African Safaris and Travel - Our safaris reflect every travelers style, time frame and budget!
Can start any day, minimum of 2 persons required to operate.
Minimum of 3 nights camping
African Safaris and Travel, in association with dmAFRICA, is proud to
promote what is probably the only classic mobile tented camp
operation to capture the Serengeti Migration
* The main reason for going on safari is for an amazing
wildlife experience. We put your clients in the heart of the
Migration no matter what time of the year. You sleep with
the Migration all around you!
* Experience Safaris as they used to be set up for
royalty and the privileged few like Denys Finch-Hatton, Lord
Dalamere and Berkely-Cole.
* We do not offer Wi-Fi or flat screen TV or posh
toiletries, preferring instead to concentrate on giving you
the roar of a lion, the smell of canvas and rustle of the
* Enjoy large (9m x 3.6m x 2.55m), comfortable,
beautifully-furnished walk-in tents, with en suite shower,
toilet and a veranda.
A camp set up exclusively for you in an area right where the
migration will be on that day.
* Most other operators are offering seasonal camps on a
shared basis with 10-20 strangers in the camp which is more
like a lodge experience than an exclusive camp.
* From a cost point of view our mobile camp on an
exclusive basis is also cheaper and better value for money
than the shared experience of the seasonal camps
* Most of the serious professional guides (including Paul
Oliver, Mark Thornton, Jo Anderson, Marc Baker and the
Peterson brothers) will always choose to work with our camp
as their first choice
* The food is prepared by a private chef and you can eat
and enjoy game experiences at times suitable to you.
* No waiting in line for breakfast or delaying your game
drive while you wait for the stragglers and strangers in the
neighboring tent to join you.
* Our arrangements come with all meals and a free bar.
You can eat inside the mess tent or outside , with “surprise
“ bush breakfasts and lunches set up for you to enjoy during
your game drive.
* At night you can dine out under the stars
* Romance and adventure also come free.
Do it for real. If you go on safari and do not sleep in a
tent, then you have only been on holiday and not on safari!
Our Classic Mobile Camp is a totally private and
exclusive camping experience, accommodating up to 8 people,
with large walk-in tents each with dressing area, private
en-suite shower and toilet. There is a separate dining/mess
tent, and free bar. This camp reflects the style and luxury
of the Classic Camping safaris of a bygone era.
The camp operates all year round and is always set up
within reach of the Migration, with pre-booked campsites
confirmed well in advance. We are able to move the camp to
other locations if requested in advance. It can move to the
Ngorongoro Highlands, Lake Manyara National Park or
Tarangire National Park or in various other wilderness areas
of Northern Tanzania.
The Classic Camp is a self sufficient unit transported in
a custom-designed 6x6 truck with a trailer and a dedicated
pickup truck. These carry all the water and fuel, a camp
freezer, tents, bedding, cutlery, washbasins, fresh fruit
and vegetables, bar, ice, camp crew and everything else you
could possibly imagine that would make your stay
comfortable, whilst maintaining the core requirement of
We have our own fuel and water, and so do not depend on
the proximity of these services when we plan itinerates. All
we need to consider is the wildlife density and the overall
experience of being in the wild. This enables us to be, and
we often are, far from other tour groups, roads, lights, and
other signs of civilization. This is a unique element of
being on a real safari, and it is amazing to think that in
the rushed and interconnected world we live in today, it is
still possible to totally get away, sit by the campfire
under a starlit sky and not see another light anywhere…. nor
hear another sound other than those of the African bush.
How does the Classic Mobile Camp Work?
You might wonder why this camp is so special, or why the
camp should be mobile, and what we mean by “mobile”?
Firstly, the camp is booked solely for you on an exclusive
basis. There are no other guests in camp. There is no need
for you to compromise your needs with other people’s here,
no waiting for service while the steward attends to other
guests, or having to explain which group you belong to so
you may be told where your dining table is located. There
are no set meal times. Quite simply, the camp becomes your
home. You have meals when you want, and how you want. We can
also make use of camp facilities while on our activities.
