The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Land of the endless plains and arena for the greatest wildlife spectacle on eart
Ikoma Bush Camp is situated on the borders of the Serengeti National Park. A simple but authentic bush camp, it offers the ideal opportunity to experience real under-canvas safari life. Located on the path of the great migration (along the western corridor and taking in Kirawira and the Grumeti River), Ikoma Bush Camp offers easy access to the park, and all the advantages of not being within a designated national park - such as guided game walks and night game drives - neither of which are permitted within the parks.
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 safari tented 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
Ikoma Bush Camp is in the Serengeti, which is 200 km west of Arusha, Tanzania: the park's northern boundary abuts with the Kenya border; its western boundary reaches Lake Victoria, Tanzania.
Your Tanzania 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 Ikoma Bush Camp: 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
Rated among Tanzania luxury tented camps; Ikoma Bush Camp offers 31 spacious semi-luxury tents, each with its own private veranda, en-suite bathroom (hot and cold running water, flush WC, basin and shower). The camp also offers tent-service, mosquito nets, electric lights and battery charging facilities.
Dining and bars: Tanzania luxury safari camp style
Ikoma Bush Camp has a central tented dining area with exterior campfire area. Accommodation is offered on a full-board basis and a wide range of local and international cuisine is offered. There is also a tented bar area.
A Child-friendly safari camp
Ikoma Bush Camp welcomes children and family accommodation can be provided.
What to see and do on your Tanzania luxury camp safari
As Ikoma Bush Camp is located just outside the national park boundary it is possible to do night drives and guided game walks. Walks can be early morning followed by a bush breakfast, or late afternoon, followed by sundowners. The night drives are a unique opportunity to see such nocturnal animals as; leopard, aardvark and bat-eared foxes.
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 Ikoma Bush 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 Ikoma Bush 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. Ikoma Bush 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.
Ikoma Bush Camp - Serengeti • Tanzania Safari Tented Camps
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