Lobo Wildlife Lodge

Situated in the northern Serengeti and built amongst the distinctive Lobo Kopje, Lobo Wildlife Lodge was originally constructed in 1968 and was government run until it was bequeathed to the national parks service by the late President Nyerere. The lodge has been built in and around the volcanic rocks.

The layout of Lobo Wildlife Lodge is fairly monotonous, with the rooms being set next door to each other off a long white corridor. The 75 rooms are a bit small with high ceilings and are decorated in a no nonsense style with white stone walls, twin beds and stainless steel light fittings. The en suite bathrooms are, like the rooms, simple and practical with a flush toilet. Each room does, however, have big glass windows and a tiny terrace which comes in useful if you are lucky enough to have a room with a view.

The dining room serves buffet meals which are simple, if a little uninspiring and there is also a bar for drinks. The view from the terrace is spectacular as the lodge is in a fabulous location. The staff however are helpful and friendly.

The swimming pool is set in a stunning location overlooking the plains from a height but like the rest of the lodge, is in need of a little TLC.

Despite the uninspired, simple accommodation here, the real star of the show is the scenery and the wildlife. Lobo Kopje is a very photogenic corner of the Serengeti – with huge granite kopjes rising out of undulating plains. It also has excellent resident game such as lion, buffalo, elephant and plenty of plains game. The great migration passes on its way south between October and November. Because the lodge is so far north it is very quiet in this part of the Serengeti and you can often go a whole day only seeing a couple of other vehicles.

Lobo Wildlife Lodge is ideal if you are on a strict budget and don’t mind a fairly basic lodge offering basic food.

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