Ubuntu Camp, Serengeti

Ubuntu Migration Camp stops at three spectacular locations across the north, west and south of the Serengeti, following in the tracks of massive herds of wildebeest as they cross the vast plains of the Serengeti in an ancient migration cycle.

Shadowing the wildebeest’s every move, Ubuntu Camp uncovers fascinating and unexplored corners of this great wilderness, ensuring that first-class game viewing is never far away. With their unwavering focus on keeping pace with the migration, Ubuntu’s guides have an enviable reputation for bringing this remarkable natural phenomenon to life. The camp itself is intimate and personal, and the seven spacious tented suites epitomise traditional East African safari charm.

Snapshot of Ubuntu Camp
  • Moves with the wildebeest to three different prime locations for dramatic river crossings and calving
  • Traditional safari camp: small, personal and supremely comfortable with warm, relaxed atmosphere
  • World-class game spotting: 100% safari orientated to keep you at the heart of the action
Perfect for
  • Romantic Safari
  • Classic Safari
Standard price per person per night:

$375 - $760i

Camp Experience

 

In Swahili ‘Ubuntu’ stands for kindness and generosity towards others – and this small and intimate camp certainly lives up to its name. The close-knit team of friendly staff and experienced guides ensure that warm hospitality, great food and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere remain at the heart of Ubuntu Camp.

The open-plan main area spills into the surrounding wilderness – impressive views of the landscape stretch as far as the horizon. Here you can explore the library or spend a lazy afternoon watching game on the sprawling plains. Breakfast and lunch are served under canvas in the next-door dining tent, while dinner is often enjoyed under the stars beside the glowing embers of the campfire, to the soundtrack of the Serengeti’s nocturnal animals.

Meals

Delicious home-cooked meals taste even better in the bush. When Ubuntu is in the north, we source our fresh fruit, salads and veggies from our community-upliftment programme in the nearby village.

After an early start for morning game drives, breakfast back in camp is a tempting spread that includes a Continental or full English breakfast. Light, buffet-style lunches include plenty of salads with your main course. Dinner is a three-course silver service affair or a delicious barbecue.

If you’d like to extend your game-viewing time, why don’t you request a picnic breakfast or lunch? These include a range of freshly baked sweet and savoury treats.

Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements – our camp chefs will be happy to cater for your needs.

 

Featured Wildlife

As Ubuntu migrates from region to region, the cast of animals in the spotlight changes subtly.

Ubuntu West:

  • Buffalo
  • Topi
  • Wildebeest
  • Hippo
  • Zebra
  • Black-and-white colobus monkey
  • Thomson’s gazelle
  • Lion
  • Cheetah
  • African wild dog (rare)

Ubuntu North:

  • Lion
  • Cheetah
  • Leopard
  • Wildebeest
  • Klipspringer
  • Nile crocodile
  • Oribi
  • Elephant
  • Spotted hyena
  • Black rhino (rare)

Ubuntu South

  •  Lion
  • Cheetah
  • Leopard
  • Wildebeest
  • Bat-eared fox
  • Zebra
  • Golden jackal
  • Spotted hyena
  • Serval (rare)
  • African wild dog (rare)

A Typical Day on Safari

The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life in camp is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. If you have booked a private game-viewing vehicle do discuss personal schedule preferences with your guide.

05:30–06:00         Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00         Following breakfast, depart for a morning game drive or walk, or take a packed breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier
09:30–11:30          Arrive back in camp, followed by breakfast (if you are peckish)
12:30                      Lunch
13:30–16:00          Siesta time: read a book, swim in the pool or just relax
16:00                      Afternoon tea
16:30                      Depart for afternoon/evening game drive or bush walk with sundowners
18:30                      Arrive back in camp
19:30                      Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the stars

Family Safaris

FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
✓  GOOD
☐ BETTER
☐ BEST

Families with children aged five and older are warmly welcomed in Ubuntu Migration Camp, however we do not offer special family tents, activities for children or personal guides. Children are accommodated in a separate tent or by adding a third bed to a tent. Note that children below 12 should always share a room with an adult.

Accommodation

 

Ubuntu-Accommodation - Ubuntu-Camp-2012-Tent-interior-028Ubuntu’s seven suites are spacious under-canvas safari tents, designed to balance traditional safari authenticity with true comfort. Each room has king-sized beds (twin beds are available) and en-suite bathrooms with hot-water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets.

Location

 

Three times a year this traditional-style safari camp packs up and moves to keep up with the massive herds of wildebeest as they migrate in a never-ending cycle in search of fresh grazing and plentiful water.

