| The rooms have elegant modern interiors, a savanna view, flat screen television,
Internet, air conditioning, safe, and mini bar. The higher priced rooms have a private
The lodge has a restaurant, bar, wine cellar, conference facilities for up to 80 people,
swimming pool, spa, gym, library, gift shop and medical clinic. The woodland savanna
is right outside the lodge, and the eternity pool faces a waterhole where animals come
Bilila Lodge Kempinski is north of Seronera, which is away from the vast open savannas
of southern Serengeti and slightly into the woodland areas of the north. Some typical
mammal species of the area are giraffe, leopard and impala. The location is fairly central,
though, and most parts of the park can be reached during game drives, including the
open savannas. The migration
usually passes these parts of the park during June every year.
The Seronera Valley, which is a 45-minute drive south of the lodge, is a transition
zone between the open grass savanna to the south and the more densely vegetated tree
and shrub savanna to the north.
Such transition zones are generally good areas for game viewing, as they can support
a wider span of species. Seronera is no exception. The nearby Seronera River is a permanent
source of drinking water for the animals, never drying out, and one more type of habitat
for birds, mammals and reptiles, for example hippos and crocodiles. Elephants and herds
of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra come here to drink.
Good for leopards
The river is bordered by large trees, among these yellow-barked acacias and sausage
trees, a habitat favoured by vervet monkeys and leopards, while reed beds attract reedbucks.
Leopards are regularly observed here, either by the Seronera River itself, or along
Hartebeest and topis, two fairly large antelopes, are often seen in the grassland of
the southern parts of Seronera, while impalas prefer the more densely vegetated north.
A good 23 hour game drive route for cats follows the Seronera River southwards,
and continues to Maasai Kopjes, a grassland area dotted with kopjes. Lions, leopards,
cheetahs and servals may be seen.