Ten gracious garden cottages surround a 1905 colonial German farmhouse, transforming a historic home into a tranquil lodge at the foot of Mount Meru, complete with plush loungers on a long veranda.
Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
Unwind in a cozy garden cottage surrounding a colonial German farmhouse. Transformed into a tranquil lodge on the foothills of Mount Meru, the historic 1905 house is laden with antiques. It also has long verandas to take in views of Mount Kilimanjaro from overstuffed chairs, and an indoor fireplace to warm you when the sun goes down. Sprawling grounds offer an inviting stroll through a lush indigenous forest speckled with bougainvillea and jacaranda—and inhabited by colobus and Sykes monkeys. Walk along the lake’s clear waters, or take a refreshing swim in the freshwater pool. Each of the 10 cottages is nestled in tropical greenery across the lawn from the main house, with private porches to soak in the atmosphere. Beneath the timber and whitewashed ceilings, sink into your king-size Zanzibar bed or two twins, and enjoy a lounge area individually decorated with regional fabrics and handmade ottoman sofas. Each cottage has en suite bathroom with a bathtub, a dressing area and separate toilet. Meals at the main house can be taken in the dining room or al fresco, and the home-cooked menus feature organic vegetables from the lodge garden, fresh-baked breads and pastries, local Maasai cheese and more. The property generates its own hydroelectricity and all drinking water comes directly from its springs, which also supply fresh water to the neighboring schools and villages.
This elegant new tented camp in a far-flung sector of the eastern Serengeti enjoys an exceptionally isolated location with thrilling proximity to big cat sightings and the annual wildebeest migration.
Ehlane Plains Camp
Ehlane Plains Camp offers the newest safari camp experience on the Serengeti's eastern edge. Located in an area that was previously off-limits to visitors for more than 20 years to further feline conservation efforts, Ehlane Plains Camp provides exceptional access to some of the Serengeti's most thrilling wildlife encounters. Ehlane is a Zulu word meaning "wilderness," which is what you’ll experience in this exceptionally isolated location in the Soit le Motonyi region, far from the main Serengeti transit areas. Yet you'll also experience genuine elegance at this refined outpost in the African wilds. Located near the Ngare Nanyuki underground river, the camp offers outstanding proximity to the Serengeti's annual wildebeest migration. And it has some of Africa’s best big cat viewing, with the immediate region especially famed for its sightings of abundant cheetah. In and around the open camp, other wildlife comes and goes at will.
Eight enormous tented suites have a clear vista on the wilderness beyond. Airy suites are furnished in retro-modern decor in a neutral palette accented with yellow and chartreuse. Each features a private lounge with comfortable couch and chairs, writing desk, dressing area, net-draped king-size bed outfitted with crisp cotton linens, full-length wall mirror and en suite bathroom with shower, wash basins and flush toilet. Wi-Fi is available in the central lounge area, and solar panels provide electricity for lighting and camp operations. Or let darkness reign as you fall asleep under a natural planetarium of some of the world's starriest skies.
Our own deluxe mobile tented camp is situated to dovetail with the usual flow of the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti ecosystem, optimizing our chances to witness the migration at close range.
Nat Hab's Migration Base Camp–Serengeti
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
This deluxe mobile tented camp is designed to travel with the natural flow of the wildebeest migrating through the Serengeti ecosystem. The camp’s mobility allows us to follow the herds, optimizing our chances to witness the migration and ensuring outstanding wildlife viewing at all times. From December until March, the camp is ideally situated to intercept the migration in the Southern Serengeti. From June through October, the camp is positioned to intercept the migration in the Northern Serengeti.
The camp is comprised of eight canvas tents with two lounge/dining areas. Each tent is either a twin or double (triples are also available) with toilets and safari-style bucket showers in en suite bathrooms. The open communal area surveys the plains, so you can enjoy wildlife viewing over a drink as you relax in the lounge or bar. The dining room, also set beneath canvas, offers a classic bush dining experience. And after dark, classic lanterns provide a romantic glow throughout camp.
Guests will enjoy the intimate ambience of this traditional canvas safari camp that provides an authentic experience of the wild Serengeti as much as it does rustic luxuries. Our close-knit Tanzanian camp staff ensures that personalized hospitality, excellent food, and a warm, relaxed environment are hallmarks of a stay at our Migration Base Camp. And, since our staff follows the migration with our camp year-round, they are a font of detailed information about the wildlife and the overall experience.