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SERENGETI & MAASAI MARA GREAT MIGRATION

Trips to see the Great Migration.

WHAT IS THE MIGRATION?WHEN DOES IT HAPPEN?

JANUARY - MARCHAPRIL - MAYJUNE - MID JULYMID JULY - OCTOBERNOVEMBER - DECEMBERTRIPS TO SEE THE GREAT MIGRATION

When does it happen?

The actual movement of the wildebeest occurs over a 12 month cycle starting in January in the southern Serengeti running through to December when they return and start all over again. See below a more detailed guide on what the herds are doing when and when is the best time to go.

What is the Migration?

Every year the Serengeti Masai Mara ecosystem see millions of wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra migrate through parts of Tanzania and Kenya in search of the best food and water in time with the changing seasons. Generally following a similar path they head north from Tanzania into Kenya, never straying too far from water. If you mention the migration to any wildlife enthusiast dramatic images of thousands of wildebeest running and jumping across the Mara River desperately trying to evade the jaws of the ferocious crocodiles certainly spring to mind, although the classic vision of the migration is in fact a very small part of a much bigger wildlife spectacular.

Wildebeest Migration

It is estimated that as many as half a million wildebeest calves are born during this period.

January - March

From mid December/January through to March the wildebeest of the southern Serengeti start their calving season. It is estimated that as many as half a million wildebeest calves are born during this period with as many as 8000 being born on any one day. This period sees the start of the first rainy season in the south Serengeti and like most animals in the wild it is always best to give birth at this time as rates of survival are far higher. The south Serengeti is also a great place for the mothers to give birth as the grass here is enriched with high levels of calcium and magnesium which helps with their milk production – plus the short grasses are safer as there aren’t as many lurking predators disguised in the long grass.

Good time to go?

Yes. The calving season in the south Serengeti can be an amazing thing to observe – this is the classic image of the Serengeti’s endless plains dotted as far as the eye can see with wilderbeest. The sheer numbers of them as well as the chances of seeing the resident apex predators in action is although not for the faint hearted certainly an exciting thing to witness! Our picks for where to stay to see the Migration from January -March:

Maigration Map and Seasonal spot

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    April - May

    This period is known as the onset of the long rains and the herds start moving towards the central part of the Serengeti in search of fresh grass. They tend to split into various large groups, some beginning to head to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti towards Lake Victoria and others remain in Central and North Central Serengeti around the Seronera River. As the circle of life needs to continue this is also when the wildebeest start to mate again as their gestation period can be up to 9 months in length.

    Good time to go?

    It is not a good time for the concentrations of other animals as the rains have meant there are water sources all over the Serengeti, while in the dry months the animals tend to concentrate around the remaining watering holes. Also, with the rains comes the long grass, making game viewing a little harder. However in terms of seeing the migration it is a great time. You will also get to see plenty of the other animals, as they don’t disappear, but rather that they are scattered. Another plus for this time of year is that there are fewer people in the park and the hotel rates are upto 50% cheaper. You do however need to be aware that rain is likely. Our picks for where to stay to see the Migration from April - May

