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Serengeti Migration Camp
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Barcelona, Spain
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“Outstanding experience...”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Four days of safari in the Serengeti are unforgettable. More so, if your base is the Migration Camp, member of the Elewana group. Coming back from 10-12 hours of game drive, you`ll be embraced by the friendly and very efficient service of the Camp`s staff, managed by a young, sympathetic couple from South Africa: Lauren and Rein and assistant manager Rodgers.
The accommodations are luxurious and fully equipped tent-bungalows, with 24 hours electricity and warm/cold showers. The Camp has no fences, and after dark, rangers will accompany you to your tent/bungalow to avoid unpleasant encounters with hippos or buffalos. Lions roar in the night around the campsite...
The food is outstanding, both in the restaurant as well as in the take-away lunches. The restaurant-captain Julius surrounds you with well-meant friendliness and efficient service.

This is a fantastic place with wonderful people in a very remote area in the North-Western Serengeti. We thank all of them for a most outstanding stay!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

This was a beautiful tented camp in the middle of the Serengeti. It was so amazing! Better than I even expected. All the rooms are large luxury tents. They have great bathrooms and showers, large comfortable beds, a large overstuffed chair for sitting, a desk for working, and a porch for sitting and enjoying the view. It was total luxury in the middle of Africa.
The meals were very good, very good variety. Each evening you get to go to the main area and meet other guests, the owners and have cocktails on the house with appetizers and good company.
This place is clean, well managed, great service and I absolutely didn't want to leave.

As with most of these camps because they are in the middle of the Serengeti you will have to get a security guard to assist you from and to your room in the evenings because the animals literally come right to your door. We had a water buffalo standing at our front door one evening and it had to be scared away. BE safe, Be careful and listen and follow all instructions. You want to make sure you are safe on your journey.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ahmedabad, India
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Reviewed June 4, 2013 via mobile

An outstanding place away from the crowd. We were part of 45 people group and were treated very well with vegetarian meals and all of us had a great time. It was away from where migration was in may , but we saw a great cheetah sighting and cheetah as well as few lions
Definitely recommend for 2-3 days, but would recommend it in july August when migration passes through it

  • Stayed May 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights as part of our sky safari. The main building is stunning and we spent a great evening on the sunset deck having drinks watching the sun set and then continuing around the fire pit. The only thing that these rooms have in common with a typical tent is that they are made of canvas. The floors are wooden and there are glass doors out to the deck. We kept the curtains open to watch dawn break. Whilst we could hear the hippos all night, we couldn't see them from our tent. As well as noisy hippos we had hyrax (like big guinea pigs) noisily running all over the tent all night which takes some getting used to. On heading for breakfast the first morning we found a giraffe and a family of wart hogs along the way, along with the eponymous hyrax.
Breakfast on the terrace had amazing views.
We had 2 days of great game viewing with Stan and Elias and were lucky enough to see the migration in central Serengeti (a long drive but well worth it).
Like all the other Elewana properties we stayed in, this one was truly spectacular, but we agree with a previous reviewer that this one doesn't quite match up with regards to service. Good luck to Lauren and Ryan in fixing the few small things that need fixing.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

The entrance to this "tented" camped at once takes ones breath away. The lounge area is as impressive as others in the Elewana properties. Our stand alone tent (can't really remember the number but I am going to guess 16) was close to the hippo pool. The hippo's happily serenaded us each evening. The tents are really impressive, with atmospheric lighting, solar water heaters, large comfortable beds, solid wood floors and nicely furnished. Our tent opened out to a rock outcrop where we enjoyed dinner one evening by fire light, accompanied by 2 staff to keep an eye for wandering hippos. One of the novelties of the camp is that you have to accompanied after dark as animals can walk through the camp at night.

The staff were as in the other Elewana properties, friendly and attentive but perhaps lacked some of the little touches which we had become accustomed to in the coffee Lodge, Tarangire Treetops and Ngorongoro Manor.

Our guide Moses was very committed to the tasks we had set. Having been on safari for 4 days we had seen most animals with the Leopard and Cheetah having evaded us. Within five minutes of landing we had our first Leopard sighting. Our more impressive sighting of a Leopard was on our second day here spotted by his then apprentice Jackson. While we didn't get to see a cheetah (the tall grass in February is not an easy bedfellow for this pursuit) we did get some amazing sightings of loins, including an attempted take down of a warthog. Many of our animal sightings were found by our guides as opposed to by accident when coming across other vehicles that were stopped. Moses was perhaps the most committed and knowledgeable of the guides we had throughout the trip.

