Reviews of Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp
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Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp under the stars
The drive from Sopa Lodge to Nomad Serengeti, through Masai villages and what seemed like remote back country, was fascinating, lengthy and dusty. By mid-February (2017) the usual short rains had failed to appear and so had the wildebeest migration and calving season. We arrived at Nomad Serengeti in a swirl of dust and mild anxiety about "camping" in parched surroundings, but were immediately put at ease by the Nomad staff in the common dining/lounge tent with explanations of camp operations. Our tent was extremely comfortable and, as our adult son was joining us for the next week, we had a family tent set-up with an adjoining breezeway. Anxiety melted away, lunch was served, we met the other "campers" and set off on a late afternoon game drive.
A word about our Nomad guide who was with us from Arusha through the southern Serengeti. Philip could not have been kinder or more knowledgeable. We felt totally "safe" with him, really got along well, and learned a huge amount about the physical area, the animals and their behavior. The best!
Because the seasons were "off" and the lack of rain had stressed the animals, the game viewing was not optimal and it was blazing hot with more flies than usual. (Not biting flies, just annoying). This became a problem at lunchtime (flies disappeared after dark) and verged on unpleasant. There are mosquito nets on the dining tent but they weren't used, which seemed odd to me given the mid-day fly attack. On our last night the skies opened up and it poured throughout dinner - everyone was so happy for the rain that we didn't mind the dampness.
Otherwise, the sunsets, the acacia trees, the fire pit, the Masai guards, the friendliness of the staff, and the congenial atmosphere amongst guests during cocktails and dinner -- all deeply memorable. And despite the weather, we saw an amazing cheetah hunt and spent a day tracking the migration up in the central Serengeti. Not to be missed. We were blown away!
A word about the tents: we found them perfectly comfortable and enhanced the experience of being virtually on the serengeti. The composting toilets were fine - no smell - and the bucket showers great fun. The inconveniences were minor and added to the experience, especially for only a few days. We saw very little wildlife traipsing through camp, but we certainly heard them at night!
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp was excellent
This camp was exactly what I had in mind. It has the feel of a "classic" bush camp. It has everything you need for a safari but no unnecessary frills. That being said, the food was outstanding -- amazing what can be prepared in the middle of the bush! The staff were exceptionally friendly and well trained, responding to any request with grace.
As it is a mobile camp, the tents do not have the luxurious edge of some more permanent establishments, but this is perhaps the point -- in the Serengeti wilderness, gilded chandeliers are out of place!
Our Nomad guide, Kakai, was the best I have had (in approx 10 safaris). He was exceptionally knowledgeable. The other guests had similarly positive feedback about their respective guides.
The lodge description doesn't make clear that at this time of year (winter) they are located outside the Serengeti park itself; however, you are right on the border and in some ways it is an advantage as cars can drive off of the tracks. Also we drove into the Serengeti park itself on one day.
Hard to think of any suggestions, as long as guests are seeking this style of bush luxury. Perhaps some of the tent furnishings could be refreshed.
Presidential welcome at Nomad Serengeti camp
Our first experience of a mobile safari camp. We were the only guests during our 2 night stay, and were given a wonderful "Presidential" welcome by the whole team of 11 staff on arrival. Interesting location, with big panoramic views of the Serengeti.
Comfortably furnished tent, but primitive ablutions - the shower was very weak and had to be manually topped up from outside by a staff member, resulting in my wife resorting to requesting a 5 litre bucket of hot water for a bucket wash. The loo also leaked liquid into the tent, inspite of efforts at repairs.
On the first night there was a serious wind storm, and our tent came close to taking off - the floor mats did become airborne, some furniture moved around and broke, as did a guy rope.
Good traditional camp fire for sundowners before dinner. Food a bit stodgey and unimaginative.
John, our guide, was very attentive and keen to help us and obtain feedback. He was fairly new to guiding, making the transition from head waiter at Lamai not so long ago. He did achieve many good game sightings, but was clearly building up his experience base.
Wild, Safari, Perfect!
What I hoped for!Read more about the whole safari
Outstanding guides and camp life.
Wonderful time here as well.
If I had it to do over again I maybe would have reversed the order of these two camps, as I probably would have appreciated the migration more if I had visited the north camp first.
My guide, Samuel, was very informative about the animals and the Maasai people alike. Saw three leopard, which was very exciting.
Rustic luxury for the migration
This was my intro to the Serengeti, and I admit I didn't know what to expect.
The food, guiding, and accommodations were all excellent.
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.