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Ubuntu Migration Camp

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Ubuntu Migration Camp follows the colossal herds of wildebeest as they journey around the Serengeti. From the dramatic river crossings in the north to the fertile grasslands in the south where the wildebeest give birth, we set up camp nearby to ensure you’re always close to the action.

About Ubuntu Migration Camp

Our traditional tented camp is designed to leave no trace. We can quickly disassemble it and move with the herds to new pastures. Every day, we’re out in the bush looking for wildlife such as lions or cheetahs attracted by the huge gatherings of prey. Over morning coffee, watch wildebeest males chasing each other or zebras tussling. For a sunrise to remember, start the day by gliding above the plains in a hot-air balloon. In the evening, look up as the stars reveal themselves. 

  • Calendar

    Open: Mid-November to mid-March (southern Serengeti), mid-June to October (northern Serengeti)
    Closed: Mid-March to mid-June, beginning to mid-November

  • Airplane

    Closest airstrip: Lamai (mid-June to October); 70-minute drive from camp. Serengeti South (mid-November to mid-March); 90-minute drive from camp.

  • 1 Families

    Families: children aged five and older

  • 43 Migration Season

    Year round

1. Ubuntu Camp Guest Tent Exterior
11. Ubuntu Camp Game Drive Migration

Accommodation AT Ubuntu Migration Camp

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  • 1. Ubuntu Camp Guest Tent Exterior

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Welcome to your home away from home.

  • Game Drives Gallery
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    Game Drives with Asilia

  • 2. Ubuntu Camp Bed

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Your bedroom at Ubuntu with views of the Serengeti surrounding you.

  • 3. Ubuntu Camp Guest Tent Interior

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Waking up to views like this will take your breath away.

  • 4. Ubuntu Camp Family Tent Interior

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - The spacious family tent at Ubuntu.

  • 5. Ubuntu Camp Bathroom

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Your bathroom with trtaditional bucket shower.

  • 6. Ubuntu Migration Camp Lounge Areas

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - The lounge area at Ubuntu is spacious and boasts views of the region.

  • 7. Ubuntu Camp Family Tent Lounge

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Take a moment to relax in the lounge area of Ubuntu.

  • 8. Ubuntu Camp Lunch Under Acacia Tree HR

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Enjoying a meal outdoors.

  • 9. Ubuntu Camp Staff Preparing Table

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Preparing the dinner table for a delicious meal to be shared with other guests.

  • 10. Ubuntu Camp Outdoor Dining

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Enjoying sundowners out in font of the lounge area.

  • 17. Ubuntu Camp Morning Drinks

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - A morning wake-up call with a smile!

  • 18. Ubuntu Camp Staff

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Our incredible team will make you feel right at home while staying with us.

  • 19. Ubuntu Camp Sundowners (2)

    Ubuntu Migration Camo - A quiet moment enjoyed out in the wilderness of the Serengeti.

  • 20. Ubuntu Camp Breakfast Picnic

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Breakfast enjoyed on the bonnet of your game drive vehicle.

  • 21. Ubuntu Wildebeest Migration Game Drive 4

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Experience the thrill of The Great Migration with us

  • 11. Ubuntu Camp Game Drive Migration

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - We'll take you closer to the Great Migration.

  • 12. Ubuntu Camp Migration Passing Through Camp

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Migratory herds make their way past the camp.

  • 13. Ubuntu North Mara River Crossing

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Experience all of the unbridled action and excitement of the Great Migration

  • 14. Hartebeest Ubuntu Camp MR

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - Topi making their way through the grasses.

  • 15. Ubuntu Camp Lionesses Game Drive

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - A close encounter with lion cubs while out on a game drive.

  • 16. Ubuntu Migration Camp Wild Dogs

    Ubuntu Migration Camp - A pair of wild dog on the lookout.

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Accommodation

Accommodation & Amenities

Our traditional tented camp is designed to leave no trace. We can quickly disassemble it and move with the herds to new pastures. Every day, we’re out in the bush looking for wildlife such as lions or cheetahs attracted by the huge gatherings of prey. 

  • Tents

    8 tented suites (including 1 four-sleeper family tent)

  • 3 En Suite Bathrooms

    En-suite bathrooms

  • 13 Shower 2

    Hot-water showers and bath

  • 24 Flushing Toilets

    Flushing toilets

  • Complimentary Laundry Service

    Complimentary laundry service

  • 26 Solar&Generatorpower 2

    Solar and generator power

  • Battery Charging Facilities

    Battery-charging facilities

accommodation

Rooms

At Ubuntu Migration Camp, we have eight canvas safari tents, including one family tent. They all have mesh side panels to let the light in during the day and king-sized or twin beds for a good night’s sleep. The en suite bathrooms have hot-water bucket showers and flushing toilets. Spend afternoons relaxing on the porch outside your tent, watching the nearby herds or immersed in a good book. 

