Serengeti is Tanzania's first national park and the largest. Serengeti has also been declared a World Heritage Site, in recognition of its uniqueness as the last stronghold of the great migration. The name Serengeti is derived from the Masai word "Siringet", meaning "endless plains" It contains an estimated 3 million large animals, most of whom take part in a seasonal migration that is unparalleled in nature. Twice a year, triggered by the rains, 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle gather to undertake the long trek to new grazing lands.
The migration of the herbivores roughly defines the boundaries of Serengeti National Park which is the central zone of the Serengeti ecosystem, and area that also takes in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Maswa Game Reserve to the west. Within this 25,900 sq km (10,000 sq miles) of varied landscape live thirty – five species of plains animals and 500 species of birds.
The park is made up of several different vegetational zones; In the dry south are short and long grass plains, in the centre lies the acacia savannah, in the Western corridor we have wooded highlands and pans of black cotton soil, to the north is the wooded grasslands concentrated along the water sources and tributaries of the Grumeti and Mara rivers.
Set high on the saddle of tree-clad ridge commanding panoramic views over the endlessly rolling reaches and volcanic reefs of the Serengeti, the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. It is 335 kms from Arusha and 27 kms from Seronera Airstrip. Accommodation is in 67 rooms.
Domed dining room, individual 'rondavel' rooms with private balconies, swimming pool, safari bar, private bush camp overlooking the migration, gift shop, business centre, WiFi, cultural dance and music.
Guest service include telephone with international dialing, hair dryers, shaver outlets with 220-240 Voltage, Forex Currency Exchange, laundry, valet and Shoe shine.
Kirawira Serena Camp offers the height of classic 'Out of Africa' safari camp luxury. Designed to replicate the elegant hunting camps of such legendary ‘white hunters' as Denys Finch Hatton and Baron Bror Blixen, it is located adjacent to the famous western corridor of the Serengeti National Park - amphitheater of the 'Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth', the annual migration of over one million wildebeest.
The tent also integrates a stained-glass and mahogany Edwardian bar and a stone flagged, khaki-and-canvas ‘Sun downer’ terrace. As for camp views, from lilac-streaked sunrise to diamond-domed night, the sensational Serengeti delivers a series of timeless volcanic vistas that are second to none.
Facilities and room service:
25 widely spaced luxury en-suite tents, bathroom with flushed WCs and showers, Edwardian-styled lounge and bar, elegant tented dining tents with full silver service, gourmet 5-course lunches and dinners, fine wines, scenic safari bar with stone terrace, central fire-pit for evening sundowners, gift shop, laundry, business centre, swimming pool, massage services, Wi-Fi, cultural dance and music, bush Barbeque, bush breakfast, poolside dinner, bush sun downer. Road transfer from Mwanza takes 3 hours and it is 13 kms from Grumeti Airstrip.
Picturesquely located in a glade, known as ‘the place of the klipspringer' (mbuzi mawe) in Western Serengeti, and guarded by three million year-old granite towers, this luxury tented-camp is unique. Ingeniously located on one of the main annual migration corridors for over one million wildebeest, half a million zebras and gazelles, and their accompanying cast of predators it is also located at the very epicenter of one of the world's most famous national parks. The camp is adjacent to both the Seronera (45 kms) and Lobo (30kms) airstrips.
16 widely spaced luxury en-suite tents (en-suite bathroom with flushed WCs and showers), central mess tent and bar, safari bar, central fire-pit for evening sundowners, gift shop, business center, massage services, nature walks, hiking the kopjes, Wi-Fi, cultural dance and music.
Set on the unspoiled plains of the Northern Serengeti, close to the famous Lamai Wedge, Sayari offers easy access to the Mara River and multiple river crossing points. Sayari is Swahili for universe or planet, capturing the vast plains and endless skies in which the camp is immersed. Sayari Camp was designed to strike the perfect balance between luxury and immersion in the extensive Serengeti.
The 15 spacious tented suites blend perfectly into the majestic landscape. Each tent is beautifully designed with original and traditional cloth and furniture and has a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom and a private veranda with a comfortable couch, overlooking the Serengeti. The dining area, lounge area and campfire create a perfect bush setting, with Africa as the backdrop. Far away from any other sign of human life, the Sayari camp crew ensures that every guest feels at home in this remote location.
