Rift Safari
Travelling along the Rift Valley:
Mbalageti Lodge

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  • Mbalageti lodge 32/34 SPA
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Mbalageti is a relatively large size lodge located in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park on top of the Mwanweni Hill overlooking the Dutwa Plain. This sector of Serengeti become a prime location in May and June when the migration should be passing through, and cross the Grumeti River, moving from central Serengeti toward its northern sector.

The lodge is about 1 hr far from Kirawira where crossings usually occur which means that early morning game drives to the river coming back for breakfast to the lodge are not convenient. When staying at Mbalageti we would rather suggest to eventually return for lunch or spend the whole day out with pic nic lunch. It must also be said that assisting to crossings is more a matter of luck than the rule and that, since most of vehicles will concentrate near the river banks, game driving in these plains could be a rewarding experience. They support a good deal of resident wildlife including buffalos, elephants, impala, giraffe, topi antelopes, waterbuck, lions and cheetahs. Early morning game drives coming back to the lodge for breakfast can be carried out nearby the lodge.

Mbalageti consists of 40 rooms most of which are tented chalets, then come some standard rooms all located in a single block and finally two tented suites. Standard rooms are the cheapest option and are in fact quite small. They have a double bed or two twin beds and en suite bathroom with shower. They can sleep max 2 people. The higher specification tented chalets are larger and have both a shower and a bathtub, some of them also feature a bathtubs in the veranda. Most of them sleep max 2 people but a few can accommodateup tp three guests provided that at least one of the three is 13 years or younger. The suites have two bedrooms [a double and a twin], lounge and dining area with television and mini bar, open-air bathtub. They can sleep up to 4 adults.

Electricity is supplied by generator from 5:30 to 10:00 and from 15:00 to 23:00; hot water from solar pannels.

The lodge finally comprises a welcome centre hosting the reception, the tea garden and board room [internet service available free of charge]. The main buiding hosts the restaurant, the lounge and the bar, a gift shop, the SPA, the swimming pool and a fire place deck.

In order to reach the camp you will cross by 4x4 the Mbalageti River. Should the river be in flood you will walk through a flying bridge and a vehicle of the camp will collect you on the other bank.

INDICATIVE RATES 2013 per night per person in double

from 01/01 to 07/01 and
from 01/06 to 31/08 and
from 21/12 to 31/12

$ 185 per night per person [standard room]
$ 323 per night per person [tented chalets]
$ 419 per night per person [suite]
from 07/01 to 31/03 and
from 01/09 to 31/10 and
from 01/12 to 20/12
$ 173 per night per person [standard room]
$ 246 per night per person [tented chalets]
$ 371 per night per person [suite]
from 01/04 to 31/05 and
from 01/11 to 30/11
$ 190 per night per person [tented chalets]
$ 275 per night per person [suite]
Children 3 - 5 not allowed
Children 6 - 12 sharing with 1 or 2 adults 50% of the adult rate
Children 6 - 12 in own room 1st child pays full adult rate 2nd and 3rd child pays 50%

Rates include: 3 meals a day, tea and coffee with cake if staying in standard rooms and tented chalet - 3 meals a day, tea and coffee with cake, selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, butler service and mini bar if staying in suite.

Above rates do not include other costs associated to the trip such as for instance park entry fees, land or air transfers, game drives and any discounts that may apply in relation to the duration of the safari or to the travel period which will be automatically applied to quotations submitted.