Serengeti under Canvas: Our full report
The Serengeti under Canvas camps are run by CC Africa, who also run Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Mnemba Island and two permanent camps in the Serengeti region: Grumeti River Camp and Klein's Camp.
These tented camps aim to provide a more traditional safari experience, under canvas, without losing out on the more important of the luxuries that CC Africa's lodges are known for. So they are camping – but they're smooth and classy camping, using very experienced guides.
We haven't yet stayed at one of these camps, but we know the areas and have had good feedback from clients who have visited. So we're very confident that they're a very good operation!
Serengeti Under Canvas is made up of several different semi-permanent camps. (Semi-permanent means that the camps are set up for a few months in the same place, before they are moved to a new location.)
Of these tented camps, there are usually two located within the Serengeti National Park: these tend to be in the south of the park from January to May, and then they move to the north of the national park for June to December. There is usually a third camp to be found outside the national park, in Klein's own safari area in the Loliondo Reserve in the northeast of the Serengeti. , This is sometimes known as 'Klein's under Canvas', and normally operates from June to around December.
Each Camp consists of six large, luxury tents with en-suite bucket showers which are open to the sky, and separate flush toilets. These have high-quality fixtures and fittings, including Indian rugs and percale linens. There's also a stylish dining and lounge tent, where you'll be served using crystal glasses and silver. Expect excellent food.
However, note that there's no running water or electricity – but there are gas lamps dotted around the camp, and each tent has battery-operated lighting and a torch is supplied. (There is a power outlet (220v AC) in the vehicles which can be used to charge camera batteries.)
The camps within the Serengeti National Park concentrate on game drives, whilst the camp in the Klein's area of Loliondo also offers guided walking and night drives.
When camping within easy reach of Seronera area, the team at the camp will usually assist in organizing a hot-air ballooning trip (at extra cost). Obviously this is always subject to the camp being within reach of the launch site.
Owner: CC Africa
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Outdoor Dining
Wildlife safaris: These great little tented camps are in the heart of the Serengeti – and good places to stay to try and see the great wildebeest migration. They move seasonally, to improve the chances of having great wildlife around the area of camp itself.See more ideas for Wildlife safaris in Tanzania
Power supply: None
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Disabled access: Not Possible