August 11

Where to Stay in the Serengeti National Park?

August 11, 2023

Can you feel it? Something's stirring in Serengeti... What could it be, you wonder? Well, it's one of our most anticipated natural spectacles on the African continent – the Great Wildebeest Migration! And, with a wide array of luxury lodges in Serengeti National Park, there's no need to compromise on comfort while witnessing the "Greatest Show on Earth". Lucky for you, we've curated the finest selection of accommodations to suit every taste.

Herd of zebra and wildebeest seen on a game drive

Experience our African wildlife in the Serengeti, Image Credit: Serengeti Bushtops Camp

1. Serengeti Under Canvas

As the mighty herds of wildebeest, gazelle, and zebra traverse the vast plains and venture through crocodile-infested rivers in the Serengeti National Park, Serengeti Under Canvas anticipates their every move, ensuring you witness this wildlife show like never before.

Private campsites have been meticulously chosen across the Serengeti plains, granting you an intimate and exclusive connection with the untamed beauty surrounding you. Luxuriate in the very essence of safari indulgence, where every moment is an ode to "under-canvas" opulence.

Opulent dining tent adorned with couches and old-world safari charm

The ultimate in luxury camping, Image Credit: Serengeti Under Canvas

Who’s it for?

So, who'd love to venture here? Well, seekers of old-world charm and the elegance of a classic safari, of course! Intimacy and exclusivity are the hallmarks of Serengeti Under Canvas, creating an ideal haven for a getaway for two. 

Yet, we're pleased to share that they also cater to parents with tots in tow, with one family tent and a special "WILDchild programme" designed to enchant your little ones, making this an unforgettable adventure for all.

Great Migration game drive

Customise your game-viewing activities according to your interests, Image Credit: Serengeti Under Canvas

Why We Love It

  • Thoughtfully positioned to follow the majestic herds across Serengeti's vast plains
  • Safari opulence with private butler service, chandeliers, and lavish amenities under the African sky
  • Polished brass samovars and custom-made rugs add an elegant touch to your wilderness retreat
  • The "WILDchild programme" tailored to entertain and educate children amidst nature's wonders
Charter flight with welcome drinks

A welcoming experience from start to finish, Image Credit: Serengeti Under Canvas

2. Serengeti Bushtops Camp

Offering five-star luxury accommodation and facilities plus first-class hospitality, Serengeti Bushtops Camp is a romancer's dream when it comes to lodges in Serengeti National Park. Imagine the finest in seductive luxury where luxury tented suites redefine comfort, akin to being pampered in canvas hotel rooms.

Each suite boasts spaciousness, complemented by expansive viewing decks. Plus, your very own hot tub! Moreover, a dedicated butler service ensures every desire is fulfilled, making your stay a truly indulgent affair.

Main tent

Spend your time in the comfortable shared spaces of the pool, deck, bar or lounge, Image Credit: Serengeti Bushtops Camp

Who’s it for?

Are you a besotted couple in search of the perfect romantic getaway? Look no further, as Serengeti Bushtops Camp beckons with its secluded setting, surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature. 

There's just nothing more romantic than stargazing from your tent's deck, accompanied by a glass of bubbly, of course! Or a couples' massage after a dazzling hot air balloon safari. Serengeti Bushtops Camp's opulent haven is bound to rekindle love's flame over and over again.

Hot tub on private viewing deck

Your very own hot tub, Image Credit: Serengeti Bushtops Camp

Why We Love It

  • Epitome of five-star luxury amidst one of the world's most enchanting natural settings
  • Besides the annual Great Migration, Bushtops stands as a year-round safari destination 
  • Delectable array of locally sourced and exquisite haute cuisine, complemented by a superb wine selection
  • Safari sundowners at Simba Rock and lantern-lit dinners at the rock Klipspringer amphitheatre
Simba Rock elevated overlooking the vast plains

Simba’s Rock is the ideal spot for sundowners, Image Credit: Serengeti Bushtops Camp

3. Singita Mara River Tented Camp

We absolutely love the Singita Mara River Tented Camp, and here's why you should too! Firstly, the location is simply breathtaking. Nestled in the northernmost corner of the Serengeti, the camp overlooks a stunning riverbend that offers a mesmerising view of the Great Migration wildebeest river crossings.

Moreover, the camp's commitment to embracing local culture is truly captivating. The Maasai-inspired interiors infused vibrant colours incorporated in the camp’s design makes for an authentic African experience.

