Legendary Serengeti Mobile Camp is an excellent option for travellers seeking a comfortable base from which to check out the spectacular Great Migration herds and much more besides. December to April sees the camp in the west, while guests from mid-May to July stay in the south. Legendary is owned and operated by Classic Portfolio, a collection that includes YZ favourites Chem Chem and Gibb’s Farm in Tanzania, in addition to properties in Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique, and more!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The nearest airstrip to each camp (followed by road transfer time) is as follows – Kogatende for North (45 minutes), Grumeti for West (45 minutes), and Makao for South (10 minutes). The south camp may also be accessed from Mwiba airstrip (45 minutes).
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
All sites are split into two separate camps, each with a communal mess tent. This tent is open sided and contains a comfy 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 the Serengeti plains! The fire-pit area is usually set up a short stroll from each mess tent and provides an additional space for social gatherings. It’s a great spot for enjoying a drink and chatting with your fellow travellers.
Guest accommodation at each Legendary camp consists of 11 standard tents and one family unit, divided as 6/7 or 5/4 and the family tent where appropriate. All tents are very well appointed. Each standard 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. Snug rugs adorn the floor, and curtains may be drawn across the windows at night and to keep cool. The en-suite facilities are accessed through a zipped opening to the side of the tent. They comprise toilet, washbasin/s, and classic bucket shower. At the front of the tent, a zipped door leads out on to a private seating area, perfect for watching the wildlife wander through! The family tent benefits from all these furnishings and amenities, plus additional space for children.
All camps offer an exciting mix of activities. Game drives are available during the day and the night, and present opportunities to see the Serengeti’s wealth of wildlife! The highlight is the huge herds of the Great Migration, the wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles thundering through the national park in their search for good grazing. All these herbivores attract impressive concentrations of big cats – lion, leopard, and some cheetah. Where the herds encounter rivers along their route, it is not uncommon to see crocodiles waiting in the waters! And that’s not all the Serengeti has in store.
With its 5,700 square miles of sprawling savanna, woodlands, and riverine forests, the park provides homes for all manner of other species – such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, hyenas, jackals, wild dog, giraffe, numerous antelopes, hippo, and a few primates. It is also hugely popular with birdlife! In fact, over 500 types of feathery friend have been recorded here, including ostrich, lesser flamingo, martial eagle, marabou stork, crowned crane, secretary bird, and lovebirds. Guests of Legendary North can also enjoy wildlife sightings while on walking safaris – this activity is ideal for getting up close to plants and insects too. For a bird’s-eye view of the Serengeti, you can take a hot air balloon ride over those endless plains, ascending at dawn and returning to Earth for a delightful champagne breakfast! Depending on your location, day trips to Ndutu and a village visit are on offer too.