Standing high on the banks of the slow, brown Rufiji River, with glorious views down to the plunging torrents of Stiegler's Gorge, the Mivumo River Lodge offers just twelve luxurious rooms, each of which is housed in a timbered chalet with private viewing deck and plunge pool. Traditionally thatched, with high vaulted ceilings and picture windows, each room features an engaging mix of classic safari antiques and ultra-modern leather and rattan styled furniture. Softly lit and breeze-cooled, the lodge offers the ultimate escape to one of the world's last undiscovered wilderness frontiers. Overlooking the Rufiji River, the spacious central dining room, lounge, library and bar each have their own spacious timber and thatched chalets, which are interconnected by broad wooden walkways offering excellent views of the hippos and elephants of the riverbank. High on the river bank is a spectacular ‘infinity' pool and sundeck.
The Lodge is in the Selous National Reserve, which is 45 minute's flight from Dar es Salaam International Airport. A meet and greet service is offered from Stiegler's Airstrip, which is just a half-hour's game drive away from the lodge.
This exclusive river lodge offers 12 luxurious rooms. Widely spaced amongst the indigenous forest to provide solitude for guests, each is accommodated in its own wildwood chalet, whose brushwood thatched roof is high vaulted to allow maximum play of light and breeze. Slightly raised on sprung wooden floors, each room features a charming mix of Edwardian crystal chandeliers, marble basins, classic safari antiques and subtly understated modern leather and rattan furniture. The spacious and opulent country-house-inspired bathrooms also feature an exterior shower with wilderness views. Each room has its own extensive private sun-deck, loungers, intimate plunge-pool, and river views.
Slightly raised on timber decks above the famous Rufiji River, the open-sided dining room offers a selection of exclusive seating areas, an elegant library, a charming lounge and a safari bar. All overlook the river with uninterrupted views of the hippos, elephants and crocodiles that congregate on its banks. Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices. In typical safari style, we offer a ‘full English Breakfast' as well as European options while our lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian options. Our table d'hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of our meat and dairy products, as well as our fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the reserve.
Mivumo River Lodge is perfectly located to offer a vast collection of activities for all types of interests. Here you can venture out on one of the spectacular game drives around the stunning Selous Game Reserve for some unforgettable game viewing in almost completely isolated surroundings. The park hosts the largest concentration of elephants in the world, and catching a glimpse of ‘The Big Five’ native to this region leaves a lingering sense of exhilarating delirium. The Lodge also offers boating safaris down the Rufiji River, a special place you will find bursting at the seams with wildlife. Gentle nature trails around the Lodge in the company of the Lodge’s resident naturalist offers a welcoming change of pace for a more relaxed visit, as do the ‘Maisha’ health, beauty, and wellness facilities and infinity pool. Mealtimes can be anything but ordinary; here you can have a full safari breakfast cooked in the bush, or perhaps have intimate bush dinners overlooking the river.
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