Kati Kati Camp

Kati Kati Camp: Our full report

Rooms
10 tents
Traveller's rating
Good (86%) From 7 reviews
Children
Best for 12+
Open
All year

Kati Kati Camp is a one of the more simple tented camps located in the Central Serengeti near to Seronera. This area of the Serengeti has reliably good game viewing throughout the year, and is a good place to look for cheetah on the vast open plains.

The 10 tents at Kati Kati are identical; all of which can be set up as twin, double or triple. They stand in one long line in an open area, and with little vegetation in the area, they don't have a great deal of privacy. Each tent has a small covered verandah at the front, with a couple of deck chairs set out facing onto the plains. Out here you'll also find a washbasin that the camp staff will come and fill each evening with warm water. Inside, the tents certainly aren't luxurious, but they are furnished with all the basic comforts you need. Cast iron bed frames are moved apart or pushed together, depending on the guests wishes, and there is a luggage rack and small writing desk. At the back of the tent the small en-suite bathroom has a chemical flush loo, and a 20-liter bucket shower which is filled with hot water on request.

The communal areas at Kati Kati camp are equally simple – giving a real bush camp feel. In the evenings guests will gather around the camp fire 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 real lounge tent here, and no place to relax – 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.

This camp does not have its own guides and so it needs to be visited as part of a private guided trip.


Our view

Kati Kati is not luxurious: it is a no frills, simple camp that is good value for money and well positioned. This is not somewhere to come for top level service and pampering, but it's a good option if you’re on a tighter budget and want to explore this game rich area. It’s small size and simple tents give a real feel of camping out in the African bush.

Geographics

Location: Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

Ideal length of stay: 2 - 3 nights

Directions: The camp is a short drive from Seronera airstrip, however most guests will drive here with a private driver guide.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Tanganyika Wilderness Camps

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: Unfortunately we didn't stay long enough to sample any of the food at Kati Kati on out last visit in April 2015, however the manager was able to give us an idea what it was like.

They told us that breakfast was a buffet, served from 06:00, with cereal, fruit and yoghurt. Eggs sausage and bacon were then cooked to order.

Lunch is more often than not a picnic which is taken out by guests on a full day game drive. However, for those who want to return to the camp, they offer a simple three course menu served from 13:30.

Dinner is also a three course menu. Much like the rest of the camp, we don’t expect that the food to be fancy or gourmet, but we imagine it to be very suitable, with generous portions.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Drinks are not included. When we last visited in 2015 a beer cost US$4, soda cost US$3 and a bottle of wine was about US$25.

Further dining info: Not possible.

Children

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: None

Equipment: None

Infrastructure

Power supply: Generator

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 at. There are no plugs in the tents.

Communications: There was no internet at Kati Kati when we last visited but there were plans to introduce Wi-Fi by the end of 2015.

TV & radio: No

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: Bottled water is provided in the tents which should be used to drink.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: There is a dispensary in Seronera which the camp has access to.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Security measures: Guests are escorted to and from their tents by askaris who are on duty throughout the night.

Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in all of the tents – the staff are also trained in fire safety.

Extras

Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: The camp does not have the facilities to do laundry. Instead washing powder is provided so that guests can do their own laundry if they require it.

Money: There is a safe in the main area which guests can lock their valuables in securely. There is no currency exchange in camp.

Accepted payment on location: Kati Kati accepts cash only – US$, €, £ and Tanzanian Shillings are all accepted.