The Serengeti Shared Safari Camp makes use of a traditional mobile tented camp on a shared-use basis, periodically moving location within the Serengeti according to Migration game movements and weather conditions. Although the camp will NOT move during your actual stay, the chances of being within reach of the wildebeest migration, which is one of the principle goals of any visit to the Serengeti, are greatly enhanced by this mobility.
The camp has up to 16 guests staying at anyone time in its eight luxury tents with en suite bathrooms. The focus of the camp is a large dining tent with a shaded 'sitting out' area. As well as a fully-stocked complimentary bar, there is a small reference library of African books and a variety of games. There is a campfire every evening, around which guests can share the day's adventures with like-minded souls.
As a guest at the Serengeti Shared Safari Camp you will meet up and mingle with each other during the evening over pre-dinner drinks and candlelit dinners, but during the day you will set off on your own, with your own private guide and vehicle. By having your own vehicle and guide you can ensure you can do what you want when you want to do it - be that following the wildebeest, sitting by a waterhole or just waiting too get that perfect photograph.
All the places we stayed at were just perfect. The food, accommodations, and the people were wonderful. Two Best things about the trip were the Balloon Ride and the Shared Safari Camp. Everyone knew their jobs and were very accommodating and made the trip better because we experienced their warm hospitality.Read More
- Bernie and Keith Keller
Gibb’s Farm: This was a pleasant break mid-way with lovely rooms, beautiful gardens, and excellent food. I took the walk with Mkenda and a local ranger to the elephant cave and waterfall and it was an interesting 4-5 mile round trip on the ground. With my forestry background we had a lot of good conversation about the trees along the way. While I did that, Adelaide was with the artist in residence.
Ngorongoro: We spent 10 hours in the crater the first day, arriving at 7 am and leaving in late afternoon. It wasn’t overly crowded and vehicle roads were in good shape. We saw a diversity of animals and birds and were reminded of the uniqueness of the crater and its habitat. Often we were alone except when lions were found. In late afternoon we had an experience with lions reminiscent of our first time there in 2000 when lions lay alongside our vehicle and cubs lay under another vehicle in its shade. This time we found a group of lions beside the road doing what lions do best: sleeping. A large male got up and walked to our vehicle and lay down against the rear wheel for a snooze. Then, he got up and walked around the other vehicles lie down in the road under the front bumper of the vehicle next to us and went to sleep again.
Explorean is a beautiful lodge facility — elegant, huge bedroom/living room/deck, excellent staff and food. The first night a German tour group of 20 people and their leader made the dining room lively. The second night there were only three tables of guests.
Ndutu: Lamala Camp: The drive from the main road SW to the lake was across a dry, dusty. When we arrived at the camp, guides had discovered a leopard in a tree 100 yards from the camp just as a rain began. So, we took more good photos of a leopard and saw her call her cub, climb down and the two of them walk off. Buffalo and wildebeest and zebras grazed through the camp at night while lions roared in the distance. The open acacia forest by the lake had lots of giraffes. The camp facilities were fine, food was very good, and staff was outgoing and friendly. It wasn’t crowded…only three tents were in use, and two were single ladies on safaris. It rained during the nights we were there which made the grass green up immediately.
Serengeti Shared Safari Camp: The mobile camp was fine; very basic but good beds and good food served “home style”. We were the only guests in camp so we got full staff attention. The game drives were outstanding. We were in the midst of the migration, so on the plain we were surrounded by wildebeests and zebras and gazelles with lots of new babies as far as the eye could see. We saw long columns of them crossing the lake bed or wading across the shallow parts of the lake. We went NW across the plain completely alone to the Hidden Valley water hole where we found lions. On the plain we also saw warthogs, jackals, hyenas, bat eared foxes and vultures of all kinds.
In the Serengeti we saw numerous cheetahs, including one with five cubs that we watched for perhaps an hour. We followed a cheetah across the plain where she was hunting — the prey animals were some distance off and after an hour we broke off. We saw another cheetah catch and eat a scrub hare and another stalked a dikdik that got away in the bush. We saw lions eating a zebra that was freshly killed.
On the morning drive north from Ndutu to Seronera airstrip, we saw a cheetah lying beside the road just east of the Naabi Gate and another on the plain north of Naabi Hill. When we passed the Simba koepies, a lioness was lying atop the tallest rock. The Regional Air plane was on time. Ironically, after we took off the plane flew to Ndutu to pick up two passengers a mile from our camp, then on to Arusha!Read More