You’ll see spectacular Serengeti sunsets when sitting around the evening campfires at Sabora Tented Camp.

Sabora Tented Camp | Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti Luxury Tanzania Safari Lodge

Explore Tanzania‘s Serengeti in style at Sabora Tented Camp, an elegant 1920s-themed lodge with swimming pool, tennis court, spa and Jacuzzi. Enjoy the views from the comfort of your daybed or venture out on game drives, walking safaris or hot-air balloon rides to see the Great Wildebeest Migration.

The place

It’s a privilege to be here at Sabora Tented Camp, a glamorous 1920s-style explorer’s lodge with just nine suites in the remote Grumeti Reserves of northern Tanzania. It has just the type of privacy we’re looking for, just nine tents surrounded by 140,000ha of vast, exclusive and untouched wilderness. This luxury Tanzanian safari lodge is also in the path of the Great Wildebeest Migration – and we’ve timed it perfectly to witness this, the greatest wildlife show on earth.

It’s a privilege to be here at Sabora Tented Camp, a glamorous 1920s-style explorer’s lodge with just nine suites in the remote Grumeti Reserves of northern Tanzania. It has just the type of privacy we’re looking for, just nine tents surrounded by 140,000ha of vast, exclusive and untouched wilderness. This luxury Tanzanian safari lodge is also in the path of the Great Wildebeest Migration – and we’ve timed it perfectly to witness this, the greatest wildlife show on earth.

The room

It’s thrilling to look around our air-conditioned room – or tented suite, I should say. It’s of such unbridled luxury I can’t help but think we might run into a Saudi prince. It has a canopied bed, plush carpets, hurricane lamps, antique furniture and vintage chests with splashes of warm chestnuts and reds. There’s a dressing and reading area, as well as a private viewing deck with a Swarovski spyglass perfect for stargazing. The leather-tiled bathroom has a stand-alone Victorian bathtub and an outdoor shower with bamboo screening.A few steps onto the deck and I’m overlooking the endless Serengeti plains, which witness the passage of thousands of migrating wildebeest every year. I scan the horizon eagerly for any sign of them, but we’ve already been told they will only pass Sabora Tented Camp in a day or two. Tomorrow, we’ll go for a game drive that will take us right up to the action. Although the daybed outside looks appealing, I urge my partner to join me for a game of tennis on the red clay court, promising that we can relax at the spa after our exertions.En route, we take a quick stroll through camp, admiring the open-air dining room, bar and lounge. With chaise lounges on Persian rugs, gilded mirrors, crystal decanters, silver cutlery and starched linen, it’s is steeped in old-world charm. There’s also a heated plunge pool and Jacuzzi, which we’ll enjoy after the spa. We grab some rackets and cross the manicured lawns to play a lively game of tennis with an audience of grazing zebra. Watching my partner dart across the court in white tennis gear against the backdrop of the vast savannah is a surreal experience.

It’s thrilling to look around our air-conditioned room – or tented suite, I should say. It’s of such unbridled luxury I can’t help but think we might run into a Saudi prince. It has a canopied bed, plush carpets, hurricane lamps, antique furniture and vintage chests with splashes of warm chestnuts and reds. There’s a dressing and reading area, as well as a private viewing deck with a Swarovski spyglass perfect for stargazing. The leather-tiled bathroom has a stand-alone Victorian bathtub and an outdoor shower with bamboo screening.

A few steps onto the deck and I’m overlooking the endless Serengeti plains, which witness the passage of thousands of migrating wildebeest every year. I scan the horizon eagerly for any sign of them, but we’ve already been told they will only pass Sabora Tented Camp in a day or two. Tomorrow, we’ll go for a game drive that will take us right up to the action. Although the daybed outside looks appealing, I urge my partner to join me for a game of tennis on the red clay court, promising that we can relax at the spa after our exertions.

En route, we take a quick stroll through camp, admiring the open-air dining room, bar and lounge. With chaise lounges on Persian rugs, gilded mirrors, crystal decanters, silver cutlery and starched linen, it’s is steeped in old-world charm. There’s also a heated plunge pool and Jacuzzi, which we’ll enjoy after the spa. We grab some rackets and cross the manicured lawns to play a lively game of tennis with an audience of grazing zebra. Watching my partner dart across the court in white tennis gear against the backdrop of the vast savannah is a surreal experience.

