The best mobile camps in the Serengeti
The best mobile camps in the Serengeti
The Serengeti embodies the image of the safari. With the rolling plains dotted with acacia trees and the kopjes where the sleeping lions bask in the morning sun, add the wildebeest migration all year round and you have a recipe for arguably the best place in the world to discover the wilderness of Africa.
When choosing where to stay in the Serengeti, things are not always simple. There is a minefield of options to choose from and find out what is best can be tricky. Clearly, there is a main distinction to make: do you choose a mobile camp or a permanent lodge?
The main difference between the two is that the permanent pavilions do not move throughout the year, they stay in the same place which therefore allows them to have a wider range of facilities such as swimming pools and rooms. dedicated spa treatments. They are however much more expensive and do not always offer the possibility of being in the best position for migration. This is why staying in a mobile camp is a must in the Serengeti and if time and budget allow it, combining it with a permanent camp will give you a complete and brilliant experience.
The attraction of the mobile tent is its simplicity. Sleeping under the canvas in the Serengeti plains is truly something everyone dreams of, the limited Wi-Fi helps you immerse yourself and reconnect with nature and the evenings around the flickering campfires provide the perfect seat for engage, learn and share. Thanks to years of monitoring wildebeest movements, the mobile camps have obtained the best possible positions, whether on the short grassy plains of Ndutu or on the banks of the Mara River, it is a guarantee that you will have seats in the first row for the most encapsulating fauna show.
Serengeti under canvas
It is the most luxurious mobile camp in Serengeti. Operated by & Beyond, Serengeti Under Canvas offers an opulent and luxurious stay, that’s the definition of glamping. There are two camps, both identical, which move throughout the year. One moves north from the plains of Ndutu, to the Seronera region before heading towards Kogatende. The second camp follows the same route but deviates slightly in May and June as it moves west to the Grumeti region of the national park when part of the wildebeest separates.
Composed of nine Meru-style tents, each is richly furnished and equipped with a beautiful king-size bed where the roars of lions are often heard when you fall asleep. With heated bucket showers and flush toilets, your stay certainly doesn’t look like camping! In the field, & Beyond guides are trained at the highest level and guarantee you the best possible experience. There are great deals to be had, from honeymoon deals to long-term discounts, staying at the Serengeti Under Canvas is perfect for a luxury tour of northern Tanzania.
Arguably the most advantageous luxury camp in the Serengeti, unlike Serengeti Under Canvas, Chaka is a no frills migration camp. With two distinct movements throughout the year, from Ndutu to Kogatende, Chaka combines great value with excellent visualization of the game. Closed from April to mid-May and again in November, its twin permanent camp, Kiota, offers the same great value but in the Seronera area all year round, including when Chaka is closed.
Chaka is reminiscent of a rustic bush camp which gives it a warm and comfortable atmosphere, and the excellent service and friendly staff make you feel at home. The flexibility of the guides allows you to spend whole days on safari with picnics and panoramic drinks stops or if you prefer a quiet morning walk followed by a break at camp, this is also possible.
Serengeti Safari Camp
The nomads of Tanzania have a very distinct style that runs through all their properties, from Entamanu in the Ngorongoro region to the Greystoke Camp in Mahale, and their mobile camp, Serengeti Safari Camp, is no different. The rustic style with luxurious simplicity makes it a combination that is both attractive to the eyes and extremely comfortable.
There are two safari camps at Serengeti, and they jump over each other throughout the year, which allows them to stay one step ahead of the herds and ensures that guests are spoiled by sightings , even when it is not the peak tourist season. The camps each include six Meru-style tents and an additional interconnected family tent, ensuring an intimate and private stay. In addition, the common dining and lounge area included a small library and a well-stocked bar allowing you to take advantage of downtime between safaris. The foyer houses bush television in the evening.
During safaris, Nomad guides have an excellent knowledge of the region and the flora and fauna that inhabit the national park. You can be sure of an informative and fun safari!
Asilia has a plethora of camps in the Serengeti, but only two are mobile. Ubuntu is one and it’s a great luxury option that travels three times a year. Unlike most camps on the plains of Ndutu, Ubuntu is located further south, ensuring a more intimate and private experience on your safaris. He then follows the herds to the Grumeti region before heading north to Kogatende.
For passionate photographers, Asilia’s specialized photography vehicle certainly deserves to be reserved. With custom folding doors and swivel chairs, you can be sure you’ll get the perfect photo when the action happens! Asilia’s guides are among the best in the industry, with a great knowledge of wildlife and anticipating what can happen next, you can be sure that a safari will never be boring!
The camp itself is made up of eight tents, including a family tent equipped with a private bathroom, hot showers with bucket and flush toilets. The main dining room and common lounge are the perfect places to relax throughout the day and enjoy exquisite cuisine.
Kirurumu Tented Camp
Kirurumu Tented Camp competes with Chaka for the best luxury mobile camp in the Serengeti. Composed of two camps, Kirurumu uses one camp only for the high season in the Kogatende region between June and October, while the second camp moves from Ndutu, to Seronera and up to Kogatende with the herds.
The camps consist of seven tents each and all are furnished in the old “Out of Africa” style, reminiscent of traditional safaris. Local artwork makes a brilliant addition to the tents and the common area. The foyer is a great place to exchange stories, share photos and learn more about the Masai culture after an exciting day on the plains. Without Wi-Fi and limited telephone service, immersing and reconnecting customers with nature is what Kirurumu is.
Marc Harris is Managing Director of Tanzania Odyssey. Tanzania Odyssey has been one of the leading specialist tour operators in Tanzania since 1998.
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