A stay at Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp will ensure you see the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp | Serengeti National Park Luxury Tanzania Safari Lodge

Traversing the northern, southern and western Serengeti, Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp – a luxury Tanzania safari lodge – literally follows the Great Wildebeest Migration. Depending on the season, you’ll witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of wildebeest gathering on the plains, dramatic river crossings or hours-old calves taking their first steps.

The place

After indulging in a three-course dinner, served under a dazzling display of northern Tanzania’s stars, we join the other guests sharing stories around the campfire. The guides soon join us, and we ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ amid tales of dramatic sightings, dissolving into laughter as we hear of comically close encounters.Our senses feel somehow more alive, the crackling of the fire and screech of a bushbaby somehow louder in the immensity that surrounds us under the thin veil of darkness. Although we can’t see the flat, acacia-topped plains of the Serengeti and the multitude of life they support, we can imagine the herds of wildebeest gathering in their thousands, stamping their feet and dozing fitfully through the night.Meandering back to our room at Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp, we pass one of the many comfortable sofas placed around the camp to soak up the Serengeti views. We sit for a while, gazing into a darkness lit up by the occasional flash of lightning. Soon, we’ll be tracking the Great Wildebeest Migration, the greatest show on earth.

After indulging in a three-course dinner, served under a dazzling display of northern Tanzania’s stars, we join the other guests sharing stories around the campfire. The guides soon join us, and we ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ amid tales of dramatic sightings, dissolving into laughter as we hear of comically close encounters.

Our senses feel somehow more alive, the crackling of the fire and screech of a bushbaby somehow louder in the immensity that surrounds us under the thin veil of darkness. Although we can’t see the flat, acacia-topped plains of the Serengeti and the multitude of life they support, we can imagine the herds of wildebeest gathering in their thousands, stamping their feet and dozing fitfully through the night.

Meandering back to our room at Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp, we pass one of the many comfortable sofas placed around the camp to soak up the Serengeti views. We sit for a while, gazing into a darkness lit up by the occasional flash of lightning. Soon, we’ll be tracking the Great Wildebeest Migration, the greatest show on earth.

The room

It’s a pleasant surprise every time we walk into our spacious tent, which is more like a suite, with its plush king-sized bed and billowing mosquito nets. It’s the essence of safari chic: canvas walls, a soaring roof draped in fabric, paraffin lamps and even a hanging closet.The en-suite bathroom is more than big enough for the two of us, and our personal attendant is quick to deliver hot water for our shower. While I brush my teeth I can hear my partner humming, clearly enjoying the bucket-shower experience!With a hairdryer and cotton gown waiting for us, it’s hard to believe we’re out in the wild, in the heart of nature at its most raw. Although the cackle, growl and grunt of hyena, lion and wildebeest should keep me awake, I feel so warm and safe here that instead it lulls me into a deep and peaceful sleep.

It’s a pleasant surprise every time we walk into our spacious tent, which is more like a suite, with its plush king-sized bed and billowing mosquito nets. It’s the essence of safari chic: canvas walls, a soaring roof draped in fabric, paraffin lamps and even a hanging closet.

The en-suite bathroom is more than big enough for the two of us, and our personal attendant is quick to deliver hot water for our shower. While I brush my teeth I can hear my partner humming, clearly enjoying the bucket-shower experience!

With a hairdryer and cotton gown waiting for us, it’s hard to believe we’re out in the wild, in the heart of nature at its most raw. Although the cackle, growl and grunt of hyena, lion and wildebeest should keep me awake, I feel so warm and safe here that instead it lulls me into a deep and peaceful sleep.

What sets it apart

Designed to have minimal impact on the surroundings,Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp moves with migration, meaning it has three different locations throughout the year to ensure the best possible sightings. We fell in love with its relaxed safari feel; roaring fires that allowed us to socialise into the night and endless views into the Serengeti.We’d timed our visit so we could view the wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River, but nothing could have prepared us for the experience. We heard them before we saw them, the air abuzz with bleating and grunting that reached a crescendo as we neared the herd. The beasts covered the plains near the river in a shifting mass that filled every inch of the dusty landscape.With the option of morning, afternoon and full-day game drives, we were able to really feel like we were part of this amazing spectacle – and indeed we got to witness the drama of a river crossing. Thanks to the wonderful stories of our exceptional guide and the fantastic service from staff (especially our personal attendant), we will be back, this time for the wildebeest calvings.

Designed to have minimal impact on the surroundings,Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp moves with migration, meaning it has three different locations throughout the year to ensure the best possible sightings. We fell in love with its relaxed safari feel; roaring fires that allowed us to socialise into the night and endless views into the Serengeti.

We’d timed our visit so we could view the wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River, but nothing could have prepared us for the experience. We heard them before we saw them, the air abuzz with bleating and grunting that reached a crescendo as we neared the herd. The beasts covered the plains near the river in a shifting mass that filled every inch of the dusty landscape.

With the option of morning, afternoon and full-day game drives, we were able to really feel like we were part of this amazing spectacle – and indeed we got to witness the drama of a river crossing. Thanks to the wonderful stories of our exceptional guide and the fantastic service from staff (especially our personal attendant), we will be back, this time for the wildebeest calvings.

At a glance

  • A mobile safari camp with 10 classic safari tents that follows the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti.
  • Front row seat to the migration with the chance to witness the crossing of the Grumeti River, personal attendant and private dining available.
  • Game drives, birdwatching and bush sundowners.
  • Children aged six and above are welcome, with three suites available as triples. Children of all ages are permitted if the camp is booked exclusively. Certain activities are age-restricted.

  • A mobile safari camp with 10 classic safari tents that follows the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti.
  • Front row seat to the migration with the chance to witness the crossing of the Grumeti River, personal attendant and private dining available.
  • Game drives, birdwatching and bush sundowners.
  • Children aged six and above are welcome, with three suites available as triples. Children of all ages are permitted if the camp is booked exclusively. Certain activities are age-restricted.

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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