Mwiba is the newest luxury lodge in Tanzania to set tongues wagging – it has been painstakingly built with such beautiful clean lines, soft and warm modern interiors mixed with a hint of the vintage and with love for this area that one cannot fail to be enchanted. But it is not the extreme luxury and exclusivity of the lodge which makes this place so special, but the area it is in. Maswa Conservancy has so much more to offer than the normal Serengeti safari can – as it is private you can firstly explore whichever way you like, and at whatever time you like. The conservancy itself has everything from escarpments overlooking Lake Eyasi, Hadza tribal hunting experiences, cave man paintings, rivers, springs, plains and much more – there truly are too many safari experiences to mention at this amazing place, all of which are authentic and feel very wild, despite the very luxurious lodge.
Directly in front of the lodge a spring feeds a natural waterhole and this attracts large herds of elephant and buffalo every day during the dry season (Jul-Oct) – it is heaven to sit and watch it all unfold in front of you from the seat of your luxury poolside spot. The conservancy has excellent game viewing thanks to the Friedkin Conservation Fund’s anti poaching team who operate two helicopters daily, and have arrested a few poachers on the outskirts of the reserve in recent years. The wildlife here is growing at a rapid rate (much faster than normal) and it is believed it is due to the rigid anti poaching team at Mwiba. They have also seen black rhino from the air although none of the guides have managed to catch sight of them – the fact these amazing animals who have been so heavily persecuted by poachers are living secretly across the Serengeti gives great hope.
Here the safari guides go out of their way to make sure you experience everything you like – sun downers are a special affair as the lack of light pollution here means the stars come out in force after the sun disappears and the rolling hills make for dramatic and colourful sunsets. Here the game viewing is as much about the big things as the small things, but the annual return of the migration between November and March usually results in fantastic big cat action and a lot of drama.
The food at the lodge is second to none with the chefs being able to accommodate absolutely anything you like – they really are amazing and have moved with the times to provide healthy but delicious food to their many high profile guests. All of the staff from guide to waiters at Mwiba are professional yet charming and cannot do enough for you. You will be utterly spoilt and will never regret a few days spent at this magical and warm place, which will certainly steal your heart and have you wanting to return right away. The Serengeti with no people and abundant game – what more could you want.