    This beautifully designed tented lodge is situated in Ndutu in the southeastern Serengeti plains within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a prime location for game drives and an ideal stopover to the neighboring Serengeti National Park. The lodge has 20 well appointed sleeping tents with a combination of Family Suites and individual Guest Tents offering a top- notch true African safari experience.
    Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge is built to blend into the natural environment dominated by acacia trees with a clear view of Lake Ndutu. All natural vegetation is preserved and the wildlife has a natural undisturbed stroll to the site. This is an eco-friendly lodge with solar power as the source of electricity, supported by two standby generators and invertors.
    The Lodge is some 5 kilometers (15 minutes drive) from Ndutu airstrip, and about 300 Kilometers or 5 hours drive / 1 hour by flight from Arusha town. Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge is conveniently situated close to the prime game viewing areas of Seronera in Central Serengeti about 80kms to the northwest and the world famous Ngorongoro Crater 90kms to the east.
    Kusini Camp is Perfectly set in the remote Southern part of the Serengeti, Sanctuary Kusini’s location was specially selected after much research for a suitable place where the camp will overlook the spectacular plains where animals are seen year round.
    Location
    Sanctuary Kusini has a private airstrip and can be accessed by a daily scheduled light aircraft flight from Arusha, Kuro, Lake Manyara, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. Private charter flights can also be arranged.
    Accommodation
    Kusini Camp has 12 spacious tents shaded from the sun by acacia trees and all are positioned carefully with thought out views of the surrounding plains and extremely spacious at 48 square metres.
    Each tent has its own personal attendant to look after guests during their stay. A large private wooden veranda with comfortable furnishings extends in front of each tent, with many having views of the plains below where zebra, buffalo and lion are a common sight year-round, the ideal spot to relax for a sundowner after a hot restorative shower.
    Serian’s Serengeti Mobile – as its name suggests – is a movable camp, and was created to make the most of the spectacular wildebeest migration. From December to May, we are perched on the edge of the short grass plains – a perfect vantage point over the vast space where the herds amass to give birth to their young. Nestled in a well-watered wood, ancient trails weave the migration right through our camp.
    Kusini is perfectly positioned to access the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, as well as the Serengeti National Park – two spectacular game-viewing areas encompassing high concentrations of cheetah, honey badger, golden-backed jackal and hyena, as well as a parade of predators feasting on the newborns.
    The seclusion of the camp means that you are free to have the run of the place. Comprising just 4 tents, and 2 suites the peaceful intimacy lends itself to exclusive bookings, or groups accompanied by private guides.
    Though it’s a mobile camp, its furnishings and creature comforts are much the same as Serian’s Serengeti South – with flushing toilets and bucket showers in an en suite bathroom, enormous wrought-iron beds, Moroccan rugs, and all the trimmings make it simplistically elegant and comfortable.
    Dramatic savannah storms sweep in nourishment and new life, and an innate primordial urge pulls the wildebeest to the site of their origins to reproduce. The plains literally come to life for the birthing season. Millions of wildebeest and zebra dominate the landscape, looking for the fresh green grass that follows the first rains – and to give birth to their young.

    THE PLAINS LITERALLY COME TO LIFE FOR THE BIRTHING SEASON.

    This part of the world is remarkable for its sheer mind-boggling immensity: think unending savannah, massive vaulted skies – and 2 million wildebeest giving birth to 400,000 calves within a period of 3 to 4 weeks. Ultimately, it’s vastness and numbers on a scale that stretches the boundaries of the mind.
    The cornerstone of a safari experience at Serian is that each group has their own open-top safari vehicle, and their own dedicated guide and spotter. The freedom this grants you is key to getting the most out of your stay: go where the day takes you, be it a full day out with a picnic in the wilderness, or a lazy siesta back in camp before that ice-cold sundowner… Our guides have an intimate familiarity with the landscape, and will translate and render it until you see it through their eyes.
    Allows you to immerse yourself in nature in this bushcamp. Ndutu Kati Kati is a seasonal mobile camp strategically situated in south Serengeti from December to March. Ideal for exploring the extensive south of Serengeti and witness the migration.
    The camp offers comfortable accommodation together with the unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari experience on a camp. In its comfortable tents one will feel completely immersed in the surroundings and one can enjoy the rich animal life and vegetation of the area. An original form of accommodation which resembles the old camps of the first explorers in Africa, with all the commodities of today.
    Located at a one-hour drive along a panoramic route from Seronera (Central Serengeti) and 30 minutes from the Olduvai Gorge. The camp has been designed to cause a minimum impact on the environment. All the infrastructure is mobile and the philosophy of the company is not to leave anything behind after dismounting the camp.
    Witness the early morning mist rise on the banks of Lake Masek.
    From the private terrace of your tent you can observe the wildlife of the area. Many animals visit the lake in search of water and therefore this camp is in a privileged observation point.
    Besides, this area is the principle setting of the Great Migration which takes place from December to April and the Big Five visit the area. The camp is set-up every year in a different part of the area, to make sure that you will always have the best place to see this impressive spectacle from your own tent.
    In addition, the camp is ecological without losing in comfort and attention. The electricity is generated by solar panels and the water is rain water collected during the rains. All the products used are biodegradables.
    Serengeti Halisi Camp is a seasonal camp located in Serengeti National Park. From December to March we are located in Tandawala area in the NCAA, close to the calving grounds where Wildebeest Migration will be during these months. From June-November, we are at Seronera in Central Serengeti, which gives easy access to all parts of the national park as well as having abundant resident game due to the proximity of the Seronera River. The camp offers
    • 6 large, 6 metre en suite stardard walk-in tents for single, double or twin occupancy
    • 4 extra large, 7 metre en suite superior walk-in tents for triple or family occupancy (1 kingsize and 2 single beds)
    • King size beds with deluxe mattress for the best night’s sleep
    • Light by Solar Energy
    • 2 twin beds or 1 double bed or Family tent with 1 double and 2 singles
    • Luggage rack, bedside table and clothes hangar
    • Separate bathroom area with bush shower, sink, stand, mirror and toilet
    • Hot water boiled and personally brought to your tent on request
    • Small Veranda area to sit and take in the view
    • Lounge, Dining and Bar Tent
    • Camp Fire
    Accommodation
    En suite rooms
    Bar
    Fireplace
    Sundowner
    Experiencing
    Semi permanent mobile camp, it moves around Serengeti in June-November it is in central Serengeti.

