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“Out of this world!” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Northern Corridor, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania   |  
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“Out of this world!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

The Serengeti Migration Camp was magical and our favourite accommodation during our Tanzanian Vacation.

The staff were fantastic, the grounds were lovely and the food was magnificent!

At night, Hippos and Buffalo grazed around our tent and we could hear them outside munching on the grass. We actually had a buffalo knocking it's horns off of our tents wooden deck while we were tucked away in our cozy bed.

During the day, we had a vervet monkey dancing around our deck and looking in our tent windows.

Migration Camp was an experience of a lifetime!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

Migration was on of several camps/lodges on my recent safari itinerary and it was by far the best. The properties managers made us feel so welcome from the moment we arrived and the staff was outstanding. The food and wines were all amazing.

Migration is located by the Grumeti River which is such a treat because you can hear hippos snorting and barking! At night, the hippos walk up from the river to the tents and you can hear them walking around and munching the grass! We barely slept while at migration because we were too excited about catching a glimpse of these amazing animals!

Overall, Migration is a property that should not be missed! The service and food is outstanding but the experience with wildlife is unsurpassable!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011

Great place with great hosts & staff. Stayed 3 nights & we were so well looked after. Also when my husband wasn't too well, they sent a doctor & a tray of fruit etc to the room as well as providing him with medication etc. Thankfully once he was fit & well again, we were able to relax & enjoy the camp & it's amenities. The views are wonderful & the location fantastic. Great location in the Serengeti & the rooms & camp have everything you could need. Really loved it & would love to return.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2011

My husband lives in Nairobi and I myself have been on more than 10 safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa so we are experienced with lodges. We brought four other couples along for their first African experience. Migration Camp blew us all away. This place is spectacular and the best Tanzania safari experience one could ever ask for. Migration Camp is first class in every regard: from the moment you arrive until you depart, you will feel like a King or Queen. No detail is overlooked. Robin and Peter, the managers, are a friendly couple that make you feel that you are a guest in a home rather than in a hotel. They have lots of experience in the bush and understand how to make guest stay special. They even surprised me with gluten-free bread, muffins and specially prepared dinners to accommodate my diet though I would have never expected such service. They set our group's table under the gorgeous Serengeti sky and Peter displayed his knowledge of astronomy by showing us the sky's highlights. But we all come to Tanzania for the game viewing, and Migration Camp did not disappoint. Our guide Moses is the most knowledgeable guide we have ever been with. He is also an excellent spotter and managed to find every type of animal imaginable. He also navigated us right in the middle of the awe-inspiring great migration, literally amidst more than 500,000 bleating, running, grazing wildabeasts and another 50,000 zebra. The game are plentiful, and the location of Migration Camp affords one the opportunity to head into the Seronera area, north to the Mara near the Kenyan border and west so the variety of game is exceptional. Robin arranged for us to have a guided safari walk near the Lodge, which was an experience in itself. There is a large hippo pool very close to the lodge. After hearing them snorting and barking, it was wonderful to be able to observe them up close. We were serenaded at night by birds, baboons, hippos and last night a pride of lion roaring into the night. If you have a desire to experience the Serenegti. Migration Lodge is the place to come. I am already planning a return with my teenage sons!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

The standard of this camp is extremely high; however you must remember that it is firmly set among the wildlife of Africa. Peter and Robyn, who run the lodge, take the philosophy that we are the visitors to the animals’ world. This means that guests will have to accept that you will have the occasional thump from the tent roof as one of the cute Hyrax runs across it, at dinner you will be met by the friendly Genet who is on the cadge for titbits and the local Hippos can make a noise at night- one morning a Giraffe was outside my daughter’s tent. Depending on your personality you may either find this charming and exciting or a source of irritation; my wife and daughters loved it! Rest assured that, while you are among the wildlife, Peter and Robyn do ensure that their guests are safe.

Arrival) Robyn gave us the warmest and most friendly greeting that we have received anywhere, it made you feel immediately at home. Other establishments might like to send managers along to see how it should be done.

Staff) Staff were charming, attentive and could not be faulted for their friendly manner and attention to your needs. They were so keen to make you happy that leaving made it feel like saying goodbye to close friends.

Food) The standard of the food was tremendous, especially the dinners at night which could give any London restaurant a run for its money. It is first class dining and Robyn and Peter deservedly praised their chef who is exceptional.
Rooms) The rooms are permanent tents that are beautifully decorated and kept spotlessly clean. They are tents and so not as private as solid walled rooms, but they are about 8 meters apart so you do not have to talk in whispers. The bathrooms are very well appointed and even though the hot water comes from solar power we always had hot water both morning and night.

