MWIBA LODGE IS SITUATED IN THE LARGE MWIBA WILDLIFE RESERVE IN TANZANIA, BORDERING THE NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA. THIS DESIGNER LODGE WITH ITS PLUSH INTERIORS WILL BE A UNIQUE AND MEMORABLE ADVENTURE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET.
Picture yourself waking up ensconced in luxurious sheets, in a room layered with textured creams paired with suede tan, where accents of chocolate and charcoal pervade subtly. You are undoubtedly in one of only ten double suites at Mwiba Lodge – in the vast expanse of Mwiba Wildlife Reserve in Tanzania, bordering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Dawn is breaking. As you lift your head from your array of pillows, still dreaming of being surrounded by a herd of gently grazing buffaloes… you sit up, instantly wide awake, because right in front of you, outside your room, just below your balcony… a massive herd of buffaloes is silently quenching the night’s thirst, grunting gently as they refresh in anticipation of another scorching day ahead. You get up to reach for your camera, just a little too excitedly and they scatter noisily as you were just too close for their comfort. You learn quickly to make stealthy moves because the next day, they are there again. This is the magic of Mwiba Lodge. A secluded and sophisticated haven set among massive stone boulders, ancient coral trees and acacias, this exquisite 125,000-acre wildlife reserve is vibrantly lush with colour-infused botanicals, 33 freshwater springs and a diverse array of wildlife. It is privately controlled by the Friedkins – an American family passionately invested in Tanzania’s wilderness and its continuance into the future – who work tirelessly to make this is an unmatched experience in authentic adventure.
Previously a hunting block, the area is now exclusively reserved for photographic safaris. By leasing land from the neighbouring village, the Friedkin family works pro-actively with the local inhabitants to educate and assist them in benefiting directly in the conservation of the land they inhabit. The Friedkin Conservation Fund was established in 1994 to promote this conservation investment and establish a mutually beneficial relationship with the tribes. This is just one of many community development projects they run in Tanzania to ensure the communities’ investment in, and benefit from conservation initiatives for generations to come.
If you are adventurous, and want to take a break from game-driving, one of the outstanding experiences is to walk with the Hadzabe Bushmen, one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes on earth, and follow them with a guide who translates as they forage the wilderness for their sustenance, the same way they have done for generations. You can also visit the Datoga, a polygamous herding and farming tribe closely resembling the Maasai in culture, and watch them dance in a spell binding series of jumps to a fascinating combo of clapping and guttural sounds. Game drives are of course the reason why everyone comes here, because East Africa specialises in large concentrations of wildlife. The Friedkins’ significant input of over a million dollars each year in diligent anti-poaching alone, has seen an exponential increase in wildlife which abounds and benefits both the future of this wilderness and the local communities. So, besides the secluded luxury, this is what makes Mwiba a fantastic success story.
The lodge has specifically been designed to bring out the best of the environment it is situated in, harnessing its natural assets. The layout and structure is built in and around gigantic boulders curving along the bends and corners of the riverbanks. Interior designer Tessa Proudfoot & Associates, ensured that interiors artfully integrate with the natural surroundings; from the linen dressed slope-armed sofas to ornately carved wooden leg tables and cascading lighting. This exclusive destination mixes both traditional and modern design elements, creating an inviting, sophisticated hideaway. The main reception lounge, dining room and bar are situated on a rocky gorge overlooking a watering hole on the Arugusinyai River that quenches herds of thirsty elephants and buffaloes at all hours of the day which can be viewed from the grey slate-lined infinity-edge pool deck. Here you can relax at your leisure and never be far away from the movements of the wilderness. The layout of each private double suite flows from lounging to sleeping to soaking – in a large bath tub – where the outdoors is subtly brought inside with traditional canvas walls accented with copper fixtures and a private outside shower. The common theme is based on an exclusive experience, all with transporting views from hardwood plank decks. Meals comprise a unique blend of African Inspired Western cuisine. The local chefs, far removed from the western world, have been carefully trained to infuse every culinary experience you’ll have with local inspiration and their own unique professional ability.
Vegetarians are well catered for as much of the fresh produce is grown at the lodge in state of the art weather controlled tunnels with solar energy fuelling the entire lodge 90% of the time. Every meal can be enjoyed at your own leisure wherever you choose: on your private balcony, at the pool deck, the main dining room or a private romantic setting can be created at the bespoke custom crafted jacuzzi, built into the sun and swimming deck. After a dusty day there is the lure of the sumptuously appointed gym and spa, purposefully set away from the main communal areas to offer tranquillity and seclusion. Here you‘ll find a deck for yoga and state of the art equipment with both indoor and outdoor treatment spaces. This space truly stands as a temple to the body and a retreat to the mind.
THE INTERIOR DESIGNER TESSA PROUDFOOT & ASSOCIATES MADE SURE THAT THE INTERIORS WERE SKILFULLY INTEGRATED INTO THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.
From Arusha Airport, fly with Legendary Expeditions’ shared charters into Mwiba Airstrip followed by a 15-minute drive to Mwiba Lodge.
Set in 125,000-acres of private land, with 10 tented suites, each with twin or king configuration. 2 pairs of suites are adjoining and suitable for families, or couples of guests travelling together. All guests enjoy the exclusivity of a private vehicle and guide, included in the rate.
Children of all ages are welcome, and children under 3 years stay free of charge. Children rates apply to children 4 – 15 years. One child under 15 years sharing with 2 full-paying guests can be accommodated on a sofa bed in each suite.