Sitting high up on a hill, with 360° panoramic views of the magnificence that is Serengeti, it’s the terrific location of this friendly lodge that is the main draw. Add in the great wildlife, lovely chalets and suites, rim-flow swimming pool and tasty food and you have a great place to stay.
We love the views from this place. Mbalageti is perched up on Mwamyeni Hill, overlooking the endless Serengeti Plains and the Mbalageti River. It’s a prime viewing spot for Serengeti’s Western Corridor, along which vast herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra – and following predators – travel around June. But the resident game can still be good here, so you’ll still have an great experience whenever you visit.
We really like the lovely tented chalets, which give the real African safari experience feel – but with proper bathrooms with freestanding slipper bathtubs. And the luxury/family suites are just fab!
The central restaurant/bar area is great, but as Mbalageti can accommodate up to 80 guests, the communal areas can lack the intimate feel of smaller lodges. However, the friendly staff, good food and value for money Mbalageti offers go a long way to making up for that.
It’s a good place for families, with a beautiful rim-flow swimming pool and free childminding services. But it’s also great for couples who want to tuck themselves away in a tented suite and enjoy the romance that is a Serengeti safari.
Whilst we tend to prefer smaller camps on the whole, this is a larger camp that we actually like, and happily recommend.
Times to Go
This is a year-round destination, however the migration passes through some time around mid-May to mid-July, so this is peak time for this lodge. April and May are the long rains, so most people tend to avoid this time.
Mbalageti Serengeti highlights
- Incredible panoramic Serengeti views
- Perfect for the Migration around mid-May to mid-July
- Large lodge with a pool and spa
- Good family option
Mbalageti Serengeti location
- 14 standard (budget) Lodge rooms
- 24 tented chalets
- 5 Family/executive suites
- Open June to March
- Children of all ages are welcome
- Swimming pool
- Spa area
- Laundry services (extra charge)
- 1 tented chalet has been adapted for disabled guests
- Morning and afternoon game drives
- Walking safaris
- Sundowners on the plains
- Balloon safaris
- Bush breakfasts and dinners
Mbalageti Serengeti rooms
Standard lodge rooms
These 14 rather basic standard rooms are in a block building, so you don’t get the feeling of being off in your own little world on safari. They’re located some 500m from the main building/restaurant, which some people fine that bit too far. However, they are nicely decorated and comfortable, if a little small, and would make a functional budget option if you just needed to crash out for the night. Double and twins are available. All have en-suite bathrooms with showers, and have their own verandahs.
The 24 very comfortable, spacious tented chalets are split into two groups of 12, each group spaced out on either side of the main building, giving privacy to the guests. One group is on the sunrise side of the hill, the other on the sunset side and they all have great views of the Serengeti plains. They’re actually semi-tented, with one wall built of local rock. Décor is classic bush style, with four-poster beds and traditional fabric throws, and the en-suite bathrooms have both showers and elegant, freestanding bathtubs. An added touch of luxury with some of the chalets is the open air bathtub on the deck – so you can immerse yourself in warm, bubbly water as the wildlife drama of Serengeti unfolds on the plains.
This is the highest quality option for Mbalageti, with each suite having 2 bedrooms, one with king-size bed, the other with twin beds. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom and each suite has a TV lounge and dining area, and a very large deck with bathtub, to make the most of those outstanding views.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Even during the building stages, environmental concerns at Mbalageti have been paramount. For example, any bush or tree that might have been destroyed by construction was relocated instead, and the build schedule was dictated by the seasonal availability of sustainable materials.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.