View of the river from one of the tented suites

Have a front-row seat to one of the most exciting spectacles of the Great Migration, Image Credit: Singita

Who’s it for?

Singita Mara River Tented Camp is bound to captivate a diverse group of individuals. For eco-enthusiasts, the camp's commitment to sustainability shines through with its entirely off-the-grid ethos, while wellness warriors will feel right at home with Vinyasa and Yin yoga sessions led by skilled practitioners.

Furthermore, families with children aged ten years and above can indulge in bespoke safari activities, ensuring an memorable experience for everyone.

Yoga at sunrise

Join a session of Vinyasa and Yin yoga, Image Credit: Singita

Why We Love It

  • Unobstructed views of the Mara River and in close proximity to the Great Migration river crossings 
  • Immersed in the local culture with designs that vividly reflect the rich heritage of the Maasai
  • Signature bar-deli treats you to fresh and healthy snacks at your convenience
  • Indulge in the finest wines from an extensive cellar that boasts a premium selection
Two staff members preparing food and drinks

A signature bar-deli provides fresh and healthy snacks for guests, Image Credit: Singita

4. Lemala Mara Tented Camp

As experts in safari experiences, we wholeheartedly recommend the exceptional Lemala Mara Tented Camp. This mobile camp gracefully traverses the Northern Serengeti and selects the perfect location, offering unparalleled vantage points and, often, proximity to the renowned Mara River crossings. 

Wildlife sightings are impressive throughout the year, but the true spectacle unfolds during the Great Migration season.

Book on bed in luxury tent

A cosy escape with nature, Image Credit: Lemala Mara Tented Camp

Who’s it for?

Lemala Mara Tented Camp caters to those seeking a down-to-earth experience, seamlessly blending modern comforts with a profound connection to nature.

The camp extends a warm welcome to children of all ages. Young adventurers under the age of 12 can partake in a delightful programme designed to enrich their safari journey.

Children can enjoy the magic of the African bush, Image Credit: Lemala Mara Tented Camp

Why We Love It

  • Attentive service, creating a sense of warmth and familiarity that makes you feel right at home
  • Situated near the Mara River and nestled within one of the most renowned game-viewing areas
  • Picnic breakfasts and lunches, perfectly suited for those embarking on full-day game drives
  • Traditional evening campfires accompanied by tasty canapés and cocktails
Evening camp fire

Share stories around a warm campfire at the end of each day, Image Credit: Lemala Mara Tented Camp

5. Dunia Camp

In the perfect meeting point between the Central Serengeti Valley and the Southern Serengeti plains lies Dunia Camp, offering an unrivalled location for encountering abundant wildlife, far from the bustling tourist crowds that often dominate the region. 

Unique to this area are the majestic granite boulders (Moru Kopjes) that emerge from the surrounding grasslands, serving as favoured perches for a plethora of predators. Notably, Dunia Camp is a trailblazer for female empowerment, being the sole camp in Africa run entirely by women. 

Viewing deck

Spend siesta time on your private deck overlooking the Serengeti plains, Image Credit: Dunia Camp

Who's it for

With only a few tented suites and one separate family suite, this intimate camp caters perfectly to families, couples, and small groups seeking respite from the throngs of tourists.

Photographers, in particular, will be thrilled to discover they can pre-book a photographic vehicle fully equipped with all the necessary gear to capture awe-inspiring shots – from beanbags and camera rests to 360° swivel seats.

Moru Kopjes with wildebeest

Moru Kopjes of the Central Serengeti is an area favoured by wildebeest and big cats, Image Credit: Dunia Camp

Why We Love It

  • Ideally positioned to explore Seronera, the Moru Kopjes, and the southern Serengeti plains
  • Majestic big cats often use the Moru Kopjes as lookout points
  • Even outside the Great Migration season, there are ample opportunities for spotting diverse wildlife abound
  • Exclusive photographic safaris and hot-air balloon rides can be arranged in advance
  • Female game ranger

    If you cherish the spirit of female leadership, Dunia will delight: Image Credit: Dunia Camp

    Your Perfect Stay in Serengeti National Park

    As you can see, there's no need to rough it out in the wild! We've got you covered with a fantastic range of luxury camps in the Serengeti National Park.

    So, what are you waiting for? Embrace the thrill of the Great Migration while enjoying the utmost convenience. Contact our Travel Experts now and let the adventure begin!

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    Michelle Welvering

    Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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