Where to stay while at Serengeti national park
The final decision whether or not to visit the Serengeti National Park is made easy by its stunning variety of lodge accommodations. There are a number of public campsites ($30/adult), special campsites ($50/adult), tented camps, and lodges in the Serengeti. The largest number and greatest variety of lodging exists in the Central Serengeti region around Seronera. Whether you want to camp on the cheap, sleep in a remote luxury tented camp, or stay in a large lodge with all the familiar Western amenities, you should be able to find something in the Serengeti suiting any lifestyle or budget. You should book accommodations well in advance, especially in peak season.
Ngorongoro crater lodge
Bordering the south of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to the world’s largest unflooded caldera. Created when a huge volcano erupted and collapsed in on itself around 300 million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater has a total area of 260 sq. km (100 sq. miles) and is 600 m (2,000 ft.) deep. Its steep, rainforest-covered walls create a bowl-like sanctuary for more than 25,000 large animals, including lion, black rhino, Cape buffalo, hyena and hippo.
Established on the crater’s edge looking out over this immense natural wonder, the luxurious Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is divided into three separate camps — North, South and Tree Camp — with a total of 30 rooms housed in individual thatched huts. Each camp has its own communal lodge with living and dining areas, adorned with chandeliers handmade by the Masai, antique furniture and bronze statues. After your three-course meal, join other guests around the open fire pit to take in the star-studded sky. The spacious rooms each feature a living room with open log fire, a king-sized bed, and an en suite bathroom. Silks, velvets and dark woods create a sense of luxury, yet step outside onto your private veranda and, using a good pair of binoculars, you can pick out individual animals living in the crater below.
For a closer look, join a game drive into the crater. Staying here means you can arrive before anyone else, with the journey taking just 20 minutes. Look out for predators on the prowl before the day heats up, or watch lion snoozing in the afternoon sun.
You can also explore the crater on foot with an experienced guide, who’ll show you how to track rhino and point out the many bird species. Visit during the green season (December to April) and you’re likely to see thousands of flamingos congregating around Lake Magadi, forming a vivid sea of pink.
Walking around the Crater gives the views of the beautiful scenery than the wildlife. Walking here is limited to a small number of camps, but it is one of the best ways to enjoy some of the finest unspoilt views the area has to offer. It is also a very peaceful way to experience the Crater, which can be a very busy place.
Serengeti Mawe Camp
Serengeti Mawe Camp is situated in Serengeti offering a garden and barbecue. Nyamara Kopjes is 10 km away and there is Free Wi-Fi is provided and free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is equipped with a seating area. Each part has a secretive bathroom with a bath. Serengeti Mawe Camp has also got a sun terrace and visitors can enjoy the on-site restaurant, with packed lunches available on request. Maasai Kopjes (S) is 14 km from Serengeti Mawe Camp, while Migration June July is 14 km from the property and it has one of the best-rated locations in Serengeti.
Serengeti safari lodge
Serengeti Safari Lodge with World Class Style is in the Serengeti national park,335kms from and as well the airstrip is adjacent to the lodge and transfer service is offered. Set in elevation on the load of a tree-clad ridge, imposing panoramic views across the Serengeti, this lodge is the final fusion of traditional African style and world-class style. Winner of various awards from the world travel press, it is perhaps the supreme venue the Serengeti has to offer. Centrally located adjacent to the well-known Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been considered to blend completely into the living scenery. A series of traditional domed ‘rondavels’ are extensively spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by stands of acacia trees and watered by glittering streams. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon’ pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains’ after which the Serengeti is named. Situated close to the world-famous 2-million-year-old Paleolithic site of Ol Duvai, ‘birthplace of mankind’, the lodge has been designed to offer a showcase of cultural performance, heritage and traditional art, which is best illustrated by the lavish Makonde carvings which beautify both the rooms and the magnificent round dining room. As for wildlife, the Serengeti National Park presents not only all the members of ‘The Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), but also the yearly ‘migration’ of over one million wildebeest and their associated cast of predators. The lodge has a scenic safari bar with timbered terrace and a private bush camp overlooking the migration.
