The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
See the famous migration of the wildebeest in ultimate luxury
Mbalageti Serengeti Camp lies in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, at Mwamyeni hill and enjoys spectacular sunsets and views over the endless plains and the Mbalageti River, after which the camp is named. Luxuriously appointed, Mbalageti Serengeti Camp offers a high level of comfort and spectacular surroundings. Run by the Sandhu Family, it also promises a warm welcome and a high level of personal attention. Located on the banks of a river which can be subject to seasonal floods, the camp also boasts its own private swing bridge.
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 Mbalageti Serengeti Camp is located in the Western corridor of the Serengeti National Park and is accessed either via the Mwanza-Musoma highway, through the Ndabaka gate (1. 5hrs) or from Arusha, via the Naabi gate (3hrs).
Distances from the migration camp to:
Ndabaka Gate - 72 Km
Naabi Hill Gate - 140 Km
Seronera - 80 Km
Grumeti - 34 Km
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 Mbalageti Serengeti 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 & lodge
Mbalageti Serengeti Camp offers 26 luxury tented chalets, 14 lodge rooms and suites, which are widely spaced so as to ensure optimum privacy and exclusivity. Located on either side of Mwamyeni Hill, each chalet enjoys either a stunning sunset or sunrise. Presented with a modern and stylish feel, The Mbalageti Serengeti Camp has been made using local materials from within the area and each chalet has its own traditional palm-thatched roof.
The standard of interior décor is high. Each chalet offers; private veranda, en-suite bathroom (with all facilities), electronic safe, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, generator electricity, free internet access and wake-up calls. Provision for physically challenged guests is offered.
Dining and bars: Tanzania luxury safari camp style
The central restaurant, bar and lounge area are delightfully presented and offer both a la carte, buffet and African-themed meals. The bar offers a library of Africana books, games, magazines and even an artist's easel for those who would like to capture the ambience in watercolours. The Mbalageti Serengeti Camp also offers a charming outside ‘tea garden'
Conference and event facilities at the luxury safari camp:
The camp offers conference facilities for 24 delegates (as well as its own board room). Conference and incentive packages and full support services are offered inclusive of free internet services. The camp makes the ideal wedding venue and a special honeymoon chalet is offered with luxury outdoor bathtub.
A Child-friendly safari camp
Children are welcome (triple rooms are not offered).
What to see and do on your Tanzania luxury camp safari
The swimming pool, which has been hewn out of the rock of the living landscape, offers a 360 degree view of the Serengeti as well as massage services. Complimentary lemonade and fruit kebabs are served by the pool side. Luxury spa massages and plunge pool are available in a private and tranquil setting.
Amongst the activities are guided nature walks and Luxury game drives (in the camps own 4.4 vehicle), while exclusively tailored bush dinners, breakfasts and sundowners can be provided (at additional cost). Mbalageti Serengeti Camp can also arrange for spectacular balloon safaris across the Serengeti, landing to a full English breakfast cooked on the balloon burners.
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 Mbalageti Serengeti 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 Mbalageti Serengeti Camp: safari game drives in especially adapted 4WD safari vehicles (with professionally trained Tanzania safari guides), safari bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners; cocktails around the safari campfire and guided safari walks through the bush.
The Mbalageti Serengeti 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.
Mbalageti Serengeti Camp • Tanzania Luxury Safari Tented Camps & Lodges
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