Sayari Camp's talented cook offers guests a fusion of European cuisine with authentic African elements. The camp's naturalist guides offer a wealth of knowledge on the wonderful surrounding land and its inhabitants. Private decked verandas. There is infinity swimming pool, in-room lockable box, and complimentary laundry service and solar & generator power. The camp was chosen as one of the "Special Places" in Africa by Africa Geographic.
Siting high on a hill with endless vistas of the great Serengeti plains, Serengeti Simba Lodge is home to prolific birdlife and a stunning array of large game including: lion, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, elephant, bush buck, zebra, gazelle and hartebeest. Night game drives and performances by the Simba Dance Troupe will add to the experience of spectacular sunrise and sunset. The ‘Serengeti Migration’ passes the lodge twice a year, around June-July and again in October when millions of ungulates make their annual trek through the Serengeti eco-system. With awe-inspiring panoramic views of the vast savannah. The common area of the lodge (reception, bar and dining) is built around a ‘kopje’ or rocky outcropping, providing an unusual and natural background for your enjoyment.
Fifteen uniquely designed “tents” with all the romance of a tent but the security of a more permanent structure; using canvas in the construction, but built on solid stone foundations with thatch roofs, attached concrete baths and outdoor showers plus a private deck from which to enjoy the endless views of the Serengeti.
Six-room Stone House features two twin, two queen and two family rooms– each with two queen beds. The family rooms are large enough to add an additional twin bed for a child. Amazing views across the Serengeti savannah to the distant Grumeti River add to the ambiance of the rooms.
Full amenities are provided and rooms are solar powered with solar heatedwater; there is a power strip for battery charging that’s live when the lodge generator is on (approximately 6 hours per day). There’s also a 24-hourcharging station at reception. There is also a swimming pool.
Serengeti Sopa Lodge is located in South Western Serengeti overlooking the plains of Serengeti National Park. It is 315 kilometers from Arusha, and 34 minute’s drive from Seronera Airstrip to the Lodge. Serengeti Sopa Lodge accommodation consists of 69 standard rooms, all with 2 queen size beds, carpeted, and tastefully furnished with local fabrics and pictures. Room facilities include a lounge with a mini bar. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms and hairdryers. There are four very spacious double storey suites, with a lounge area on the ground floor where one can dine, sit out on the balcony facing the Serengeti Plains. Upstairs is the bedroom with a king size bed on a raised wooden platform, and on one side a bathtub facing the plains. There is also a gym and a swimming pool.
Speke Bay Lodge is located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania and it is 15 kms from the Serengeti National Park, and 125 kms north of Mwanza. Embraced by savannah, the lodge looks like a small village, stretched out along the shores of the lake. The main buildings and luxury accommodation are round in form, built to perfection, painted white and thatched with a grass roof (to provide insulation) in the traditional style of the local tribe, the Sukuma. Since the Lodge is outside but close to the Serengeti National Park, it is the ideal place to start or end your safari, or relax during your travels.
Accommodation is in bungalows and tents. The eight bungalows are situated along the shore of the lake. Each bungalow has 2 twin beds and it is a separate structure designed to ensure your privacy. The custom-made furniture in solid Mkola wood adds to the warm and elegant atmosphere. The tented camp consists of twelve tents, each covered by a thatched roof, which also creates a private and shady sitting area. The tents are fully furnished and contain two beds; hot showers and toilets are close-by.
Excursions in boats and on mountain bikes are offered, so you can truly experience Africa; you can fish from the beach for Tilapia, go out in a boat to catch Nile perch, or wander around on the Lodge’s 100 hectares of savannah, looking for birds. They operate fully equipped modern fishing craft and traditional dhows, fitted with radio communications, GPS navigators, safety equipment, game fishing rods and tackle, depth and fish finders.
Seronera Wildlife Lodge is located on the migratory route, and it provides front-seat viewing of this extraordinary natural phenomenon. The lodge is artfully constructed around a rocky outcrop from glass and wood elements, perfectly blending into its surrounding; next to the lodge, several waterholes attract, day and night, the most amazing animals, providing a unique opportunity for a close encounter with the Big Five. Seronera Lodge is only 5 minutes from the departing point of the hot air balloon safaris, which offer a thrilling bird’s-eye wildlife perspective of the vast plains of The Serengeti.