Moses took us on a walking tour down to the hippo pool and up a hill at the far side. We had excellent proximity to the hippos and also came close to two Buffalo's who thankfully were more nervous of us than we were of them.

Given that challenge presented by tall grass, we couldn’t have asked for more – the tall grass and difficulties this causes, actually adds to the sense of enjoyment when you do come across animals.

We were very happy with this experience, and can only image what this place must be like at peak migration

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Austin
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

A very special place where you just cross the Grumeti River, where you can easily see a
hippopotamus walking from the river late at night and hear leopard calls, and you are very
close to game drives where you can see extended groups of wildlife. The hosts do all to
make your stay wonderful. If you have time, choose to make the afternoon walk to the river
with the guide -- it's your best chance to see families of hippos closeup in the river and the
short walk across the river and up the small hill gives you a sense of your surroundings.
True that here luxury is taken perhaps too far, but sunset on the upper deck is quite nice.
All in all a memorable experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

Top class service & genuine warmth mark this beautiful property in the heart of northern Serengeti.

The luxury tents are extremely comfortable & more 5 star than most good hotels & you are literally on top of the animals. Baboons will play on your roof in the morning while the chorus of yawning & belching hippos is merely yards away. Our tent (more of a villa) was 25 yards from a river full of hippos...Plugs are 3 pin & Mosquitos almost non existent as it gets quite cold in the evening.

This hotel is an ideal place to spend a few days exploring the central & northern Serengeti.

Run by a New Zealander & retired legal eagle Peter & his Zimbabwean wife Robyn from a marketing background, this is a warm, friendly & cosy spot. The welcome seems genuine & there is a homely feel to the 20 or so room property.

5 things that are great about this place are...

• location is excellent. Close to Lobo air strip & in the middle of excellent safari.. Views are just gorgeous!
• staff are lovely & warm most if not all of the time.. They mostly come from
Arusha & do 3 month shifts before taking 2-3 weeks off..tips are greatly appreciated usually at end of your stay or on a day by day basis...
• the rooms/villa/fancy tents are amazing... Nothing nicer than the pitch black darkness & a symphony of animal sounds just yards from where you sleep
•A drink on the hotel balcony with a log fire burning overlooking the sunset over the Serengeti as animals drift into the bush for a nights sleep is a very special experience
• breakfast on the deck as the animals awaken... Strong local coffee before a day exploring...a super way to start the day

6 things to be aware of..

• the time of year might be important.. Migration season in summer time sees scores of animals just outside the camp heading North at various paces toward Kenya & is probably best time although I haven't been, this is what I am told
• we went in January post rainy season & the area around us was very quiet which was nice as you had the whole place to yourself but the grass was long & animal spotting tricky... Big cats love to hide in the long lush grass...you need binoculars...the landscape is full of rolling hills & lush green grass & lots of trees...
• 3 days is probably enough.. A trip for day or two to the Crater is highly recommended even if it is packed full of others looking at same thing but animals are used to cars & jeeps & thus tend to carry on regardless
•it is easier see big game in central Serengeti so a day trip there is worth it.. Few hours drive...We saw Pride of lions eating a buffalo, vultures circling, hippos, crocs, a leopard, hundreds of elephants & giraffes etc
• private safari can be intense. Our guide Moses was very good but a few days on your own can get tiring.. Going with another couple you know ( not strangers) might break trip up a little for both guide & safari tourist
•food is good & sometimes very good but not fantastic but that's forgiven by warm smiles, service & all you can eat & drink any time you want. Wine pours as long as you keep drinking...As the coast is miles away fresh seafood is a non runner & food comes in from a distance so don't expect miracles but you aren't in San Sebastián..

Overall, a lovely stay. It isn't cheap but safari is never cheap but I guess in low season booking direct w hotel might get you a super deal. Clientele is mixed.. Probably 35% US, 35% European (mostly uk & French or German ) & rest might be Indian, Sth African or Asia.

Overall... Rooms are lovely. Safari is on your doorstep (literally) , views in morning & evening are superb, staff are nice & this place gets our thumbs up... You could do a good deal worse than spend few nights here as a base for really good safari.

You get here via Arusha.. Fly to kilamanjaro & connect to Arusha by car (one hour)... Most people over night here. Small planes fly into Serengeti air strips from Arusha's weird & wonderful dusty little air strip & you get collected at your stop.. All very easy.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: Serengeti Migration Camp
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 #11 of 117 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Serengeti Migration Camp 3.5*
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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