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Hartebeest on the open Serengeti plains at Ubuntu

 

Ubuntu West (May to July)

In May, Ubuntu is on the move, travelling to the Western Corridor with the herds as they continue their cyclical trek to the North. Home is close to Handajega, a serene and peaceful setting between the Nyakoroma Hills and the border of the National Park, and days are spent watching the wildebeest cross the Grumeti River as the predators stalk their every move.

 

Ubuntu North (August to November)

From late July to October, Ubuntu is positioned to intercept the Great Migration in the northern Serengeti as the herds make their way towards Kenya and the Maasai Mara. Daily game drives stop regularly at the Mara River to observe the spectacular river crossings across waters populated with Nile crocodiles and hippo, providing dramatic and exciting game viewing. The northern plains are home to large herds of resident plains game throughout the year – this draws high numbers of predators, and so sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah roaming the grasslands are frequent. Herds of elephant can be found in the lush woodland that lines the Mara River as well as an astounding array of birdlife, with over 500 species in the area.

 

Ubuntu South (December to March)

As they have done for millennia, the herds will eventually answer the call of the migration and head for the southern Serengeti’s endless grasslands. Here they will rest and graze on the newly sprouted grasses, and in February, the plains are speckled with thousands of tiny wildebeest babies as the mothers calve in a remarkably synchronised and awe-inspiring event.

Activities

 

Moving with the Great Migration, Ubuntu consistently produces spectacular game viewing wherever it goes. It is a completely safari-orientated camp, and so activities from Ubuntu will ensure you are always at the heart of the action.

Game drives
Ubuntu’s experienced guides help you to explore the finest areas of the Serengeti on morning and evening daily game drives. We have both open and closed game-viewing vehicles.  All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty.

Hot-air balloon safaris
There is nothing quite like gliding serenely over the vast plains of the Serengeti as the wildlife teems below, on a romantic and evocative balloon safari.
Available at Ubuntu North

Cultural & community visits
The friendly atmosphere at Ubuntu focuses on community, and when Ubuntu is in the north (July to October) it is possible to visit the nearby local villages for a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the Kuria people.

Bush breakfasts, picnics & dinners
Maximise your time on the game-filled plains by enjoying a delicious packed breakfast or lunch provided by camp chefs while you’re on the move.

Camp Story

 

Eat farm-to-table vegetables produced by the local gardeners at Ubuntu North. This initiative, started and mentored by Asilia, ensures that fresh, organic vegetables appear on your plate – but it also provides a livelihood for rural people who would otherwise have none. “It stops me from doing bad things,” says Juliana Myenjwa, farmer and mother of eight, from Merenga village.

The only impact Ubuntu Camp aspire to leave behind is a positive one in the communities who earn a livelihood through our presence. The tented camp has no permanent structures: it is broken down and moved three times a year, leaving the precious site as we found it with the exception of a couple of footpaths, themselves quickly reclaimed by the resilient African bush. Ubuntu Camp is fully supported by solar energy. Any emissions from our back-up fossil-fuel consumption are offset through a local community forestation programme.

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 7 tented suites (including 1 family tent that sleeps 4)

  • En-suite bathrooms with hot-water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets

  • Children: aged 5 and up

  • Complimentary laundry service

  • Solar & generator power

  • Battery-charging facilities

Activities

  • Morning and evening game drives

  • Bush breakfasts, picnics and dinners

  • Hot-air balloon safaris (Ubuntu North)

Closest Airstrip

  • Grumeti (May to July): 45 min.

    Kogatende (July to November): 45 min.

    Serengeti South (December to March): 60 to 90 min.

Camp Dates

  • Ubuntu West: Open 1 May – 16 July

  • Ubuntu North: Open 1 Aug – 15 November

  • Ubuntu South: Open 15 December – 15 March

  • Closed: 17 July – 31 July, 16 November – 14 December, 16 March – 30 April

Migration Viewing

  • All year round

Child Ages

  • Families with children aged five and older are warmly welcomed in Ubuntu Camp.

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    • 2 million wildebeest migrating
    • 2,800 kilometers covers
    • Best time to travel between Jul - Oct

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  • Romantic Experience

    Idyllic settings for two.

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  • Classic Safari

    witness nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles.

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    Classic Safari
  • Hot Air Ballooning

    Glide over the vast plains.

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    Hot Air Ballooning
  • Game Drives

    Spot game from specialised vehicles.

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    Game Drives

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