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“Great camp, needs better management” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Serengeti Safari Camp, Nomad Tanzania

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Serengeti Safari Camp, Nomad Tanzania
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“Great camp, needs better management”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

We stayed here five nights in mid-Sept 2013 at the camp near the Kenya border. We had stayed in tented camps before, and felt our tent was OK. The guys who kept the tent clean and placed hot water bottles in every night were great.

Animal sightings, including wildebeest crossings, were great, except that my 6'4" husband couldn't see out the closed sided land cruisers. The top of the window was even with his chin. He had to stand up to see anything, which was tiring. Anybody taller than average might have problems with closed sided vehicles.

Our guide, Chedi, was exceptional. He knew birds as well as wildlife. I liked that he would coast in to view a cheetah or leopard, trying to have as little impact as possible. And if we said we wanted to see a certain animal, he really made the effort to see that animal. Couldn't recommend him enough.

Back at camp, though, it was a different story. I am not sure who the manager was, but Babu (sp?) seemed to be in charge of things. He was not friendly, and didn't go out of his way to be helpful. One morning I slept in because I was sick with a sinus infection. I went down and asked Babu for an apple and slice of cheese, my blood sugar was low because I didn't eat dinner the night before, nor breakfast. He looked at his watch and told me "lunch was in an hour". What? I got my apple and cheese, but I shouldn't have had to insist.

Only three of the six tents were occupied when we first got there, and then it was just us and a family of five. So they weren't overwhelmed with people. Food was just ok, lunch was usually very good but breakfast and dinner were average, at best.

Our next stop was Mdonyo Old River Camp in Ruaha, which was more basic but where they were so friendly and glad to have you. We expected service like this at Serengeti Safari Camp.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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NomadTZ, Head of Marketing at Serengeti Safari Camp, Nomad Tanzania, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. We take all feedback very seriously and we have discussed your comments with our operations team, Chedi and Babu to better understand things.

Firstly, I'm delighted that you enjoyed your time in the Serengeti and that the wildlife and guiding exceeded your expectations.

We're sorry that your husband felt uncomfortable in our vehicle. Our vehicles have been custom built for us and we try hard to ensure that they are comfortable for most people. We can only apologise that it was not so in your case. In the Serengeti, it can rain every month of the year and we've opted for closed vehicles with large windows and completely open roof hatches because the feedback we've had indicates that the majority of people find they are more comfortable and on balance provide an unimpeded 360 degree view from the roof.

We're sorry to hear that you were unwell and hope it didn't impact too much on your enjoyment of the trip. Babu was mortified that you found him unfriendly and insists that he did not intend to be. In all honesty, he's one of the most delightful members of our team who more often than not is singled out for his warmth so I am not sure what happened during your stay. With regard to your request for an apple and some cheese - he says that he simply wanted to let you know that lunch was in a short while by way of reassurance, not to deny your request so we can only assume that there must have been a misunderstanding of sorts. Whatever the reason, this is absolutely not the impression that we want our guests to leave with and we are very sorry that we disappointed you.

I very much hope that you will have generally happy memories of your time in Tanzania and in the Serengeti. Should you have any other comments or concerns, we would welcome them so please do feel free to write to us on info@nomad-tanzania.com.

Warm wishes
Amanda and the Nomad team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

This camp is run by the Nomad organization. It is a small tented camp in the western Serengeti near the Grumeti River. It is a "temporary" camp in that it moves every few months to follow the migration. There are eight tents so the atmosphere is intimate and it is also known as Safari Camp 1. We stayed there for two nights in early July, although booked for four. Because the migration was early this year, we moved to Safari Camp 2 in the northeastern Serengeti for another two nights. Camp 2 is even more intimate, comprised of only 6 tents.
Each tent is spacious, with a comfortable queen bed, and a separate bathroom section in the rear. There are two camp chairs and a table at the entrance. We would watch game crossing from this porch area in the early mornings or early evenings.
The service in both camps was impeccable. The staff were friendly and service-oriented. The food was delicious at both camps, although I would give the edge to Camp 2. One is woken up with coffee/tea service. Dinner is served family-style that is configured to fit the number of diners. The wines, all South African, were very good and endless. I wanted to have a taste of all local beers on this safari, and was delighted to see that in our daily picnic lunches a different beer was made available to me. There is a bonfire set in the evenings.
The temporary tented camp experience is for those who want to rough it "comfortably" in the bush. You can do that here. Game moves through the camps freely; you are reminded that your presence is indeed only temporary and the permanent residents are the magnificent animals. We would return to these particular camps.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

Just returned from a two week trip to Tanzania with two other couples. We stayed at several luxury lodges and at the Serengeti Safari Camp. We absolutely loved the camp. We stayed at the camp for 3 days as part of our trip as we really wanted to get an authentic "bush experience". We were not disappointed. The tent experience is by definition more rustic than a luxury permanent lodge but it was a very luxurious tent experience nonetheless. Each tent has an "en suite" bathroom with a hot shower that is prepared and filled as needed. The tents are extremely roomy and we had a very comfortable queen size bed. Of course you are in a tent so although the ground is completely covered by a very nice tarp you can feel the ground underneath you -- clearly a part of the charm. The views from our tent were straight from "Out of Africa" and the sound of birds and crickets at night just add to the unbelievable ambiance. The staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful and genuinely wants you to have a good experience. All electronic devices can be easily charged in the common area. The food was excellent and the manager, Lawrence, was very accommodating with the many dietary restrictions in our group of 6, including our request for local food. Every morning the staff brings coffee to your tent as a wake up call and refills all of your water through a little zippered window in the bathroom area. Our guide, Nathan, was extremely knowledgeable and fun. Thanks to Nathan's perseverance we saw unbelievable things!!!! We are extremely picky travelers and do not have a single negative thing to say about this unbelievable experience. Thanks Serengeti Camp and all of your wonderful staff!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank SusanWashingtonDC
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

