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  • Location: Tanzania, Serengeti
  • Type of Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Comfort Level: Mid-range

overview

This authentic semi-permanent safari camp is positioned to intercept the natural flow of animals through Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem during the annual Great Migration to ensure optimal viewing of one of nature’s greatest spectacles. Ubuntu Camp is a traditional, intimate camp that offers a simple set-up with a raw wilderness feel, which delicately balances safari authenticity with guest comfort.

From May to July, Ubuntu Camp is located in the Western Corridor between the Nyakoroma Hills and the border of the Serengeti to catch the wildebeest as they cross the surging Grumeti River. It then moves to the northern Serengeti from July until October, ideal for the Mara River crossings. By December until March, the thunderous herds have reached the Ngorongoro Conservancy Area, where the camp is once again pitched.

With only eight tents that have safari classics like fire-heated bucket showers and gumboots for when the rains turn the earth to fertile mud, the focus at Ubuntu Camp is getting the most authentic experience of the Great Migration possible.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012
  •  Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013
  •  None

highlights

  • Intimate tented mobile camp
  • Excellent Great Migration viewing
  • ‘Back to basics’ authenticity
  • Predator action

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Facilities

The communal area consists of two separate canvas tents that welcome the afternoon breeze and overlook the plains. The ‘living room tent’ is canvas-floored and equipped with campaign chairs, sofas and beanbags as well as coffee table books and board games. Creamy fabrics and sisal mats lend a natural feel to the space.

Guests are provided with ‘walkie-talkies’ (2-way radio), allowing them to contact staff for an escort during the night (you are prohibited from walking around on your own after dark as the camp is unfenced and predators may be nearby) or room service.

General Facilities

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    Laundry service

Dining

Meals take place in the ‘dining room tent’ and are sociable affairs with the other guests and sometimes the guides too. There is a small bar as well as a tea-and-coffee station here. In the evenings both communal tents are lit only by lanterns, creating a magical and romantic ambiance.

A continental breakfast of fresh fruit and cereal is followed by a cooked English-style breakfast. Lunch is light and refreshing – deli meats, salads and freshly-baked breads – but you might choose to take a packed picnic lunch with you on safari. Dinner is a 3-course indulgence with a touch of African flair, like BBQ kebabs made on the campfire served with robust wines.

Standard Tent

Simple and unpretentious yet comfortable, the eight tents are en suite with either double or twin beds (triples available). Amenities include a canvas carpet, bedside table, writing desk and storage space. The bathroom is equipped with a bucket shower, which is filled on request with water heated on the campfire. 

Standard Tent AMENITIES

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    Bucket shower
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    Ensuite bathroom
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    Twin bed available

Activities

  • Cultural tour
  • Game drives
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 25 Jul 2014 - 15 Nov 2014 $660
  • 15 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $660

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. 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 curent rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • We had a great time. Ubuntu was perfect. We just missed the mass migration but nevertheless saw many animals including lions, cheetahs, leopard, serval, rhino with child, elephants etc. and marvelous landscapes. All accommodations met our expectations and the staff was very friendly everywhere. Regarding the location and the food Ubuntu was excellent.

    Gerald Hauska, October 2013
  • Ubuntu - This small camp was very special to us! Sleeping in a tent, listening to animal noises outside the tent at night was fun! Even using the bucket shower was just part of the camping experience! The view of the Serengeti from every tent is absolutely gorgeous ! We saw so many beautiful sunrises and sunsets from our tent! The kitchen staff made wonderful three course meals, which is a real accomplishment so far out in the bush. Our one full safari day out was packed with animal sightings- lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, and the wildebeest migration ! Seeing the wildebeests circling on top of the cliff and then going back later to see them running down the cliff into the Mara River was totally amazing! Since it wasn't the first crossing the crocs weren't hungry (whew). This is a down to earth wonderful camp- friendly staff and very knowledgeable and educated guides! A real gem of a camp!

    Merry Garrard, October 2013
  • Ubuntu and the Northern Serengeti was a lovely end to our trip. The stunning vistas in that region are amazing and the animal life fabulous. Ubuntu was very nice, the food absolutely outstanding and we again loved eating at a group table. We found the tent to be adequate but not as comfortable as Porini. They are small and navigating with just another person is a bit challenging, especially on the uneven floors in the dark. The shower was so hot we could actually not get in but had we been there longer we would have figured that out. Also, I am not comfortable with boiled drinking water. It may be fine, but it is impossible to know without question that the water has been boiled long enough or at a hot enough temperature to be absolutely safe. So, I would have preferred bottled which was not easily available. I took some the second day from the jeep and noticed the third day that the supply was limited. I also didn't want to ask for any during dinner since everyone else seemed okay with the boiled and I didn't want to be difficult. The staff was engaging and delightful as they were everywhere. The hot water bottles when provided were spectacular! The coffee served in the early mornings at wake up was delightful. The people, service and friendliness memorable. The variety of accommodations inspired. I would love to begin again.....perhaps sometime soon I will be able to return with our son.

    Lois Kelley, October 2012
  • This camp was A+. The location was on a vast plain overlooking a huge expanse, with hundreds o fwildebeest around us. The tents were like an upscale hotel, large and clean. The staff were inordinately friendly and helpful, the food was fantastic, the manager was reserved but professional and truly cared about the enjoyment of his guests. The best part of this place is that we were living in comfort in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by wildlife. We even did an afternoon guide walk among the animals.

    Claudia Morawetz, April 2012
  • Ubuntu was brilliant, staff and standards very high. Only issue was that on the penultiumate day, we were told that we may need to share with someone else. When we were booking i made it especially clear that i wanted us to be travelling alone. It turned out fine, but it is something that should be made clearer in the itinerary as it would have been very annoying.

    Satheesh Nadarajah, April 2012

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Emma Harrop

Emma Harrop

Africa Safari Expert

"I love Ubuntu for the simple fact that you can experience an authentic Tented Camp, and wake up to the smells of hot chocolate, tea or coffee as you are roused from the sounds of the bush by your guides and the camp staff. Explore the Southern or Northern Serengeti for iconic scenes of open plains, panoramic views and of course thousands of Wildebeest if you are lucky in between the Big 5 and large antelope herds."

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This camp was A+. The location was on a vast plain overlooking a huge expanse, with hundreds o fwildebeest around us. The tents were like an upscale hotel, large and clean. The staff were inordinately friendly and helpful, the food was fantastic, the manager was reserved but professional and truly cared about the enjoyment of his guests. The best part of this place is that we were living in comfort in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by wildlife. We even did an afternoon guide walk among the animals.

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