SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
With over 14,000 sq kms, the Serengeti National Park can, at times during the year, support about 3 million animals. They live on a seemingly endless plain, scattered with rocky outcrops, patches of acacia bush, forest and occasional rivers. The Serengeti contains the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa, which includes wildebeest, zebra, Thompson gazelle, topi, hartebeest, eland and many others. In addition, there is an abundance of predators, with lion often seen, cheetah, hyena, jackal, and occasionally leopard. However, it is the annual spectacular of the migration for which the Serengeti is best known.
During the short rains in November, the wildebeest begin to migrate out of Kenya in the north to the short grass plains in the south east corner of the Serengeti. Here they give birth, usually during late February or early March, before leaving the area during April/May to the areas offering fresh green grass for grazing, some moving north eventually crossing back into Kenya during July,while others head west. It is this concentration of over one million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras on the short grass plains of the Serengeti which is quite sensational.
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Set high on the saddle of tree-clad ridge commanding panoramic views over the endlessly rolling reaches and volcanic reefs of the Serengeti, the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. Drawing its inspiration from the circular ‘Rondavel’ dwellings and winding paths of a traditional Maasai village, the Lodge features thickly-thatched, stone-built rooms, spaciously set amongst groves of indigenous trees that are cooled by sparkling streams and papyrus-fringed ponds. Serena web site
Ndutu Safari Lodge
Ndutu Safari Lodge is technically situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation area close to the border of the Serengeti National Park, overlooking Lake Ndutu but a lot of the game activities are on the Serengeti Plains. The thatched twin-bedded accommodation units all have a shower and loo facilities and, sitting in front of your room or in the open-air bar, you can enjoy the sight of animals grazing and browsing close by. With a lovely view across the lake, often fringed with flamingoes, Ndutu Safari Lodge offers a very comfortable base from which to explore the Serengeti.
During the migration months Dec - Mar, Ndutu is one of the best placed lodges for seeing the wildebeest migration. However it is often booked up early and if you should wish to stay there on safari you would be well advised to book the lodge early. Ndutu web site
Standing high on the bluff of a bush-cloaked ridge, commanding panoramic views over the Serengeti National Park, Kirawira Camp is the epitome of colonially-styled safari luxury. The essentially colonial ambiance of the tented-rooms evokes colourful memories of the famous safaris of days gone by. Each room has a personal valet and has been accommodated in a spacious canvas tent, erected on raised platforms and sheltered by a bush-thatch roof. The décor is a clever blend of classic opulence and camp practicality including generous sized four-poster beds, whilst to the rear of each tent is an elegant mahogany-panelled bathroom with twin marble washstands, polished brass fittings and classic black-and-white tiled Edwardian shower and lavatory. Kirawira web site
Unlike any other camp, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp lies at the epicenter of the Serengeti within easy reach of the prime wildlife theatres of Lobo, the Western Corridor of the Grumeti River, the southern grass plains, the Seronera Valley and the kopjes, or inselbergs, of Barafu, Gol, Maasai, Loliondo, Simba and Moru
located in a glade guarded by 3 million year old granite towers, Mbuzi
Mawe (meaning Klipspringer in English) makes maximum use of its unique
wilderness location. There are al fresco breakfasts, safari luncheons,
lantern-lit bush suppers, campfire roasts, and dance displays by the Ikoma
people as well as game drives, ranger-led bush walks, ornithology and
sightings of: elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, hyena, wildebeest,
zebra, giraffe, warthog, hippo and crocodile.
Situated deep in the heart of the game-rich northern Serengeti in Tanzania – right off the beaten tourist track. Its 10 000-hectare (24 800-acre) private wildlife concession – leased from Maasai – is allotted for the exclusive use of the camp’s 20 guests, offering you the ultimate personal Tanzanian safari.
With Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park to the north and the Serengeti to the west, Klein’s is one of the most strategically positioned wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The camp is set on the edge of the Kuka Hills, commanding breathtaking views of the valley through which hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate, in addition to excellent year-round game viewing. Action-packed night game-drives and extensive bush walks into the Serengeti are unique in Tanzania and an absolute highlight.
Just 10 spacious cottages each with en suite private facilities and private verandas with spectacular views. Each cottage features rich wooden floors and serene, classic interiors. In addition the camp offers a sparkling swimming pool. Klein's web site
Grumeti River Camp
Situated in a remote valley in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, just 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of Lake Victoria – Africa’s largest lake. Flanked by two hillsides, this flamboyant camp overlooks a bywater of the Grumeti River and offers a comfortable haven from which to experience the truly wild pulse of Africa.
Every year during Africa’s annual Great Migration, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and other herbivores cross the Grumeti River, risking the jaws of some of the largest crocodiles on earth. Large pods of hippo grunt from their watery hideaway below the camp and black-and-white Colobus monkeys live in Grumeti’s bird-filled riverine trees. At night, the nocturnal orchestra of owls and bush babies is punctuated by the primeval sounds of lion and hyena.
This splendid safari camp is renowned for its stylish, vibrantly African designed tented suites set along the banks of the river. There are 10 spacious safari tents with ceiling fans all with en suite bathrooms. Each tented suite features a large bed made of Tanzanian cypress and comfortable deck furniture both in and outdoors. En suite bathrooms offer separate w.c.s and alfresco showers open to the sun and stars. Grumeti web site