Reviews of Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp
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Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp review
It was a very special experience. The food was excellent and in fact the best we had in 23 days. They had received enormous rains a few days before we arrived and it felt slightly battered, but it did not diminish our experience.
The guide, Paul was marvellous, gentle, patient , skilled and a tremendous guide. We saw all the animals in great numbers including the migration on the plains.
The only reality check is that this camp is not in the Serengeti and you will not actually go to the Serengeti National Park. Two points I had not realised. Serengeti National park is a significant distance away and not visited from this camp, so we were told. We did work out that it is in the Serengeti Ecological Area, but not actually the Serengeti. The camp is in the Ngorgongoro Conservation Reserve, which means that you can go off road, which is a tremendous advantage.
Of boy, here we go.....
This was our introduction to Nomad's camps. We ended up staying at 4, and all were simply wonderful. Raj and his crew welcomed us and I liked that he and an alternating guide always had dinner with us. This allowed us to meet as fellow humans, and to allow us to hear stories from the guides--and to pick their brains. We were curious to see the cook tent and they facilitated this.
One night a leopard prowled through the edge of the camp as we were watching 'Bush TV' (campfire), and the enthusiasm with which the guides ran for torches and bade us follow them as we followed the animal made it clear that the staff are genuine enthusiasts. Great food, exemplary service at out tent. Guiding in the jeeps was superb.
What I didn't know was that I dropped my GoPro out of my bag. At the next camp (Katavi) I got word of this from the camp manager who had been contacted by Raj. There wasn't time to get it to me at Katavi, but there it was waiting for me at Mahale--having travelled half way through Tanzania. If that isn't honest and fabulous service, I don't know what is.
Because this camp is mobile, it is more spartan than the other Nomad camps, but that is a relative term. It was divine!
Excellent camp location with nice staffs
This camp is about 45 mins. from the airstrap. On the way to the camp, we starts the safari experince already, The tent is spacious with all the facilities we need, it's as good as staying in a hotel with all the charm of staying in the wild.
The communal area is at the centre with tents at both sides. Staffs are attentive as well as kind and knowledgable. The guide is excellent, very knowlegeable and Professional. The guide asked for our interest and do the best he can to fullfil it.
Our main aim for the stay is to watch the grand migration which we did. As a bonus, we also saw the black rhino and a pair of cheetah. Excellent game viewing !
Beautiful camp in the middle of the migration
A truly amazing setting where you are literally in the middle of the migration.
The camp takes glamping to another level with luxurious tents, great facilities, fresh linens and a welcoming mess tent, with fully stocked bar and a great place to gather after an evening drive.
The food was delicious and fresh - every meal a treat and with amazing variety considering the location.
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp review
Unfortunately the migration had started early so the thousands of gnus we’d hoped to see here had moved on but as we’d seen them earlier in the trip that didn’t faze us. There were lots of other animals around and many cheetahs. We even got to watch a mother cheetah teaching her cubs to hunt with the (unwilling!) assistance of a baby gazelle who did not survive the experience. Lion and leopard were around too as well as plenty of elephants, zebra and the rest of the usual suspects. A sighting of 7 (!) bat-eared foxes was a highlight.
Tents here are fairly basic as they have to be moveable; to quote manager Joseph ‘you have everything you need but nothing you don’t’. Beds are comfortable, towels fluffy and the eco – loo fine for a few days. Water for the bucket shower arrives just the right temperature and the quantity is fine. Be prepared to be awoken by the chomping of zebras outside the tent and the occasional swish of a tail against the canvas. The camp aims not to disturb the environment but we did think it might be a good idea to remove the zebra droppings from the path to the tents, especially as you have to negotiate it by torchlight.
Paul was a pleasant guide with excellent spotting skills. We had excellent cheetah viewings, at one of which we were the only vehicle. Despite knowing we were interested in birds we stopped for few and there was little attempt at detailed identification. However, when we found a baby wildebeest stuck in some mud he did get out and rescue it which endeared him to us!
Food here was OK but nothing special – the best thing was some fish cakes we had for lunch one day. An exception to this was the bush breakfasts which were excellent – bacon and egg sandwiches, good meaty sausages, cereal, muesli, fruit etc. Yes, the food is coming from a bush kitchen but we have enough experience of Africa to know what CAN be produced under these circumstances and it can be a lot better than what we got here.
On our last night we were the only guests in camp. However some senior managers from Nomad were visiting. Most of these were polite and introduced themselves. Mark made a point of sitting at the fire with us and discussing our experiences in Africa and our views of the camp. He also made a point of coming to say goodbye as we were leaving for our drive the following morning. However the Operations Director, Serena, turned her back on us as we arrived for pre-dinner drinks, did not introduce herself, made a point of wishing the manager goodnight and totally ignoring the fact that we were sitting at a table with him and generally behaved as if we were beneath her notice. We found this disdain for the guests whose money pays her salary an absolute disgrace. Subsequently we discovered that Nomad’s website describes her as ‘a people person’!!!!!
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These comments were passed on to Serena who was simply mortified. She tells us that she had feared flooding the guests with managers and so had wanted to give them some space, seeing that others had already engaged with them in conversation. This was not intended to be rude in any way and she is sincerely sorry that it came across that way.
Loved Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp!
Loved many thing about Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp, starting with the staff. The wait staff were fantastic (Babu for example :-)), the camp manager was wonderful to talk to and very attentive, and our guide Paul was excellent.
The tent was awesome (although Mom was a bit worried about security from animals and I do wonder if there are ever issues), the food was great, and the wildlife was absolutely outstanding.
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp
The second Nomad Camp we stayed at. It was also very well run and well organised by Joseph. All the staff were extremely helpful and kind. The chef produced some wonderful meals which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Philip was another exceptional guide who took us on some amazing game drives, notably to witness the migration of the wildebeest as they crossed the Mara river. We very appreciated his sense of humour, which took us in every now and again.
Wildlife at our doorstep
We were very happy here - we had incredible sights of wildlife, including spectacular wildebiest River Mara crossings . Due to the mobile character, we were very close to all animals, they were only short drives away from camp, whereas visitors from other camps/lodges were driving full days. We had an early drive (including picnic breakfast) of approx. 5 hours, then a long lunch break and another shorter drive in the early evenings of approx. 2 hours.
Very knowledgable, professional, friendly and competent guide who was the reasons that Serengeti was one of our highlights; very friendly and professional staff at the camp.
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp review
Very very nice camp set on a hillside with a good view across the plaines when we were they. Exactly what we wished for. Very good main dining/sitting area and very well set out. Very good food. Very relaxed atmosphere.
Good game viewing trips across the Serengeti and exactly what is needed to get to the Mara River without too much of a drive and see the wilderbeast crossing. Also good sightings of most animals including lions, leopards, cheetah and also a back rhino and calf (if briefly).
Very good guide and knowledgable.
We absolutely loved it here. Being right in the park was amazing. We felt like we were the only ones in the park for the most part on our drives. Our guide, Dave was an expert game spotter and taught us so much about the habits of all the animals as well as responsible ecological practices. It was especially educational and exciting for our 11 year old niece who was very well taken care of throughout. Having a private drive meant we could plan our game drives to suit her needs as well as our own.
The lodging was amazing and the food was fantastic -- right down to the 6 am hot chocolate and cookie deliveries to our tent to kickstart our early morning outings! They took extra care to account for my husbands food allergies. The evening get togethers around the campfire were lovely and we met a lot of other interesting travellers. We can't say enough good things about it.