Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is a classic, tented, mobile camp...
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp: Our full report
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is a classic tented mobile camp, which changes location several times a year in order to follow the wildebeest migration around the Serengeti. There are tents and infrastructure for a maximum of 14 guests. The camp's changing location broadly follows the pattern of the migration.
Roughly from December to April, the camp is in the southern plains area and around Lake Ndutu, where the wildebeest herds spread out widely to graze and calve on the open plains. In May it usually moves to the Moru area of central Serengeti. In June and July it's usually based in the Western Corridor and Grumeti area. And from July to October, the camp is based in the northern Kogatende area. For more on the migration's movements, see our moving map of the Serengeti migration here.
As the camp has to move frequently, it's designed to be a bush camp and as a result has remained quite simple. For example, the showers are safari showers with hot water delivered when requested, and the flush toilets are chemical loos. While the camp isn't smart, it does have a veteran, colonial safari style and the furnishings are good-quality.
There are two main public tents which act as a lounge and a dining area or "mess". Both of the tents are completely open at the front, and the floors are covered with large woven rugs.
In the lounge at Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp you'll find a couple of large leather bean bags and giant scatter cushions, plus a sofa and a number of directors' chairs. Wooden side tables and solar-powered electric lights disguised as storm lanterns enhance the colonial style. In one corner is a book shelf with coffee-table and wildlife books and a few games such as Scrabble. If you want to while away a few hours, this is a comfortable place to do it. The lounge is also where the camp's battery-charging station , for guests' cameras, phones and other gadgets, is located.
The dining tent is a similar size, and is mostly taken up by a table set for communal meals. There's also a table at the side where food is set out for breakfast and lunch.
There are seven very comfortable, spacious guest tents, two of which are set up as a family unit. The tents are spaced a good distance apart and are cleverly staggered to increase privacy. The access path runs behind the tents.
Each tent has a comfy bed and distressed iron bed-frame, a canvas rack for your luggage, a leather-topped writing desk and side tables, and antique-style brass storm lanterns for the solar lighting. The use of natural materials and colours works really well, and to stylish effect.
Behind the bedrooms is a changing area, with towel racks, clothes-hanging space. There's plenty of room here – and it's a continuation of the natural style. The single stainless steel wash basin is set into a dark wooden plinth and you'll find a thermos of hot washing water (replenished regularly) as well as a plumbed-in cold tap. Behind this is the flush toilet and the safari shower, where hot water is brought on request to fill the overhead reservoir.
As in the lounge and mess, the guest tent lighting is powered by solar-charted batteries. Each tent is also provided with a torch, and an emergency airhorn siren in the unlikely event you need to get the attention of a member of staff during the night.
The food and service at Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is very good. During your stay you are hosted by your personal guide (there is no camp manager as such), and they always make sure that you are well looked after. The service here is polite, friendly and well managed.
The activities based out of this Serengeti camp focus entirely on game drives. You can head out for a morning and then an afternoon drive, or for a full day drive, taking a packed lunch with you. Early starts of 6 to 6.30am are recommended so that you are out when the big cats are most active, but timings are always flexible.
Broadly speaking, this camp follows the Serengeti’s wildebeest herds, which move in their hundreds of thousands through the ecosystem. However, the sites for Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp have to be booked with the TANAPA park authorities many months in advance. The camp’s owners, Nomad, do their best to estimate where the migration will be but wildebeest movements are very unpredictable (on our last visit in April 2015, the herds had double-backed to Ndutu when we visited) and there can sometimes be some distance between the camp and the main concentration of herds.
Our viewNomad Serengeti Safari Camp is a traditional bush camp, with relatively luxurious comforts and high standards of food and service. There is a lovely balance here between immersing yourself in the wilderness, feeling truly part of the bush, and enjoying the comforts of a luxury camp. If you want an authentic experience of bush living, while also getting close to the migration action, then this is a great choice.
Ideal length of stay: 3 to 4 nights allows at least two full days for game drives to watch the migration and other wildlife.
Directions: Access to Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp varies, depending on where the camp is located in the Serengeti. You will usually fly to the nearest airstrip, where you'll be met on arrival by your guide and transferred through the park to camp.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Nomad Tanzania
Staff: There are 16 staff members in camp when it's full.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: When we last stayed, the food at Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp was very good. They offered a variety of international-style dishes, used fresh vegetables and lots of herbs and spices. Dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.
The dining experience was also great – if we weren't eating a picnic out in the bush, we were in camp and eating with other guests. Meals are a sociable affair and much like a dinner party.
If you have an early start you can take a packed breakfast out on safari with you. This is usually eaten at a quiet picnic site somewhere in the bush and consists of granola, pancakes, and bacon and egg sandwiches. There is also hot tea and coffee, as well as fruit juice. If you stay in camp for breakfast, it is usually a buffet of cereal and fruit, as well as a full cooked breakfast.
Lunch can also be taken as a packed lunch, or eaten at the camp. In both cases you can usually expect fresh salad and tomatoes, as well as other light lunch options such as cous cous, fish cakes, rice salad or cold meats. Desert is usually something light and fresh like a fruit salad. Lunches may on occasion be communal, but more usually each party will eat separately.
Before dinner, guests usually gather for a drink around the camp fire and swap the day's stories. We enjoyed a starter of chicken with fresh mango and cucumber on one night, and then homemade soup on another. For the main course we had roast pork chops, sweet potato chips and vegetables one night and then Moroccan style chicken on the other. Desserts included chocolate and orange mousse and baked pear.
We enjoyed the food at Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp very much, and thought that the group dining worked very well indeed.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Most drinks, with the exception of Champagne and premium imported wines and spirits, are included.
Further dining info: The camp will organise private meals outside your tent on request.
Wildlife safaris: Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is a mobile camp that moves several times through the year to follow the wildebeest migration. Though the movements of the migration can be unpredictable, the camp tries hard to predict where the main herds will be and it's a great base if you're keen to experience this phenonmenon.See more ideas for Wildlife safaris in Tanzania
Attitude towards children: Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp loves families, and welcomes children.
Property’s age restrictions: There is no formal minimum age.
Special activities & services: No
Generally recommended for children: This is quite a wild camp and is best suited to older and more mature children.
Notes: Children are the responsibility of their parents at all times and should not be left unattended whilst in the camp.
Power supply: Solar Power
Power supply notes: The camp has a backup generator.
Communications: There is intermittent mobile phone reception in the Serengeti and sometimes there is reception in camp, depending on the camp's location. There is wi-fi in the camp office, which guests can use in urgent need.
TV & radio: No – this is a bush camp.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp has a first aid kit on site and also has links to flying doctors for more serious cases. Some staff have first-aid training.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: This camp is not fenced and wildlife often comes into camp. Because of this you will be escorted around the camp at night.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the tents.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Laundry is included. Clothes are hand-washed by the housekeeping team and line-dried. For cultural reasons, the team will not wash ladies' underwear. Washing powder is provided in the tents.
Money: Nomad cannot offer any currency exchange.
Accepted payment on location: You can settle any extra payments in cash in US dollars or Tanzanian shillings.