“One of Tanzania’s classiest independent bush lodges, combining luxury and wildlife expertise in lavish quantities”
The cottages are divided into 5 Standard Riverside Cottages and 3 Hillside Suites. All are raised off the ground and open-fronted to allow a view of the river. The principal furnishings in each are massive wooden four-poster beds, plus a set of easy chairs for watching the view. Some rooms are individual cottages, while others are ‘semi-detached’ with an extra shared veranda. Even in these rooms though, the design is such that there’s no problem with privacy - each is completely screened from view by the bush along the river. The Hillside Suites have the additional benefits of a private lounge with sumptuous sofas, and plunge pools set on their outside deck. Perched higher on the hill, they have awesome views and that bit more privacy, so they're ideal for honeymooners.
The huge bathrooms have no bath, but rock cascading waterfall showers, a flush toilet and plentiful hot water. Ceiling fans keep the temperature down a bit, but there’s no air-conditioning save for the breeze that blows in through the open front. Cheeky vervet monkeys sometimes scamper along the balcony rail or even venture into the bedroom in search of morning biscuit crumbs, and bats swoop in and out under the roof at twilight.
Breakfast is either a picnic eaten somewhere in the bush during a morning game drive, or a 'Full English', slap-up affair taken later on. Morning tea or coffee with homemade shortbread is served first thing as a wake-up call.
Lunch is fairly light - perhaps a few salads and quiche or cold meat - while dinner is a more substantial 3-course affair. Everything we tried was tasty and imaginative, with extremely fresh produce used throughout. We tucked into a delicious beetroot soup, homemade fresh pasta and a decadent chocolate pudding, accompanied by a few bottles of good wine.
Lunch and dinner tend to be taken communally around the 'Captain's Table', making for a great atmosphere and a lot of interaction with other guests. But if you’re after a romantic dinner a deux, tables can be set up by the swimming pool or in the main dining area (on request).
Children over 8 are welcome and, provided they are robust and interested in wildlife, should have a great time. However only children of 12 years and above are allowed on the walking and fly camping expeditions. An extra bed can be added to the cottages, or children can share their own cottage (enquire about pricing in this instance).
Extra Beds Available