Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is a classic, tented, mobile camp...
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp: Our full report
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is a classic tented mobile camp, which changes location approximately every 10 - 14 days. Its aim is to follow the wildebeest migration around the Serengeti.
As the camp has to move frequently - it is designed to be a bush camp and as a result has remained quite simple. For example, the showers are bucket showers and the toilets are short drop, albeit with a proper seat. However the camp is actually quite stylish, with an antique-style reminiscent of the colonial days of exploration. The furniture is also good quality, so although this is most certainly a bush camp - you can tell that it is a good quality operation.
The camp has two mess tents which act as a lounge and a dining area. Both of the tents are completely open at the front, and the floors are covered with large woven rugs.
In the lounge at the Serengeti Safari Camp you will find a couple of large leather bean bags and giant cushions scattered about for sitting on. There is also a sofa and a number of directors chairs. Wooden side tables and electric lights discretely hidden in storm lanterns, enhance the colonial style. In one corner is a book shelf where games such as scrabble are stored, as well as a number of coffee table and wildlife books. If you want to pass a few hours of the day, this is a comfortable place to do it.
The dining tent is a similar size, and is mostly taken up by a table set for communal dining. There is also a table at the side where food is set out for breakfast and lunch.
There are six individual tents for guests at Nomad Serengeti Camp, so the camp is small and personal. The tents are set a good distance apart and are cleverly staggered to increase privacy. They are also very comfortable and spacious - maintaining a great balance between being a bush camp yet also quite luxurious.
Each room has a very comfortable bed and distressed iron bed-frame, a canvas rack for your luggage and a leather-topped writing desk and side tables. The use of natural materials and colours in the bedrooms works really well and is simple, yet to stylish effect.
Behind the bedrooms is a changing area, with towel racks, space for hanging your clothes and a sink. This area has bags of space – and is a continuation of the natural style. The sink is set into a dark wooden surface and you will find water for washing in jugs next to it (these jugs are replenished regularly). Behind this is the bucket shower where hot water is brought on request, and the short-drop toilet, which has a proper seat.
As with the main areas, the lights in these tents run off solar batteries charged during the day and are hidden in antique-style brass storm lanterns. Each room also has a torch, and an emergency siren in case you need to get someone's attention during the night.
The food and service at Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is very good. During your stay you are hosted by your personal guide, there is no camp manager so to speak, and they always make sure that you are well looked after. The service here is polite, friendly and well managed.
The activities based out of this Serengeti camp focus entirely on game drives. You can head out for a morning and an afternoon drive, or for a full day safari, taking a packed lunch with you. Early starts of 6 - 6.30am are recommended so that you are out when the cats are most active, but timings are always flexible.
The location of the Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp changes every few weeks and broadly follows the pattern of the migration. See our moving map of the Serengeti migration here.)
- The camp is on southern plains area from December through to April, when the wildebeest spread out grazing and calving on the open plains.
- From May to early July, the camp moves from the central Serengeti and into the Western Corridor.
- Then between July to November Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp moves to northern Serengeti, often around Wogakuria.
There are never guests in camp when Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp changes location.
Broadly speaking, this safari camp does follow the Serengeti’s great wildebeest migration. However, the sites for Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp have to be booked with the Serengeti Park’s authorities months, and often years, in advance. The camp’s owners do their best to estimate where the migration will be ... but the movements of the wildebeest are unpredictable. The net result is that there can sometimes be a distance between the camp’s location and the herds of the migration.
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is a traditional bush camp, but the comforts and standards of food and service make it a luxurious one. There is a great balance between wilderness and being a part of the bush, and comfort.
Ideal length of stay: Spend anything between two to four nights at Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp, heading out daily on safaris and trying to catch sight of the migration. This camp is complemented very well by a stay of a similar length in Nduara Loliondo Camp – where walking and night-drives are possible.
Directions: Access to Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp varies, depending on where the camp is located in the Serengeti. Usually travellers will fly to the nearest airstrip, where they will be met on arrival by their guide and transferred through the park to camp.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: When we were last there, the food at Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp was very good. They offered a variety of international style dishes, used fresh vegetables and lots of herbs and spices. Dietary requirements can be catered for with advanced notice.
The dining experience was also great – if we weren't eating a picnic out in the bush, we were in camp and dining with the other guests. The meals at this Serengeti camp are a sociable affair and much like a dinner party.
If you have an early start you can take a packed breakfast out on safari with you. This is usually eaten at a quiet picnic site somewhere in the bush and consists of granola, pancakes, and bacon and egg sandwiches. There is also hot tea and coffee, as well as fruit juice. If you stay in camp for breakfast, it is usually a buffet of cereal and fruit, as well as a full cooked breakfast.
Lunch can also be taken as a packed lunch, or eaten at the camp. In both cases you can usually expect fresh salad and tomatoes, as well as other light lunch options such as cous cous, fish cakes, rice salad or cold meats. Desert is usually something light and fresh like a fruit salad.
Before dinner, guests usually gather around the camp fire for drinks and to swap stories of the day. Then after a short while everyone is called for the three-course set meal. When we were there we enjoyed a starter of chicken with fresh mango and cucumber on one night, and then homemade soup on another. For the main course we had roast pork chops, sweet potato chips and vegetables one night and then Moroccan style chicken on the other. Then for pudding we were served chocolate and orange mousse on our first night and then baked pear on our second.
We enjoyed the food at Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp very much, and thought that the group dining was worked very well indeed.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are included, except for champagne and premium imported wines and spirits.
Wildlife safaris: Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is a mobile camp that moves every few weeks in an attempt to be close to the wildebeest migration. Though the movements of the migration can be unpredictable, this camp tries hard to predict where the migration will be and is a good base if you are keen to see this spectacle.See more ideas for Wildlife safaris in Tanzania
Attitude towards children: Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp loves families, and welcomes children who are over the age of 8 years.
Generally recommended for children: This is quite a wild camp and is best suited to older and more mature children.
Notes: Children are the responsibility of their parents at all times and should not be left unattended whilst in the camp.
Power supply: Solar Power
Communications: There is intermittent mobile phone reception in the Serengeti and sometimes there is reception in camp. This does, of course, depend on where the camp is. There is no internet here.
TV & radio: No – this is a bush camp.
Health & safety
Malarial area: Yes
Medical care: Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp has a first aid kit on site and also has links to flying doctors for more serious cases.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: This camp is not fenced off and so there can often be wildlife in camp – because of this you are escorted around the camp at night. There is a sounding alarm in the tent in case you need to call someone.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the tents.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Laundry is included - your clothes are hand-washed by the housekeeping team and line dried. For cultural reasons, the team will not hand wash ladies underwear and so there is washing soap in the rooms for ladies to hand wash their own.
Money: Nomad cannot offer any currency exchange.