Kimondo Camp, Serengeti
Kimondo is a mesmerising mobile safari camp that tracks the seasonal Great Wildebeest Migration from the dramatic Lamai Wedge and Mara River in winter to the lush southern Serengeti grasslands in the height of summer.
Handcrafted from wood and canvas in an exotic blend of traditional East African safari style with a subtle Moroccan influence, Kimondo Migration Camp has just eight elegant and airy tents, each with a king-sized cast-iron bed, en-suite bathroom and private veranda. This mobile safari camp offers a truly intimate Big Five adventure in vintage East African style and comfort.
Snapshot of Kimondo Camp
- East African safari romance in this intimate, traditional tented camp
- Follows the herds to ensure the best locations for Great Migration viewing
- Specialist guides offer superb insights into the Great Migration
- Romantic Safaris
- Classic Safaris
Kimondo Camp Rates
Accommodation & Amenities
Kimondo Migration Camp pays tribute to an age when merchants from North Africa crossed the Serengeti on camels to trade ivory and spices along the East Coast. The mobile camp constructed of wood and canvas reflects traditional safari style with a Moroccan accent – simple, elegant and totally at home in this unspoilt landscape.
Rich, handwoven rugs line the floors in the mess tent, where burnished copper lanterns glow into the night. Dinner is served either in the dining tent or under the African night sky. Afterwards, trade stories of the day’s sightings beside the crackling campfire.
Our camp chefs prepare all meals in camp, and bake fresh bread, biscuits and muffins daily. Breakfast is a tempting buffet-style spread – choose from a Continental or a full English breakfast. Light, buffet-style lunches in camp include fresh salads and vegetables with your main course. Alternatively, ask for a picnic lunch basket or bush lunch to maximise your time in the bush. Dinner is a three-course silver service affair.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements – our camp chefs will be happy to cater for your needs.
When Kimondo is in the north, look out for:
- Nile crocodile
- Spotted hyena
- Black rhino (rare)
When the camp migrates south on the seasonal trail of the massive herds of wildebeest, common sightings include:
- Bat-eared fox
- Golden jackal
- Spotted hyena
- Serval (rare)
- African wild dog (rare)
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)
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book 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 SUITABILITY LEVEL
Families with children aged five and older are warmly welcomed in Kimondo 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.
The nine traditional tents at Kimondo are an exercise in spacious and elegant safari style. Each tented suite is furnished with cast-iron king-sized beds (twins available) that rest under the canvas ceilings. The private en-suite bathroom features safari bucket shower, hot and cold running water and flushing toilet. Private verandas are furnished with a comfortable chaise longue – the perfect place for a siesta during the long, lazy afternoons.
July to November: Northern Serengeti
From July to October, home for Kimondo is in the northern Serengeti on the famous Lamai Wedge, a golden triangle of grassland between the Mara River and the Kenyan border – this is an area that is regularly hailed as one of the highlights of the entire Serengeti ecosystem. A gathering point for the Great Migration in winter, the area is rich in wildebeest and antelope … and the predators that pursue them.
The Mara River, famed for dramatic scenes as the herds attempt the treacherous crossing past the jaws of Nile crocodiles, is only a short drive from camp, making Kimondo North the ideal place from which to experience the drama of the migration and the stillness of the Serengeti.
December to March: Southern Serengeti
As winter eases into summer, the herds lift their noses and move to the luscious grasslands in the south. Kimondo is never far behind: in November the tents are packed and folded; come December, the camp is pitched anew in a spectacular location in the southern Serengeti. It is on these grassy plains that the millions of wildebeest who have wandered for hundreds of kilometres have a chance to graze, rest and calve. Enjoy superb sightings of the herds during daily game drives, or simply watch from camp and let the migration come to you.
There is no ‘right time’ to experience the Great Migration, whether it is in the serene southern grasslands or in the north with its treacherous river crossings. Kimondo is always pitched in the heart of the action, away from the crowds yet within striking distance of the most memorable moments.
Let Kimondo’s specialist guides draw you into the inner workings of the migration on twice daily game drives, ensuring you live the migration and don’t merely see it. Kimondo utilises open-sided vehicles (with a canvas roof) and closed vehicles (with a pop-up roof). All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks chilled.
Cultural & community visits
In the north (July to November), Kimondo is within driving distance of several communities and villages. Visit a traditional homestead and be entertained by the local Kuria dancers, or spend the morning at the market, shopping for crafts and handmade souvenirs.
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.
We are sensitive about the need to minimise the potential environmental impact of our presence in this iconic wilderness area. The entire camp has no permanent structures. This means we can break it down to move twice a year, leaving our site untouched (except for a few footpaths that soon become invisible). In camp we strive to be carbon neutral; any emissions from our fossil-fuel consumption are offset through a local community forestation programme.
Asilia views each area it is committed to as a whole – places where people and nature are inseparable partners. Cross-cultural understanding and helping to provide rural villagers with a livelihood are priorities for us. Take a day trip from Kimondo North to a Kuria village, where you’ll be exposed to real, authentic East African cultural experiences, perhaps have a chance to watch ceremonial dancers and enjoy traditional hospitality.
Kimondo is recognised by Responsible Tourism Tanzania for integrating its working culture and daily operations into a sustainable and responsible management approach. Systems are in place to monitor and direct operations. All employees understand the triple bottom line, which forms the core of the company culture. Kimondo is also recognised by Fair Trade Tourism which benchmarks responsible tourism standards across the continent.
Our 2018 Rates
Kimondo Camp Game Package rates include: Full board accommodation, all drinks (except champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits), laundry service, scheduled open vehicle game drives, transfers to/from Lamai airstrip (Jul-Oct) or Serengeti South airstrip (Dec-mid Mar).
Rates below exclude: Any applicable park/conservancy fees, any applicable camping/concession fees, and conservation charge, totalling approximately US$ 140 per person per night. Champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, all transfers other than stated, flying doctors/medical evacuation insurance, flights & airport taxes, gratuities, items of a personal nature, additional lunch (picnic or in house) US$ 25pp.
1 – 28 February and 1 July – 31 August: US$ 948 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
1 – 31 January; 1 September – 31 October and 20 – 31 December: US$ 878 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
1 – 22 March and 1 – 19 December: US$ 713 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation