location than any other lodge or camp in the park.

Seronera Wildlife Lodge is a tourist class lodge, built in one- and two-storey buildings around a kopje. All 75 rooms have private bathrooms, and face the surrounding bush. Doors and windows should be kept closed, not only to prevent monkeys from entering, searching for food; hyaenas and hippos are regularly seen around the lodge, as are sometimes lions and other animals.

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The observation terrace at Seronera Wildlife Lodge at dusk.

The lodge has spacious restaurants and bars, and a nice observation terrace facing the savanna to the west, perfect for sundowners. Impalas, mongoose and giraffes are often seen here during the days, while patient and quiet observers may catch a glimpse of a serval, genet, civet or porcupine at night.

Safe deposit, luggage room, phone and fax are available in the reception, where you can also turn to see the local nurse or arrange a baby sitter. A small shop sells postcards, souvenirs and toiletries.

Electricity (220–240 V) is available in all rooms, but the generator is switched off in the middle of days and nights.

Water issue
The supply of water in bathrooms has been deteriorating since 2005. Then, hot baths were possible. During the season late 2007/early 2008, there was just a trickle of water, in some rooms no water at all, at those times when many lodge guests used water, i.e. in mornings and evenings.

Now, in june 2008, a couple of new bores have been completed, and the water supply upgraded to cater for both bathrooms and the new swimming pool.

Seronera Wildlife Lodge is built around a kopje.

Seronera Valley
The Seronera Valley is a transition zone between the open grass savanna to the south and the more densely vegetated woodland and shrub savanna to the north. Such transition zones are generally good areas for game viewing, as they can support a wider span of species. Seronera is no exception. The nearby Seronera River is a permanent source of drinking water for the animals, never drying out, and one more type of habitat for birds, mammals and reptiles, for example hippos and crocodiles. Elephants and herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra come here to drink.

Good for leopards
The river is bordered by large trees, among these yellow-barked acacias and sausage trees, which is a habitat favoured by vervet monkeys and leopards, while reed beds attract reedbucks. Leopards are regularly observed here, either by the Seronera River itself, or by its tributaries.

Hartebeest and topis, two fairly large antelopes, are often seen in the grassland of the southern parts of Seronera, while impalas prefer the more densely vegetated north. A good 2–3 hour game drive route for cats follows the Seronera River southwards, and continues to Maasai Kopjes, a grassland area dotted with kopjes. Lions, leopards, cheetahs and servals may be seen.

The migration, usually staying in the Serengeti from December to June, can sometimes be seen in the Seronera Valley, depending on rainfall and grazing conditions. When it's staying elsewhere, you can probably reach it in a day trip.

Dwarf mongoose, the smallest mammal carnivore in Africa, often seen at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.

Wildlife around the lodge
Seronera Wildlife Lodge is built around a copy, which means the lodge area itself is a good habitat for hyrax, mongoose and agama lizards. These are all harmless to you, so you can enjoy their presence without worrying. Vervet monkeys and baboons are often seen on the lodge roofs, and you should keep them out of your room, and away from your lunch box, as they are often on the lookout for a free meal.

Grazers and browsers, such as impalas, buffalos and waterbucks, can be seen in the bush surrounding the lodge, and using a flashlight at night, you may spot genets or hippos. A clan of hyaenas lives in the area around Seronera Wildlife Lodge, and individuals can often be seen passing in the dark. Hyaenas are heard calling most nights, lions not as often but frequently, and both are occasionally seen.

 
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