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Serengeti Under Canvas

Set off in search of the massed herds of the Great Migration at Serengeti's National Park

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Serengeti Under Canvas

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  • Overview
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  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Wildlife observation

The first beams of the rising sun that appear over the horizon and the balmy breeze of the early morning, invite you to wake up gently and admire the solitary magnificence of Serengeti’s National Park, popularly called “Infinite Flat” by the Maasai, from the coziness of your luxurious private tent.

Listen to the African day come alive and get ready to start the day with a Morning Game Drive. Jump into an open 4x4 safari car to set off in search of the massed herds of the Great Migration and explore the rich resident wildlife, next to your guide.

This National Park, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO since 1981, is located on a huge plateau and is home to the biggest migrating herds of ungulates. By the end of the annual cycle, these mammals will have completed a journey of over 3,000 km, covering an extension of 30,000 km2 . The area also concentrates the World's major predators that are strategically located along the track, in constant alert to attack their prey.

After a morning tracking down wildlife, it’s time to cool down. Spend a few minutes under the warm and soothing water of the al fresco bucket shower, in your ensuite bedroom. From here, you can already scent the flavors of the freshly cooked lunch that is waiting in the cool shade of the dining tent.

Sit outside on the veranda and take a glass of wine while contemplating the wonders of the bush. Now, don’t get too comfy! As soon as the sun goes down and the heat of the day starts to break, the adventure continues!

A second Game Drive will take you to witness how lions, leopards, hyenas and jackals gear up for their nocturnal hunts.

It has been a day full of emotions, and there is no better way of concluding it than sitting around a glowing campfire with the rest of the team. Share your experiences and savor a bush meal, paired with delicious cocktails, under the stars.

Live the Great Migration in Serengeti National Park

Famed for its exceptional wildlife, Serengeti National Park boasts 35 species of mammals as well as prolific birdlife. However, one of the events that make this National Park special is the Great Migration phenomenon where wildebeest and other herbivores move across the Greater Serengeti to the Masai Mara area. This is considered one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world. Over two million animals participate in the Great Migration, with 500,000 zebras, 200,000 Thomson’s gazelle and one and a half million wildebeest. For example, Wildebeest spend the wet season on the south-eastern plains of Tanzania moving across to Kenya’s Masai Mara when in Serengeti starts the dry season. The program attempts to anticipate the movements of the Great Migration, bringing guests as close as possible to the animals though Game Drives offered twice a day. The expert guides will always try to place guests in the midst of the animals to ensure a rich game viewing experience. This semi-permanent tented camp that moves around the Serengeti brings guests within range of the massive herds of the Great Migration. Tents are positioned for close proximity to the wildlife herds, making it accessible for travelers to enjoy a real animal show that would be difficult to see in other circumstances. The animals’ advance implies the movement of the camp, four times a year, so that close observance is guaranteed.

The ultimate luxury camping

This is a semi-permanent campsite like you have never seen before equipped with a private butler service and all the comforts expected from a hotel. Each of the tents combines high details and exclusivity. In the shared tent, used as a dining area, meals are served. This common area also features a living room area including sofas to contemplate the savanna landscape. In the center of the campsite, every night, a blazing fire is made to dine or have a cocktail under the stars. Afterwards, you will be escorted back to you tent by one of the guides.

A Family friendly safari

This program is suitable for kids over six years old and there are interactive activities exclusively designed for them. On arrival, each child will receive a WILDchild branded bag containing a logbook, crayons, pencils and a pawprint tattoos. Family tents are designed for a maximum of two adults and two children to guarantee high levels of comfort.  Kids will have a great time in this safari and will come into contact with nature and animals. 

This is the ultimate in luxury camping experience that will allow you to live a traditional Tanzanian safari in spectacular solitude and soothing comfort. The canvas walls of the tent are the only point that will separate you from the  Serengeti.

The Camp

There are two Serengeti Under Canvas camps distributed in 9 different tents with a maximum capacity for 18 guests. These camps are situated in the national park and move according to the path of the migratory herds four times a year. They have been strategically positioned to make easier the observation of animals and they are close to the wildlife herds of Great Migration. Its privileged situation provides an exceptional viewpoint for an animal spectacle.

Even though this is a camping based accommodation, the camp is filled with all high-end necessary services. There are nine tents that combine high levels of comfort with the authenticity of nights spent in the African bush. You will not realise that there is no electricity or running water because your private butler will make sure that you are not missing anything. Tents are decorated in a luxurious African style with chandeliers, silverware, crystal, custom made Indian rugs, polished brass samovars and comfortable beds with fluffy duvets. Each tent has a dedicated sitting and dining area with deep sofas that will allow you to contemplate the vastness and peace of the surrounding landscape.

Twice a day  you will travel comfortably with your guide to spot the moving masses of wildebeest and zebra. This is a unique show that will allow you to witness at first hand the natural drama of animals having to overcome obstacles, predators and other forces of nature.

Families are welcome at the Serengeti Under Canvas trip, but only children over 6 years old are recommended to join the tour. Each camp has one family tent that can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children.

Due to the fact the lodge is not fenced off, guests are requested to be extremely vigilant at all times.

What you will love:

  • Close observation of the Great Migration 
  • Tents with high level of comfort
  • Family activities 

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Additional activities are offered to make the most of this Tanzania’s safari. Some of them include:

Game drives

This activity allows some private viewing of the animals while they are crossing the area. Safari vehicles are closed, with roll-down canvas window and pop-top roofs.  

Hot Air Ballooning

You will be able to view Serengeti from above the wildlife and the amazing landscape.

Lake Victoria Full day trip

This full day-trip to the shores of Lake Victoria promises a combination of wildlife adventures, sightseeing, fishing thrills and cultural insight. This excursion includes a picnic lunch that is served on the lake shore before guests set off on their return journey.

Olduvai Gorge & Shifting Sands Tour

The archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge is considered the cradle of mankind due to the fact here where found the earliest remains of homo sapiens.

These activities are offered with company of a professional guide that has passion for people and wildlife. The guides impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge, personally researched and experienced, about local habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, small animals and insects. Many of the guides and trackers belong to the surrounding communities and can share cultural information with the guests.

The Serengeti is home to literally millions of large herbivores. Each year, almost two million wildebeest, zebra, eland and Thomson’s gazelle follow the annual rains through the Serengeti and the adjacent Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya in search of prime grazing. As the dense herds of herbivores move across the plains they are shadowed by predators and scavengers. Lion, and hyena, as well as the more elusive cheetah and leopard, mingle with the migrating masses, while vulture and jackal await the scraps of the more powerful predators.

The Serengeti is famous for its large lion population and a number of lion prides are present in each of the areas utilised by our camps. The far lighter and faster cheetah are also present. During the migration, you might have the opportunity of spotting a hyena in the plain light of day.  Accompany the animals in their great annual trip, experience the cruelty of nature and live closely the biggest survival challenge that the species of this national park need to face.

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