Kati Kati Camp: Our full report
Kati Kati Camp is a simple tented camp in the Tanzania's central Serengeti, near to Seronera.This area of the Serengeti has reliably good game viewing throughout the year, and is a great place to look for cheetah on the vast open plains.
There are 11 tents at Kati Kati, 10 of which are identical and can all be set up as doubles, twins or triples, and one of which is a large interconnected family tent that can sleep up to five. They stand in one long line in an open area and, as there is little vegetation, they don't have a great deal of privacy. Each tent has a small covered veranda at the front, with a couple of deckchairs facing out onto the plains. Out here, you'll also find a washbasin that the camp staff fill each evening with warm water, and a washing line (there is no laundry service at Kati Kati).
Inside, the tents certainly aren't luxurious, but they are furnished with all the basic comforts you need. Cast-iron bed frames can be moved apart or pushed together, depending on guests' wishes, and there is a luggage rack and small writing desk. At the back of each tent the small en-suite bathroom has a flush toilet and a 20-litre bucket shower, which is filled with hot water on request. There is very little privacy, but the toilet and shower canvas walls can be zipped to help a little. The tents are dimly lit but well-ventilated, a welcome feature as the central Serengeti can be incredibly hot during the day.
The communal areas at Kati Kati camp are equally simple – giving a real bushcamp feel. In the evenings, guests can gather around the campfire for a pre-dinner drink before moving to individual tables for dinner in the small dining tent. A table is set up with hot water and instant coffee and tea bags for self-service throughout the day. There's no lounge tent here and no real place to relax, just a few scattered directors' chairs – but as almost all guests staying here are likely to be out on full-day game drives, returning in the late afternoon or early evening, this is seldom an issue.
The central region of the Serengeti is one of the most visited parts of the park, and consequently can get rather busy with other vehicles, but this is because there is great game to be found in this area. It offers excellent opportunities for seeing cats close to the roads, as well as plenty of elephant, giraffe and plains game.
This camp does not have its own guides and so it needs to be visited as part of a privately guided trip.
Kati Kati is not luxurious: it is a no-frills camp that is good value for money and in a well-positioned location. This is not somewhere to come for fancy furnishings, fine food, top-level service and pampering. However, it's a very good option if you're on a tighter budget and want to explore this area, with its abundance of game. Its small size and basic tents give a real feel of camping out in the African bush. It’s simple, but enjoyable!
- Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania
- Ideal length of stay
- Two to three nights
- The camp is a short drive from Seronera Airstrip, however most guests will drive here with a private driver guide.
- Accessible by
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board
- Food quality
- Much like the rest of the camp, the food is not fancy but it is hearty and plentiful.
Breakfast is a buffet, served from 06:00, with cereal, fruit and yoghurt. Eggs, sausage and bacon can be cooked to order and we especially enjoyed the pancakes on offer.
Lunch is usually a picnic, which is taken out by guests on a full-day game drive. A selection of items are laid out in the morning so guests can choose the contents of their picnic themselves; these are then packed up by the chef. On our last visit in February 2018, we had sandwiches, pizza, fruit, popcorn, quiche, cake and juice. For those who want to return to the camp, they offer a simple three-course menu served from 1:30pm.
Dinner is also a three-course menu, with a multitude of dishes brought to the table for the main course. Guests can help themselves to as much of each as they like. We were offered pumpkin soup to start, followed by beef stew, pork chops, rice and vegetables. Dessert was cake and watermelon. There is no choice for the starter and dessert, and this is certainly not fine dining, but all of the food was very tasty and hearty.
- Dining style
- Individual Tables
- Dining locations
- Indoor and Outdoor Dining
- Further dining info, including room service
- Room service is not available.
- Drinks included
- Drinks are not included. When we last visited in 2018, a beer cost US$4, soda cost US$3 and a bottle of wine was about US$25. Drinking water is provided in each tent.
- Attitude towards children
- The camp allows children of all ages.
- Property’s age restrictions
- There are no specific age restrictions at Kati Kati Camp.
- Special activities & services
- Generally recommended for children
- This camp is simple and wild; game can and does pass through it. Like any wild safari camp, it is only suitable for older children.
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Kati Kati Camp
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Kati Kati Camp have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.
- Power supply notes
- There are plugs in the main area, which work when the generator is turned on first thing in the morning and in the evening. There are no plugs in the tents.
- There is no internet access and limited cellphone reception.
- TV & radio
- Water supply
- Water supply notes
- Hot water for bucket showers is provided on request. There are flushing toilets.
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- The camp has access to a dispensary at one of the large lodges in Seronera. The nearest hospital is in Karatu.
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Security measures
- Guests are escorted to and from their tents by askaris (guards), who are on duty throughout the night.
- Fire safety
- There are fire extinguishers in all the tents and the staff are trained in fire safety.
Hot air ballooning
- Disabled access
- Not Possible
- Laundry facilities
- The camp does not have the facilities to do laundry but does provide washing powder so guests can do their own laundry if they wish.
- There is a safe in the main area, in which guests can lock their valuables securely. There is no currency exchange in the camp.
- Accepted payment on location
- Kati Kati only accepts cash payments in US dollars, euros, British pounds and Tanzanian shillings.
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