Overview of Masek Under Canvas

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.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Great Migration viewing & predator action
  • Authentic bush breakfasts
  • Hot-air balloon safaris
  • Unplugged, ‘back-to-basics’ comfort
  • Guided bush walks
Bush dining

Bush dining

Hot air ballooning

Hot air ballooning

General Facilities

The emphasis at Masek Under Canvas is on experiencing the majesty of the Great Migration, with regular 4×4 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.

Library

Library

Dining

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.

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Traveller Reviews

  • AMO

    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.

Traveller Reviews

  • AMO

    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.