    June - mid July

    The herds are now split, with the majority in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti by the Grumeti River; where many cross the crocodile infested river, making for some amazing wildlife viewing. The other large herds are now in the North Central Serengeti heading towards the Northern Serengeti and Masai Mara. The vision of the migration over this period is the long lines of wildebeest as they head towards the north.

    Good time to go?

    Yes - particularly in the north of the Serengeti as the herd spend their last few weeks in Tanzania before making the journey north to Kenya. Our picks for where to stay to see the Migration from June - mid-July

    A magnificent Serengeti safari lodge
    Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is an award-winning gem of a hotel in one of the most beautiful settings in Tanzania. Seamlessly blended high into an acacia-lined ridge, our African-style lodge and infinity pool offer panoramic views across the Serengeti’s vast, endless grasslands, where lions and cheetahs stalk their prey and massive migrating wildebeest herds darken the landscape in a relentless search for fresh grazing grounds.
    Here, you will savour the ancient stillness and serenity of one of the most magnificent destinations on earth. Discover the warmth and cosiness of stone-built, traditionally thatched “rondavel” lodging. Dine under an indigo blanket of stars and enjoy unforgettable adventures and experiences ranging from private safaris and day trips to the prehistoric Ngorongoro Crater to Swahili lessons, guided nature walks and massage treatments.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Serengeti Suite
    Our suite offers a spacious bedroom appointed with a King bed and a separate sitting room furnished with a fully stocked mini-bar, a digital multi-channel TV and a direct dial telephone.
    FACILITIES
    Infinity pool overlooking the plains
    Traditionally-carved, domed dining room
    Individual ‘rondavel' rooms with private balconies
    Scenic safari bar with timbered terrace
    Private bush camp overlooking the migration
    Central barbeque area and water gardens
    Game drives daily
    Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
    Gift shop, business centre, WiFi
    Conference centre
    Extensive selection of sports and activities
    Cultural dance and music
    The Lodge
    Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of out-standing natural beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun.
    The lodge allows its guests to experience magnificent sights and enjoy interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and hospitality.
    Our Facilities
    ✓ Adjoining Rooms ✓ Gymnasium ✓ Telephone at Reception
    ✓ Baby Sitting ✓ Hairdryers ✓ Traditional Dances
    ✓ Balloon Safaris ✓ Laundry ✓ Turndown Service
    ✓ Bird Watching ✓ Mosquito Nets ✓ Weddings
    ✓ Board games ✓ Outdoor Dining ✓ WiFi in Public Areas
    ✓ Children’s Menu ✓ Special Diets ✓ Wheelchair Accessible Rooms
    ✓ Conferences ✓ Sundowners
    ✓ Gift Shop ✓ Swimming Pool
    Guarded by three million year-old granite towers in the magnificent Serengeti National Park, Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp offers the quintessential African safari experience. Our elegant tented camp is located on one of the main annual migration corridors for over one million wildebeest, half a million zebras and gazelles and their accompanying cast of predators; the camp also offers close proximity to lions, giraffes, hippos and all of the other fascinating wildlife that inhabits this 14,763 square-kilometre park.
    Our sophisticated tented accommodation offers two comfortable queen beds with mosquito netting, free Wi-Fi access, hot showers and flushable WCs in the bathroom and large private decks with gorgeous views. Start or end your day with a delicious meal in our tented dining room, or treat yourself to a feast in the bush, and dine amidst the unmatched splendour of nature. Embark on a thrilling game ride through the park, take a expertly guided bird watching tour or enjoy a bird’s-eye view of your spectacular surroundings as you rise above the plains in a hot-air balloon. Allow us to help you celebrate your wedding or honeymoon, and trust our staff to anticipate your every need as you begin your lives together as a married couple. Or spoil your family with a wonderful safari holiday, and create a lifetime of memories.
    Adventure and relaxation await you here in Tanzania; Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp looks forward to your visit.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Tents
    Standing on a stone platform and featuring a thatched roof, each of our 16 canvas tent accommodations includes an expansive main bedroom area with two queen beds, encompassed by mosquito nets. The tented bathroom opens off of the bedroom, and includes a flushing WC, twin basins and a shower with 24-hour

