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“A wonderful introduction to the Serengeti”

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Serengeti Safari Camp, Nomad Tanzania
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

A very efficiently run tented camp with excellent guides and facilities. The tents are well equipped and spacious with everything you could possibly need. The mess tent is comfortable and the food is really very good considering the difficulties in supplying remote camps. Personally I would prefer separate long-drops to en-suite elsans, but maybe not everyone is prepared to risk the great outdoors in the night! We had wildebeest in the camp in the night which was very exciting. I think it would be a great mistake to upgrade this camp any further - everything is perfectly organised and anything more would be just making the camp into a hotel you could find anywhere. It would lose its charm and its individuality. I would recommend this camp in a heartbeat. My only criticism is that sometimes a camp host is a help in helping different groups to gel at mealtimes and that would have been nice. The staff are really excellent and very very helpful.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

My husband and I travelled to Africa for our honeymoon and stayed 3 nights at the Serengeti Safari Camp. I can't fully describe how amazing this experience was. I'm not an overly adventurous person so I was a bit nervous about camping in the wild. My fears were quickly dismissed once we arrived. Our guide, Philip, was incredibly knowledgeable and was amazing at tracking the wildlife. His ability to anticipate the behaviours of the animals led to so many authentic encounters. We can't thank him enough for making our honeymoon such a magical experience! Getting back to the camp, the staff went so far beyond to ensure that we had everything we needed. The service was fantastic - nothing was ever too much trouble. The tents are huge and very well maintained (no bugs at all) - hot showers, clean bathrooms and a big, comfy bed made camping feel very civilized (the hot water bottles in bed are the perfect extra touch!). Lastly, as many other reviews have stated, the food at the camp was absolutely amazing. I have no idea how they pull it off but I was happy they did. We had breakfast packed up for us each morning and we ate it during our drive - eggs, bacon, pancakes, fruit, homemade muesli - we snacked on it all for hours! Dinners are shared under the stars, with great wine, while listening to the lions roaring all around you. It's truly an experience that will never be forgotten. Special thanks to Babu, Goodluck and Issa for taking such great care of us!

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We spent 3 nights in this wonderful place. Tents were perfect, guides most knowledgeable and staff very kind. We were truly looked after. On Christmas eve we were even presented with small presents and the staff sang a song for us. All in one it was an excellent stay.

Room Tip: This is a mobile camp but it was placed in a way as to take advantage of the beautiful african lands...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

This was a great camp and for mobile, they do a great job. We went in November, and the weather was great, the weather has changed, and now November, although not peak, migration has yet to come. In fact the migration wasn't here and had not left Kenya yet at the end of November which is unheard of! Had it been here it would have been awesome. Nomad, is one of the only camps besides Tanayaki, that allows micro financing and helps their guides by their own vehicles, this kind of sustainability is a reason to stay at nomad camps. many cape claim sustainability buts they are not much. we look for sustainability in environmental impact and also management and operation. Measuring your waste is not enough. educating your staff and the guests is essential to understanding why you do what you do. The camp and staff were great. The number of tents is limited and the surroundings are limited with no safari walks as you are sitting in the middle of the Serengeti. The manager is great and really wants your experience to be great, sharing their means and methods as a part of the experience if you ask. Our guide was good, but knowing we were there for only two days, just liked taking the same circle each day which, if you want variation, would not be satisfying. So don't be uncomfortable pushing your guide to go elsewhere, (although when we did he gave us some attitude). The spaces are wide open and gorgeous. You get your own private vehicle at this time of year which is so amazing if the alternative is sharing a vehicle with someone who talks over the animals sounds every time you stop or feels the need to chatter. I think this is a huge benefit of going with nomad. This was really a great end to our trip. Two days after we left we found out a lion killed a baboon right in camp at night. The weather was warm during the day and cold at night. With or without migration the nomad experience was worth while and memorable. You should ask the manager to try the traditional food ugali, which is his favorite and a traditional dish that they can't go without for a few days. It's like a polenta and you can dip it in sauce or eat it with meat or other things.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

We stayed at SSC for 5 nights as part of a group of ten people. It was the second half of our trip after staying at Lake Maynara for 5 days. Our guide, Nathan, made the trip memorable in that he was with us for the entire time. He is extremely knowledgeable of animal behaviors, the Tanzanian culture and way of life, geology, and had a great sense of humor. He was very patient with answering all our questions and made sure that we were happy and comfortable. The tents were spacious and the beds very comfortable. Each night after dinner we would find a nice hot water bottle in bed that just added a magic touch to a good night's sleep in the chilly air. One of the group was celebrating her birthday on our last day there. Lawrence the camp manager arranged a birthday party, African style, which included a special cake, champagne, and singing of the staff in Swahili.
All the staff were extremely accommodating and helpful. I would recommend this camp and our guide, Nathan, to anyone.
This was my dream "bucket list " trip and it will remain forever a happy memory.
Asante sana.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 October 2013 via mobile

