GUIDE ON MBUZI MAWE SERENA CAMP IN SERENGETI
Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp is unique. Set in the western wilderness of central Serengeti, Tanzania's premier national park, strategically on the trail of the annual Great Migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra, the tented camp offers everything you want from a tour in Africa. It combines an authentic wilderness experience with the restful ambience of deluxe accommodation. Mbuzi Mawe in Swahili means "klipspringer". The delightful little antelope can often be seen posing atop one of the tumbled granite outcrops that surround the camp. The tents are pitched around a kopje, an island of eroded rock jutting up from the grass plain. They are shaded by light acacia woodland. This Serena camp is designed to have as little impact as possible on local ecology, using solar power to produce energy rather than a noisy diesel generator. All waste is recycled. This type of responsible eco-luxury is becoming increasingly popular for travel with AfricanMecca guests. A policy of integration without pollution enables visitors to enjoy their tour in Serengeti as unobtrusively as possible in an unspoiled landscape. Two-way interaction with local communities is maintained by composting of supplemental food to local farmers which encourages indigenous and sustainable farming trades.
Accommodation At Mbuzi Mawe Serena CampReached by gravel paths using 4x4 AfricanMecca guided vehicles through grassland and trees, 16 spacious tents stand widely separated for privacy providing the wilderness feeling you look for on your trip of Serengeti exploration. The tents have an extra canvas roof protection over the main canvas tent ceilings and stand on a stone foundation. Apart from their canvas walls, the bedroom, bathroom and lounge area resemble those of a high-class safari lodge. In the main bedroom, there are four-poster beds draped with dreamy swathes of mosquito netting. In the bathroom, you will find 24-hour hot water, a shower, flush toilet and double vanity unit. Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries are provided. A main sitting area, furnished with unusual wild-wood furniture and lamps, with mineral water provided and WiFi laid on, leads to a private outdoor fenced terrace with decadent loungers and safari chairs. Mbuzi Mawe offers unrivaled room service, drinks and snacks, laundry, shoeshine, valet service and baby-sitting by arrangement. Everything you could desire for convenience and comfort during your family safari in Tanzania is cheerfully arranged. Cots and extra beds are available. Children's early dining and special meals as well as entertainment, sports and minded activities will keep them happy while their parents relax. They will soon be saying "Jambo" to everyone and singing "Kwaheri" at the end. Other facilities include a central dining tent with a safari bar with stone terrace commanding views of the kopje, plains and woodland and a central camp fire pit where you can enjoy evening sundowners or a barbecue. There is also a small business center, gift shop featuring local crafts and a large reception area with comfortable lounge seating.
Safari At Mbuzi Mawe Serena CampVariety and flexibility are keynotes. The typical pattern is to go out for an adventure, then return and be pampered. What better way to spend holidays to Africa? Big and small game interactions are plenty and varied, in camp and out so that you are spoiled for choice. An early game drive is a popular option, setting out in the fresh morning air for the best game-viewing in custom built 4X4 pop-up roofed transport. This is the time to see elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, and leopard, often referred to as the Big Five. Your guides are in touch by radio to share information on sightings and spoor to ensure that they can track the wildlife and general game you want to witness. Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp is also right on the Great Migration trail for exceptional views of this Wonder of the Natural World, possible even by hot air balloon though at a different site in Serengeti! In addition to guided nature walks and energetic hikes on the kopjes, there are educational talks and bird-spotting. The camp is a child-friendly family destination for your safari to Tanzania, and an ideal base for a small wedding or honeymoon safari in Africa. When you leave your tour of Tanzania with AfricanMecca you will want to say, "Asante sana". It will mean, "Many thanks” for your hospitality or "nitarudi tena", I'll be back again!
Dining At Mbuzi Mawe Serena CampThe food at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp is a fantastic plus during your vacation in Tanzania with AfricanMecca. Tanzanian specialties, using local ingredients such as bananas, coconut, peanuts, ginger, garlic and chili, supplement popular international cuisine. Your preferences are consulted, even to the contents of a packed lunch. Everything is fresh, wholesome and beautifully presented. Wherever possible, food is locally sourced. A range of fine wines, beers, fruit juice and soft drinks are available. Tea and coffee are Tanzania's best. A cup of tea is brought to you very early in the morning. With prior arrangement, you can opt for breakfast in the bush. Arriving at your chosen viewpoint, you will see that the hospitality team has arrived ahead of time to set up table, chairs, and sometimes a campfire if it is too chilly. It is amazing how well the full English breakfast tastes cooked in the open air. A packed lunch may be taken with you on an all-day Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp safari game drive, or you can return to the main camp for a selection of salads, fruit, cheese and meat and vegetable platters. After lunch, a siesta is advisable to relax from your early start, especially for children. You could drive out again for sundowners or sit around a campfire as you watch sunset flame across the sky. This is definitely a "do not miss" experience on any safari to Africa. Around late six in the evening near the equator, night falls suddenly like a black velvet curtain as stars appear in the heavens. Lanterns are lit, a barbecue coaxed into readiness to roast succulent meats, poultry, fish and vegetables. While you wait, red-cloaked Maasai warriors sing and dance. An incredible five-course meal follows, with soups, salads, grills and mouthwatering desserts. Drinks come from a well-stocked bush bar. Fine dining can also be enjoyed in camp. Vegetarian, kosher and special diets are available by arrangement.
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When staying at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp in Central Serengeti (Seronera River Wilderness), we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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