Lonely Planet Writer

Track wildebeest across the Serengeti and stay at this classic campsite

A new camping experience has been launched that enables guests to witness the captivating migration of wildebeest and zebra across the Serengeti, all the while staying in luxury accommodation designed to look like the classic shelters of pioneering explorers from the 19th century.

The Kichakani Serengeti Camp in Tanzania.
The Kichakani Serengeti Camp in Tanzania. Image by Sanctuary Retreats

Launched by Sanctuary Retreats last December, the Kichakani Serengeti Camp is set across three sites in Tanzania, where guests can experience the movement of over one million wildebeest and zebra as they follow the growth of fresh grass along the plains during the annual migration cycle.

The experience sees guests tracking wildebeest and zebra as they make their annual migration across the Serengeti.
The experience sees guests tracking wildebeest and zebra as they make their annual migration across The Serengeti. Image by Sanctuary Retreats

With Kichakani meaning “in the bush” in Swahili, the campsites include luxury tents which can be packed and moved along, while also containing modern comforts. Designed to be evocative of classic accommodations from the 19th Century, the sites are furnished with in a mid-century modern style, with handcrafted luggage, easy chairs, cabinets and desks, all of which have been created to be portable.

The entire camp can be packed up and moved, and leaves a small carbon footprint as a result.
The entire camp can be packed up and moved, and leaves a small carbon footprint as a result. Image by Sanctuary Retreats

“The true inspiration behind any Sanctuary Retreats property is the promotion of sustainable tourism through building eco-friendly camps and lodges, and running them efficiently. We thrive on inviting guests to experience the magic of the safari and appreciate the magnificent animals in which we share the earth with, and thus enticing guests to join in our passion for conservation. Because it can quite literally be picked up and moved with little impact on the environment, the camp casts a lighter ecological shadow,” Katrina Russel of Sanctuary Retreats told Lonely Planet Travel News.

Guests can enjoy breakfast on the Serengeti during the experience.
Guests can enjoy breakfast on the Serengeti during the experience. Image by Sanctuary Retreats

While the accommodation is portable, special considerations have been made in order to offer guests a unique and comfortable experience. Each tent includes a wooden deck, and ensuite bathroom with bucket showers, while personal attendants are available around the clock. As well as the private tents, the camp features a grand central canopied area where the main tent flows into lounges and dining wings, and the sides of the tents can be opened to reveal panoramic views of the surrounding area.

The experience follows a conservationist approach, and guests do not directly interact with the animals.
The experience follows a conservationist approach, and guests do not directly interact with the animals. Image by Sanctuary Retreats

While guests have the opportunity to witness the compelling behaviour of animals in their natural habitat, the camp follows a conservationist approach of no direct interaction, with knowledgeable guides leading the experience.

Experiences start from $446 (€373) per night. More information on the Kichakani Serengeti Camp is available at the Sanctuary Retreats website.