3. Ubuntu Camp Guest Tent Interior
2. Ubuntu Camp Bed

LOCATION

Location of Ubuntu Migration Camp

The wildebeest migration moves in a continuous cycle throughout the Serengeti and the Masai Mara of Kenya. To give you the best chance of seeing these restless herds, our mobile camp moves between the northern and southern Serengeti.  

Ubuntu Migration Camp North: mid-June to October

In mid-June, we head up to the north of the Serengeti to watch the wildebeest cross the Mara River. This is one of the most dramatic parts of the migration, with hungry crocodiles lying in wait. The huge herds attract a healthy number of predators to the area, with lions, cheetahs and leopards prowling the plains. Herds of elephants are also found browsing in the lush woodlands along the river and there are more than 500 species of birds to spot. 

Ubuntu Migration Camp South: mid-November to mid-March 

After all the excitement of the river crossings, we move to the lush grasslands of the south where herds gather to rest, graze and calve. Watch tiny newborn wildebeest quickly learn to steady their wobbly legs and prepare to begin their endless migration.

12. Ubuntu Camp Migration Passing Through Camp
21. Ubuntu Wildebeest Migration Game Drive 4

Experiences

The ultimate Migration camp

Ubuntu Migration Camp is designed to make the most of the vast plains. Spend afternoons relaxing in front of the main tent watching the wildebeest herds or curled up in an armchair with a book. We serve breakfast and lunch under canvas, but dinner can be enjoyed under the stars, followed by a nightcap around the campfire.   

‘Ubuntu’ means humanity and it’s a word that suits our small, intimate camp. Our close-knit team offers warm hospitality, great food and a relaxed atmosphere.  

Ubuntu Camp Migration
15. Dunia Wildeebeast

Experiences

A typical day on safari at Ubuntu Migration Camp

We like to make the most of the cooler weather, heading out on game drives first thing in the morning and again in the late afternoon, when animals are more active. Specific times change with the seasons. If you have a private vehicle, plan your personal schedule with your guide. 

Start the day with a wake-up call and tea or coffee. Enjoy breakfast after your morning game drive (or have it packed as a picnic). Arrive back at camp mid-morning, with a chance to freshen up before lunch. 

After a leisurely lunch, enjoy siesta time. Take a nap, read a book or just relax and soak up the atmosphere. Refuel with afternoon tea before we depart for an afternoon/evening game drive. You'll be back in time for drinks around the campfire and dinner — the perfect chance to unwind after a long day in the bush. 

17. Ubuntu Camp Morning Drinks
11. Ubuntu Camp Game Drive Migration

Experiences

Game drives

Safari is at the heart of Ubuntu Migration Camp and we run twice-daily game drives. We have open and closed vehicles, the latter with pop-up roofs so guests can stand at wildlife sightings. All vehicles have power points to keep cameras fully charged and drinks cold throughout the day.

15. Ubuntu Camp Lionesses Game Drive
13. Ubuntu North Mara River Crossing

Experiences

Hot-air balloon rides

When in the south, watch the sun rise over the Serengeti plains from a hot-air balloon and appreciate the full scope of the migrating herds from above. Booking is essential. This activity is at extra cost and is weather dependent.

Balloon Central Serengeti

Experiences

Photographic safaris

Guests have access to one of our specially modified photographic vehicles (based at either Sayari or Namiri Plains, depending on Ubuntu Migration Camp’s location). The open vehicle allows keen amateurs and professional photographers alike to shoot at eye level with wildlife. It is equipped with all the gear to ensure award-winning shots — from beanbags and camera rests to 360° swivel seats. You can read more about the vehicle here. Please enquire to ensure the availability of the vehicle and confirm any additional fees.

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Photography

Experiences

Family safaris

Ubuntu Migration Camp is great for families. We welcome children over the age of 5 and have a family tent. Children under 12 should share a tent with an adult. Please speak to an agent about booking a private vehicle for your family’s safari. 

Family Safari
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Experiences

Meals and refreshments

After the morning game drive, have breakfast back at camp with a choice of a continental buffet or a full English. For lunch, it’s a light buffet with fresh salads, or we can pack a picnic to enjoy in the bush. In the evening, we’ll either cook up a feast on the barbecue or serve a three-course dinner. 

When Ubuntu Migration Camp is in the north, we source fresh fruit and veggies from our community-upliftment programme in the nearby village. 

We can cater to most dietary requirements, from gluten-free to vegan. Please let us know in advance. 

20. Ubuntu Camp Breakfast Picnic
9. Ubuntu Camp Staff Preparing Table

When to go

What to expect during the year

Ubuntu Migration Camp follows the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti, so guests can see the Great Migration at any time. The camp is closed from mid-March through mid-June, and the first half of November. July and August are the busiest months for tourism, and we recommend travelling outside this time. January, February, September and October have fewer crowds and great wildlife viewing.

