Serengeti Under Canvas is a luxurious semi-permanent tented camp that moves around the Serengeti, bringing guests within range of the massive herds of the Great Migration. This is the ultimate in luxury camping, complete with a private butler service, chandeliers, silverware, crystal, ensuite flush toilets and comfortable beds with fluffy duvets.
The luxurious tented camps of &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas move around the Park year round, bringing guests within reach of the Great Migration and exploring remote, beautiful corners of the Serengeti with excellent resident game. Using only private campsites, these migratory camps are entirely intimate and exclusive, featuring Tanzania’s most spacious safari tents, each with double bed, ensuite bathroom, separate toilet and al fresco bucket shower. Redolent of classic safari style, custom made Indian rugs, crisp linens, sparkling crystal and polished brass lend flair to the simplicity of camping.
Carefully planned according to the projected movements of the Great Migration, the camps aim to bring guests within comfortable driving distance of the herds. However, the wildebeest masses move with the rains, which occur at a different time each year, so it is not always possible to accurately predict where they will be. Our expert guides will always try to place guests in the midst of the thronging wildebeest but, should they not appear when expected, their intimate knowledge of the ample resident game will ensure a rich game viewing experience.
Famed for its vast open grasslands and excellent wildlife sightings, the Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas.Tanzania’s oldest game reserve, its endless plains boast 35 species of plains-dwelling game and prolific birdlife. The park is best known as the site of the Great Migration and this annual movement of wildebeest and other herbivores across East Africa’s Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the greatest spectacles in the natural world.
Over two million animals participate in this annual seasonal cycle, with some 200 000 zebra ahead of and 500 000 Thomson’s gazelle behind the main players – one and a half million wildebeest. The wildebeest spend the wet season on the south eastern Tanzanian plains and the Serengeti’s dry season on the plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara. The thundering procession is shadowed by hosts of scavengers and predators. Lion, hyena, jackal and vulture mingle with the masses of ungulates, while huge crocodiles await the migrating masses at the Grumeti and Mara Rivers.
Guests can fly in to the Serengeti airstrip nearest to the position of the camp that they are travelling to at the time that they are travelling (Seronera, Ndutu, Grumeti, Kogatende). Guests will be warmly welcomed at the airstrip and driven to the camp.
Weather & climate
Due to its proximity to the equator, the Serengeti enjoys a warm to hot climate year round, although evenings may be cool in the winter months. Rainfall predominantly takes place in April, May, November and December.
The currency is the Tanzanian shilling, however, most tourist destinations will require non-Tanzanian residents to pay in US dollars. It is difficult to exchange South African rand, so it is a good idea to obtain your foreign exchange in advance. Please note that dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as the illegal processing of bills was rife in East Africa during that time.
Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels, but proof of identity may be requested.
Visas and documents
Although visa requirements change often, South Africans travelling to Tanzania currently require a visa. While it is a good idea to obtain a visa before leaving South Africa, visas can also be obtained at the airport on arrival. If you are planning to get your visa at the airport, please note that you will need to pay for this in US dollars. Make sure you have enough cash available and try to have smaller denominations, as you may not be able to obtain change at the visa counter.
Travellers to Tanzania must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from date of travel and should have at least two blank pages available in their passport.