Serengeti Bushtops is owned and run by Wild Luxury. Specialising in luxury safari, this company also operates permanent property Mara Bushtops and the semi-permanent Roving Bushtops. Accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, half- and full-day vehicle safaris, transfers between the camp and Kogatende Airstrip, Wi-Fi, and a laundry service.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via road transfer from Kogatende Airstrip. It’s situated in the northern region of the Serengeti, on a hillside overlooking the park’s sprawling plains and acacia woodlands.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT SERENGETI BUSHTOPS:
Guest accommodation consists of 13 tents, including two tents for family use. Named after the local wildlife, these are spaced well apart along the hillside and elevated above ground level on wooden decking. A few steps lead up onto the deck, which, with its sunken lounge and chic little dining area, is a great spot for relaxing and enjoying your views over the North Serengeti. There’s even a hot tub too! An outer layer of canvas extends over the tent to create ample shade, and the tent’s walls can be rolled up for easy access and fresh breezes. Inside each standard-size unit, you’ll find a double bed or twin beds with mosquito netting, bedside tables and lighting, a writing desk and chair, a telephone, an electronic safe, and ample storage space. The en-suite washroom contains a separate flush toilet, a washbasin with mirror over, and a rainfall shower. Both family tents are made up of two standard tents, linked via a bridge. As every standard tent can sleep a maximum of two adults and two children, each family unit is sufficiently spacious to accommodate four adults and four children. Triple rooms are also available.
The communal structures at Serengeti Bushtops are also located on the hillside. On arrival, you’ll enter the friendly reception area with its adjoining curio shop full of artworks, jewellery, and ornaments. From here, it’s a short stroll to the camp’s mess tent, which faces west and houses the lounge and dining areas, the bar between them. The lounge is a very deluxe affair, featuring sumptuous sofas, winged armchairs, and a welcoming central fireplace. It has a library too, in the form of a few bookshelves and a television. Continuing through the tent, there’s the well-stocked bar, strikingly covered in cow-hide. This includes a wine wall, a very impressive selection of fine vintages. And finally, there’s the dining area, where elegant tables-and-chairs are set up in readiness for delightful à la carte meals. All interiors flow out onto decks, so you can relax and dine while marvelling at the scenery! Serengeti Bushtops has a fire-pit too, a fantastic venue for get-togethers and swapping safari stories. And the camp’s swimming pool is perfect for cooling off in between activities here. You can book massages too, to complete the pampering experience.
**Please be aware that the swimming pool here has no depth markings, so take care before you jump in!**
ACTIVITIES AT SERENGETI BUSHTOPS:
Serengeti Bushtops provides an exhilarating range of wildlife and culture activities. These are as follows:
Expertly guided game drives- these take place in the morning and the afternoon into evening. Full-day drives, including a picnic, are also available. If you visit the camp during the period from July to October, you can look out for the Great Migration, as these months see the huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles searching for food in the North Serengeti. Their routes around the region often involve crossing the mighty Mara river, a spectacular sight! However, wildlife viewing here is exceptionally good all year round, with safarists looking out for all Big Five, numerous smaller predators and herbivores, and hundreds of bird species.
Walking safaris- accompanied by a ranger and local Kuria tribesmen, walks provide exciting opportunities to track big game as well as to scrutinise the plants and insects of the Serengeti’s northern area. You’ll also be able to approach giraffe, zebra, and impala in safety, with your ranger’s assistance.
Hot air balloon safaris- there's an additional cost for this activity, approximately US$550 per person. Balloon rides are organised by camp staff, using an external operator. You’ll ascend just before sunrise, in time to see the dawn illuminate the sprawling savanna and all its wildlife. After an hour enjoying your bird’s-eye view, you’ll return to earth for a delicious champagne breakfast!
Bushcraft challenge- this pastime was originally designed for young guests, but it has been opened up to all ages due to its general popularity. You’ll learn all sorts of bush skills, not least making a fire, identifying tracks, and cooking. You can find out about the camp’s conservation endeavours too.
Bisalalah school visit- guests of Bushtops are invited to take a tour of the local school, to meet the pupils and to find out about the camp’s latest projects. This is a treat for anyone who likes to combine a little culture and safari time!
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.
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