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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Serengeti Safari Camp Hotel Serengeti National Park