Kati Kati Camp

Kati Kati Camp: Our full report

Rooms
10 tents
Traveller's rating
Good (88%) From 12 reviews
Children
Best for 12+
Open
All year

Kati Kati Camp is a simple tented camp located in the central Serengeti in Tanzania, 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.

The 10 tents at Kati Kati are identical and can all be set up as doubles, twins or triples (one family tent can sleep four). 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 deck chairs 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 chemical flush toilet and a 20-litre bucket shower, which is filled with hot water on request. 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 bush camp feel. In the evenings, guests can 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 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.

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 great 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.

Our view

Kati Kati is not luxurious: it is a no-frills 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 area, with its abundance of game. Its 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: Two to three 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: 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 June 2017, we had sandwiches, pizza, fruit, popcorn, quiche, cake and juice – and there were many more options available. 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 beef stew, rice, vegetables, pork and macaroni cheese. There is no choice for the starter and dessert.

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 2017, a beer cost US$4, soda cost US$3 and a bottle of wine was about US$25. Bottled drinking water is provided in each tent.

Further dining info: Room service is not available.

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. There are no plugs in the tents.

Communications: There is no internet access and limited cellphone reception.

TV & radio: No

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: Hot water for bucket showers is provided on request. There are flushing toilets.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

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.

Extras

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.

Money: 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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