Serengeti Under Canvas

Northern Safari, Tanzania

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Serengeti Under Canvas

Carefully planned to bring guests as close as possible to the magnificent natural spectacle of the Great Migration, the two ‘Serengeti Under Canvas’ camps provide the ultimate viewpoint for this amazing animal spectacle. Situated at a variety of private campsites throughout the national park, they move according to the path of the migratory herds.


We Love
  • Authentic back to nature experience with nothing separating you from your surrounding landscape
  • The rustic charm of camping combined with true comfort and luxury, including a private butler, hot bucket shower and flush toilet
  • Seasonal sightings of the Grumeti and Mara River crossings and wildebeest calving
  • Exceptional resident game, fantastic big cat sightings and magnificent night skies
Need to Know
  • The lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times. &Beyond staff accompany guests at all times when walking around the lodge at night.
  • No single supplement is charged for the first two single rooms of a booking. Any additional rooms will be levied with a 50% supplement.
  • Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

The Review

Famed for its vast open grasslands and exceptional wildlife sightings, Tanzania’s magnificent Serengeti National Park boasts 35 species of plains-dwelling game, as well as prolific birdlife. Most significantly, it is part of the route of the famed Great Migration, an annual movement of wildebeest and other herbivores across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystems, considered one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world.

Over two million animals participate in the Great Migration, with some 200,000 zebra moving ahead of and 500,000 Thomson’s gazelle coming behind the main players – one and a half million wildebeest. The wildebeest spend the wet season on the south-eastern plains of Tanzania, moving across to Kenya’s Masai Mara when the Serengeti experiences its dry season.

Why Stay
The Serengeti Under Canvas camps attempt to anticipate the movements of the Great Migration, bringing guests as close as possible to the wildebeest action, as well as exploring magnificent resident game.

The luxurious tented camps of Serengeti Under Canvas move around the park year-round, attempting to anticipate the movements of the Great Migration and exploring the remote and beautiful corners of the Serengeti with excellent resident game. Using only private campsites, these mobile camps are entirely intimate and exclusive, featuring spacious safari tents, each with a double bed, ensuite bathroom, separate w.c and al fresco bucket shower. Redolent of classic safari style, custom-made Indian rugs, crisp linens, sparkling crystal and polished brass lend flair to the simplicity of camping.

Carefully planned according to the projected movements of the Great Migration, the camps aim to bring guests within comfortable driving distance of the herds. However, the wildebeest masses move with the rains, which may occur at a different time each year, so it is not always possible to accurately predict where they will be. Expert guides will always try to place guests in the midst of the thronging wildebeest but, should the animals not appear when expected, the guides’ intimate knowledge of the ample resident game will ensure a rich game viewing experience.

Getting There

There are scheduled charter flights into the Serengeti airstrip nearest to the current position of the camps (Seronera, Ndutu, Grumeti or Kogatende).  A vehicle from the camp will be waiting to collect guests, who can enjoy a game drive on the way to the camp. 

Serengeti Under Canvas Northern Safari, Tanzania

Serengeti Under Canvas

Serengeti National Park
The simple luxury at the two comfortable tented camps with no mains electricity and running water is softened by convenient touches like a flush w.c, power outlets in the vehicles and a personal butler. A dedicated sitting and dining tent provides deep sofas while custom made Indian rugs and polished brass samovars add a touch of elegance and romance. With only eight tents at each private campsite, you enjoy complete comfort combined with wild nights around a roaring fire in the African bush.      

Rating                            Classic Camp
Type                              Safari Camp
No. Rooms                      9 tents in each private camp
Max Occupants                18 guests per camp
Occupancy/Tent               2 adults
Triples                            2 (children 16 years and younger)
Interests                         Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                          Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                    Visa and Master Card

Electricity & Water
The camp has 220v AC in vehicles; with prior notice the camp is able to arrange a generator to provide 24-hour electricity for guests with special requirements.


Children Policy
Children 6 years and older are welcome;
children younger than 6 are welcome if the entire camp is booked for sole use.

Other Policies
All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment by credit cards is not accepted.

Taxes and fees
All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
Check in:     12:00 PM
Check out:     11:00 AM
Suggested stay:  1 night


Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is home to literally millions of large herbivores, with more than 35 species of plains-dwelling mammals, as well as the accompanying carnivores and prolific birdlife. The mobile nature of Serengeti Under Canvas camps means that they are uniquely suited to give you a close glimpse of the Great Migration, as well as the Serengeti’s numerous other wildlife riches. Each year, almost two million wildebeest, zebra, eland and Thomson’s gazelle follow the annual rains through the Serengeti and the adjacent Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya in search of prime grazing.

As the dense herds of herbivores move across the plains they are shadowed by predators and scavengers. Lion, and hyena, as well as the more elusive cheetah and leopard, mingle with the migrating masses, while vulture and jackal await the scraps of the more powerful predators. The Serengeti is famous for its large lion population and a number of lion prides are present in each of the areas utilised by our camps. The far lighter and faster cheetah are also present.  During the migration, the spotted hyena may be spotted wandering among the herds in the plain light of day.

Another scavenger typically encountered on the outskirts of the migration is the vulture, with the African white-backed vulture and the Rüppell’s vulture outnumbering most other varieties. A group of vultures soaring up to 1 000 metres above the earth is not an uncommon sight on the Serengeti plains.

It is not only scavengers and predators that follow the wildebeest in their great trek across the landscape. Although able to survive without drinking water if necessary, the small and compact Thomson’s gazelle follows the wildebeest in their quest for life-giving water and grazing.

When to go

Warm to hot climate year-round due to the proximity to the equator; cool evenings. Primarily from April to May and in November. Annual temperatures average a minimum of 15˚C / 59˚F and a maximum of 40˚C / 104˚F. Best time to travel is year-round

US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
Camps are situated in malaria areas and necessary precautions should be taken; tents are fully netted and insect-proof.

British passport holders require a visa to enter. These can be obtained on arrival at main points of entry or from Tanzania High Commission for £40 per person. Children require visas and fee is same as adults. There is no appointment system.  

The following is required for each application:
    A completed visa application form
    Original passport, which must be valid for at least the next 6 months from date of application
    2 recent passport photographs (scanned photos printed on ordinary paper will not be accepted)
    Visa fee £40.00 in cash/postal order payable to Tanzania High Commission

The office is open on weekdays except on UK and Tanzania National holidays
Opening Times: 10am - 12.30pm: Visa applications
14.00pm – 15.30pm: Visa Collection

Getting There

There are scheduled charter flights into the Serengeti airstrip nearest to the current position of the camps (Seronera, Ndutu, Grumeti or Kogatende).  A vehicle from the camp will be waiting to collect guests, who can enjoy a game drive on the way to the camp.

Serengeti Airstrip    Dependent on current camp location
Camp Closure        Open year-round