If you are keen to follow the Great Migration on a budget, look no further than Chaka Camp! This authentic and comfy camp places you in the middle of the action and is very well combined with a stay at sister camp Kiota. Highly recommended by Yellow Zebra!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
From December to March, Chaka’s location is just south of the Serengeti, in the Ndutu region of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The camp relocates to the Southern Serengeti from 1st December to 5th April and to the Northern Serengeti for the period from 20th May to 10th November. Chaka is often booked in combination with its sister camp Kiota, which is based in the Central Serengeti all year round.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The communal areas of Chaka are housed within two tents. The larger tent is home to living and dining spaces, totalling 64m2. There is plenty of lounge furniture as well as more formal seating around separate dining tables. The décor features plenty of wood and canvas, with colourful fabrics and animal-print cushions. And of course it is possible to move chairs just outside the tent, to bask in the front veranda! There is a smaller restroom tent too, in addition to a small library, a well-stocked bar and a fire pit, the perfect place to sit around a campfire and share stories.
Chaka’s guest accommodation consists of nine spacious tents, all 32m2 and able to sleep a maximum of two adults and two children, configured as a twin, double, triple or family option. Each tent boasts electric lighting, power point with universal adaptor, a writing desk, a digital safe, an 8m2 private veranda overlooking the ecosystem of the Serengeti, and indoor and outdoor lounge chairs. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, washbasin with running water, and safari-style bucket shower. The tents are spaced approximately 20m apart, ample distance for a bit of privacy!
Activities from Chaka focus on game drives, following the wildebeest and zebra herds of the Great Migration across the sprawling Serengeti plains. December to March is the best time to see predators among the herds and February is calving season, with about 500,000 wildebeest born this month alone! Due to all these new additions, the months of May and June see absolutely huge herds, readying themselves for the push towards the North and beginning to traverse the Grumeti River. And from July to November, the herds start crossing the Mara River, which is where you see big river crossings with hundreds of thousands of wildebeest trying to doge crocodiles in the search for food and settling in their new home within the park. Other activities available in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro consist of walking and balloon safaris and in Ndutu Maasai cultural tours and a visit to Olduvai Gorge – just get in touch for more details!
The service standards at Chaka are brilliant. This may be a semi-permanent camp, but there are no half measures in the team’s dedication to ensuring guests feel welcome and comfortable, at all destinations. Between them, the camp’s owners have three decades of tourist experience in Tanzania! Some nice touches include a welcome drink, morning coffee and afternoon tea butler service, and arrangement of private dining under the stars on request. Bush breakfasts and dinners may be organised too.