One day your guide might plan an early start and take a
picnic breakfast. You can then stop at your convenience,
find a spot and sit in camp chairs and watch, for example,
zebras come to a waterhole to drink. Another day, the camp
crew might bring out an elaborate brunch that you can enjoy
sitting at a dining table set under an acacia tree and
served by the camp waiters.
Each day is different and because we do not need to
concern ourselves with other guests and the crew does not
have to cater for anyone else, we are at liberty to relax
and experience the rhythm of Africa in a way hard to do in
larger camps or lodges. As this camp is mobile it can easily
pack up and move with the seasons. We select the best
campsite for your safari, and the camp is erected there
ready for you when you arrive. In the Serengeti, that would
mean you would be near the lush Serengeti Plains in the
green season, as that is where the herds are at that time of
year. In the dry season you could be in the woodland to the
north-east or even in the rolling hills in the north-west,
far from the Plains, but always in the vicinity of the Great
Being located in areas where there is no Tourist activity
for months at a time, there are often very few tracks or
roads, resulting in minimal disturbance to the environment.
Since our camp is truly mobile, we leave no structures or
waste when we depart; not even the campfire ash. Nobody
would know we were ever there.
While the camp is mobile, it has all the comforts that
you could imagine, complete with a separate dining tent with
its own bar. Your tent comes with fresh towels, solar
lighting for all areas of the tent, convenient canvas
shelves for your clothes, relaxing chairs on your veranda, a
dressing table and mirror and hot showers at any time upon
All these comforts mean it takes around twelve hours to
break camp and load it into the truck. We plan the camp’s
movements before a safari; after three or four days in the
mobile camp, we may stay in a permanent tented camp or lodge
for a change of atmosphere, and to allow mobile camp to move
to a new location.
The Classic Safari Tent
Our custom-built safari tents comprise four sections all
under one roof... veranda, bedroom, dressing area and shower
and toilet. The inner tent structure is 9 meters long (27
feet) and 3.6metres wide (12 feet).
In the front there is a large, covered veranda which
provides shade and a vantage point to enjoy the views and
any visiting wildlife. This is furnished with a couple of
comfortable recliner chairs and a wooden side table.
The bedroom section
The bedroom section is a 16 square meters (186 square
feet) tent, which is more than two and a half meters (8feet)
high in the centre and a meter and seventy centimeters (5.5
feet) at the shoulders, giving great comfort and all the
room you need to spread out clothes, books and camera
equipment. For coolness, it has large netted windows on all
sides, with rain flaps that can be zipped up easily. It is
totally waterproof and has a sewn-in groundsheet of heavy
plastic to keep out insects and other uninvited guests. It
has an overhead solar light and each bed has its own bedside
light. We can provide tents with twin or triple beds or a
single king-size bed
The dressing area
There is a dressing and shaving area, complete with
dressing table, large make-up mirror, a hanging hold-all and
Shower and toilet areas
There are two sections at the
rear of the tent comprising the shower and short drop toilet
closets. Hot water for showers is available at all times.
This area is lit by an overhead solar light.
Classic Tent Service
The tent steward will bring you refreshments and care for
your laundry and other housekeeping needs.
The Classic "Mess" Ten
The arrangements are provided on a full board basis with
free mineral water, soft drinks, beers and wine served at
Meals on safari can be delicious, using the wonderful
variety of fresh and organic grown vegetable and fruit;
Bread, cakes cookies and muffins are freshly baked using no
more than a tin box covered with coal as an oven! We pride
ourselves on our healthy and ingenious food, garnished with
home-made sauces, relishes and fresh herbs.
silver service in a large dining tent with full size tables
with candles lit at dinner - sometimes we choose to dine out
under the stars with a barbecue over the campfire. Snacks are
served around the evening camp fire
We are well-experienced in meeting the needs of special
diets , including vegetarians, Kosher or Halal religious
requirements, allergies, or other reasons.
There is a free bar which includes imported gin, vodka,
Scotch whisky, Martinis, wines, beers, mineral water, juices
and soft drinks. It is a tradition to serve champagne around
the camp fire on the final night.
