&Beyond’s Serengeti Under Canvas is one of the best safari properties offering Great Migration viewing throughout the year! The park’s most luxurious and expensive mobile camp, its levels of service are superb – unsurprisingly, it holds a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including three meals daily, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, refreshments on activities, game drives, transfers between camp and the local airstrip, and a laundry service.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via road transfer from the local airstrip. If you travel from late December to early April, you’ll approach from Ndutu, while Seronera, Grumeti, and Kogatende are used for, respectively, mid-April to May and November to mid-December, June to mid-July, and late July to early November. However, these times are subject to change depending on the herds’ movements, so please contact us for further information.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Guest accommodation consists of nine tents, including one family tent that can sleep up to two adults and two children. All tents are Meru in style – an outer layer of canvas extends over the inner layer to create a private veranda. Set with deckchairs and a small table, the veranda is a great spot for having a drink while marvelling at the scenery! There’s even a little washbasin here too. Inside each standard tent, there’s a comfy double bed or twin beds, an additional daybed, and two storage chests, in which you’ll find a safe and a mini-bar with cooler box. Various rugs and mats cover the canvas floor, adding a homely feel. Towards the back of the tent, there’s a second washbasin and a separate flush toilet. A double bucket shower is set up outside, with hot water provided by your very own butler! The family tent benefits from all the features of the standard tent, and its two bedroom areas can be separated with netting if you wish.
Serengeti Under Canvas’s lounge and dining area occupy one tent apiece. In the lounge tent, there are two seating areas, with the camp’s bar in the middle. Both areas contain well-cushioned sofas and armchairs around coffee tables or classic storage chests, and the tent is open sided so you can enjoy your views over the park while relaxing with a drink. The dining tent is open sided too, and it features chic separate tables flanked by campaign chairs. Your butler serves breakfasts and lunches here – hot and cold dishes are available for your first meal of the day, and if you’re in camp for lunch you can expect a tasty range of cold meats and salads. A three-course dinner is presented every evening around the camp’s fire-pit – this is the perfect place for getting to know your fellow travellers and sharing your Great Migration stories!
The main activity here is following the Great Migration, on early morning and late afternoon game drives. Typically the huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles spend the period from late December to mid-March in the Serengeti’s Ndutu region, in the south. During this time they tuck in to the sweet short grasses, with the calving season taking place for three weeks of February. Later in March, the herds head into the west of the park, though they may still be reachable from &Beyond’s southern campsite. The rutting season tends to occur through mid-April into June, and the plains echo with the sounds of male wildebeest asserting themselves! July through to early November is the famous river-crossing period, with the herds traversing first the Grumeti- and then the Mara river in their search for food.
It can be very difficult to predict the precise movements of the migration, but &Beyond will always ensure that Serengeti Under Canvas is set up in the best spot – and expert guides are on hand to bring you the most exciting sightings! There’s plenty of other wildlife to see in the park, such as all Big Five in some areas – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. Numerous smaller predators and herbivores abound, and there’s a lot of birdlife. Additional activities include hot air balloon rides, stargazing, day trips to Olduvai Gorge and Shifting Sands (season dependent), and &Beyond’s WILDChild programme – kids can take part in tracking, fire-making, spear throwing, and volleyball! And a private vehicle is made available to families, so you can pick your own safari times.