- Serengeti National Park
- Serengeti Wilderness camps
- Serengeti North / Ndutu Wilderness camp
These fly-in safari options are excellent for guests who are short of time, or perhaps wanting to enjoy multi-destinations or countries in one safari. The camps are small (10-12 tents) seasonal camps – located in the heart of the migratory routes in the Serengeti. These well priced packages have been developed for those guests who are really keen to enjoy time in a proper, decent quality tented camp without it costing a fortune.
Our intimate camps are perfectly located in the heart of the migration path and depending on the time of year you travel, we will select the optimum location for your stay. Serengeti North is in the perfect place to catch Mara River crossings. Ndutu is in the heart of the plains where the annual calving takes place.
Transfer from Arusha Hotel to local airport for your morning flight to the Serengeti. You will be met at the local airstrip and transferred by vehicle to your camp. Explore the Serengeti in our safari vehicles with our professional guide to share all the history, flora and fauna with you. A safari briefing will take place either this evening, or in the morning before you head off!
Overnight at selected Serengeti Wilderness Camp – depending on the time of year and the anticipated movement of game, we will advise you of the best place to stay when you travel.
Serengeti Wilderness Camps are located inside the national park, and designed in the safari style of olde – simple, but comfortable with every need being taken care of. The camp comprises of maximum 12 tents, each comfortably furnished with great attention to detail. Quality linens, solar lighting, eco-friendly flush toilet and shower en-suite all add to your comfortable stay.
Serengeti Wilderness Camp is located centrally, and is a great place to base up just about all year round. There is exceptional resident game in the area, including the big cats, herds of elephant, resident wildebeest and zebra, buffalo and plenty of antelope. At certain times of the year the migration is a stone’s throw from the camp.
Serengeti North / Ndutu Wilderness camp
This seasonal camp moves from Ndutu (in the south) during the calving season, to the North for the migration and river crossings. Whichever camp you stay at, our guides will take you to the best game viewing possible, sometimes that may entail a long day in the vehicle, others the game may be close by! Sumptuous meals are prepared by our friendly safari chefs, and are served in the dining tent, or directly under the stars.
Days will be spent exploring the Serengeti eco-system in our safari vehicles, in which you will find a selection of reference books on Tanzania’s parks, history, its flora and fauna, and a cool-box or fridge for drinks. In our specially customised extended land cruisers the windows are enlarged and the roof height extended to allow ease of photography and game-viewing, with plenty of room to stretch your legs. Our land cruisers have game viewing hatches that allow 360 degree views.
The Serengeti National Park is arguably the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the Masai language, and within its boundaries are more than 3 million large mammals. About 35 species of plains animals may be seen here, including the so-called “big seven” – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, cheetah and African hunting dog. The black rhino population of the Serengeti has developed in recent years thanks to constant surveillance, but are restricted to an inaccessible part of the park.
Other animals frequently seen in the Serengeti include baboon, caracal, civet, bat-eared fox, genet, giraffe, hippo, honey badger, hyrax, mongoose, ostrich, serval, both Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, vervet monkey and some 20 types of antelope. There is, of course, also a profusion of birdlife. Over 500 species including bustards, cranes, eagles, herons, owls, storks, vultures and the bizarre, long-legged secretary birds.
But the most popular animals to be found here in greater abundance than elsewhere on the northern circuit are the cats. Lions, cheetahs and leopard may all be seen here along with other predators, such as the spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackals, wild cats and servals.
We bid farewell to the camp staff, and transfer to the airstrip – allowing a little time for game viewing en route (you never know what you may see!)
Flight to Arusha, where you will be met and transferred to Kilimanjaro airport, or onward to another safari!
Any number of nights may be booked, and for small groups (4 plus) –we will offer you exclusive game drives in the Serengeti at no additional cost. The safari package rate includes all game drives and all meals.
Flights: We can assist with booking your flights from SA, there are a good variety of airlines flying into the region.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all guests travelling with Wild Frontiers.
Charging facilities: There are charging facilities at the lodges/camps as well as on in our Wild Frontiers’ safari vehicles for camera batteries, mobile phones etc. Two-pin plugs as well as the round three-square pin plug points.
Weather: Tanzania is a land without winter. Temperatures in northern Tanzania range between 15-21C during the day and 4-10C at night, from May to October. From November to March the daytime temperature varies from 21-32C and from 15-23C at night. However, if you are travelling to high altitude areas like Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro, of course the temperature drops substantially.
The Migration Explained
The following should be used as a guideline when planning your safari to East Africa – movement of wildlife depends on a great many aspects – but this helps to explain the seasonality of game viewing. Remember there is resident game throughout the year in the Serengeti/Ngorongoro eco-systems.
JAN / FEB / MARCH
The big herds of wildebeest are generally in the southern plains of the Serengeti eco-system, calving takes place over approximately two weeks. Lots of predators, good visibility of game, mix of open plains and some woodland.
APRIL / MAY
The herds start moving toward central Serengeti. This is typically the rainy season, however, game viewing is still excellent and there are some great discounts available at lodges and camps. It generally doesn’t rain all day. Photography is generally superb with moody skies and good depth of colour.
JUNE / JULY / AUGUST
The wildebeest move from the central area and split to the west and north, continuing their trek toward the Mara River. River crossings may be seen in both the western corridor (Grumeti area) and north (Mara River) within the Serengeti.
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER
Whilst some of the wildebeest successfully reach the Masai Mara, there are still hundreds of thousands remaining in the northern region of Serengeti, offering those with patience the chance to see river crossings (the Mara River runs through the Serengeti).
NOVEMBER / DECEMBER
The big herds start to return from the north, to the southern plains, to start the whole process again!