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 (220240 V) is available in all rooms, but the generator is switched
off in the middle of days and nights.
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.
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 23 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.
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.
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.