Upon arrival at the central Kati Kati Camp, several men argued loudly with our guide. He showed our papers. He calmly argued back. We sat in the car as the men from the camp got louder and more insistent. Two of them left as we sat and waited. Our guide explained that they thought we were at the wrong camp, but we wren't. They had gone to call the office. Finally they came back with our papers and the requisite tray of glasses of juice. We were allowed to get out of the car. We were told to disregard what had happened. Right. I may not speak much Swahili, but I think I got the gist and it was not a very nice welcome.
Yes, we would all like showers please. We were told what time dinner was served and that we could sit around the camp fire for snacks before dinner.
We had two tents, a triple with the kids and a double for my husband and myself. Our tent had two twin beds.The tents were not side by side. I didn't bother saying anything. They were very clean and tidy. I did scare several spiders out from under the overhanging tent "door step". A couple in the kids tent too.
The toilet by the way is partially hidden at the back of the tent; enclosed in a very rickety plywood contraption. See photo. It is in full view of one of the twin beds. Some things that go on in the Serengeti should be private in my opinion. After one flush of the toilet, ours did not work. We asked several times and they said it was fine. I finally determined that our water tank was empty. We used our bucket of hand washing water sparingly, to flush until they could come and fill our tank
There is no sink, but a suspended canvas bowl. We spit our toothpaste into the toilet.
There was lots of bottled water though. And bug spray and flashlight. There are electric lights that run on a battery.
The shower is a camp shower outside the back of the tent. It is somewhat open to the sky and you stand on a wood slatted platform. When your hot water is ready, they give a shout. We used one tank for two quick showers.
At the designated dinner time after sunset, we made our way toward the dining area. It was in complete darkness. We could see the campfire and hear people, so. Over we went. Any chairs around the fire were occupied. There was not an employee in site. Finally someone came with drinks people had ordered. We were told that we could go and get chairs from the dining area and carry them over. I was getting annoyed. I apologize to the people who were sitting around the fire, for my initial bad attitude. I did not have a full hissy fit, just a small one. Two bowls of popcorn were brought to pass around as the before dinner snack. I am not a fan of communal bowls.
Dinner was quite good when we got it. Local choices. Oh those excellent soups!
We did a sunrise game drive and made due with granola bars until around 11. We were told that there was leftover breakfast. I asked if we could pack up our suitcases and then have lunch. OK. So an hour later, they served leftover breakfast and spaghetti. It was interesting, but the spagetti sauce was really good. The trays were only partially covered though and flies wanted to share.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kati Kati is a mobile camp strategically situated in central Serengeti, ideal for exploring the extensive Serengeti plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation together with the unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari experience on a camp. In its comfortable tents one will feel completely immersed in the surroundings and one can enjoy the rich animal life and vegetation of the area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kati Kati Camp Hotel Serengeti National Park