  • January - March

    Why travel at this time

    Ubuntu is in the southern Serengeti, where the wildebeest herds are grazing and calving until mid-March. There’s usually a break in the rains during January and February and fewer crowds. Migratory birds are in the region as well.

    Climate

    The long rains start in March, though there may be showers in January and February. The average temperature peaks at 27°C/81°F and the average low is around 15°C/59°F.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 100mm / 3.9in

  • April - May

    Why travel at this time

    Ubuntu closes for the traditionally wetter period of mid-March until mid-June, using this time to migrate the camp to the northern Serengeti.

    Climate

    The average high is 25°C/77°F and the low is 14°C/57°F. May is the last month of the wet season and the dry season begins in June.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low temp: 17°C / 61°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 135mm / 5.3in

  • July - October

    Why travel at this time

    Ubuntu packs up in mid-March and reopens in mid-June in the north, where the famous Mara River crossings take place. The dry season is great for wildlife sightings.

    Climate

    The average highs throughout the dry season ranges from 24°C/75°C in July to 26°C/79°F in September, while the low drops to about 13°C/55°F.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low temp: 13°C / 55°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 23mm / 0.9in

  • November - December

    Why travel at this time

    The last of the river crossings usually take place in October, as the herds travel back into the Serengeti. In early November, Ubuntu closes and reopens two weeks later in the south, where the wildebeest spend the next few months grazing and calving. The short rains refresh the parched grasslands and the migratory birds arrive from Europe and Asia.

    Climate

    The short rains start around late October or November, usually lasting for month. December receives the most rainfall in this period, though it usually only rains in the afternoon. The average high is 27°C/81°F and low is 15°C/59°F.

    • Min Temp Range

      Low temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High temp: 26°C / 79°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 109mm / 4.3in

Guest reviews

This was our second trip to Africa but our first to Tanzania and the Serengeti National Park. This was also our first time staying in a tented mobile camp. This experience turned out to be the highlight of our 3 week trip. I can't express enough how impressed I was with the staff at this camp. From our guide Godson, to Samuel the camp manager and to all of the men working here the service was superb. The chef was excellent, the bartender was always accomodating and the morning wake up call, with coffee placed in our room, was delightful. Godson made our safari drives exciting, adventurous, educational and just plain fun.
lakepleasant2019
Tripadvisor 1
Arrived with members of my family not really knowing what to expect, but these guys were flawless in their hospitality. They really thought of everything, and were the most helpful and gracious hosts. The rooms were fully functional, and the staff were on hand for anything we needed. They also spent their evenings having drinks with us around the fire and dinner at a long table, it was a pleasure getting to know all of them. The food was excellent as well. We saw the most incredible animals and scenery in the 3 days we were there. All in all, can't think of a single negative thing to say. Hats off to the guys at Ubuntu, I would live there if I could!
Maz19524732
Tripadvisor 1
We loved staying at this camp. We spent the first three days of a 10 day safari there and managed to see the "big 5" because of the expertise and knowledge of our driver Sebastian. He made us very comfortable and appeared to genuinely enjoy his job. The staff at the camp were very competent and friendly. The food was excellent as were the accommodations.
Henrike R
Tripadvisor 1

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Additional information

  • Rate includes

    Full-board accommodation, house drinks, limited laundry service, game drives, transfers to/from nearest airstrip.

  • Rate excludes

    Park and concession fees, transfers other than to/from nearest airstrip, flights and airport taxes, gratuities and items of a personal nature, private vehicles

  • Budget factors

    Special offers may apply. Contact us for the best available rates. Last minute offers and long-stay rates may apply.

Rates and Seasonality

  • Closed: 01 Jun 2022 - 14 Jun 2022 Rate: US$0

    Seasonal camp closure

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 17°C / 61°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 135mm / 5.3in

  • Low season (North): 15 Jun 2022 - 30 Jun 2022 Rate: US$613

    What to expect

    • Migration herds may start arriving

    • Potential to see the first crossings of the season

    • Great game viewing with fewer crowds

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 14°C / 57°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 30mm / 1.2in

  • High season (North): 01 Jul 2022 - 31 Jul 2022 Rate: US$709

    What to expect

    • Great time to see The Great Migration and predators

    • High visitor numbers

    • Dry conditions

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 13°C / 55°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 23mm / 0.9in

  • Peak season (North): 01 Aug 2022 - 31 Aug 2022 Rate: US$852

    What to expect

    • Excellent time to see The Great Migration and predators

    • High visitor numbers

    • Dry conditions

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 13°C / 55°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 25°C / 77°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 23mm / 0.9in

