GUIDE ON SERENGETI WILDERNESS CAMP IN TANZANIA
Serengeti Wilderness Camp is a simple, mobile periodic camp in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. It has the advantage of being able to interchange every few months to a new location within central Serengeti, and also to follow movements of the game, enabling it to offer what are probably the best game viewing options on your tour of the Serengeti. Although the life-style on a Serengeti Wilderness Camp Safari is necessarily somewhat Spartan, everything needful is provided. Safety and comfort are important priorities.
The camp is completely eco-friendly and works within Tanzania National Park guidelines to preserve the integrity of the surroundings and of flora and fauna that thrive there. It provides a friendly and intimate bush camp of admirable quality with worthy facilities during your vacation in Tanzania. The main game movement, the focus of most visitors’ idea of a safari to Tanzania, is the wildebeest migration, a natural wonder of the world.
After a frantic period of rutting, mating and breeding around May / June followed by the calving season from December through March, when up to 8,000 calves are born every single day in a 3 week period in the southern sector of the Serengeti, leading to a massive renewed herd of over a million wildebeests and zebras taking off to follow their natural passion for food and water.
This is when Serengeti Wilderness Camp welcomes the new incomers into central Serengeti with most passing through the western corridor leading into northern Serengeti, and then finally on to the Maasai Mara plains in Kenya and back again to the east, with the traversal taking place over a whole year. The wildebeest are joined by hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelles, accompanied by gangs of opportunist predators, hyena, jackals and cheetah, not to mention giant crocodiles that lie in wait at river crossings for a succulent meal.
Accommodation At Serengeti Wilderness CampThe Serengeti Wilderness Camp boasts 10 tents with en-suite bush-showers and eco-friendly toilets. Comfortable beds are provided with good quality towels and bedding and with solar-powered bedside lamps. They also offer a dressing area and shady verandah with camp chairs provided where you can relax, read or watch/observe the local wildlife during your Serengeti travels in Africa. Although there are usually only ten sleeping tents, families are welcome with children over five years old. The camp can also accommodate larger parties by prior arrangement.
On safari vacations in Africa, you are advised to take a brief siesta in the warmest part of the day, ready to enjoy more adventures in the cooler late afternoon and evening when wildlife are returning to their water holes and predators are getting ready to strategize their hunts. The central dining tent is well-sized and airy with a convenient lounge area housing a collection of maps and games and a small library where you can also recharge cameras and videos.
For an authentic flavor to your safari to Africa, you can enjoy an in-camp sundowner with cocktails and snacks around the campfire, followed by a lamp-lit dinner in the bush, cooked on embers in the traditional manner -- all under the star lit African skies. If you plan your tour to Africa to include in depth experience of a trip in Serengeti on an affordable budget, you cannot do better than stay at the Serengeti Wilderness Camp.
Safari At Serengeti Wilderness CampOn almost any tour to Tanzania you can lash out on a fantastic hot air balloon trip to spice up your Serengeti tour with a peak experience or simply game drives, overflying and driving through the migrating herds to appreciate the true enormity of the spectacle. But due to the very special nature of the Serengeti Wilderness Camp and its particular appeal to African wildlife photographers, it is strongly recommended that the quieter months are best and most rewarding too for the patient. Where there is prey, there is a predator lurking around.
Track the migration for endless predator-prey interaction supplemented with spotting of large canines -- lion, leopard, cheetah to majestic herbivores -- elephants, buffalos, giraffes, hippos, the prized black rhino and many more. The wildebeest calving period from January to March is especially interesting with battling males, newborn calves and suckling young. Late March sees the start of the rains with spectacular cloud effects and an ocean of shining green as far as the horizon, a colorful ground against which huge herds look like scattered grains.
This new season grass provides a wonderful backdrop for nature shots showcasing appealing babies of many species savoring the succulent young blades. In June and July, the migration moves to the northwest to make the hazardous Mara River crossing into the Masai Mara from August to October with plenty of dramatic predator action for highly rewarding game viewing.
Wildebeest, or gnu, a name that mimics their soft grunt, have wide jaws and cannot eat long grass. Zebra eat the long grass, leaving the short base for the gnu. The two graze happily together giving excellent photo-opportunities. Then in November and December, the herds return to the eastern side and then southern Serengeti to calve and the mobile camp comes too in the Ndutu area (see map of the wildebeest migration).
Dining At Serengeti Wilderness CampThe Wilderness Camp safari starts with your freshly infused tea or coffee with a full breakfast while the day is still fresh and cool. In the mess tent, you can choose between a filling cooked breakfast or cereal, cheese, fruit and breads. You can also enjoy a proper bush breakfast if you opt for the magical Serengeti balloon flight. A discussion of the day's activities may precede breakfast either in the dining tent or on your early morning trip while viewing passing game from the safe vantage point of your specially designed 4x4 vehicle with a pop-up open roof.
You can arrange to take a packed lunch meal with you to enable you to stay out in the bush for the whole day. Lunch is a selection of prepared warm and cold filing platters follower by siesta and an afternoon Serengeti game drive activity. You can stop for a sundowner drink and a snack at any attractive location to watch the sun go down over the limitless sea of waving grass. You may be lucky enough to see a family herd of elephants or a pride of lions or even the solitary unsuspecting leopard.
The evening meal is your chance to enjoy a more relaxed sit down dining experience. The safari chef will demonstrate his bush-cooking skills with soups, stews, pot roasts, camp bread and other hearty safari fare including healthy salads and desserts, all prepared from fresh locally sourced-meat, poultry, fish, fruits, vegetables and served in safari style. Special diets, vegetarian, salt or gluten free etc., can be addressed with prior request. There is a selection of wine, beer, spirits, fruit juices and soft drinks to order from. Infused masala chai tea and Arusha coffee are Tanzania's best.
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