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Kati Kati Tented Camp
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Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

Kati Kati Camp 2 is no way near the highest priced camp in the Serengeti, but it had the least customer focus of the five places we stayed in pur 10 day safari. On our late arrival at Kati Kati Camp 1 we were told we had to go to Kati Kati Camp 2, thirty minutes away even though our names were in the manifest at Kati Kati camp 1. No where on our guide's paperwork did it indicate in which camp we were due. Surely if Kati Kati have more than one camp, their paperwork should specify this. There are also few signposts, almost none to anything so it is not surprising that it took many wrong turns and a wrong camp before our Guide Nimrod found Kati Kati 2. Thus we arrived near dark at 7:10pm, (and we understand it is less safe for the staff to get hot water to the tent for our showers), they begrudgingly said they would bring hot water to our tent- although the policy is no showers once dinner starts at 7:30pm . They skipped induction. There is also less opportunity to mingle with other guests except sitting apart around a fire as there is no lounge area- which we had in the other accommodation of the trip. The overall impression is that the guests are a bit of an inconvenience. Only one of the staff made a smile, which is also unlike all the other places we have been to in Africa.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

An experience to remember for the rest of your life ! We stayed there for three nights and were visited by hyaenas every night , we heard the lion roar on our second night and that sent shivers up our spines (seemed like it was very close by) , we heard elephants and so many different birds early in the morning . Kati kati camp is situated in the heart of Serengeti , the staff are just great , the breakfast & dinners very good . The shower is a great experience in itself - just one bucket of water that is lifted above the level of the shower which allows the water to flow downwards . The log fire before dinner is great allowing for an exchange of the rich experiences everyone is having while sipping on a drink . It can be very windy and if the cover over the tent is not stretched it may keep you awake due to the racket that it makes. I would love to go back for more of Kati Kati camp .

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We stayed in Kati Kati camp for 2 days during our safari trip and couldn't have been more pleased!! It's a mobile tented camp which defines 'glamping' - they move to different location in Serengeti depending on the season. The manager and staff were super helpful and ensured we were safe and comfortable. The location was superb, in middle of the vast plains with hills as backdrops and view do few animals passing by. The tents were really good, with all facilities including hot water showers which were physically filled on instructions! They set up campfire in the evening with some drinks and snacks which was fantastic followed by really good 3 course meal served in style in middle of the jungle. The breakfast was excellent too! Would highly recommend staying here for the amazing experience during your safari!!

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

This was a nice change from the more upmarket lodges and camps we had stayed at. To have elephants visiting for dinner (they came right up to the tent) - what more can you ask for! To hear the lions roaring at night made the experience more worthwhile. The tents are very comfortable - huge bed. The shower system works well. The dining tent set up makes for a friendly environment to met fellow travelers. As long as you follow the rules - keeping the tent closed all time, no walking around outside at night, no keeping food in the tent - you can have a safe and enjoyable stay in a natural environment. One of the more memorable experiences of our safari.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Sue N
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We stayed at Kati Kati No 6. It was pristine, new and had the most beautiful view of the mountain. The accommodation was fabulous except for the pillows! Very hard and too big so take your own. Food excellent and staff bent over backwards to make your stay memorable. I highly recommend it. As I said, a special experience!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We booked our safari through Roy Safari of Arusha, Tanzania. We stayed two nights here in the Kati Kati Safari Camp. These are mobile camps and are placed in different places each season in the central Serengeti. Since there are several camps described and various locations, we found that we were moved from Camp 2 to Camp 4 or "Makoma Extra" or similar. We were told that Camp 2 was being closed for the season and we were easily accommodated at Camp 4, an older established camp.

The camp was excellent. The tents are very suitable with flush toilet and private bathroom with scheduled hot showers to an inside shower. A tip for travelers: The tsetse flies are located in woodland areas. The camps use a blue fabric that has insecticide that makes the flies sterile. Established camps have very few flies for this reason. We found that Camp 2, a newer camp had alot of tsetse flies, so we were happy to go to Camp 4 where we found very few flies.

The food was overly abundant and quite tasty. Our guide was able to find animals quickly and efficiently and we did morning and evening game drives spending the middle of the day back at camp when the animals are less active. The staff was very hospitable.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Our tent was made of canvas, very sturdy construction, with many "windows" with covers, twin beds, desk with mirror and stool, rugs next to the beds, canvas floor, separate wash area, toilet, and shower, all zippered to separate. You must let them know if you want a shower so they can bring the water to your tent - they did this very efficiently. Outside the zippered tent door was a porch with chairs, a wash stand and bucket and soap for washing clothes and a line for drying. Lots of tasty food for dinner and breakfast was just as generous. Dinner was preceded by sitting at the fire circle if you wished. Delicious popcorn was passed around. No going hungry here for certain. A simple and tasty box lunch was prepared for us for our Serengeti exploring. Hot lunch was also available and we took advantage of this on one of our days here. Someone was always available to accompany us from our tent to the dining area to be sure that we were safe in this place where wild animals are free to roam. The star filled sky was a pleasure to behold. Eco-conscious and comfortable - a perfect place to stay when exploring the Serengeti.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kati Kati Tented Camp

Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 123 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range: $300 - $600 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kati Kati Tented Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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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Kati Kati Camp Hotel Serengeti National Park

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