Seronera Wildlife Lodge has 75 spacious guestrooms, all of them affording stunning views over the Serengeti plains. Elegantly decorated in authentic African style, the modern rooms offer King-size beds and are fully equipped with ensuite bathrooms, central heating and a host of luxury amenities. The rooms’ air vents also have mosquito nets placed over them.
Reminiscent of a bygone era, Sabora Tented Camp dishes up lavish doses of romance, exploration and intrigue. Creating the feel of a lavish tent, each canvas cocoon offers opulent luxury complete with antique mahogany travel chests, Persian rugs and silk curtains.
Sip sundowners on the deck and gaze over the waterhole – you never know what you might see. Delicious feasts are prepared using locally grown organic produce, coupled with vintage wines, in surprise settings. Imagine dining beneath a lamp-lit acacia or under the boughs of a large ‘Sausage’ tree, with starlit skies and the distant chorus of nocturnal creatures.
Accommodation and facilities:
Nine luxury air-conditioned tents, each featuring:
The main area of the camp offers a dining room, bar lounge with satellite television, DVD player and library, elevated viewing deck and a swimming pool. Tariffs include all-suite accommodation, three meals per day, all drinks, including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs (excluding vintage champagne, champagne, and vintage wines on the connoisseurs wine list) and open Land Rover safaris accompanied by an experienced guide. Children above 10 years are welcome.
Other available services include: Spa, gym, tennis courts, satellite television in the main tents. Fun activities such as archery, stargazing safaris, mountain biking and tennis are all available. The Equestrian Centre is situated adjacent to Sasakwa Lodge and is home to sixteen horses. Experienced riders can enjoy out-rides on the Serengeti Plains. Tack is English style and guests have the choice of English or Western saddles.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge is one of three Singita lodges in this enormous private concession (340 000 acres), which means that you’ll have this wild stretch of Africa all to yourself. Sasakwa Lodge is built in the style of an Edwardian manor house. Stone walls, deep verandas, high ceilings, stately furniture, silverware and ornamental pieces complete the picture. Each cottage has a private infinity-edge pool overlooking ‘where the land stretches to forever’. The bedrooms with inviting four-posters are beautifully appointed, displaying typical African influences with touches of wood, leather and grass, alongside crisp linens, imported chandeliers and hand-crafted furniture.
Accommodation and facilities:
Accommodation is in 9 luxurious cottages and a private retreat. At any one time Sasakwa can accommodate a total of 34 guests. Cottage configurations: 6 x 1 bedroom, 2 x 2 bedrooms, 1 x 3 bedrooms, 1 x 4 bedrooms (private retreat). The Private Retreat (4 bedrooms) contains a basement nanny flat, which has two twin bedrooms, both en-suite.
Tariffs include all-suite accommodation, three meals per day, all drinks, including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs (excluding vintage champagne, champagne, and vintage wines on the connoisseurs wine list) and open Land Rover safaris accompanied by an experienced guide. Children of all ages are welcome.
Other services available: laundry & valet services, spa, yoga, gym, tennis courts, wireless internet access, satellite television in the main lodge, fun activities such as archery, lawn croquet, stargazing safaris, mountain biking and tennis are all available. The Equestrian Centre is situated adjacent to Sasakwa Lodge and is home to eighteen horses. Experienced riders can enjoy out-rides on the Serengeti Plains.
A mobile tented camp located in Central Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. A cosy mess tent is located in the centre of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner.
Impeccably set in the remote southern part of the Serengeti, Sanctuary Kusini's location was specially selected by local experts. It overlooks the plains where game are a common sight all year round. Built around a spectacular rocky outcrop and on the path of the wildebeest migration, the camp is ideal for seeing cheetah and wildebeest that congregate on the grassy plains in the calving season from mid-December to March. The camp’s twelve tents feature en-suite bathrooms with showers and elevated terraces overlooking the Serengeti plains. A lot of attention has been paid to exclusive proximity to the Africa that you have come to see, far from the crowds that might be expected to throng to so unique a destination.
Between definitive wildlife encounters and classic African adventures, you may gather for elegant candlelit meals and safari tales in the dining tent, have 'sundowner' cocktails or picturesque banquets atop a nearby kopje or spend contemplative hours in the intimate library lounge, taking stock of what you have seen.