This was our home during our stay at Serengeti and we loved this place the most during our 7 day safari in Tansania.
After two hours of bumpy road we finally took a left to the Lahia Lodge and were greeted by an elephant family. It was like entering our own private park.
The Lahia Lodge is located on a hill where you have a breathtaking 360 degree view on the plains. From there you can just sit back, take your binoculars out and watch the animals.
The lodges are built into a circle around the main building. Our room was huge with an open bathroom and an outdoor shower (how cool is that), a comfortable king sized bed and an area with two chairs and a small table.
The pool is an absolute highlight where we had a spectacular sunset.
The Restaurant has an open roof in the middle it reminds you of a football stadium.
We were the only guests during our stay and we felt like king and queen. The whole staff was extremely nice, the food was a feast and on our last night all staff members lined up to give us a very special “hakuna matata” dance. They made it very hard for us to leave.
It is quite a ride to get there but it is definitely worth the journey and even our guide said he has never seen a better place. It is like a little kingdom in a wonderful nature setting.
We were fortunate to stay at Lahia Lodge with our Ayres Adventure tour. This was Ayres first time staying at Lahia which is a brand new (opened June 2019) camp. We loved it! We arrived to a welcome greeting with beverages and homemade cookies. All the staff came out to greet us, including the owner, Willie. The tents are modern, very spacious and stocked with coffee, tea, cookies and the highest quality bath amenities. ( I need to know where & how I can order them?) Despite a precious negative review on the food; our experience was excellent. We were offered many choices of neats & fish and an abundance of vegetable dishes. Veronica (Chef) took great pride in announcing our evening meal and she is an excellent chef. She also paid attention allergy restrictions and she was there to serve us from breakfast through dinner. The infinity pool is amazing and a welcome relief after a hot morning/afternoon safari and the staff is quick to respond with a libation of your choice. What makes or breaks a hotel, safari camp, etc. is the staff and the staff at Lahia are AMAZING; including the Masai men who walk you to your room after dark. Thank you to each & everyone of you including; Veronica, Eva, David and of course, Willie. May you continue to grow and experience great success with your newest property!
spectacular views, original architecture, generous hospitality (I know that should be self-evident, but it isn't always), lovely staff. Brand new when we visited in July. Top cook - and when you are travelling with a kid that has a lethal allergy that kind of makes or breaks it. The chef went out of her way - not just being accurate about what foods were not ok, but making sure she had proper alternatives or prepared food in a way that suited everyone at the table. love that there are no locks on the outside of the doors to the (huge!) tents. outside shower sala (it is more than a room ;)) is gorgeous with great views
My husband and I arrived at the Seronera airstrip from Masai Mara to find from our tour guide that our original accommodations were overbooked at we were getting moved to Lahia. We were both initially very upset as we had researched a great deal about the other accommodations and knew nothing of Lahia. Boy were we lucky!! Lahia was the highlight of our safari!!
Lahia is set on a hilltop overlooking a plain. Certain times of the year this will be full of wildebeest on migration. The owner was there when we visited at set-up a telescope to view wildlife on the plain. He was extremely friendly and proud to talk about his beautiful new resort which opened the month of our arrival. There is an infinitely pool with a gorgeous deck that overlooks the valley. The sunsets are amazing as you can see the sun setting over distant hills from the westward-facing pool deck and front of the resort. We loved finishing each day of safari with a dip in the pool and a glass of champagne or a gin and tonic poolside. The pool is a bit chilly as it gets so cool overnight there but it was a welcome dip on a hot afternoon.