    DINNER

    Bush Dinner
    No safari holiday is complete without a traditional bush dinner, especially when it is enlivened by the presence by a group of scarlet-clad Maasai warriors at a scenic location on the plains. Sip sundowners around the campfire before tucking in to a five-course dinner, prepared on the blazing charcoal
    FACILITIES
    Just 16 widely spaced luxury ensuite
    Central mess tent and bar
    Scenic safari bar with stone terrace
    Central fire-pit for evening sundowners
    Game drives daily
    Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
    Gift shop, business centre, Wi-Fi
    Cultural dance and music
    Moru Under Canvas nestles in a secluded area of central and southern Serengeti in the Moru Kopjes. This haven of peace in the most picturesque area of Serengeti is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.
    With only ten tents at each private campsite, enjoy the exclusivity of absolute comfort combined with the authenticity of nights spent in the African bush.
    A gratifying experience for all nature lovers.
    Facilities includes; Welcome drinks on arrival and cold face towels, Lounge tent and Library
    Activities
    Sundowner
    Game drives
    Honeymooner safari
    Serena Mountain Village Lodge
    Rivertrees Inn
    Mt Meru Game lodge
    Experiencing
    Perfectly located in the heart of Serengeti.
    Secluded and spacious 77 guest rooms, suites and villas keep you in constant touch with the Serengeti. Contemporary African decod features four-poster beds with moquito netting, as well as local textiles and artwork – all enhanced by modern comforts such as air conditioning and high speed internet access
    Step outside to your elevated, open-air sundeck with a direct view of the plains and enjoy a private audience with any lions or elephants that might be passing by
    Dine in style in the Serengeti wilderness, with exceptional views at every turn – the sweeping plains, a wildlife watering hole, the pristine infinity pool and the dramatic circular fireput – the atmosphere outdoor and indoor venues is every bit as memorable as the expertly prepared African-inspired cuisine.
    Choose from an enticing variety of drink and meals options at our three restaurants, two bars and wine a cellar
    Facilities
    Swimming pool
    Spa
    Business center
    Game drives
    Presidential villa
    Wifi
    Experiencing
    One of the best lodges in the Serengeti, offer great accommodation luxury facilities.
    Dunia is a small, intimate camp that evokes a sense of being immersed in nature – as close as you will ever get – while still being able to enjoy the warm hospitality and luxury that the camp offers.
    Attention to detail is balanced with an essence of graceful simplicity that is in harmony with its tranquil and exclusive location.
    Facilities
    Wifi
    Laundry Service
    Game drives
    Restaurant
    Experiencing
    The camp is set on the heart of Serengeti making it a great location for game drives around Seronera areas.
    12 semi-permanent tents established throughout the year, the tents are 7m long by 4m wide made from well known heavy duty canvas , the tents are side facing and you are met at the entrance by a patio area with chairs and a table for relaxing when you have a moment. The front of the tents zips fully open including a layer of mosquito netting and the rip-stop canvas(it also zips closed completely with both layers)
    Facilities
    En Suite tented rooms
    Bar
    Sundowner
    Fireplace
    Experiencing
    Perfectly located for game safari throughout the year.

    CENTRAL CAMP {Seronera}

    Serengeti Central Camp as the name suggests, is situated in the central part of Serengeti Seronera. This is a very scenic area with open plains, and lined up with hills. The resident game here is phenomenal, with high densities of relaxed leopards, cheetah and lion. The migration passes through here in April/May, but Seronera is within reach of both the Southern Plains and the Western Corridor – so from about November to June, it can be used as a base to see the migration.
    Serengeti Central Camp offer guests the perfect blend of old African charm and elegance in the heart of Serengeti National Park. This intimate safari camp is tucked beneath an Acacia tree, and has breathtaking views of the savannah plains of the Serengeti National Park. Here, you can experience full luxury in the wild.
    Serengeti Acacia Camp has 13 canvas tents including a family tent that can accommodate a family of 4 with own private lounge. All tents are furnished with en-suite bathrooms, flush toilets and other essential amenities. There is a separate tented camp for the dining area and next to it is the lounge and bar area. All these are accessible in a few steps under a soaring canopy of acacias, in the front of the camp. Our camp is safe and secure with 24/7 staff.

    MIGRATION CAMPS {Kogatende}

    Serengeti Migration Camp is in the Kogatende area. This is a semi-permanent mobile tented camp in anticipation of the movements of the great migration. Nevertheless, our amenities are of great standards and we ensure that luxury accommodation is maintained in all our facilities. There is nothing more exotic than staying in the wild and being one with nature yet not compromising comfort and relaxation. This intimate safari camp has splendid views with fresh breeze. Listen to the sounds of nature and simply take in this once-in-a-lifetime experience of being in the wildlife setting of Africa. Serengeti Migration Camp has ten canvas tents, all furnished with en-suite bathrooms, flush toilets and other essential amenities. There is a separate tented camp for the dining area and next to it is the lounge and bar area. All these are accessible in a few steps under a soaring canopy of acacias, in the front of the camp. Our camp is safe and secure with 24/7 staff.

