Legendary Serengeti North is privately owned, and it’s run by Tanzanian camp managers. It’s one of three Legendary camps, within the Serengeti – the other two are situated in the park’s west and south, moving through the year depending on where the herds of the Great Migration are. The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, game drives, and a light laundry service. A child rate applies to guests aged 4–15 years, and youngsters aged 3 years and younger stay for free!
Please note, there is no single supplement, and the camp is open from mid-July until 30th November. NB: The West Camp is open from mid-May to mid-July and the South camp is open from December to April.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via 45 minutes’ road transfer from Kogatende Airstrip. It’s set on rolling hillside within the Kogatende area and boasts some very impressive panoramas! And as it’s located slightly away from the Mara river, it’s well hidden away from the crowds that can converge in the north of the park.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Guest accommodation consists of 11 standard tents and one family tent. These are divided into two sub-camps as 6 and 5 or 7 and 4 in addition to the family tent where requested. Every standard tent has a double bed with mosquito nets, bedside tables and lighting, end-bed seating, a wardrobe, a storage chest, and a tea-and-coffee station. A few rugs provide some extra comfort underfoot, while the tent’s curtains can be closed not only at night but also to keep guests cool during the day. The en-suite facilities are accessed through a zipped opening to the side of the tent, and they comprise toilet, washbasin/s, and classic bucket shower. At the front, a zipped door leads out on to a private seating area, where you can relax and watch the wildlife wander by! The family tent has all these furnishings and amenities, as well as additional space for children.
Both sub-camps at Legendary Serengeti North have their own open-sided mess tent. This structure contains a homely sofa and armchairs around a coffee table, a dining table and campaign-style chairs, and a bar. There’s some reading material too, as well as wildlife artwork, a mobile phone signal, Wi-Fi, and, of course, amazing views over Kogatende! A fire-pit is usually set up just a short stroll from each mess tent, providing the perfect place for social gatherings. Here, you can enjoy a few drinks and swap a few safari stories.
- The main thing to do here is follow the Great Migration as the huge herds move around the area in search of food. Expertly guided game drives take place during the morning and the afternoon.
- The camp is within easy reach of the River Mara, so sightings of the famous river crossings are very common. On any day, you can expect to see wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles making their way through the crocodile-strewn waters.
- Such intense concentrations of herbivores attract impressive numbers of big cats in turn – look out for lion, leopard, and cheetah lurking on the banks of the river!
- There’s a lot of other resident wildlife too, including hyenas, jackals, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and an exciting variety of antelopes. The birding is superb, featuring everything from raptors to songbirds to waterbirds.
- The camp is able to organise hot air balloon rides, so you can get your own bird’s-eye view over the park. This activity begins shortly before dawn, with the balloon rising in time for you to enjoy the sunrise followed by a couple of hours spotting game. You’ll descend to an extravagant champagne breakfast in the bush.
- Lunch picnics and sundowners in the Serengeti are available too.