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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge.
  Serengeti Serena Safari L.
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. From Seronera to Serengeti Serena is another 30 to 40 minutes. The lodge is set among hills north-west of Seronera.
The road from Arusha passes Lake Manyaras National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Fly in-guests arrive at the airstrip in Seronera. The transfer to Serengeti Serena is arranged and handled by the lodge. Seronera airstrip is served by a number of scheduled flights from Arusha every day. The flying time to Arusha is one hour.
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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is a fairly large lodge slightly to the north-west of Seronera Valley in central Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The lodge offers very good standard, and is set on a ridge overlooking the savanna.

The lodge has 66 rooms (including one suite and two rooms for disabled guests) in buildings of stone, thatch and wood. Each room has ensuite bathroom and veranda/balcony, air conditioning, satellite television, hairdryer, 230V outlets, and mini bar.

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The room design is the typical Serena style – neat, not overloaded, and with an African touch to materials, patterns and art.

The lodge has restaurant, bar, swimming pool with a view, souvenir shop, massage facilities and conference facilities.

Swimming pool area in Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge.

Towards the Western corridor
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is north-west of Seronera, which is away from the vast open savannas of southern Serengeti and slightly into the woodland areas of the north. Some typical mammal species of the area are giraffe, leopard and impala, but as the landscape isn't homogeneous, but rather a mosaic of different biotopes and vegetation types, close to any Serengeti species may appear. We have seen a wide mix of both predators and herbivores here. The location is fairly central, though, and most parts of the park can be reached during game drives, including the open savannas.

The migration
The location of the lodge is towards the Western corridor and the Grumeti River, where the migration usually passes during June every year. The crocodiles in these parts of the Grumeti are known to be large, thanks to the river crossings of the migrating wildebeest and zebras.

Arrangements and outings
The lodge offers arrangements such as game drives and balloon safaris. The game drives are mainly of interest to guests arriving by air (those arriving by road can do those outings in their own vehicle).

Room interior and exterior.

Seronera Valley
The Seronera Valley is a transition zone between the open grass savanna to the south and the more densely vegetated tree 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, 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 along 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.

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