Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
See the famous migration of the wildebeest in ultimate luxury
Richly furnished throughout, Serengeti Migration Camp provides a haven of sumptuous indulgence, offering all the benefits of a safari lodge while retaining an authentic bush atmosphere and the sense of adventure that can only be derived from sleeping under canvas.
The Serengeti Migration Camp offers just twenty luxury safari tents, each of which is surrounded by a wide veranda deck with 360 degree views. Inside, each tent offers 45sqkm of internal space, all of which is tastefully presented so as to provide a private sanctuary in the very heart of the bush.
The Serengeti National Park
Venue of the world famous migration of the wildebeest
The Serengeti, whose Maasai name ‘Siringet' translates as ‘the endless plains', offers unparalleled ornithological opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena wherein the glory and harmony of nature can be appreciated as nowhere else on earth. The vast and rolling Serengeti is also the venue for ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth' the annual migration of over one million wildebeest and their attendant cast of herbivores and predators.
Luxury tented safari camps in Tanzania
When on safari in Tanzania, the traditional luxury safari camp offers a selection of canvas-sided safari tents, usually with thatched roofs, often raised on a timber platform with private veranda. Usually, the luxury safari tents feature comfortable double or single beds with mosquito netting, electric lighting (generator or solar powered) and luxury en-suite safari bathrooms (flushed WC, hot and cold running water, shower and vanity unit).
The safari camp location
The Serengeti is 200 km west of Arusha, Tanzania: the park's northern boundary abuts with the Kenya border, its western boundary reaches Lake Victoria, Tanzania. The Serengeti Migration Camp is 395 km North West of Arusha, eight and a half hours by road or fifty minutes flight time to Lobo airstrip, with an airstrip transfer of forty minutes. Transfer from the Seronera airstrip to the camp takes 2-3 hours.
Your Tanzania luxury camp safari
The vast and sensational Serengeti, covering 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, is Tanzania's first-established, largest and most famous park wherein tens of thousands of wildebeest and other hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends.
The million-plus wildebeest are the predominant herbivore and also the main prey of a huge cast of large carnivores, principally lion and hyena. Whilst the annual wildebeest migration is the Serengeti's most famous attraction, the Park is also renowned for its lion, many of which have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so that their movements may be tracked, and additionally for its wealth of cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog.
Wildlife highlights around the Serengeti Migration Camp: this luxury Serengeti safari showcases wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's gazelle, lion, spotted hyena, hunting dog, cheetah, black rhino, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, topi, eland, jackal and otter. Birds: over 350 recorded species including 34 raptors.
Accommodation: Luxury safari tented camp
Serengeti Migration Camp offers twenty lavish and spacious tents, each of which is raised on wooden decks with either king or twin beds, comfortable leather armchairs, coffee and writing tables. The luxury tents are en-suite with showers and double vanities, surrounded by a veranda with rocking chairs. Serengeti Migration Camp also offers a honeymoon/VIP tent, which is set in an exclusive area with an outdoor hot tub; and a family tent (two tents inter-joined with a large shared bathroom: sleeps 6).
• Safari swimming pool
• Pool deck
• Hair dryers
• Sunset deck
• Migration game drives
Dining and bars: Tanzania luxury safari camp style
The split-level lounge, cigar bar, restaurant, sundecks and swimming pool at Serengeti Migration Camp are perched atop rocky outcrops or kopjes, which look out over the vast and rugged landscape, home to the annual migration of the wildebeest. Sundowners and bar snacks are served in the evening on the sunset deck, which also offers panoramic views over the Serengeti.
A Child-friendly safari camp
Serengeti Migration Camp welcomes children and offers a special family tent with two inter-joining bedrooms and a shared bathroom: sleeps 6.
What to see and do on your Tanzania luxury camp safari
The camp has its own Luxury swimming pool and gift shop. Walking safaris, which are generally not permitted in the Serengeti National Park, are also offered in a private conservancy area.
The annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti
The migration of the wildebeest is perhaps one of Tanzania's most famous natural events. Twice a year, propelled by the rains, 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle gather to undertake an 800 km migration trek to new grazing lands. The precise timing of the wildebeest migration varies but generally the Serengeti herbivores congregate and move out at the end of May, sometimes over a period of weeks, sometimes over a period of as little as three or four days.
The wildebeest then head west on the first leg of a roughly triangular 800-km circuit that takes approximately 3-4 months and ends in the Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya. When the grazing here is exhausted the tide of wildebeest turns and reverses its progress returning to the short grass plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania.
Where and when to see the migration while at the Serengeti Migration Camp
The migration runs according to its own rules, but in general a large column of wildebeest passes west to Lake Victoria while another moves north past Lobo. While on the hoof (May to June) the rut commences and the wildebeests mate. The migration herds usually reach the north, and eventually cross into Kenya's Masai Mara NR, during July to October. In November the herds begin to reform for the return journey and by December the migration is complete and they are usually to be found grazing the southern grasslands; wildebeest calving starts in February.
Tanzania luxury camp safari experiences in the Serengeti
Typical Tanzania safari experiences at Serengeti Migration Camp include: safari game drives in especially adapted 4WD safari vehicles (with professionally trained Tanzania safari guides), safari bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners; cocktails around the camp safari campfire and guided safari walks through the bush. The Serengeti Migration Camp also offers ornithological tours, cultural performances and visits to the local Maasai people of Tanzania.
In the Serengeti, a particular highlight is a hot air balloon ride, which typically ascends from its launch site at dawn and travels for around an hour across the plains before descending in a controlled landing to a cooked safari breakfast in the bush.
Serengeti Migration Camp - Serengeti • Tanzania Luxury Safari Tented Camps
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