Nimali Serengeti: Our full report
Nimali Central Serengeti is a smart, permanent tented camp in the central Seronera area of the Serengeti ...... in Tanzania, close to Makoma Hill. With only six tents the camp, which opened in July 2017, has been designed to provide guests with an authentic safari experience and great wildlife viewing all year round.
Like its sister property Nimali Tarangire, Nimali Central Serengeti is a stylish tented camp providing good quality accommodation. It is located in a pretty, secluded valley within the central Serengeti, in an area is known for its fantastic wildlife throughout the year. The manager told us that large herds of buffalo and giraffe were regularly seen on the open plains in front of the camp, giving you the chance to watch the wildlife directly from your tent.
We loved that Nimali Serengeti currently only has six tents, meaning there are unlikely to be more than 16 guests at any one time. As a result, it feels small and intimate, with a personalised service. The whole camp is run to a high standard with modern furnishings, a neutral colour scheme and natural materials, and the overall effect is chic and stylish.
The six tents are well-designed and feel light and airy; each has a slightly different theme, with monochrome cushions printed with photographs of African animals. The tents are large enough to be arranged as either a double, twin or triple and come with the amenities you would expect of a quality safari camp. These include a wooden writing desk, a cosy chair, open-fronted wardrobes and a freestanding fan. UK-style three-pin plugs are available for charging your electricals, and two-way radios, mosquito spray and flashlights are also provided. The modern en-suite bathroom comes with twin basins, a good quality rain shower and complimentary toiletries. Outside, a small veranda is set with a couple of wooden chairs overlooking the grassy plains.
We are told Nimali plans to build one family tent, which will consist of a double and a twin room, each with an en-suite bathroom, and a shared lounge in the middle. They plan for the family tent to be in place by July 2018.
The central lounge and dining areas at Nimali comprise two separate tents, fairly close together. The lounge is laid out with sofas and low coffee tables dotted with photo books and decorative lanterns, while tasteful wildlife photographs adorn the walls. Come here in the afternoon to enjoy a drink and slice of cake before your wildlife drive.
In front of the dining tent is an open fireplace where a fire or, as it is affectionately known ‘bush TV’, is lit every evening. Illuminated by lanterns hanging from an acacia tree, it is an atmospheric spot where guests can gather before dinner to share safari stories whilst watching the sunset.
Activities at Nimali Serengeti focus on 4x4 safari drives in the nearby central Seronera area of the park. It is possible, however, to take a packed lunch and go on an all-day drive, allowing you to explore further afield. If you are looking to treat yourself, then you may like to book an early morning hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti, allowing you to enjoy the wildlife from a new perspective.
When we were last at Nimali in February 2018, we were very conscious of the number of tsetse flies in the area around the camp. There are black and blue tsetse fly traps strung between the trees and, over time, we hope this will improve the situation.
We really liked Nimali Central Serengeti and it is a good to see another high-quality permanent tented camp open in this area of the park. It is a great choice for guests looking for a small and intimate experience in a wildlife-rich area.
- Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania
- Ideal length of stay
- Stay three or four nights to explore the central Serengeti area.
- Nimali Serengeti is around a 45-minute drive from the Seronera Airstrip or around a four-hour drive from the Ngorongoro Crater.
- Accessible by
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board & Activities
- Food quality
- We did not have the chance to eat at Nimali Serengeti when we last visited in February 2018. From chatting with the manager, we understand that breakfast is typically a cold buffet served in camp, with a selection of hot dishes cooked to order. If you have planned an early start, then Nimali can provide you with a breakfast to take with you on safari.
Lunch and dinner, if taken in camp, typically consist of a three-course set menu, with fresh salads and internationally inspired cuisine. Bush lunches and dinners can be arranged, where you can dine in the wilderness of the Serengeti.
- Dining style
- Individual Tables
- Dining locations
- Indoor and Outdoor Dining
- Further dining info, including room service
- Room service is available on request.
- Drinks included
- All drinks are included with the exception of premium wines, spirits and Champagne.
- Attitude towards children
- Older children are welcome at Nimali Serengeti.
- Property’s age restrictions
- The minimum age is six.
- Special activities & services
- There are no special services or activities available for children.
- There is no specialist equipment available at Nimali.
- Generally recommended for children
- Fine for mature, older children.
- There are large predators present in the area and the camp is unfenced. Children should be supervised at all times.
- Power supply notes
- There is a back up generator.
- Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the camp.
- TV & radio
- There are no TVs at Nimali.
- Water supply
- Water supply notes
- Currently, Nimali’s water comes from a borehole near the Seronera Airstrip which is then transported back to camp. There are plans to drill a borehole closer to camp; no date has been set for this.
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- Staff are first-aid trained and there is a medical kit on site. For guests requiring further medical attention, the hospital at Arusha is around an hour’s flight away.
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Security measures
- Local Maasai, known as askaris, will escort you to and from your tent after dark, and they are on guard throughout the night.
- Fire safety
- Fire extinguishers are present in both the tents and central areas.
Hot air ballooning
- Disabled access
- On Request
- Laundry facilities
- There are electronic safes in all tents.
- Accepted payment on location
- Nimali Serengeti only accepts cash. All major currencies are accepted, these include US dollars, euros, GB pounds and Tanzanian shillings.
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