Location) This is a migration camp, the clue is in the name, and it means that sometimes the local area will be full of game and sometimes it will not. Whether game is in the area depends on the rains and you really cannot second guess the weather. We arrived when the migration was further south; however we still saw plenty of game. One of the many Leopards we saw was only 8 meters from the road on the way from the camp and the local area provided views of numerous Lions, Giraffe and Elephants. When the migration is in town this area must be spectacular!

Summing up) This is a wonderful place to stay and the hospitality and charm of Robyn and Peter make it delightful. Guests are encouraged to meet around the open fire to watch the sun set and talk about their day. Robyn and Peter are fabulous at getting everyone involved and my daughters loved listening to the stories. If you fancy some adventure with luxury thrown in -then book here!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

The tented camp is beautiful, the decor is great like all elewana properties. The service was fine. I w ould only caution that it is far way up north. If the migration and animals are centrally located or south at the time of year you are going....then this camp is way out and has a tiresome boring ride, with hardly much to see on the way. Also it is difficult to drive down to the centre to view game once you are stuck up north of serengeti, considering the distance involved.

Otherwise food /service is good!

Charges for bush walks or a walk to hippo pond apply!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

Have just returned with husband and friends, stayed four nights at the Migration Camp then flew on to Zanzibar. We flew first to Nairobi, then stayed one night there, flew on to Killimanjaro. Picked up from there and taken to Arusha then on by small plane to Lobo airstrip. There under the shade was Elly our guide waiting for us with cold bottled water and a welcome smile. Went to collect our National park permits and straight away Elly was pointing out different plants, birds and wild life. The ranger's office was not far away from the Migration Camp where we were met at the entrance by Robyn and Peter our hosts, we were made to feel instantly welcome and special.

The camp consists of 20 tented accommodation which are luxurious set in the bush. Big shower wtih lots of hot water all done by solar panels. The whole concept is one of conservation. The rooms are spacious with a huge double bed cleaned every day to a high standard. The staff are friendly, smiley, helpful people, always greeting you with a cheerful Jambo meaning hello.

We did several safari trips out with our guide Elly, the four of us being at one stage the only people there, felt highly priviledged to have had such a knowledgable man who knew so very much, he seemed to spot and see something all the time, we all learnt so much through him. We travelled south to see the Migration on a day long safari which was amazing, then the next day north to the Kenyan border where the views from the hills were spectacular. I have to say just loved the location of where we were staying in the northern part of the Serengeti, it seemed just so much busier down south with many more tours, whereas up on the Kenyan border we saw no one! yet there was masses of wildlife to see.

We were taken on a Safari walk down to the river to see the hippos who had just had a young baby. They were wallowing in the water. Elly and also a National park armed ranger took us up high overlooking the camp The Serengeti is just so vast can really understand why they say this is one of the best places to see all the wildlife.

After a day's safari there is a great swimming pool to cool down in and always a drink available to go with it !

In the evening we all met on the verandah to watch the sun go down and sat around a camp fire to relate our day. Robyn and Peter recounted wonderful stories about the bush, and we ate together with a varied menu and lots of wine.

Electricity is the same voltage as here in the Uk so our three pin plugs fit into the sockets there too.

The noises at night were wonderful to hear.

This is an amazing Camp and cannot imagine seeing more than we did, having better hosts or experience.... everything was just wonderful and want to thank you for making us all feel so very privedged to share your part of the world with us, it will remain in our hearts forever.

I try to give people a glimpse of the things I have seen on Trip Advisor, this is my personal experience but would only suggest you try to judge for yourself!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Northern Corridor, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 82 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Serengeti Migration Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away in the vast plains, the Serengeti Migration Camp is located at the starting point of one of the world’s great wonders - the Annual Migration. The Serengeti Migration Camp, part of the Elewana Collection of Lodges, Camps and Hotels in Tanzania and Kenya, has been recognized for its exemplary experiences in accommodation, culinary excellence, and game viewing safaris. Travelandleisure, one of the travel industries largest travel trade portals, has conducted a comprehensive poll with its large readership of travel professionals and has subsequently voted the Serengeti Migration Camp the 6th Best Safari Camp in the World and the Tenth Best Hotel in the World. The Migration Camp comprises 20 unexpectedly large elevated canvas pavilions, featuring hardwood floors and luxurious furnishings, and each room has its own private deck with a 180 degree view of the Serengeti. ... more   less 
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