We were pleased with our stay at Ikoma Bush Camp for two nights, while we were exploring the Serengeti. At check-in, the ladies at the front desk were helpful and friendly, with a sense of humor. The camp is relatively spread out, compared to the two other tented camps we stayed at. (In case it's unclear, these "tented" camps are more like permanent huts, but with mesh/canvas walls on two or three sides and a solid-wall bathroom in the back.) They put us in a tent right next to the dining room, which was convenient. The room was slightly dark because the main walls were covered up, but you could unzip the canvas coverings and let the light shine in through the nets if you wanted to. Electricity is only available for a few hours in the evening and the morning, which seems par for the course at these sorts of camps. The beds were comfortable enough, and covered with a spacious mosquito net (although we didn't find mosquitos to be a problem at all in the area -- we were there in early July). The bathroom was fine, and comparable to the other places we stayed, though the water wasn't that warm. At night, we fell asleep to the faint sounds of wildebeests and hyenas (probably a mile away; we caught the tail end of the great migration). The food in the dining room was nicely done, and the campfire just outside was a pleasant way to sit out under the stars and mingle with the other guests. There were a few bats flying through the dining room, but it wasn't a problem. Also, they have people walk you back to your tent at night, in case there are any big animals on the prowl (though we never saw any animals directly in the lodge area). The location is convenient too, if you're exploring the central part of the Serengeti; the lodge is just a five-minute drive outside the Ikoma gate of the park. I'd be curious to compare what the other Serengeti camps are like, but I would have no problem with giving a thumbs up to Ikoma Bush Camp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the midst of an incredible scenery of savannah and skies, you find Ikoma Tented Camp, sheltered in a grove of acacia trees. Ikoma has 35 traditional semi-luxury Meru tents, each under thatch with a private veranda overlooking the impressive plains of the Serengeti. The central restaurant and bar area boast a large camp fire an ideal spot to unwind with a chilled drink after a long days of exciting game viewing.Ikoma Tented Camp is ideally situated at the border of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, along the path of the migrating wildebeests between Kenya and Tanzania. From Ikoma you can enter the western corridor of the park, taking in Kirawira and the Grumeti river home to the giant wildebeest eating crocodiles. There is no better place to enjoy one of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles.Staying at Ikoma Tented Camp gives you the unique opportunity to enjoy a night game drive or a walking safari, as the camp is located just outside the national park boundary. A great chance to see and hear some of the nocturnal animals that can’t be spotted in daytime, such as the Leopard, Aardvark and the Bat-eared fox. Another special way of experiencing the bush is by going along on a guided walking safari. Guided by a professional ranger and guard you discover the bush and its inhabitants at close range. A great way to start or end a day in the Serengeti, followed by a breakfast in the bush or a sun downer at the close of the day.The airstrip a short distance away from the camp means you can be with us in next to no time and avoid the long drive through the park should you prefer a shorter journey. ... more less
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- Serengeti Tented Camp - Ikoma Bush Camp Hotel Serengeti National Park