  • High season (North): 01 Sep 2022 - 31 Oct 2022 Rate: US$709

    What to expect

    • Good time to see the last crossings of the wildebeest moving south

    • Great wildlife viewing

    • Decreasing tourist volumes

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 43mm / 1.7in

  • Closed (Camp moves): 01 Nov 2022 - 14 Nov 2022 Rate: US$0

    Seasonal camp closure

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 17°C / 61°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 135mm / 5.3in

  • Low season (South): 15 Nov 2022 - 19 Dec 2022 Rate: US$613

    What to expect

    • Great game viewing with fewer crowds

    • Migration herds may start arriving

    • Chance of afternoon showers

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 26°C / 79°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 109mm / 4.3in

  • High season (South): 20 Dec 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 Rate: US$709

    What to expect

    • Great game viewing with fewer crowds

    • Migration herds may start arriving

    • Chance of afternoon showers

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 26°C / 79°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 109mm / 4.3in

  • High season (South): 01 Jan 2023 - 31 Jan 2023 Rate: US$709

    What to expect

    • Great game viewing

    • Wildebeest calving season in the south leading to increased predator action

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 91mm / 3.6in

  • Peak season (South): 01 Feb 2023 - 28 Feb 2023 Rate: US$852

    What to expect

    • Excellent game viewing of The Great Migration and predators

    • Large migration herds in the southern Serengeti plains

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 15°C / 59°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 100mm / 3.9in

  • Low season (South): 01 Mar 2023 - 14 Mar 2023 Rate: US$613

    What to expect

    • Great game viewing with fewer crowds

    • Large migratory herds congregating on the Ndutu plains

    • Beautiful birding with many migrant species

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 17°C / 61°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 135mm / 5.3in

  • Closed: 15 Mar 2023 - 31 May 2023 Rate: US$0

    Seasonal camp closure

    • Min Temp Range

      Low Temp: 17°C / 61°F

    • Max Temp Range

      High Temp: 27°C / 81°F

    • Rainy Seasons

      Rainfall: 135mm / 5.3in

WILDLIFE

Serengeti National Park wildlife

The Serengeti is home to a remarkable number of species, including over 70 big mammals and more than 500 bird species. The main event is the Great Migration, but there’s much more besides the migration herds. You’ll find the Big 5, big cats like cheetahs, and even hyenas and wild dog, among many others. 

  • Buffalo

    Buffalo1
  • Topi

    Topi
  • Wildebeest

    Wildebeest
  • Hippo

    18. Hippos Rubondo Island
  • Zebra

    Zebra
  • Black and white colobus monkey

    Black And White Colobus Monkey, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Thomson's Gazelle

    Asilia Olakira Thomson Gazelle 4
  • Lion

    Ruaha National Park Lioness With Cub Down Eric Frank MR
  • Cheetah

    Cheetah In The Grass Serengeti Paul Joynson Hicks HR
  • Giraffe

    19. Selous Giraffe River Reflections RR
  • African Wild Dog (RARE)

    16. Ubuntu Migration Camp Wild Dogs
  • Leopard

    George Turner Ruaha 22
  • Klipspringer

    Klipspringers Serengeti Eric Frank MR
  • Nile Crocodile

    Nile Crocodile
  • Oribi

    Oribi
  • Elephant

    Ruaha 24
  • Spotted Hyena

    Spotted Hyena
  • Black Rhino (RARE)

    Black Rhino (2)
  • Bat-eared Fox

    Bat Eared Foxshutterstock 58267507
  • Golden Jackal

    Alert Golden Jackal On Dirt 600W 41291833
  • Serval (RARE)

    Serval

eBook Guide to the Great Migration

Learn everything you need to know about planning the ultimate Great Migration Safari in our eBook guide.  Inside the guide you'll find: a month-by-month summary; a detailed map of how the migration moves; a selection of the best places to stay on safari; and expert tips for an unforgettable safari.

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Tanzania ITINERARY

Kenya and Tanzania Combined

Experience some of East Africa’s highlights, combining safari and beach. Begin in the Masai Mara searching for cheetah and learning about Maasai culture before flying across the border to the Serengeti, staying in a tented camp that moves around the park following the Great Migration. Fly south to the lesser known Ruaha, watching herds of elephant dig for water in dry riverbeds and leopards lurking in the trees. Finally unwind on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar, swimming in the warm Indian Ocean.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a typical day on safari like?

    Life on safari has a rhythm of its own, largely dictated by the animals’ movements. Generally, the most rewarding times for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and also late in the afternoons when the animals are at their most active.

    A typical day on safari will vary depending on the camp you’re staying at, but will include early morning and late afternoon game drives, with time during the hottest part of the day to relax in camp. Get a better idea of what a safari with Asilia entails here.

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