After our afternoon of relaxing we would move inside to have dinner. The inside dining area is huge!! It’s beautiful with modern decor made to also
Complement the surroundings. It is an octagonal-shaped hut with thatched roof and very high ceilings. The middle of the hut has a large circular opening which allows sunlight in during the day to keep it bright and you can see the stars at night. There are glass doors that line the entire side of the hut that can fully open to allow the breeze during the day and blue closed for dinner. Dinner was incredible. My only complaint is they serve sooo much food. I felt so bad leaving it behind. I hope the leftovers are put to use somehow. Each night they offered 2 meat entrees always with the option of fried fish if you liked it. The meal started off with a soup of the day - we had pumpkin and spinach. Both were amazing. Then there was a salad buffet like none other! There would be 4-5 mixed dishes to choose from - think grilled eggplant, avocado/tomato-cucumber, cabbage, onion/mango/cucumber - with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey mustard, feta, other cheeses and olives to dress it. The fresh veggies were so good that I usually overate this and was full by the time dinner came. The entrees has 2 meats and 4-5 sides served family-style. We had roasted lamb with chutney, roasted chicken, pork chop with some special delightful sauce, and beef goulash. Sides were different each night. Usually 2 veg and 2 starch. All amazing. THANK YOU TO CHEF VERONICA! Dessert was a buffet. I was always too stuffed to eat!! Wine or other cocktails could be accompanied with all meals. We usually had a glass of wine. Our first night we were exhausted from travel - also 2 hours’ drive from seronera (but plenty of wildlife to see along the way) - that we skipped dinner to relax in the tent. The staff actually called our room worried we didn’t come to dinner. They offered to bring anything down to our room. Just incredible! They brought a bottle of wine and some snacks. It was just so thoughtful. Above and beyond service.
For lunch you can stay for hot lunch (return after a short morning game drive) or bring a boxed lunch to allow for a farther game drive. We did both options. The hot lunch is to die for (just like dinner) but we enjoyed more days being able to get further out in the park so packed box lunches. You pick out the items you want in the morning to pack your own box.
The staff are sooooo nice. They will introduce themselves and also greet you by name each day. They work extremely hard while they are there. From early morning to late evening. Each person was so kind and we were thankful to get to know them - David, Eva, Pasco, Veronica. Several very kind Masai work there to provide safety walking to and from the tent at dusk and dawn. It is not safe at any of the lodges to walk around alone at night.
This is long already and I haven’t even gotten to the room yet! The “tents” are gorgeous. They face out to the valley in a circle around the main building. Ours faced the east and we saw amazing sunrises each morning. There is a private deck out toward the valley. There is a private OUTDOOR SHOWER. We loved this!! Felt so good to jump in to wash off the safari dust or go for a quick warm shower with the sun rising. The beds and linens are wonderful. Mosquito netting helpful at night. WiFi actually works in each of the rooms. Key for my husband - a fan at night. Also we kept the canvas side flaps of the tent open at night for the breeze (there are mesh nylon sides too so it is not completely open to the wild). There was a pack of hyenas that came through one night. I thought it was a group of women laughing in the tent next door!!
Huge bathroom area and place to put your bags/clothes behind the bed. A small sitting area inside the tent and a desk. There is a water dispenser inside the tent which was genius. My husband and I each day were astounded at how they were able to provide such incredible amenities in the middle of nowhere.
Literally my only suggestion is that they have lotion available as a toiletry. My skin was soooo dry there and I kept my toilette bag very minimal (regrets!).
Thank you to everyone at Lahia for a memorable stay.
The hilltop setting offers gorgeous views of the sunset and sunrise. We stayed here shortly after it opened, so some minor details were still being worked out. The staff was very warm and friendly, food was good and the pool is beautiful. Our tent for 3 people was spacious, with a beautiful deck. We could hear the wildebeest all around us, it is an incredible location. There are large shelf units for luggage. My only complaint was the bugs. Our first night, we returned from dinner to a room overrun with bugs. Small ones filled the inside of my mosquito netting, large moths were flying around and there were 2 giant stick bugs on the outer bed nets. I called the front desk and they sent someone with a broom, which was no help. There was no way I could sleep in my bed with the inner canopy covered with insects and apparently there were no empty rooms to move us to, so my 2 daughters and I shared the king bed.The next day we cleared out as many of the bugs that were still around as we could and made sure all of the screening was secure and lowered the heavy tent flap over the screen flap. This seemed to help the next night with the small flying insects, but when we went to move the netting around the bed, there was a HUGE spider inside of the net. I tried to capture it and it disappeared. This was not something we wanted to deal with at 9:30 PM after a long day of safari and an early wake up call the next day. Again, I called the front desk and eventually they sent our amazing safari guide to the rescue. He quickly found and cleared the spider along with a few other large insects. The outdoor shower was very nice and we enjoyed it, but an indoor option would be nice, again, to avoid the bugs. I know, this is the Serengeti and we are there for the wildlife, but this was excessive and disruptive and was not an issue whatsoever in the other 2 Tanganyika properties we enjoyed.