Ikoma Tented Camp
Set in the center of an unbelievable setting of savannah and skies, you find Ikoma Tented Camp, comfortable in a grove of acacia trees. Ikoma tented camp has 35 traditional Meru tents, each under roof with a private veranda overseeing the remarkable plains of the Serengeti. The central restaurant and bar area brag a large camp fire an ideal spot to relax with a chilled drink after a long days of exciting game viewing. Ikoma Tented Camp is ideally located at the border of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, along the path of the migrating wildebeests between Kenya and Tanzania. From Ikoma you can enter the western corridor of the park, taking in Kirawiras and the Grumeti river home to the giant wildebeest-eating crocodiles. There is no better place to enjoy one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles. Staying at Ikoma Tented Camp gives you the exceptional opportunity to enjoy a night game drive or a walking safari, as the camp is located just outside the national park boundary. A great chance to see and hear some of the nocturnal animals that can’t be spotted in daytime, such as the Leopard, Aardvark and the Bat-eared fox. Another special way of experiencing the bush is by going along on a guided walking safari. Guided by a professional ranger and guard you discover the bush and its populations at close range. A great way to start or end a day in the Serengeti, followed by a breakfast in the bush or a sundowner at the close of the day. The airstrip a short distance away from the camp means you can be with us in next to no time and avoid the long drive through the park should you prefer a shorter journey. The camp has 35 spacious tented rooms with attached bathroom and a private veranda with stunning views of the Serengeti. Bathroom with shower, flush toilet, wash hand basin, soap, towels and bottled water. Mosquito nets, candles with matches and electrical lighting in the tent. Camping site with kitchen, toilets and showers. Charging possibilities for cameras, batteries, etc. Spacious restaurant and bar area serving a daily changing 4 course menu and complementary coffee and tea in the afternoon. Full & half board rates; lunch boxes available. Cold drink service at the rooms by sunset. Fireplace. Bush breakfast or bush dinner is possible on request. Support of the local village by daily bed night fees and a yearly grant. Activities: night game drive, walking safari at sunrise or sunset, visit to accommodation
Serengeti sopa lodge
Serengeti Sopa Lodge is located on the edge of the escarpment overseeing the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of out-standing regular beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun. The lodge permits its guests to experience outstanding sights and enjoy interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time appreciating the highest level of cuisine and hospitality. Unlike most other safari lodges throughout East Africa, their main building does not have a customarily African thatched roof. It has instead a smooth roof which they always use for cocktail, sundowner and private parties. However, when you step down from these supercilious heights into the sudden coolness of the reception lobby and move on, you will find stairs and slopes which either take you down to the dining room, with its outdoor terrace and simply delicious and sumptuous meals that are to die for, or across to the conference room before descending further to the ground floor. The reception is airy and large, the walls painted with rich earth colors replicating the tones of the surrounding area as well as the lobby is well furnished with large comfortable chairs made out of driftwood, huge cushions and colorful throw pillows. The low ceiling has wooden beams across and the pillars holding it are shaped like huge pots stacked together. Beautiful metallic wall lamps with lax lighting complete the overall, warm and intimate effect. With our Sopa tradition of excellence, it goes without saying that our fully en suite guestrooms and suites have been designed, decorated and furnished with only your total comfort in mind. An open dining area, spacious, airy and lots of light originating from the floor to ceiling windows. This allows a magnificent view of the plains as well, the furniture is wrought iron chairs and wooden tops, all artistically done. The walls are painted in a mud red color with window like spaces holding artifacts found in the region. Behind the buffet area is a shimmering blue placement, like a glass mosaic, adding on to the theme which offers a remarkable dining experience. The Bar is set in a corner with a view of the Serengeti plains, the bar area is strategically placed with an uninterrupted view, and has a terrace for seating with comfortable chairs.
Most will agree, however, that a Tanzanian wildlife adventure is incomplete without the inclusion of the Serengeti National park! It is described as Africa’s best safari destination – and one that surpasses all expectations.
The greatness of the Serengeti National Park, however, is not only about this huge movement of wildlife. The wildlife sightings are spectacular at all times of the year and the park’s abundance of lion, cheetah, leopard and spotted hyena make it a very exciting destination. The Serengeti has such a wide range of animal species it really is the place where you can ‘see it all.