What sets it apart

I love that Sabora Tented Camp offers unapologetic luxury in the heart of the Serengeti while still maintaining ethical practices. As an eco camp, Sabora has minimal impact on the environment and some of its profits are used to support the upliftment of local communities. This, combined with the personalised treatment we received, really makes Sabora unique.Our guide, Steven, was at our beck and call, sharing intricate details of the Great Wildebeest Migration and pointing out the lesser-known animals of the Serengeti. We ate dinner at private tables at different locations around the camp each night, and even dined at the other camps in the reserve, getting the experience of each place without staying there! Each meal felt like a celebration of all we’d experienced that day, perfectly capturing the essence and flavours of Tanzania.

I love that Sabora Tented Camp offers unapologetic luxury in the heart of the Serengeti while still maintaining ethical practices. As an eco camp, Sabora has minimal impact on the environment and some of its profits are used to support the upliftment of local communities. This, combined with the personalised treatment we received, really makes Sabora unique.

Our guide, Steven, was at our beck and call, sharing intricate details of the Great Wildebeest Migration and pointing out the lesser-known animals of the Serengeti. We ate dinner at private tables at different locations around the camp each night, and even dined at the other camps in the reserve, getting the experience of each place without staying there! Each meal felt like a celebration of all we’d experienced that day, perfectly capturing the essence and flavours of Tanzania.

At a glance

  • Intimate camp of only nine tented suites overlooking the Serengeti plains, with heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, gym and tennis court. Right on the route of the Great Wildebeest Migration.
  • Private concession, individual dining, flexible schedules, private airstrip, maximum six guests per safari vehicle and private vehicles available (additional cost).
  • Game drives, night drives, walking safaris, bush breakfasts and dinners, mountain biking, tennis, archery, spa treatments (additional cost), hot-air ballooning (additional cost).
  • Children 10 years and older are welcome. Family suite, babysitting and tailored activities to suit each family available, as well as a Mini Rangers’ Course. Child participation in game activities is at the guide’s discretion.

  • Intimate camp of only nine tented suites overlooking the Serengeti plains, with heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, gym and tennis court. Right on the route of the Great Wildebeest Migration.
  • Private concession, individual dining, flexible schedules, private airstrip, maximum six guests per safari vehicle and private vehicles available (additional cost).
  • Game drives, night drives, walking safaris, bush breakfasts and dinners, mountain biking, tennis, archery, spa treatments (additional cost), hot-air ballooning (additional cost).
  • Children 10 years and older are welcome. Family suite, babysitting and tailored activities to suit each family available, as well as a Mini Rangers’ Course. Child participation in game activities is at the guide’s discretion.

Prices

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

When to Go

This is a wonderful time to visit northern Tanzania, with the vegetation initially lush after the rains, but then dying back, making the wildlife that much easier to see. Temperatures are cooler (although the days are warm and sunny). With the wildebeest herds assembling to make the perilous crossing of the Grumeti River, this is the busiest time of the year here. Tarangire is a great option now, with locally migrating wildlife concentrating along the Tarangire River, or take in the tree-climbing lion and beautiful seasonal waterfalls at Lake Manyara.

The long dry spell between the rains sees the vegetation cycle being repeated: lovely green grass immediately after the rains subsequently starts to wither. As food and water become scarcer, game concentrates around waterholes, making wildlife viewing particularly easy in January. Wildebeest calving in January and February on the southern Serengeti short-grass plains means a glut of kills – it’s the best time for predator action. Away from the Serengeti, this is an ideal opportunity to see resident game in the Ngorongoro Crater and at Lake Manyara, and birders will enjoy spotting migratory species.

These are perhaps not the ideal times to visit northern Tanzania as they represent the two peaks of the wet season – the long rains in April and May; the short rains in November. This does mean however that you’ll be sharing the game reserves and national parks of northern Tanzania with far fewer people, and there’s still plenty to see. During the long rains, the Great Wildebeest Migration moves north in the Serengeti, through Seronera towards the Western Corridor, while in November the herds return from the Masai Mara.

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