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Lobo Wildlife Lodge.
  Lobo Wildlife Lodge
Getting there
The Lobo area is located 8–9 hours' drive from Arusha (or 410 km/255 mi), the first 2.5 hours on good tarmac road, followed by poor dirt road. The road passes Lake Manyaras National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Seronera Valley in central Serengeti. The lodge is situated a few minutes drive off the main road.
You can't get to Lobo from Masai Mara in Kenya in the north, even though there is a connecting road. The border crossing is closed.
Lobo Wildlife Lodge is a ten-minute drive from Lobo airstrip, which is served by some scheduled flights from Arusha. The flying time to Arusha is one hour.
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Lobo Wildlife Lodge
Serengeti National Park
Lobo Wildlife Lodge is a big lodge in northern Serengeti in Tanzania. The area itself is called Lobo, and is less visited than for example Seronera further south in the park. The lodge is set among hills and has a grand view of Lobo Hills and the savanna to the east, and of a waterhole that is lit at night. The migration passes through this area in connection with the short rains, which usually come in November.

Several floor levels
Lobo Wildlife Lodge is a tourist class lodge, built in several floor levels interconnected with a system of outdoor stairs. It's quite neat, but it requires you to walk up and down stairs a lot to access the restaurant, the bar and the viewpoints.

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The swimming pool and observation point has a grand view to the east.

Most rooms are twins (i.e. have two single beds), and all face the savanna east of the lodge. They have WC, washbasin and bathtub showers. Electricity (220–240 V) is available in all rooms, but the generator is switched off in the middle of days and nights.

The reception and shop are located at the lowest level, the restaurant some stairs up, and the bar, lounge and swimming pool at the top level. During clear mornings, you may get beautiful views of the sunrise from here. There is also a second observation point, overlooking the savanna and the sunset to the west. You get there by turning left outside the reception, then walk up the stairs leading in between the trees.

Far from Arusha
The Lobo area is situated far north in Serengeti, and even though it's technically possible, it's too long and to uncomfortable a journey going there in one day from Arusha. A better option is staying the night somewhere along the route, for example in Seronera further south in Serengeti, or on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

When looking at the map, you'll find Masai Mara in Kenya not very far north of Lobo, and a road connecting these two areas. The border along this road is closed for safari tourism, though.

Lobo Wildlife Lodge is built in a huge kopje in northern Serengeti.

More about Lobo
Lobo has a varied landscape, dominated by savanna, woodland, rivers and hills. During and around November, the migrating herds of wildebeest and zebras pass the area on their way from Masai Mara to the plains of southern Serengeti. Buffalos, elephants and different kinds of antelopes are often seen, and lions and leopards are spotted regularly. Even cheetahs may be seen.

Wildlife and tourist seasons
The peak season is when the migration is around, usually during November and into December. Game driving in the rainy season during April and May may be difficult, as bush roads may become inaccessible. The main road from Seronera to Lobo is mainly gravel and can take quite a lot of rain, but a few low bridges along the road can get flooded and impassable during periods of heavy raining.

The Lobo area has fewer visitors than for example Seronera further south in Serengeti. We have visited Lobo in June, right after the rainy season, and found ourselves close to alone in the area.

Rock hyrax are often seen around the lodge.

Wildlife around the lodge
Large mammals are rarely seen within the lodge area, but you will probably see a lot of hyrax, which are small and harmless. There are also many agama lizards. Hyaenas, lions and leopards can sometimes be seen or heard just outside the lodge, so you should be cautious when moving about the lodge in the dark.

With a bit of luck, any local mammals may be spotted outside the lodge from the observation points, for example lions, buffalos, elephants etc. Klipspringers are often seen along the road just outside.

Fewer guests come to the western observation point, so it's usually a quiet place where you may find some interesting birds, for example cliff chats, white-eyes and barbets.

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