Spend some time in the Serengeti and unwind. Relax to the rhythm of an African day as a myriad bird calls herald the rising sun.
The wildebeest migration is one natural wonders of the world. If you are thinking of travelling to the Serengeti to see the migration, we have compiled a list of the best camps to stay in too.
Ndutu Safari Lodge
Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, in the southern eco-system. Shaded by majestic acacia trees, each of the thirty-four cottages, which are built of local materials, has a private verandah facing Lake Ndutu.
Unlike any of the other lodges in the Ngorongoro area, Ndutu Safari Lodge offers the opportunity to watch a million wildebeest give birth during the calving season. The crater does not play host to the migration but it does pass through the Conservation Area. The flood of wildebeest arrive here during the rains from December through may and calve on the plains in February. It is quite a sight! And from June through November, the resident animals coverage around Ndutu’s waterholes and marshes.
Like the animal it is named after, ‘Camp Zebra’ follows the zebra and wildebeest migration to the northern part of the Serengeti National Park in June, July, August, September, October and November; as well as to the southern part from December till March (see map). Camp Zebra is closed from the middle of April till the end of May each year.
Despite being able to enjoy some breathtaking views as you prepare yourself for the day ahead, privacy is still assured due to the clever design of the tents.
Depending upon the location of the camp at any given moment, guests are also able to participate in Balloon Safaris although arrangements for this need normally to be made prior to your arrival in Tanzania.
Special Note: Since the movement of the migration is dictated primarily by rainfall which can be as unpredictable in Tanzania as in most other parts of the world, Camp Zebra has been designed to be mobile so that it can be moved as quickly as possible to keep up with the wildebeest when they too move.
Legendary Serengeti Camp
Located in different positions throughout the year, Legendary Serengeti Mobile Camp offers the ideal location for your safari, whenever you are travelling. Situated in the beautiful northern part of the park from July until November, down south from December until April and in the west from May until mid-July, the camp moves seasonally to follow the great migration herds.
Guests can enjoy meals at the camp or enjoy a bush dinner under the stars, or a picnic lunch during your guiding game drive or walk.
Game drives are the main focus of your safari activities here, in closed vehicles to keep the dust at bay - each has large windows and a pop-top roof for photographic opportunities. Walking safaris and night drives are only available in the Maswa Reserve when the camp is in the southern Serengeti/Maswa region. However, hot air ballooning is possible when the camp is in the Western corridor.
Ndutu Wilderness Camp
Nestled under shady trees in the heart of the Ndutu plains in Southern Serengeti, lies Ndutu Wilderness Camp. Typically open from December to March, to coincide with the ‘calving season’, this private camp allows guests to enjoy the abundance of wildlife that has made these endless plains so famous.
Plenty of predators can be seen year around here: lion, cheetah, leopard, serval, African wild cat, caracal and hyena abound.
Chaka Camp, designed to be lightweight enough to move seasonally, is located in the Ndutu area from December through March. The camp relocates to Western Serengeti from May through June, and again to Northern Serengeti from July through November.
From December through March, the wildebeest migration moves in and out of the Ndutu area. Ndutu is located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, just south of Serengeti National Park. Chaka Camp’s location provides easy access to prime game viewing areas around Lakes Ndutu and Masek. In addition to the almost two million wildebeest and zebra that move through the area each year, Ndutu is home to cheetah, lion, giraffe and hundreds of bird species. During February’s calving season, the wildebeest give birth to 8,000 babies a day.
From May through June, Chaka Camp relocates to Western Serengeti. The wildebeest migration is generally in this area during this time, and crossings over the Grumeti River are sometimes seen in this area. Access to Central Serengeti is also possible from this area as the drive is only 2 hours.
From July through November, Chaka Camp is located in Northern Serengeti. The camp is close to the Mara River, allowing easy access to several river crossing points in the area. During this time of year, the wildebeest migration is crossing the Mara River back and forth from Tanzania to Kenya. River crossings are common with crocodiles, hippos and large cats scattered throughout the area.
Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp
Lemala Ndutu moved with the seasons to ensure guests enjoy ringside seats to the spectacle of the Great Migration year round. Perched on the edge of a permanent marsh, Lemala Ndutu is the ultimate amphitheater for the wildebeest migration between December and March.
Nine suites of a very high specification are relocated from the Northern Serengeti to this stunning Ndutu site to capture the boundless drama that accompanies the migration. The migrating herds of over 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra begin to arrive in December and begin calving in February.
The camp is situated inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, near the border of Southern Serengeti, in what is perhaps the finest location in the whole of Ndutu because of its shady umbrella acacia trees and grass cover which reduces dust considerably and also attracts grazers. The camp offers fantastic views of the marsh whose permanent fresh waters attract an abundance of game including predators. The camp enjoys regular visits from resident wildlife ranging from lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas to elephant and giraffe. Lion hunts close to the camp are not uncommon.
The Woodlands Camp offers “Out of Africa” style tents ideally located near the famous Lake Ndutu. Nestled in an acacia grove far off the beaten path, just nine (9) stylishly decorated safari tents line a grassy pathway leading from a main dining and lounge tent.
The tented venue is located in the heart of the Southern Serengeti Plains in the migratory animals’ path. The camp’s unique location and intimate size make it the top pick for witnessing the Great Migration in the green season (Dec to April).
Immerse yourself in the Great Migration at Olakira Migration Camp. Like the wildebeest that are the stars of the Serengeti Annual Migration, the Olakira Camp is a wanderer; a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, forever following the herds to ensure you have a front-row seat to the greatest show on earth.
Fine linens, finer dining and a touch of nomadic romance are the hallmarks of this authentic East African safari camp. Whether it’s at the river crossings of the northern Serengeti, the breathtaking scenery of the Lamai Wedge, or on the great grassy plains of the south, the intimate Olakira camp ensures the best of the Serengeti is always right on your doorstep.
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