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Mivumo River Lodge

At a Glance

    Pros

  • real, wild Africa
  • abundant game
  • boat trips down Rufiji River

    Cons

  • lots of steps in lodge
  • very rough bumpy roads

Mivumo River Lodge Review

It's hard to believe that this gorgeous new lodge set high on a bluff above Tanzania's biggest river, the mighty Rufiji, could exist in such an utterly remote and wild area. There are 12 large thatch-roof suites with wall-to-ceiling windows, a big en-suite bathroom with chandelier, his-and-her marble basins, a claw-foot bath, and a handcarved wooden screen and mirrors. A big outdoor deck overlooks the river with loungers and your own personal plunge pool (and rain shower) from where you can watch hippos snooze or crocodiles sunbathe, an umbrella to shade you from the noonday sun, and a table and chairs to have your morning tea. Sumptuous burnt orange taffeta curtains, 1950s retro furniture, carved wooden lamps, polished wooden floors, handmade rugs, and a desk with a zebra-skin surface all mix and match to give your room a unique African feel. The public areas are on three levels with superb river views, a pool deck, a viewing deck, and big sheltered thatch sitting and dining area where you'll have your sundowner, followed by a beautifully served tasty meal. Daylong drives into the middle of the reserve where giraffe and lion abound are spectacular. A boat trip up the Stiegler Gorge (named after a famous early 1900s elephant hunter) is a must.

    Hotel Details

  • 12 rooms.
  • Rate includes all meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 09-25-2012

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