    Mid July - October

    Continuing north, some of the smaller herds will be reaching the Masai Mara by as early as late June, early July. The larger, or mega-herd obviously takes a bit longer and generally reaches northern Serengeti / Kenya’s Masai Mara in August. It is over this period that the wildebeest need to cross the Mara River in order to get across the to the lush grass of the Masai Mara. The herds keep crossing at various points of the Mara River and many of these crossing points are in the Serengeti as well as the Masai Mara. It is the Mara River that bears witness to some of the most spectacular crossings of the migration.

    The vertigo-inducing banks can be the first downfall (literally) of the wildebeest – although once they’ve cleared that they then have the second challenge of getting to the other side without being snapped up by the lurking hungry crocodiles in the water. Once this obstacle has been passed there is the steep banks on the otherside that they now need to climb up - not an easy feat having crossed a river and now fighting with the other hundred wildebeest trying to get out. The majority die by drowning rather than being eaten by crocodiles. Despite the dangerous conditions most of the wildebeest actually make it to the other side unscathed. This is the classic all-action part of the migration. It certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted and as amazing as it is, it does show nature at its most brutal.

    Good time to go?

    Yes! This is prime migration season, a great time to visit the Serengeti or the Masai Mara and certainly a good time to game watch at the Mara River. Note that generally the busiest crossing period is between August and October. Our picks for where to stay to see the Migration from mid July - October:

    Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp
    Playful and colourful, &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp sits among tall evergreen trees right at the water’s edge. The surface of this pan of water is cloaked with a vivid green layer of water lettuce that helps to shade resident hippos from the intense African sun. This is also a playground for wading birds.
    The whimsical sweep of flamboyant safari tents hides a blaze of colour in the delightful interiors, with quirky touches and tongue-in-cheek surprises. Al fresco showers are open to the sun and stars, while the calls of hippo provide a nightly serenade.
    Intimate guest areas boast colourful open-fronted sitting and dining areas and domed bar, all adorned with Yoruba beaded artifacts. Traditional jikos (fires) and outdoor ovens produce mouth watering aromas and dinner under a billion stars.
    Activities
    Bushdinner
    Game drives
    Balloon safaris
    Sundowner
    Bush breakfast
    Experiencing
    Offers great game throughout the year, this camp overlooks the small Grumeti river where resides hippos all the year around.
    Mbalageti Tented Camp Mbalageti is actually a word from the old Maa language. It means wildebeest, but the word is no longer in use; today Mbalageti refers to the seasonal river. The Lodge offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama views, where one of the main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra.
    Accommodation:
    Exclusive Suites – With a little extra of everything and a private bath outdoor in the wild, the suites offer the most exclusive way of safari living imaginable. Nature and luxury are in perfect harmony through design and comfort with two en suite bedrooms, a lounge veranda and all the luxury items you may wish for. The suites are the perfect accommodation for the more exclusive safari traveler.
    Tented Chalet – The luxurious safari-style tents, each with en-suite bathroom and with spectacular view. The private veranda with its cooling thatched roof is a tranquil oasis and works as an extension of your bedroom in the wild.
    Lodge Rooms – As an option for the budget traveler, the lodge offers 14 standard type rooms. All rooms are beautifully decorated in a modern design for a feeling of comfort, featuring en suite bathrooms and a small veranda.
    Facilities
    Restaurant
    Swimming pool
    Spa
    Bar
    Lounge
    Gift Shop
    Experiencing
    One of the best positioned lodges in Serengeti, best for game drives during May-June as the great migration is in the area.
    Guest accommodations consist of 25 luxury guest chalets, which all boast the highest standard of luxury and comfort. The chalets are a combination of tented canvas and wooden walls, glass sliding doors and hardwood floors. A framework of heavy fig beams supports the canvas walls and a ceiling of thatch, while deep mahogany wooden floors span the large interior space. The west wall of each chalet is nothing but view…floor to ceiling glass windows that beckon you outside to experience the private veranda.
    Out of the 25 total guest chalets, there are 5 suite chalets and 20 standard chalets. The main difference between the two room categories is that the suite chalets have a separate sitting area or living room furnished with a couch, coffee table, flat screen television (Satellite reception) and an in-room fridge. Additionally, the suite chalets have larger private balconies and are positioned for the best views. In both categories of rooms, triple chalets are available (1 double bed + 1 single bed) suitable for 2 adults and 1 child.
    The main Lodge area, situated at the top of the hill, is simply spectacular. Masterfully designed into the natural surroundings of rocks and fig trees, the main Lodge offers guests a lounge, library, tea and coffee station, and a fantastic two-tier dining room that doubles as a game viewing deck.
    Facilities
    Spa
    Swimming pool
    Fireplace
    Library
    Experiencing
    The lodge has elevated dock which offers stunning view of the Serengeti plains.
    Lobo Wildlife Lodge is a dream of romanticism in its remote location, strategically built into an enormous volcanic rocky outcrop. It is the largest lodge on the migration route where it’s elevated position means that the migration can be viewed from the comfort of a sun lounger. You can watch and witness the migration even from the pool.
    Artistically made of stone and local timber around clusters of large boulders, harmoniously merging with its surroundings, the Lodge affords from its raised location stunning views of the most amazing natural spectacle to be seen on Earth.
    Accommodation : Lobo Wildlife Lodge has 75 spacious guest rooms offering stunning views over the vast plains of Serengeti National Park. Elegantly decorated in authentic traditional African style, the rooms are fully equipped with ensuite bathrooms that have shower attachments and bathtubs. King–size beds are provided and the rooms have mosquito nets over the air vents.
    Some of the 75 rooms have twin beds, others are double rooms with a King-size beds. Interconnecting family rooms are also available. Moreover, there is one Junior suite and two Presidential suites, where important world renowned personalities have enjoyed the magical experience of wildlife in this privileged setting.
    Facilities : The irresistible swimming pool is situated on a wooden deck at the very front of the lodge, with superb views across the plains and hills. Discover the true meaning of wildlife!
    Activities
    Game drives
    Sundowner
    Bush breakfast
    Experiencing
    Permanent lodge in the northern Serengeti.
    Ubuntu Camp is a small, mobile tented Camp that moves seasonally to follow the Great Wildebeest Migration throughout the Serengeti National Park, ensuring excellent game viewing all year round.
    During July to November the Camp is located in northern Serengeti overlooking the famous Mara River. Here it is perfectly positioned to witness the wildebeest’s dramatic river crossing, risking their lives in the crocodile and hippo infested waters. Amongst the lush woodland alongside the river you’ll find herds of elephants, leopards in the shade as well as astounding birdlife. This area is home to large herds of plain game throughout the year, lions, cheetah and vultures are constantly searching for easy prey.
    As the animals migrate south in search of fresh new grasses, so does the Camp. From December until March Ubuntu Camp is situated on the open southern plains in the Ngorongoro Conservancy Area. The rich short grass plains here provide the herds with the best conditions to raise their newborn, graze and rest. More than half a million calves are born between January and March. Lion, hyena and cheetah follow in their footpaths for the opportunity to attack.
    From May to July the Ubuntu Camp is located in the Western Corridor between the Nyakoroma Hills and the border of the Serengeti to catch the wildebeest as they cross the surging Grumeti River filled with notorious crocodile.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Comprising of eight unpretentious and well-designed tents, featuring an en-suite bathroom and a small veranda, the Ubuntu Camp offers an authentic East African safari experience. Tents are made up with very comfortable double or twin beds, and triples can be arranged to accommodate children. Guests are provided with two-way radios allowing them to contact staff for an escort during the night as the Camp is unfenced and animals may be nearby. The guest tents are pitched around two open plan mess tents containing the lounge and dining areas, and leading out to a campfire. These communal tents have open sides to welcome the afternoon breeze and overlook the plains. Meals are taken in the dining room tent, they are sociable affairs and often the guides will join in too. Continental breakfast is followed by a full-English; lunch usually comprises of deli meats, salad and freshly baked bread; dinner is a three course indulgence with an African twist and delicious wines. Being a small bushcamp with a simple set-up and a real wilderness feel also means it has less environmental impact. Guests at Ubuntu Camp are guaranteed superb guiding, a top level of service, fantastic food and excellent value.
    Serengeti Simba Lodge, named after the lion (simba in Swahili)—king of the jungle, a symbol of strength, pride and royalty—sits high on a hill with endless vistas of the great Serengeti plains. We welcome you to explore, experience and enjoy the African wilderness and the amazing Serengeti as our guest at Serengeti Simba Lodge.
    The ‘Serengeti Migration’ passes the lodge twice a year, around June-July and again in October when millions of ungulates make their annual trek through the Serengeti eco-system. With awe-inspiring panoramic views of the vast savannah, Serengeti Simba Lodge is home to prolific birdlife and a stunning array of large game including: lion, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, elephant, bush buck, zebra, gazelle and hartebeest.
