Safari: Tented Camp Safari

Summary

Reminiscent of the classic safaris of the previous century, a tented camp safari offers the ideal combination of luxury and intimacy in the African wilderness. Tented camps consist of a small number of private, walk-in canvas tents that feature spacious bedrooms, en suite bathrooms with hot water showers and small verandas for watching the scenery and wildlife. Tented camps are either built on permanent platforms or relocated every few months in order to follow the great wildebeest migration. Gourmet meals and beverages are served in separate dining and lounge tents. Generators produce electricity for light and refrigeration.

Tented camp sites are primarily available in Tarangire National Park and Serengeti National Park; therefore, our safaris often utilize a combination of tented camp and lodge accommodations. Contact us today to start planning your luxury safari!

Tented Camp Safari

A King sized room at Kambi ya Tembo

Tenting out near Seronera west of the center of the [Serengeti] plain . . . I heard a low rumble, like thunder, off across the plain to the east. As I squinted into the sun, I saw the first of an enormous herd of wildebeest emerging from behind the trees on a course directly across the right front of my camp site. On and on they came, thousands of them, and they were running at full stride, all out, shoulder to shoulder. When at last they had gone, the sense of quiet and space returned, and Serengeti’s sense of timelessness.

Harold T. P. Hayes, The Last Place on Earth, 1977, pp.57-8.

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The lounge at Serengeti Migration Camp

Highlights

Tarangire National Park

The “Baobab Capital of the World,” is known for its wild landscapes, resident elephants, large prides of lion, leopards, giraffe, buffalo, the last remaining pack of wild dogs in northern Tanzania, and excellent year-round bird-watching with more than 300 bird species. The Tarangire River is the only permanent water source within the 2,600 square kilometer park. During the dry season herd animals of all kinds (wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, and antelopes) migrate from the surrounding areas to this life-sustaining source of water. One also finds several large swamps (Silale, Larmakau, and Nguselororobi) that attract animals and birds of all kinds. In the dry season the amazing giant rock pythons leave the swamps to live in the trees at their edge, from where they will attack and kill large animals of all kinds, providing a most unusual natural spectacle.

Kilimanjaro to Tarangire: 2.5 hours by safari vehicle.

Serengeti National Park

Probably the most famous wildlife area in the world. Serengeti’s pure numbers are staggering. Nearly 4 million animals reside within its ecosystem, including a million and a half wildebeest, a quarter million zebra, twice that many gazelle, and tens of thousands of the their predators (lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, crocodile, etc.). The Serengeti is also the site of one of the most magnificent events of the natural world – the migration of more than a million wildebeest in a cyclical process that occurs in different stages and areas throughout the year. Moreover, the vast park offers breathtaking scenery unto itself. Scattered throughout the southeastern short grass plains are kopjes, geologic wonders comprised of exposed gneiss and granite shaped by the wind and temperature fluctuations. Different environments emerge as you head deeper into the Serengeti, where you will discover riverine forests, acacia woodlands, hills, and open grassland that create a vast geographic mosaic.

Kilimanjaro to Serengeti N.P.: 6 hours by safari vehicle.

Photo Credits: Tanganyika Wilderness Camps, Tim Leinbach and the Elewana Collection