We provide a high staff ratio, including full tent
service, waiters, chef, camp hands and camp manager. The
number of staff provided is according to the party size but
is works out around one staff member per guest.
What should I bring on safari?
Nothing, other than your camera, binoculars and personal
needs. You need no money, no computer and no i-phone. But do
bring your intention to communicate with the amazing and
wonderful natural World!
Serengeti and Masai Mara Migration Calendar
One very easy rule of the thumb is that the surest way to
maximize viewing the migration is by Camping! Regardless to
accommodation qualities camping sites are always exclusive
and always chosen by the location of the migration.
We book the proper camp sited well in advance, but we
book more then one site so in the end we can choose to
locate our camps closest to the migration according to each
years individual rain patterns; In some periods of the year
the migration can be accessed from various lodges and camps
while during other times it can't while camping will offer a
good chance of witnessing it due to our flexibility, it’s
not a guarantee but it offers better chances.
The most dramatic feature of the migration that people
wish to see are the river crossings; these commonly occur in
June and early July on the Grumeti river and then
August-October on the Mara River; it is very hard to witness
this with a regular safari program, you will have plenty of
people that want to see it; but it should be clear that in
order to have a high chance to see this phenomena then we
have to stay with them in remote areas of the Serengeti for
a longer period then usual, 3-4 nights in one location at
the least, and the accommodation options there are both
limited and expensive although getting more options in those
The Calving Season:
During End of January and up to about the end of
February; the Female Wildebeest herds drop their calves on
the Serengeti plains; this is probably the most dramatic
time to visit the short grass plains, but again few
locations are good to witness this phenomena, and they fill
well in advance; to witness this phenomena we again
recommend a minimum of 3 nights in one location.
Below are general guide lines, for each season; but for a
serious request that wishes to witness the migration in
force we need to see how we build a special program
including more then one location! So in an ideal year the
following would be the general guidelines if you want to
have good wildlife watching in the Serengeti with reasonable
chances to see the migration.
December – April
The southern Serengeti, short grass plains (both
Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation area,
and the Piaya area outside the Serengeti); the main draw is
the calving season that ideally occurs at the end of January
and up to about the 3rd week of February, but game viewing
to April is stunning.
Lodges: Ndutu Lodge
Tented camps: Kusini camp, Masek camp.
Camping in the
southern Serengeti areas; here also there is the west-east
axis that means that no lodge can guarantee the migration
and best to split the stay, which we do for migration
programs like in the north.
Herds move north and west, and fill the Moru Kopjes area
and the western wilderness zones.
Lodges: Sopa Serengeti
Tented camps: Kusini camp
Camping in the Moru &
Herds move north to the western corridor and then onwards
through Grumeti reserves to the northern Serengeti.
this period and usually around end June early July the herds
cross the Grumeti river.
Tented camps: Mbalageti Tented
lodge, Kirawira Tented Camp, Grumeti River Camp, Soroi
Tented camp, Grumeti reserves.
camps that move into the area for that time: EMC, Serengeti
Camping in the Grumeti River area
August - October:
Herds move north to Northern Serengeti during this time
the whole north is good, but the herds move fast after rain
between Mara and Serengeti and the north east out side the
parks (Klein's area) but always a large part of the herds is
inside the Serengeti NP. The Zebra herds move south earlier
and reach Seronera by mid - October usually.
period the herds cross the Mara River multiple times from
south to north and from north to south,
Sayari Camp, Serengeti Bush tops, Olakira camp.
in the Mara River area.
November – December:
Herds move south on the eastern border of the park to
Piaya and from there cross into the park, usually they
spread through out the whole area.
During this time the
center and the east are good, but the herds move fast after
Lodges: Klein's camp, Mbuzi Mawe. But all the
central valley lodges are also good during this time Sopa,
Camping on the eastern side here it is the
most varied, and we need to make very late decisions as to
the locations due to the fluidity of the herds at this time.
From $3,685 per person sharing, depending on
season. Please contact us for a quote based on your
envisaged travel period.