    Night game drives and performances by the Simba Dance Troupe will add to the experience of spectacular sunrise and sunset. At night listen to the trumpeting of elephant, the laughing hyenas and the roars of our namesake.
    The common area of the lodge (reception, bar and dining) is built around a ‘kopje’ or rocky outcropping, providing an unusual and natural background for your enjoyment. But the one thing everyone comments on is the amazing views of the Serengeti to be seen from every vantage point on Serengeti Simba Lodge’s grounds.
    Children over age six are most welcome at the lodge and must be under parent’s supervision at all time. Children under the age of thirteen must share a room with an adult (17 or older). There are two large family rooms in our Stone House.
    “What a wonderful place… so peaceful. We loved the views, the tents and the great service. Thank you for everything!
    “If you want great service, food, staff, views, accommodation and a wonderful experience, this is the place!”
    “Thank you very much for our best days in Africa.”
    “The staff was so accommodating and the service received was phenomenal. Thank you all so much for making our stay at Serengeti Simba Lodge so enjoyable!”
    Serengeti Simba Lodge is committed to playing a role in improving the lives of the surrounding community, the people of the Ikoma tribe. In addition to providing vital employment opportunities, a bed night fee is paid to the local village council, which helps fund development projects.
    Please Take Note: Our lodge is not suitable for guests with ambulatory issues as there are quite a few stairs in the common area and the paths are a bit rough and in some places are steep. Fit elder people do fine but for the very old or disabled we regret we are unable to accommodate.
    01 July – 31 October : Located at Kogatende, in the far northern areas of the Serengeti. This puts us in a great position to game drive to the Mara River in the hope of gaining a view as the herds run the gauntlets of crocodiles as they cross the rivers. This is typically ideal, especially between July and October each year.
    Accommodation:
    Each tent is 8 m long by 4 m wide made from well known heavy duty safari rip-stop canvas. You are met at the entrance (on the longest side of the tent) by a patio area with chairs and a table for relaxing when you have a moment. The front of the tents zips fully open, including a layer of mosquito netting and the rip-stop canvas (it also zips closed completely with both layers).
    Activities
    Game drives
    Honeymooner arrangements
    Sundowner
    Bush Breakfast
    Experiencing
    Seasonal Mid-range tented lodge located in the northern part of Serengeti.
    01 July – 31 October : Located at Bologonja, in the far northern areas of the Serengeti. This puts us in a great position to game drive to the Bologonja and Mara Rivers in the hope of gaining a view as the herds run the gauntlets of crocodiles as they cross the rivers. This is typically ideal, especially between mid-July and mid-September each year. Accommodation : Each tent is 12 m long by 4 m wide made from well known heavy duty safari rip-stop canvas made locally at Morogoro, southern Tanzania, plus the additional cooling feature of shade-clothing over the entire tent. You are met at the entrance (on the longest side of the tent) by a patio area with chairs and a table for relaxing when you have a moment. The front of the tents zips fully open, including a layer of mosquito netting and the rip-stop canvas (it also zips closed completely with both layers). Activities Game drives Honeymooner arrangements Sundowner Bush Breakfast Experiencing Seasonal Mid-range tented lodge located in the northern part of Serengeti.
    Offering unrivaled luxury, the camp is situated in the Wogakurya Hills, close to the Mara River and within the main corridor of the world famous wildebeest migration. Large boulders and kopjes form the prominent features of the site and each guest tent has been carefully positioned amongst these to ensure privacy and spectacular vistas of the gentle grassed slopes, open woodland and tree lines watercourses, which all make up the scenic north Serengeti landscape.
    Magnificent kopjes dominate the public areas, with super views from the bar, sitting and dining areas, swimming pool and the decks. A separate tent in the wild forms the Melengali Spa where you can indulge in massges and manicures in a peaceful, natural setting. Whether you are here for the migration between June and November or for privacy and seclusion at other times of the year, you will find Lemala Kuria Hills a place of incredible luxury and beauty where you can relax or explore the amazing wildlife, landscapes and habitats of the northern.
    Accommodation : 10 beautifully designed glass fronted en-suite tents offer 70 sq. meters of stylish and contemporary design and include super king or large twin beds, sitting and dressing areas, indoor / outdoor showers, bath, twin basins, and an outside deck with a plunge pool and deck chairs. The camp has been built using recycled steel, glass, sustainable timbers, composite decking and canvas which, when combined with use of solar power throughout the camp, ensures the lights footprint for a permanent camp in the Serengeti.
    Activities
    Game drives
    Sundowner
    Honeymooners arrangements
    Bushbreakfast
    Experiencing
    Luxury in the wild.
    Little Governors’ Camp is a luxury safari camp located on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The camp is intimate in character, with just 17 luxury en-suite tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife. The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest. Vehicles are left on the far river bank, and the camp is therefore quiet and undisturbed. The guest tents at Little Governors’ have wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the natural watering hole at the camp. All Governors’ properties are unfenced, and at Little Governors’ there is a resident family of warthogs that wander freely through the camp. Guests may need to make way for elephants which sometimes visit the camp at lunch time. We have recently installed a solar power system in camp and Little Governors Camp is now running on 100% solar power. Little Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating from Eco Tourism Kenya due to our sustainable practices in place in camp. Activities on offer from the camp include game drives in our custom built 4 wheel-drive vehicles, great for wildlife photography and Hot Air Balloon Safaris (extra charge), visits to the nearby Masai community manyatta and visits to the community and conservation projects we support.
    One of only 4 GOLD eco-rated camps in the Maasai Mara, Elephant Pepper Camp is situated in the prime core of the protected Mara North Conservancy wilderness area. In the same location for over 20 years, one of the original, very small and exclusive tented camps, Elephant Pepper is located away from other lodges, in the heart of the African bush.
    The spacious canvas tents are comfortably furnished, featuring ensuite bathrooms with flush toilets and traditional safari showers. Nothing rivals sitting around the campfire enjoying the sounds of the African night. Enjoying extended game drives in the best equipped 4×4 game drive vehicles, clients participate in the most unique wildlife experience in the world. Elephant Pepper Camp brings people back to nature ~ no traffic, no permanent structures, just the sights and sounds of the African bush.
    Accommodation
    Elephant Pepper Camp consist of 8 canvas tents overlooking savannah plains offering a luxurious safari experience. Each tent has a main bedroom, with a traditional safari shower, flush toilet, private veranda and a hammock.
    All the tents are large enough and can fit one extra bed to accommodate children under the age of 16 years only
    Food
    The camp serves delicious typical Northern Italian cuisine with daily fresh ingredients from their organic vegetable garden. There is a daily set menu and the camp can cater to any dietary requirements. Yummy children’s meals and early dinners can also be prepared. Please inform the camp about any dietary requirements prior to arrival.
    Communal dining is encouraged but romantic private dining can also be arranged on request.
    Guides
    All of the Elephant Pepper guides are highly qualified, 2 guides have the impressive Silver Level KPSGA qualification, while all remaining Elephant Pepper guides have a Bronze Level KPSGA qualification. Some of our guides have worked in this area for over 20 years and have an extensive wealth of knowledge and hands on guiding experience in the area.
    Located in the Oloisuk Concession – this eco-friendly camp is the perfect luxury retreat for a trip to the Masai Mara. Large stylish tents are perfectly placed with impressive views of the Mara River – where the real migration action happens!