SSC was our last stop on a three week tour of Kenya and Tanzania. We were trying to catch some of the wildebeest and zebra migration and Nomad Tanzania made that happen.
Our Guide Godwin new all the best places to take the land cruiser for optimum viewing of these spectacular animals on the move. We had breakfast on the plain while watching them graze and then for our final game drive we had sundowner drinks with my beloved elephants. It was all just spectacular. Everyone from Godwin to Issa Kassim to Babu the manager and the rest of the staff at Nomad run a top notch camp. From the accommodations to the oh so delicious meals to popcorn at the "bush" television SSC made our last 4 days and nights a perfect ending to our African Dream Trip! Asante Sana.

Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

We stayed here five nights in mid-Sept 2013 at the camp near the Kenya border. We had stayed in tented camps before, and felt our tent was OK. The guys who kept the tent clean and placed hot water bottles in every night were great.

Animal sightings, including wildebeest crossings, were great, except that my 6'4" husband couldn't see out the closed sided land cruisers. The top of the window was even with his chin. He had to stand up to see anything, which was tiring. Anybody taller than average might have problems with closed sided vehicles.

Our guide, Chedi, was exceptional. He knew birds as well as wildlife. I liked that he would coast in to view a cheetah or leopard, trying to have as little impact as possible. And if we said we wanted to see a certain animal, he really made the effort to see that animal. Couldn't recommend him enough.

Back at camp, though, it was a different story. I am not sure who the manager was, but Babu (sp?) seemed to be in charge of things. He was not friendly, and didn't go out of his way to be helpful. One morning I slept in because I was sick with a sinus infection. I went down and asked Babu for an apple and slice of cheese, my blood sugar was low because I didn't eat dinner the night before, nor breakfast. He looked at his watch and told me "lunch was in an hour". What? I got my apple and cheese, but I shouldn't have had to insist.

Only three of the six tents were occupied when we first got there, and then it was just us and a family of five. So they weren't overwhelmed with people. Food was just ok, lunch was usually very good but breakfast and dinner were average, at best.

Our next stop was Mdonyo Old River Camp in Ruaha, which was more basic but where they were so friendly and glad to have you. We expected service like this at Serengeti Safari Camp.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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NomadTZ, Head of Marketing at Serengeti Safari Camp, Nomad Tanzania, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2013

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. We take all feedback very seriously and we have discussed your comments with our operations team, Chedi and Babu to better understand things.

Firstly, I'm delighted that you enjoyed your time in the Serengeti and that the wildlife and guiding exceeded your expectations.

We're sorry that your husband felt uncomfortable in our vehicle. Our vehicles have been custom built for us and we try hard to ensure that they are comfortable for most people. We can only apologise that it was not so in your case. In the Serengeti, it can rain every month of the year and we've opted for closed vehicles with large windows and completely open roof hatches because the feedback we've had indicates that the majority of people find they are more comfortable and on balance provide an unimpeded 360 degree view from the roof.

We're sorry to hear that you were unwell and hope it didn't impact too much on your enjoyment of the trip. Babu was mortified that you found him unfriendly and insists that he did not intend to be. In all honesty, he's one of the most delightful members of our team who more often than not is singled out for his warmth so I am not sure what happened during your stay. With regard to your request for an apple and some cheese - he says that he simply wanted to let you know that lunch was in a short while by way of reassurance, not to deny your request so we can only assume that there must have been a misunderstanding of sorts. Whatever the reason, this is absolutely not the impression that we want our guests to leave with and we are very sorry that we disappointed you.

I very much hope that you will have generally happy memories of your time in Tanzania and in the Serengeti. Should you have any other comments or concerns, we would welcome them so please do feel free to write to us on info@nomad-tanzania.com.

Warm wishes
Amanda and the Nomad team

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Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
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Ranked #19 of 121 Speciality Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range: £339 - £651 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moving several times a year to be in the best possible location to get amongst the Serengeti wildebeest migration, this camp is a simple blend of form and function. All the comforts you need, without distancing you from the adventure of an authentic safari experience.With your own private guide and vehicle, days here are taken at the pace you're comfortable with. All-day game drives leaving at first light and returning at dusk. Or, if you prefer, a long lunch in camp, followed by a siesta and a gentle evening drive. You decide.Our camp is tented in the finest tradition of East African safaris. But with only six spacious en-suite tents, great food and a crew hell-bent on exceeding your expectations, this is a million miles from camping as most people know it. ... more   less 
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