A wooden walkway leads to Migration Camp.
Serengeti Migration Camp: Our full report
Tucked in amongst an outcrop of kopjies in northern Serengeti, the large tented Serengeti Migration Camp has a comfortable colonial feel. It has struck a balance between being natural and in touch with its surroundings, whilst still maintaining a very stylish edge.
A wooden walkway and a few steps lead down to Migration Camp’s rustic yet stylish reception and lounge area, which is housed within a large split-level canvas-and-stone structure. The front of this is totally open, giving a lovely breezy feel, while large comfortable leather sofas and hand-crafted bronze statues lend a colonial air. Black and white animal prints adorn the walls. The back wall is brick and painted a deep terracotta orange and the side walls are canvas. The floors are of highly polished wood, and from the front there are views across the Grumeti River towards the rugged landscape beyond.
The adjacent curio shop offers a wide variety of African curios, as well as toiletries and other necessities.
Below the lounge area is the swimming pool, its shaded deck set with sun loungers and umbrellas. This area is lawned and planted, which gives a slightly manicured feel in an otherwise dry and dusty landscape. To the side of the pool is a raised deck where sunset drinks are served around a fire. At the time of our visit (July 2013) a new deck was being built on top of the curio shop.
Set on another level, adjacent to the pool, is Serengeti Migration Camp’s dining area. Like the lounge it is totally open at the front, with views across the river. Guests dine separately here, either inside or outside on the deck, at tables shaded by umbrellas.
Serengeti Migration Camp’s 20 tented rooms are located at the bottom of the hill, below the main areas, and are accessed by stone stairs. This may be a problem for older guests or those with a walking disability. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and stylish. Solid doors make this more a luxury room than a tent!
Sitting on raised wooden platforms, the rooms have part stone and part canvas walls, and canvas roofs. The rooms are quite close together, and some of the wide verandas are visible from the path between them, so they are not entirely private.
Inside expect highly polished wooden floors, comfortable beds covered in crisp white linen and a dark African print throw, and a lounge area with a wide leather armchair, a coffee table, and a writing table. There is even complimentary sherry for guests to enjoy! Mosquito gauze windows make the rooms feel really bright and cool, while fans add an extra boost in hot weather. Double doors lead out onto a wide outdoor deck with two canvas chairs and a table.
Next to the en-suite bathroom is a neat area where you’ll find hanging space for clothes, towelling bathrobes and an umbrella – in case of the odd spot of rain.
Canvas curtains separate the bedroom from the en-suite bathroom. Here you will find beautifully crafted pottery double basins set into a dark wooden shelf beneath twin mirrors. Solid wooden panels to each side screen a flush toilet, and, on the opposite side, a powerful hot shower – just what is needed after a long day out on safari. A small number of toiletries are also provided.
Activities at Serengeti Migration Camp centre around exploring the park by 4WD. You can do this by arriving with your own private vehicle and guide, and heading out with them on safari activities. Alternatively, Serengeti Migration Camp has its own resident guides and vehicles. They usually run morning and an afternoon game drives, but you could also head out with a packed lunch for a full-day safari, giving you the chance to explore deeper into the park.
Safari walks are possible at an additional cost of U$75 per person.
This northern area of the Serengeti is especially exciting to visit during July and August, or possibly around November, when the great wildebeest migration is likely to be in the area. Outside of the migration season, you'll probably have to drive about 20km to the Lobo Kopjies in order to find reliably good game viewing. As an added bonus, the camp’s location quite far north in the Serengeti means that there's usually a delightful lack of other vehicles.
Our viewSerengeti Migration Camp has the feel and the price tag of a top-quality property, and is certainly very picturesque. The service is friendly and efficient, and on a previous visit we thought that the food was very good indeed. For those seeking a reasonably comfortable place to stay, this would be a good choice. However, its size means that it hosts a number of groups, so it has a slightly less personal feel than many would wish.
Ideal length of stay: To explore this area fully, it is worth spending three nights at Serengeti Migration Camp.
Directions: SSerengeti Migration Camp is 20km from Lobo airstrip, taking a 60-minute drive.
Owner: Elewana Collection
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: On a recent visit to Serengeti Migration Camp (July 2013) we did not stay long enough to enjoy a meal. However, on a previous visit in October 2011, we thought the food here was great.
All meals are a-la-carte and here is an idea of what can be experienced :
Breakfast is an extensive spread, with fresh bread, cereal, yoghurt and fruit. There is also a cooked breakfast option – with a choice of eggs. There is always a range of fresh fruit juices, as well as tea and coffee.
For lunch, you can either take a packed lunch to eat out in the bush or come back to camp for lunch. The packed lunch usually consists of sandwiches, fruit and an additional snack such as a piece of cake. Back at camp, there is often a choice of soup, salads, a pasta dish and meat such as a burger. This is followed by fresh fruit and a desert.
Dinner is a four-course meal, with a choice of three starters, three main dishes (meat, chicken or vegetarian) and finished off with a choice of three deserts.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Drinks are included except for champagne, cellar wines and imported spirits.
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Attitude towards children: Serengeti Migration Camp will happily accept children of all ages.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions at Serengeti Migration Camp.
Special activities & services: Serengeti Migration Camp can provide a babysitter, though parents should be aware that the babysitter will be a male member of the housekeeping team, and will not be professionally trained. Nature walks for children are available within the confines of the camp. Children under 16 years old are not allowed on safari walks.
Equipment: There are cot and highchairs available.
Generally recommended for children: Migration camp has a nice pool, and the rooms are spacious enough to fit in an extra bed, so this is one of the better options for families.
Notes: Parents should be aware that this is a wildlife area and the camp is not fenced. Children should be supervised at all times and should not walk around the camp alone.
Power supply: Generator
Power supply notes: There is power in the rooms 24 hours a day, and 3-square-pin plug sockets in which to charge batteries.
Communications: Serengeti Migration Camp has WiFi in the central lounge areas, and a laptop for guests to borrow free of charge.
TV & radio: There is no TV or radio.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The managers at Serengeti Migration Camp are first-aid trained and have a first-aid box for minor injuries. There is also a medical officer based on site. For any serious incidents, the camp has links with the flying doctor service to Nairobi.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: There are askaris (guards) on duty 24 hours a day. They will escort you to and from your room at night.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the main areas and all the rooms, and the staff are all trained to use them.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Laundry is included – it is machine washed and tumble dried.
Money: Serengeti Migration Camp can exchange small amounts of cash, not exceeding US$100. There are safes in the rooms for storing valuables.
Accepted payment on location: Serengeti Migration Camp accepts MasterCard, Amex and Visa cards with a surcharge of 3%. Travellers' cheques are not accepted. Cash payments may be made in US dollars, GB pounds, euros and Tanzanian shillings.