    Trips to see the Great Migration

    Many of our Safari Holidays visit East Africa at either the start or end of the tour. Out Best of Kenya and Tanzania Moonlight Tours Expedition Safari visits both the Serengeti and the Masai Mara so if you plan your trip well then you have a great chance of seeing some of the migration. Our Gorilla Trek and Tanzania spends time in the Masai Mara before heading north to Uganda for some Gorilla trekking and later south to the Serengeti. Our Absolute Africa does all this and more including Zanzibar, Chobe National Park and Kruger National Park.

    Lodge accommodated safaris to see the Great Wildebeest Migration

    All of our East Africa lodge accommodated safaris visit either the Masai Mara, Serengeti or both. Those wanting to concentrate on the migration in the Serengeti will like our Tanzania Wildlife Week and if the migration in the Masai Mara is what you really want to see then Kenya Wildlife Week is for you. If however you want the ultimate East Africa lodge accommodated safari then why not mix up the two on our Kenya and Tanzania Trails which heads to both the Serengeti and Masai Mara!

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    Moonlight-Tours-Expedition Contact Details

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    H: Monday - Sunday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM East Africa Time

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    Superior guide Your guide will be pleasant and personable; they're an established safari guide with at least 3 years of bush experience. They will have conversational English, and will be able to correctly identify virtually all species of animals and most birds – and also have some knowledge of their behaviour. They'll have a good understanding of the local cultures, and often speak some of the local languages. They will generally admit what he doesn't know, and use references to try and find out the answers. Superior guides are used in all of the trip ideas mentioned here.

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