Mwiba – Secret Serengeti

December 16th 2019  |   Tanzania  |  by   Francis Naumann
Mwiba - Secret Serengeti

Everyone has heard of the Serengeti National Park, some of Earth’s most fertile grassland, and its immense herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra. It’s no surprise that visitors flock to see this astonishing spectacle which can make the neighbourhood seem rather congested with vehicles.

Amazing wildlife sightings from Mwiba Lodge. C. Scott Ramsay

In contrast, Mwiba Private Wildlife Reserve has 50,000 hectares of wonderful wilderness, sandwiched between the southern tip of the Serengeti and the remote escarpment above Lake Eyasi, one of the soda lakes of the Great Rift Valley. This beautiful country is also excellent wildlife habitat – rugged, hilly, rocky, and riven with streams and rivers. The numerous springs on Mwiba’s reserve sustain a healthy population of elephant, buffalo, kudu, eland, giraffe, and predators too. Trees are abundant, varied and dramatic, especially the bizarre candelabra euphorbia that cling to the boulders and hillsides, remaining green when deciduous trees are bare. You’ll only see vehicles belonging to Mwiba Lodge here, and they will only ever join others at a sighting when granted permission.

Mwiba Lodge, tucked sympathetically into its surroundings

Mwiba Lodge, tucked sympathetically into its surroundings

Mwiba Lodge is a spectacular haven in this rugged terrain, beautifully and sympathetically built into its environment, and with wonderful views from every part.  The rooms are huge, luxurious, and very well thought out, and mostly overlooking the natural spring-fed pools below the lodge. With a lovely pool, a gym and a spa, Mwiba is well equipped for all needs, and the food is truly exceptional.

Luxurious accommodation at Mwiba Lodge

Luxurious accommodation at Mwiba Lodge

With day and night drives, wonderful walking safaris, and the possibility of meeting a few of the amazing Hadzabe people, hunter-gatherers who live an ancient traditional lifestyle in this unforgiving region, Mwiba is a superb private destination in a fantastic part of Tanzania.

UPDATE: During December 2020, the reserve around Mwiba Lodge has been featured in the BBC2 documentary Waterhole. For more on that documentary see our latest article: Waterhole – Africa’s Animal Oasis with Chris Packham and Ella Al-Shamahi 

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What next?

We would be delighted to help you plan a holiday to Tanzania, or answer any questions if you’re at an earlier stage. Our team of experts have travelled widely throughout Africa. They can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris.  If you would like to talk to someone who has been to Mwiba Lodge, please just send us an email or give us a call.

4 responses to “Mwiba – Secret Serengeti”

  1. Ian/Wendy Bryan says:

    We watched in the uk waterhole Africa’s oasis , on BBC 2 , it was superb tv can’t wait fr the rest of the series

    • Richard Smith says:

      Thanks for your comment. We agree. The number of species visiting the waterhole so soon after it was built was really interesting. We are also looking forward to next Friday evening.

  2. Cathlyn Davidson says:

    Having viewed the BBC film with Chris Packham about your wonderful new waterhole I am interested to have details of your lodge. I have been a frequent visitor to Ruaha and Katavi National Parks
    Cathlyn Davidson

    • Richard Smith says:

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed Waterhole. It certainly warmed a cold December evening.

      I’ve asked one of our team who knows Mwiba and the area to reply to you.

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