Two of my wishes in my first ever safari are 1) to experience the great migration and 2) to experience "glam camping". I got both. The Nasikia Luxury Tented Camp is a mobile camp that follows the great migration (wildebeests, zebras) throughout the Serengeti. The setup is intimate: no more than a dozen tents but with very good amenities within each tent . At this time of the year (January 2012), the mobile camp of Nasikia is in the Lake Ndutu area (Southern Serengeti), perhaps the best place in the entire Serengeti to experience the great migration (our guide claims so).
In terms of luxury, it met my minimum expectations (fully made beds, furniture, bathroom, toilet, toiletries, solar powered lights, fine breakfast and dinner, and pleasant staff (Kevin was exceptional nice)). Wine and other alcoholic beverages are also available. As for hot shower, they heat up water in the kitchen and fill about a bucket full outside of the tent. Beware though. They claim that the water is good for two persons when it's just really good for one. Also, it is quite hot if you shower immediately. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
It terms of location, I couldn't ask for anything more. It was just a stone's throw from the marsh where the wildebeests and zebras congregate in the afternoon. Some of them go astray and actually enter the camp. It is even unbelievable at night. You will hear the sounds of the nocturnal animals right in the comfort and safety of your tent. I would not even dare coming out. In the morning, giraffes are a plenty.
From the entrance of Ngorongoro Park which also serves as the entrance to the Serengeti, it took about 3-4 hours drive to the camp. But the trip is really one pleasant game drive. Plenty of animals to see: wildbeests and zebras stampeding. We even saw cheetah attack on a wildebeest not far from the camp.
If you're visiting in January, make sure you bring a sweater or jacket. At night, the temp goes down to the low 20s celsius and drops to the low 10s in the early morning. It was even colder than the Ngorongoro highlands during our stay for some reason.
- Also Known As:
- Nasikia Luxury Camps Hotel
- Nasikia Luxury Camps Hotel Serengeti National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nasikia Camps are an intimate collection of mobile and semi-permanent camps located in the prime wildlife viewing areas of Tanzania's northern safari circuit - experience the wilds of Tarangire, the incredible herds of the southern Serengeti plains, the wildlife-filled central areas and a short drive to the gauntlet of the Mara River.With high quality canvas between your comfortable bed and the sounds of the African night, these camps provide the ideal accommodation for lovers of the great outdoors, while retaining the coziness of a warm bed, a hot shower, gratifying cuisine and a welcoming team. ... more less