The Serengeti has a full range of sleeping options, from basic campsites with no amenities to top-end luxury lodges and mobile camps that follow the herd migration. Most places within the park are top end, but there are a few more reasonably priced choices, plus several lower-midrange places just outside the park borders.
There are nine public campsites (US$35.40/5.90 per adult/child) in the Serengeti: six around Seronera, one at Lobo and one each at Ndabaka and Fort Ikoma gates. All have flush toilets, and two (Pimbi and Nyani, both in the Seronera area) have kitchens, showers and solar lighting.
There are dozens of special campsites (US$59/11.80 per adult/child) scattered throughout the Serengeti, although many are occupied on a semi-permanent basis by mobile or more sedentary camps. The others should be booked well in advance through Tanapa at email@example.com.
Mobile camps are a great idea, but the name's somewhat misleading. They do move (though never when guests are in residence), following the wildebeest migration so as to try to be always in good wildlife-watching territory. But with all the amenities people expect on a luxury safari, relocating is a huge chore and most camps only move two or three times a year.
The Pick of the Mobile Camps
Numerous companies operate mobile camps that move with the wildebeest herds and the seasons. The better ones:
Ubuntu Western Corridor (May to July) and northern Serengeti (July to November)
Lemala Serengeti Ndutu (December to March) and Mara River (July to October)
Serengeti Safari Camp Moves four or five times a year
Serengeti Savannah Camp Ndutu (December to March), Mara River (late May to October) and Seronera (year-round)