Mwiba Wildlife Reserve

Mwiba Lodge


Cultural immersion and exceptional wildlife

Mwiba Lodge is set among vast stone boulders with immense views out over a 52,000-hectare private reserve that borders the Southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

There are ten airy tented suites, each with a private deck, large soaking tub, outdoor rain shower and huge beds. The main lodge offers open living spaces, a rejuvenating spa and a curated wine cellar, while a pool on a rocky outcrop overlooks natural springs below where resident wildlife gathers.

A diverse and untamed landscape stretches out in every direction, the setting for exceptional wildlife encounters on private game drives and walks, as well as rare cultural immersions as you meet the people that live here in harmony with nature.


At a glance

  • Ten tented suites

  • Infinity pool

  • Spa, gym and a curated wine cellar

  • Private safari vehicle and guide

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    Game drives

    At Mwiba, each party is allocated a private vehicle and guide, and guests are free to decide their own schedule. Explore Mwiba Reserve as well as neighbouring Maswa Reserve and the Southern Serengeti, with no shortage of exciting wildlife encounters. Mwiba also allows night drives.

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    Walking safaris

    At Mwiba, taking the opportunity to get out on foot is highly recommended. The terrain lends itself to walking, and the chance to get out of the vehicle, stretch one's legs, and zone in on the smaller things is one to be embraced.

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    Walk with the Hadzabe

    The Hadzabe are a hunter-gatherer tribe indigenous to the area, living in perfect symbiosis with their environment which provides them with all their needs for food, medicine and shelter. With Mwiba’s interlocutor, you’ll have an incredibly special opportunity to accompany them for a morning as they move through the wilderness foraging for food.

Community & Culture

The Friedkin Conservation Fund's partnership with the local communities helps to improve their livelihoods through conservation, giving them an active role in the process. The fund helps to improve accessibility to education, builds schoolrooms and teacher housing and provides scholarships. Their income generation project focuses on helping small business owners with microfinancing and business consulting. The FCF also addresses the needs of rural medical clinics, providing equipment and medicine as well as educating staff. Mwiba also has a close working relationship with local communities, allowing for unique, genuine and non-exploitative cultural experiences on their own terms.


The Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF) is the not for profit arm of Mwiba Holdings and was established in 1994 to conserve nearly 1.4 million of Tanzania’s protected land. With the area under pressure from illegal harvesting of natural resources, poaching of ivory and extraction of charcoal – black markets were threatening the existence of East Africa’s last untamed wilderness. The FCF has taken on the responsibility of preserving these areas that are so crucial to the survival of the greater Serengeti ecosystem, while protecting the wildlife and ensuring that resident communities benefit from a balanced conservation plan.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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