A wooden walkway leads to Migration Camp.
Serengeti Migration Camp: Our full report
Tucked in a rocky outcrop of the northern Serengeti and located beside the Grumeti River, the large luxurious tented Serengeti Migration Camp has a comfortable colonial feel. It aims to strike a balance between blending in with its surroundings and maintaining a stylish edge.
Migration Camp’s rustic-yet-stylish reception and lounge area, is housed within a large split-level canvas-and-stone structure whose front is totally open to let the breeze flow through and to show off the views across the Grumeti River and the rugged landscape beyond. Highly polished wooden floors, large comfortable leather sofas and handcrafted bronze statues lend a colonial air. Black-and-white wildlife photographs adorn the walls.
The adjacent curio shop offers a wide variety of African carvings, as well as selling toiletries and other necessities.
Below the lounge, is the swimming pool whose shaded deck has sunloungers and umbrellas. The manicured lawn around it feels a little at odds with the otherwise dry and dusty landscape. To the side of the pool is a raised deck where sundowner drinks are served around a fire. When we visited in July 2013, a new deck was also being built on top of the curio shop.
Set on another level, adjacent to the pool, is Migration Camp’s dining area. Like the lounge, it is open at the front and has views across the river. Guests dine individually either inside, or outside on the deck at tables shaded by umbrellas during the day.
Serengeti Migration Camp’s 20 tented rooms are located at the bottom of the hill, below the main areas, and are accessed by stone stairs. This may be a problem for older guests or those with a disability. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and stylish – and the solid doors make this a luxury room rather than a tent!
Sitting on raised wooden platforms, the rooms have part stone/part canvas walls and canvas roofs. The rooms are quite close together, and some of the wide verandas are visible from the path between them, so they are not entirely private.
Rooms are furnished with highly polished wooden floors, comfortable beds covered in crisp white linen and a dark African-print throw, and a lounge area with a wide leather armchair, a coffee table, and a writing table. There is even complimentary sherry for guests to enjoy! Gauze windows let in plenty of light and breeze, while fans add an extra boost in hot weather. Double doors lead onto a wide outdoor deck with two canvas chairs and a table.
Canvas curtains separate the bedroom from the en-suite bathroom. Here you will find beautifully crafted pottery double basins set into a dark wooden shelf beneath twin mirrors. Solid wooden panels to each side screen a flush toilet, and, on the opposite side, a powerful hot shower – just what is needed after a long day out on safari. A small number of toiletries are also provided.
Next to the en-suite bathroom you’ll find hanging space for clothes, towelling bathrobes and an umbrella – in case of the odd rain shower.
Activities at Serengeti Migration Camp centre around exploring the national park by 4WD. You can do this by arriving with your own private vehicle and guide, or Migration Camp can arrange a safari using its own resident guides and vehicles. They usually run morning and afternoon game drives, but you could also head out with a packed lunch for a full-day safari, giving you the chance to travel deeper into the park.
Safari walks are also possible and cost US$75 per person.
This northern area of the Serengeti is especially exciting to visit during July and August (and possibly November), when the great wildebeest migration passes through the area. Outside of the migration season, you'll probably have to drive about 20km, to the Lobo Kopjies, in order to find reliably good game viewing. As an added bonus, the camp’s location in the far north of the national park means there are usually few other vehicles around.
Our viewSerengeti Migration Camp is a picturesque, top-quality property. The service is friendly and efficient, and on a previous visit we thought the food was very good indeed. For those seeking a reasonably comfortable place to stay, this would be a good choice. However, its size means that it hosts a number of groups, so it has a slightly less personal feel than many would wish.
Ideal length of stay: To explore this area fully, it is worth spending three nights at Serengeti Migration Camp.
Directions: Serengeti Migration Camp is a 60-minute drive (20km) from Lobo airstrip.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Elewana Collection
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: On a recent visit to Serengeti Migration Camp (July 2013), we did not stay long enough to enjoy a meal. However, on a previous visit in October 2011, we thought the food here was great.
All meals are à la carte and here is an idea of what to expect:
Breakfast is an extensive spread, with fresh bread, cereal, yoghurt and fruit. There is also a cooked breakfast option with a choice of eggs. There is always a range of fresh fruit juices, as well as tea and coffee.
For lunch, you can either take a packed lunch to eat out on safari, or you can come back to camp for lunch. The packed lunch usually consists of sandwiches, fruit and an additional snack such as a piece of cake. Back at camp, there is often a choice of soup, salads, a pasta dish as well as a meat option, such as a burger. Fresh fruit and a dessert usually follow.
Dinner is a four-course meal, with a choice of three starters, three main dishes (meat, chicken or vegetarian) and finished off with a choice of three desserts.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Drinks are included except for champagne, cellar wines and imported spirits.
Further dining info: Room service is not available
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Attitude towards children: Serengeti Migration Camp will happily accept children of all ages.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions at Serengeti Migration Camp.
Special activities & services: Serengeti Migration Camp can provide a babysitter, though parents should be aware that the babysitter will be a male member of the housekeeping team, and will not be professionally trained. Nature walks for children are available within the confines of the camp. Children under 16 years old are not allowed on safari walks.
Equipment: There are cots and highchairs available.
Generally recommended for children: Migration camp has a nice pool, and the rooms are spacious enough to fit in an extra bed, so this is one of the better options for families.
Notes: Parents should be aware that this is a wildlife area and the camp is not fenced. Children should be supervised at all times and should not walk around the camp unattended.
Power supply: Generator
Power supply notes: Rooms have power 24 hours a day, and square three-pin plug sockets are provided so guests can charge batteries.
Communications: Serengeti Migration Camp has WiFi in the central lounge areas, and a laptop for guests to borrow free of charge.
TV & radio: There is no TV or radio.
Water supply: Borehole
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The managers at Serengeti Migration Camp are first-aid trained and have a first-aid box for minor injuries. There is also a medical officer based on site. For any serious incidents, the camp has links with the flying doctor service to Nairobi.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: There are askaris (guards) on duty 24 hours a day. They will escort you to and from your room at night.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the main areas and all the rooms, and the staff are all trained to use them.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Laundry is included – it is machine washed and tumble dried.
Money: Serengeti Migration Camp can usually exchange small amounts of cash, but nothing exceeding US$100.There are safes in the rooms for storing valuables. There are safes in the rooms for storing valuables.
Accepted payment on location: Serengeti Migration Camp accepts MasterCard, Amex and Visa cards with a surcharge of 3%. Travellers' cheques are not accepted. Serengeti Migration Camp normally accepts MasterCard, Amex and Visa cards with a surcharge of 3%. Travellers' cheques are not accepted. Cash payments may be made in US dollars, British pounds, euros and Tanzanian shillings.