Ubuntu Camp is a small, semi-permanent camp in the Serengeti National Park.
Ubuntu Camp: Our full report
Ubuntu Camp is a small, semi-permanent camp in the Serengeti National Park. Like it’s more luxurious sister camp Olakira, Ubuntu moves seasonally to optimise the chance of witnessing the great wildebeest migration. Between December and March it is situated on the open southern plains, where the annual migration spreads out to graze on the fresh new grasses. Then from June to November it is located in the north of the park, where it is perfectly positioned to witness the crossing of the Mara River.
Ubuntu is typical of a small bushcamp, with a simple set-up and a real wilderness feel. The main canvas-floored communal tent has a few directors’ chairs, some more substantial sofas, and some large ‘bean-bag’ cushions on the floor. Cream-coloured fabrics and wicker mats lend a natural feel, while Arab-style decorations give it a slight Moroccan edge. When the canvas sides are pulled back, it’s a breezy place to relax during the day, while in the evenings, this area is lit only by lanterns, giving it quite a magical feel. If you have some spare time between game drives, a selection of coffee-table books and board games provides some entertainment. There’s also a small bar, a tea and coffee station, and a charging station for batteries.
Meals at Ubuntu are communal affairs, and generally take place in the nearby dining tent. Eating with the other guests, and sometimes the guides too, makes these sociable and often very interesting occasions. Before settling down for dinner, guests usually meet around the campfire for a well-earned drink and to compare stories and sightings of the day.
The six tented rooms at Ubuntu Camp are unpretentious but well designed, each with a sturdy bed (which can be turned into twins if necessary), canvas bedside tables, a small writing desk, and some directors’ chairs which are perfect for sitting at the front of your tent and watching the world go by. As in the main areas, the colours are fairly muted, but a couple of bright rugs on the floor, and burnt-orange bedspreads add a splash of character.
At the rear of each tent, there’s a small place to hang and store your clothes, with a dressing gown and some wellies for your use. There’s also a small electronic safe here for storing valuables. The en-suite bathroom, separated from the bedroom by a canvas curtain, has a single basin with running water, a flushing toilet and a bucket shower which is filled upon request.
Guests at Ubuntu come primarily for the great migration. Some will visit with their own private driver and guide, while others will make use of the camp’s own guides - ask us about the different pros and cons of each!
Ubuntu’s small size, unfussy layout, good service and reasonable price tag make it a great choice for those who enjoy a simple, bushcamp set-up and want a good-value base from which to see the migration at various stages.
Ideal length of stay: Spend three nights at Ubuntu Camp to give you enough time to explore the surrounding area properly, although you may want more during the time of the migration
Directions: When Ubuntu Camp is located in the southern Serengeti, most guests drive here with their vehicle and guide. However, but when it moves to the more remote north of the national park, most choose to fly to a nearby airstrip depending on where the camp is located.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: We did not get the chance to experience the food on our most recent visit to Ubuntu Camp in 2011, but the standard of food at its sister camps – Olakira, Dunia, Sayari and Oliver’s – has always been excellent.
You can expect a varied breakfast of fruits and cereals, followed by a cooked breakfast.
Lunch at the camp will generally be light and refreshing - made with lost of fresh ingredients. However, many people choose to take a packed lunch out with them on safari.
End the day with a three course dinner, generally of a very high standard and plenty of flavour.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Drinks are included, apart from champagne and specially imported wines and spirits.
Wildlife safaris: Ubuntu moves throughout the year roughly following the movements of the wildebeest migration, therefore at most time of year this should be an excellent base to catch site of this phenomenon.See more ideas for Wildlife safaris in Tanzania
Attitude towards children: Ubuntu Camp is happy to have children aged seven and over.
Equipment: There is no special equipment.
Generally recommended for children: Ubuntu is a friendly camp that feels relaxed and unpretentious, and the team will always make families feel welcome. However, parents should note it is also a very wild camp and children should not be allowed to wonder around unescorted.
Notes: Children are the responsibility of their parents at all times.
Power supply: Generator
Communications: There is a satellite phone and internet for emergencies only.
TV & radio: There is no TV or radio at Ubuntu Camp.
Health & safety
Malarial area: Yes
Medical care: The guides at Ubuntu Camp are first-aid trained and there is equipment for minor injuries at the camp. For more serious cases, the camp would call the flying-doctor service.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: Ubuntu Camp is unfenced and big game does sometimes wonder through, so the team will escort you around the camp at night. There are five askaris on site.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in each of the tents.
Laundry facilities: Laundry is included; it is hand washed and line dried, and – weather permitting – usually returned within 24 hours.
Money: Ubuntu Camp has no currency exchange facilities. There are safes in each room.