Waterhole – Africa’s Animal Oasis with Chris Packham

December 2nd 2020  |   Miscellaneous, Unique Experiences  |  by   Richard Smith
Waterhole – Africa’s Animal Oasis with Chris Packham

We were delighted to receive the news from Mwiba Lodge in Tanzania this week that guests are once again enjoying this superb place. Francis, who visited last year, refers to it as, ‘quite wonderful, in a beautiful setting, properly remote and wild, and a fascinating contrast to the Serengeti . The food was off the clock! It’s a great place to finish a safari.’

Mwiba Lodge suite

Luxury tented safari suite at Mwiba Lodge

If you want to find out a bit more about the local wildlife, tune in to BBC2 at 9pm on Friday night for Waterhole – Africa’s Animal Oasis, the first of three episodes filmed around a purpose built waterhole and hide at the lodge. Billed as an African Spring Watch, presenters Chris Packham and Ella Al-Shamahi watch the action captured on weatherproof cameras designed to catch all the animal goings on. It’s a fascinating glimpse into wildlife hierarchy and of who feels safe to drink when, with most of the prey species braving the midday sun when the big cats are snoozing in the shade.

Mwiba Lodge cheetah

Cheetah close to Mwiba Lodge

As Francis found, there’s plenty to enjoy on Mwiba’s 50,000 hectare reserve just off the southern tip of the Serengeti. The landscape of rugged rocky hills is punctuated by granite kopjes, giant candelabra euphorbia, numerous springs, watercourses and varied woodland. The wildlife viewing, as the BBC2 Waterhole team experienced, is excellent and can be enjoyed via a mix of walks and drives. It’s culturally interesting too, with the local Hadzabe and Datoga people (if they’re in the area) offering an insight into their traditional tribal life in this remote part of Tanzania on guided bush walks.

Guided walks with local tribes offer a fascinating insight into life in this rugged part of Tanzania

Mwiba Lodge itself is glorious. Just ten beautifully designed tented suites, each positioned to make the most of the spectacular views, are elegantly furnished and supremely comfortable. There’s a pool, main lodge with plenty of airy living space, a spa and extensive wine cellar.

Mwiba Lodge lounge

Plenty of space to relax in the lounge

The even better news, if you’re inspired to visit the setting of BBC2’s Waterhole – Africa’s Animal Oasis, we can offer a 25% discount on a seven or ten night Tanzania safari including Mwiba Lodge.  If you would like more information please give us a call, or drop us an email and  we’ll respond as quickly as we can – usually on the same day.  We very much look forward to talking to you.

For those who need more convincing than the offer above, there is more information on the area and the lodge in a blog we published soon after Francis travelled through the Serengeti and visited Mwiba Lodge: Secret Serengeti article


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