We had an absolutely amazing time at Serengeti safari camp. Firstly the location was amazing, right in the middle of all the animals. The tents themselves were gorgeous and the common area / dinner area was very nicely set up. The service was fantastic starting with a daily wake up call with a pot of coffee through to lunch and dinner/drinks. Found the atmosphere very social in the evening time which is nice after a day cruising around in the wild. Laurence and his team were amazing, sylvanus our driver was incredible at spotting wildlife, and we can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank manutd36
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Philadelphia, PA
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65 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

After an itinerary of small luxury lodges (Sabuk, Ngare Serian and Lamai), this was our first tented safari. We had hoped to catch the great migration crossing the Grumeti but the lack of rains in the central Serengeti meant that the herds moved directly north where we caught some early arrivals at Lamai. Our guide Nathan did a great job making the most of the wildlife that was available. We spent a morning with some young male lions cast out of a nearby pride watching them after a kill and then spotted some of the lions from the pride with a freshly killed wildebeest. We also saw elephants taking a mudbath, infant elephants and giraffes, a group of lions hunting and a leopard in a tree. Compared to the other areas we stayed (i.e., the Northern Mara Conservancy in Kenya and the Northern Serengeti), there were MANY more properties and jeeps here especially in the center of the park. It was our first experience in a caravan of jeeps chasing a lion which made us treasure the earlier isolated experiences even more. Despite the relative crowds, Nathan and the staff overall did their best to make a truly personal experience. They were GREAT with our girls and the wildlife viewing was wonderful. The meals at the lodge were great and included a good mix of local cuisine. The bucket showers were piping hot and the tents incredibly comfortable. Sitting around the fire before dinner each evening was a wonderful experience. If you are coming to catch the migration and looking for a luxury tent, we would definitely recommend Nomad's properties.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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NomadTZ, Head of Marketing at Serengeti Safari Camp, Nomad Tanzania, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to review Serengeti Safari Camp and we're so pleased that you had a wonderful time with Nathan and that the tents, bucket showers and food all lived up to expectations! I'm delighted that you saw the migration...it can be a tricky time of year as wildebeest start to move north and this year they were particularly ahead of schedule.

It was unfortunate that you experienced some "over-crowding" in the western corridor. We're hampered in our movements in this particular region of the Serengeti because of a limited road network and so while our guides are normally very good at steering clear of the busy areas (this is a real bug bear of ours!), sometimes it's unavoidable to share sightings with other vehicles. Our guides subscribe to our responsible tourism philosophy where we absolutely avoid any harassment of animals and so we would always try and avoid any vehicle convergence on wildlife beyond 3 or 4 cars. If this isn't the case, we'd always like to know so that we can address it with our guides.

In any case, we're delighted that you enjoyed your Serengeti experience for the most part and look forward to having you back.

Warm wishes from us all at Nomad.
Amanda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

The Serengeti was an amazing place and I don't think I could have been more comfortable (and spoiled) than at this camp. The tents were luxurious and extra roomy. The beds were comfortable and hot water was available on request for showers. We had hot water bottles placed in the bed each night so that the beds were extra comfortable when you got in them. I loved that idea so much, I've gotten a hot water bottle at home to use on cold nights. Each tent had it's own private shower and toilet. The candle lit meals were like those you would find at a 5 star restaurant. We actually had to go check out the kitchen (also in a tent) and meet the chef to thank him in person for such excellent food. There was a daily laundry service that came in handy. All of the people who worked at the camp spoke English well and were very friendly. Each night the manager would come out around dinner time to talk to us a bit about living in Tanzania and about the camp. We had a really exceptional experience here and would highly recommend this camp to anyone going to the Serengeti. I could really get into camping if it were always this nice.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Who knew a tented camp could be so nice? Very comfortable and clean with the surprising and welcome touch of a hot water bottle tucked into the foot of the bed. Even though we had a fair amount of rain, nothing could spoil the experience. Our guide, Cornelius, was terrific as well as an amazing driver - for all the slipping and sliding we did due to the mud, we never got stuck and I never felt worried about our safety. And we saw everything from the great herds of wildebeests to a cheetah kill. All in all an extraordinary trip.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Serengeti Safari Camp, Nomad Tanzania
Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 115 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moving several times a year to be in the best possible location to get amongst the Serengeti wildebeest migration, this camp is a simple blend of form and function. All the comforts you need, without distancing you from the adventure of an authentic safari experience.With your own private guide and vehicle, days here are taken at the pace you're comfortable with. All-day game drives leaving at first light and returning at dusk. Or, if you prefer, a long lunch in camp, followed by a siesta and a gentle evening drive. You decide.Our camp is tented in the finest tradition of East African safaris. But with only six spacious en-suite tents, great food and a crew hell-bent on exceeding your expectations, this is a million miles from camping as most people know it. ... more   less 
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