Between December and March every year, the plains of northern Tanzania are alive with the thunderous rhythm of millions of migrating wildebeest and other game as they make a long, dusty and dangerous journey to new grazing grounds. It is estimated that up to a quarter of a million who start this epic quest do not finish it: picked off by predators, drowned in rivers or simply not strong enough for the stamina-sapping feat. Masek Under Canvas is an intimate and unpretentious tented camp that puts down roots near the path of the Great Migration in order to share with guests the splendour of this thrilling natural phenomenon.

With only 10 large guest tents and a reliance on old-fashioned bush skills and modern technology like solar power, Masek Under Canvas is ideal for seasoned safari-goers, those seeking genuine adventure and guests who want complete immersion in the savannah. Tents are spacious and have en suite bathrooms with hot bucket showers and portable toilets; creature comforts are not sacrificed here.

In addition to its awe-inspiring proximity to the Great Migration, guests at Masek Under Canvas can also visit two important archaeological landmarks: the site where the Laetoli footprints were discovered and world-famous Olduvai gorge, where the earliest stone tools were unearthed. Add to that, spectacular balloon safaris in the quiet of the dew-drenched morning and you have some of the best of Africa to enjoy.


  • Great Migration viewing & predator action
  • Authentic bush breakfasts
  • Hot-air balloon safaris
  • Unplugged, ‘back-to-basics’ comfort
  • Guided bush walks

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The emphasis at Masek Under Canvas is on experiencing the majesty of the Great Migration, with regular 4x4 game drives to see the thrilling action. In the morning, while the air is still cool and the buds are just beginning to unfurl, take a hot-air balloon to drift tranquillity over grazing herds, and watch the sun rise slowly and gently begin to spread its golden rays.

Trips to the area where the Laetoli footprints – which showed that humans walked up right on two legs as long ago as 3.6 million years – were unearthed and to Olduvai Gorge – site of the oldest known ‘human’ tools – can also be arranged.

In the evening, after a night drive, guests congregate in the mess tent (which is lit by a generator rather than solar power) to play board games, charge their overworked camera batteries and swap Migration stories.

General Facilities



Dine by gas lamp as you gaze through the mosquito netting of the mess tent at the nocturnal wilderness beyond. Meals in camp are sit-down affairs, while bush breakfasts and game drive picnics can be enjoyed in the field. A warming fire is lit every evening and sundowners are savoured while reflecting on the magnificent day that has been.

Standard Tent

Each of the 10 spacious tents is furnished with twin or king-sized beds and decorated in earthy tones of auburn, mahogany and sand. The en suite bathroom has a hot bucket shower, hand basin and portable flush toilet. Lighting throughout is provided by eco-friendly solar power.

Standard Tent AMENITIES


  • Bush dining
  • Hot air ballooning
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018 $530 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Apr 2018 - 06 May 2018 $265 Fully Inclusive
  • 19 May 2018 - 21 May 2018 $265 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Jun 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 $265 Fully Inclusive
  • 01 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $530 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Tent Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Good • Staff is very serviceable and with a great attitude • Very good food • The tent was really nice and clean • Loved the location • Amazing the proximity to the animals • Birthday cake Alexandra: • The birthday cake surprise was AMAZING! • Cannot think of any “not so positive” note

    Alexandra M. Olvera C., April 2015

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Maureen Stover

Maureen Stover

Africa Safari Expert

"This tented camp is the perfect location to witness the wildebeest migration between December and March travel. It delivers an authentic African safari with all the creature comforts one requires."



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