Sister camp to Olakira and Ubuntu, Kimondo is owned and operated by Asilia Africa, a company with an impressive portfolio of properties spanning some of our favourite areas in Tanzania, Kenya, and Zanzibar! This camp has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and it’s renowned for its superb service standards. The north camp, in Lamai, is open from July to November, while the south camp can be visited from December to March. At both locations, the accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, scheduled open vehicle game drives, transfers between camp and the local airstrip, and a laundry service.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Both camps are accessed via road transfer from the local airstrip. For North Camp, that’s Lamai; for South Camp, it’s Serengeti South. North Camp has a fabulous location within the Lamai Wedge, an area of grassland not far from the famous River Mara, while the sprawling savanna of the South Serengeti is the setting for South Camp.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Guest accommodation at both camps consists of just nine tented suites. These are Meru in style – an outer layer of canvas extends over the inner layer to provide a private veranda, which is set with an elegant chaise longue. Inside, each tent has three distinct spaces. Closest to the entrance, there’s a seating area, which has a couple of deckchairs, comfy pouffes, and a wooden unit with a few drawers. An inner partition leads into the bedroom, where you’ll find a king-size bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a campaign chair and occasional table, and a hanging rack for clothes. Behind this space, there’s the en-suite washroom, with flush toilet, washbasin in a vanity unit, step-up bucket shower, and a hanging rail. Throughout every tent, patterned rugs cover the floor to create a Moroccan vibe. An extra bed can be added to sleep a child aged under 12 years.
The communal lounge and dining areas at Kimondo Camp occupy one tent apiece, usually rigged up at the centre of the site. These too show Moroccan influences, with their vibrant rugs and copper lanterns. In the lounge tent, wood-framed well-cushioned seating and some stripy pouffes are positioned around explorer’s chests, and there are a few books and games for guests to enjoy. This tent is open fronted and open sided, so you’ll have wonderful views while you relax and tuck in to a tea or coffee from the self-serve cabinet. You can also marvel at the savanna scenery from the dining tent, which is the setting for delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Both full English and continental dishes are offered as part of the camp’s breakfast buffet each morning, while buffet lunches feature mouth-wateringly fresh salads. Come evening, everyone eats the three-course dinner together, after drinks around the camp’s fire-pit. Kitchen staff are happy to accommodate all special diets.
At both locations, the main activity is heading out on expertly guided game drives! These take place during early morning and late afternoon, with the option of a full day out featuring a hearty picnic. Bush breakfasts are available too. If you’re at South Camp, the focus is on observing the huge herds of the Great Migration grazing on the plains. Calving season typically occurs in February, so please let us know if you’re keen on seeing all the newborns! As North Camp is based close to the River Mara, game drives here are designed to showcase the dramatic river crossings. There’s plenty of other wildlife to view in both settings – lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, and an amazing assortment of antelopes. The North location also features Nile crocodile, elephant, and black rhino, while the South has golden jackal, bat-eared fox, and wild dog. Hundreds of bird species are in residence throughout the Serengeti, so keen birders are advised to pack those binocs! North Camp offers cultural and community visits too – you can take a look around a traditional homestead, watch local Kuria dancers, and shop for souvenirs at the market.