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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. From Seronera to the lodge is another 45 minutes.
The road from Arusha passes Lake Manyaras National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Fly in-guests arrive at the airstrip in Seronera, from where the transfer 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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Bilila Lodge Kempinski
Serengeti National Park
Bilila Lodge Kempinski is a newly built lodge slightly north of Seronera Valley in central Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The lodge offers very high standard and corresponding pricing.

The lodge has 77 rooms, including suites and five private villas, and is thereby one of the largest in the park. As to design, the lodge is rather a stylish modern hotel fitted with African and safari style details in order to turn the atmosphere towards what you would expect in the bush.

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The rooms have elegant modern interiors, a savanna view, flat screen television, Internet, air conditioning, safe, and mini bar. The higher priced rooms have a private plunge pool.

The lodge has a restaurant, bar, wine cellar, conference facilities for up to 80 people, swimming pool, spa, gym, library, gift shop and medical clinic. The woodland savanna is right outside the lodge, and the eternity pool faces a waterhole where animals come to drink.

Swimming pool area in Bilila Lodge Kempinski.

Woodland savanna
Bilila Lodge Kempinski is north 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. The location is fairly central, though, and most parts of the park can be reached during game drives, including the open savannas. The migration usually passes these parts of the park during June every year.

Dining and bedroom in Bilila Lodge Kempinski.

Seronera Valley
The Seronera Valley, which is a 45-minute drive south of the lodge, 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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