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Serengeti Camping Safaris

The Serengeti National Park is one of Tanzania’s most popular parks. Most people know it as the stage for the annual migration of around 2 million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle and zebra through the park. If you have the opportunity to follow the migration, you’re in for the safari of a lifetime. But this park is an exceptional wildlife experience at any time of the year, thanks to its combination of abundant and varied wildlife, which you will see against a backdrop of stunning savannah landscapes and iconic acacia trees. It’s hard to visit the Serengeti and not be awed by the experience. Traveling as part of a camping safari will help you make the most of being here.

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5 Questions About Serengeti Camping Safaris

 
 

5 Questions About Serengeti Camping Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

What are the pros and cons of a Serengeti camping safari?

“There are many benefits (and not many disadvantages) to going on a camping safari in the Serengeti. When it comes to choosing a destination for a camping safari, the Serengeti easily makes my top five, thanks to the many wonderful experiences you can have on your camping holiday here. This is a fantastic park, equally good for wildlife as for landscapes. And there is so much wildlife around in the Serengeti that there is nothing better than lying awake at night and listening, knowing that there is a very good chance that you will hear a lion roaring or an elephant trumpeting in the night. With just canvas between you and the animals and the night sounds of Africa, it’s one of the most exciting experiences you can have on safari. Having said this, there are only a limited number of campsites in the Serengeti. Thankfully, the main one is in Seronera, deep in the central Serengeti and in the heart of some of Africa’s best wildlife country.”

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What facilities can I expect in the campsites?

“Facilities in the Serengeti’s campsites are generally quite basic, but also more than adequate for what you’ll need. You can expect a cleared patch of ground for pitching a tent, often with little shade. Toilet and shower facilities are shared, and when the campsite is at its busiest, you have to wait for your turn in the ablution block. These facilities are quite well looked after and kept reasonably clean, but most are quite old and in need of an upgrade. The plumbing can also be problematic. The main Seronera campsite also has a communal kitchen, and a covered area for meals. You’ll enjoy the facilities most when things are quiet. Then again, the opportunity to meet other travelers around an evening campfire when lots of other local and safari travelers are staying at the campsite is a wonderful complement to a day spent out on safari.”

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How much will this safari cost?

“The cost of your Serengeti camping holiday will vary from one operator to the next. For shorter trips, which necessarily have a higher daily cost because they include the cost of getting to and from the Serengeti, you can expect to pay at least US$250 or US$300 per person per day. The daily cost reduces the longer your Serengeti safari lasts as those transport costs are spread over more days. Then again, don’t forget to factor in the daily park fees. These don’t vary from one operator to the next, and they add considerably to the daily cost: US$60 to US$70 per person per day, depending on the season. Where prices can vary between operators is in the types and number of vehicles they use, the tents you’ll be sleeping in, and how many staff will accompany you on your trip or whether you’ll be doing tasks, such as cooking and setting up tents, yourself.”

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Is a camping trip to the Serengeti safe?

“As a general rule, it is very safe to go on a camping trip in the Serengeti National Park, as long as you follow the instructions of your guide at all times. That said, you’ll be camping in a park with some of the highest densities of wildlife in Africa, so you should always be careful and take personal responsibility for your own safety as well. And remember, one of the best things about a camping safari (you’ll be close to the animals) is also a reason why you need to be careful. Animals do sometimes wander into camp, and it can be rather thrilling, to say the least, to stick your head out of your tent and find yourself face-to-face with a grazing zebra or an elephant. And it is always possible, although rare, for something even scarier, like a lion or a hyena, to pass by. If you remain calm, avoid sudden movements, and always be aware of your surroundings, it is unlikely you’ll encounter any difficulties.”

See also Malaria & Safety – Serengeti NP 4

What is the best time of year for a camping safari in the Serengeti?

“There is no bad time to visit the Serengeti. There’s always plenty of wildlife and the weather is rarely bad enough to limit what you can do. One obvious consideration is the migration. The actual dates change every year, but as a general rule, from January to March, the massed ranks of wildebeest and zebra are more likely to be in the park’s south. In April they usually begin moving north and northwest, when they’re in or on their way to the Grumeti River and Grumeti Game Reserve, and the Serengeti’s Western Corridor, before heading for the Serengeti’s north in July and August and then crossing over into Kenya. They most often return to the Serengeti, moving south through the park in November and December. Outside of the migration, the best months for weather and driving conditions are usually from late June through to October. Rains are possible from November to April, but this coincides with the best months for bird watching.”

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Serengeti Reviews

4.9/5 465 Reviews
Expert
Mark Eveleigh  –  
United Kingdom UK

Mark is a travel writer who grew up in Africa and has written over 700 titles for Condé Nast Traveller, Travel Africa, BBC Wildlife and others.

In Northern Serengeti Only the Wildebeest Travel in Crowds
5/5

A lot has been said about the justifiably famous Serengeti ecosystem, home of the world’s greatest wildlife show. The great migration attracts hordes of wildlife-watchers that are topped in numbers only by the herds themselves. As with...

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Tim Bewer  –  
United States US

Tim is a travel writer who has covered 10 African countries for Lonely Planet's Africa, East Africa and West Africa guidebooks.

As good as it gets
5/5

Talk about the Serengeti almost invariably revolves around the ‘great migration,’ where some 1.5 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras and other ungulates follow a primeval circuit in search of grass and water. No...

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Jeannette  –  
Germany DE
Reviewed: Apr 14, 2024
5/5

Simply the best. We saw so many lions within 2-4 meters of our vehicle as well as elephants , but the lions were the most awesome. Unlike other visitors, we unfortunately did not see any lions chasing prey. The number of herds of gnu and...

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David L  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Apr 9, 2024
5/5

This is a wonderful park. Lots of roads the carve up the landscape but give animals room to breathe. We saw everything, except rhinos. We came during the offseason and saw plenty of animals and few other tourists. When stopped to see...

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Barbara Barbosa  –  
Brazil BR
Reviewed: Apr 2, 2024
5/5

Serengeti is amazing. Its a beautiful park, amazing landscape, animals are respected and wildlife is there, in your face. I stayed in a camp inside the park and it was the best decision i could have made.

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Matthias  –  
Austria AT
Reviewed: Mar 29, 2024
4/5

It didn't have that wow factor you'd expect from reading about it or watching TV documentaries. Wildlife depends a lot on where the great migration is at the moment. You will still see animals (leopards, gepards, hyena, elefants, giraffe,...

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