& Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas
Serengeti National Park, Serengeti and northern Tanzania, Tanzania
At a Glance
Beautiful and very comfortable tents
Mobile camp- bring guests as close as possible to the wildebeest migration
Fantastic service and food in the middle of the bush
Unspoiled views of the Serengeti
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.
December to March, is the Wildebeest calving season. In April and May, the rut begins and the plains dry out so the herd begin the journey north. June and July, the migration gathers momentum and the herds enter the Serengeti Western Corridor. It's here that the wildebeest and their newborn calves meet their first serious barrier in the form of the Grumeti River and its vast crocodiles. Between August and November, the migration reaches its northern range: the grasslands on either bank of the crocodile-infested Mara River which the herds must cross not once, but twice, as they complete their migration.
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Serengeti Under Canvas offers two luxury mobile camps which roam the Serengeti plains and beyond, following the wildebeest as the migrate. Each semi-permanent camp has nine Meru style tents all with elegant finishes of Persian rugs and chandeliers.
Serengeti Under Canvas is a raw African experience with all the luxuries you would expect from the safari experts. You will stay in one of the two semi-permanent camps which move between various locations, staying off the beaten track and following the herds of buffalo and wildebeest that migrate across the Serengeti.
Each camping site is pre-booked exclusively, allowing for great flexibility in following the sometimes unpredictable movements of the migration. It is ultra comfortable with stylish safari tents, large beds, and en-suite bathrooms with flush loos and bucket showers. The expert team will look after your every need during your stay at one of the camps, and will make sure you have an adventure to remember. Gathering around the campfire each evening is a safari tradition but, when you feel like some quiet time or a romantic evening alone, you can have dinner served in your private dining tent, right next to your room.
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 the Serengeti Under Canvas camps means that they are uniquely suited to give guests 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 Maasai 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 utilized 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.
Each of the two semi-permanent wilderness camps have eight Meru style tents complete with en-suite facilities, separate toilets and outdoor bucket showers. The spacious tent interiors boast elegant finishes of Persian rugs and chandeliers and very comfortable beds.
Due to the design of the camp and the nature of walking safaris only children over 12 years of age are accepted to stay here. There are no special facilities for children but the guides are very good at adapting the drive or walk to keep their interest flowing.
Due to it's 'nomadic' nature, the camp is very simple but there is a dedicated sitting and dining tent with deep sofas and custom-made Indian rugs creating an elegant yet very comfortable place to relax. Share stories around the roaring campfire and listen to the African night come alive.
From Serengeti Under Canvas there is a choice of early morning and afternoon safaris or all-day safaris with picnic lunch. 4 to 6-seater semi-open safari vehicles with generous seating space and legroom. Ballooning safaris (subject to camp being within reach of launch site - at an additional cost).
Louisa Verney (Staff)
SuC’s tents really do evoke the romance of ‘Out of Africa’ with their soft light coloring and antique-style furnishings. Add a private butler and you’ve gone beyond mere ‘glamping’. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you get a less luxurious experience in a ‘tented’ camp as this is not always the case and SuC proves it. The service and guiding we received could not have been better and, if you are worried about where you might charge your ‘phone/camera/I-pod, there are UK sockets in the safari vehicles. In spite of its being a ‘mobile’ camp each room has a flush loo.
The camp moves at intervals to follow the wildebeest migration so is ideal if this is your aim.
Game drive in the Serengeti
Explore the vast grasslands of the Serengeti with your safari guide on game drives in the early morning and late afternoon. This is one of the most famous national parks in Africa, and it's easy to see why.
Hot air ballooning over the Serengeti
Soar over the Serengeti's savannah plains in a hot air balloon at dawn, watching wildlife beneath you & finishing with a champagne bush breakfast.
Search for the migration herds
One of Africa's most iconic moments - the migration of two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles around the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem.
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Location & directions
Serengeti National Park, Serengeti and northern Tanzania, Tanzania
Serengeti Under Canvas moves throughout the Serengeti National Park, changing location to follow the movements of the Wildebeest migration (it will not move during your stay). Camp movements are pre-planned in an effort to be within reach of the herds, but this cannot always be guaranteed given the unpredictability of nature and weather conditions.
How to get there
Fly-in to the Serengeti airstrip nearest to the camp (Seronera, Ndutu, Grumeti, Kogatende). Guests will be collected and transferred to the camp.