The Serengeti is a perfect safari destination and is famous for a reason. The two million wildebeest that migrate in the park are of course the main attraction, but even without them, it would still be heralded as one of the most animal dense areas in the world. It is the typical image of Africa; there are endless rolling plains that are dotted with acacia trees whilst rocky outcrops break the horizon. The variety of camps and lodges in the Serengeti varies massively.
The major distinction that needs to be made is the difference between mobile camps and permanent lodges. The mobile camps follow the migration throughout the year and have two or three ideal locations where they move to. The mobile camps are all tented and provide a more authentic and ‘real’ safari experience. Luxury is not compromised though and there is nothing better than opening the front of your luxury tent in the morning and stepping straight out onto the plains of the Serengeti.
Permanent camps on the other hand, do not move. They are in fixed locations throughout the year meaning that they might not be ideal if you want to witness the migration. The other animal population is so high in the Serengeti that although these camps may not have the migration near to them for a few months of the year, you can still expect to see plenty of predators and other plains game. It is definitely necessary to chat to one of our team to talk you through where the migration is and where the best camps are for the time of year you are looking to travel.
The lodges and camps in the Serengeti do vary in price considerably, ranging from more affordable camps to the highly luxurious and pricey lodges. No matter your budget, all of the camps we recommend for your every need.
Budget Hotels in Serengeti
Kati Kati Tented Camp
Kati Kati is a mobile camp strategically situated in central Serengeti, ideal for exploring the extensive Serengeti plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation together with the unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari experience on a camp. In its comfortable tents one will feel completely immersed in the surroundings and one can enjoy the rich animal life and vegetation of the area.
Tortilis Tented Camp
The African bush provides some of the most photogenic scenes in the world. The allure of such natural beauty and uninterrupted wild game in vast landscapes devoid of fencing brings the best photographers of wildlife to our Tortilis Camps. The beauty of visiting the area is that you quickly become a part of this rich tapestry of life yourself. This is one the best Budget Accommodation in Serengeti National Park.
Serengeti sound of silence
Best Safari experiences are all about being and remaining connected to the nature around you. All day. And all night. Silence is to provides the best facilities and service with the perfect balance between comfort and keeping guests in touch with the raw nature of our location. Sound of Silence is extraordinary. It has set a new standard for comfort as well as dining at most affordable rates in the Serengeti.
Africa safari Maasai boma
Africa Safari Maasai Boma is a unique accommodation. Not only because of its ideal location, with Kenya's Maasai Mara in the background and situated between Lake Natron in the east, Serengeti National Park in the west and Ngorongoro in the south, making a roundtrip really a roundtrip, but also because of its construction. As the name suggests, the accommodation is inspired by a traditional Maasai boma.
Serengeti river camp
The River Camp is loved for its excellent location surrounded by Acacia trees and grasslands accommodating the residents around the area. It purposefully resides a few meters from the Mara River, where the picturesque River Crossing of the great migration occurs from June to October. Here, the fight for survival is eminent when you are caught off-guard with just how dramatic the crossing is, with hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle toss themselves into the river overcrowded by the Nile crocodile ready to attack and feast on them.
Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Seronera is one of the most important spots of Serengeti National Park, where you can witness an actual kill in the flesh. This area is in the heart of the Serengeti, where all game drives, balloon safaris, and catching planes take place. Seronera Wildlife Lodge is located on the migratory route, and it provides front-seat viewing of this extraordinary natural phenomenon. The vast and spectacular Serengeti is the epitome of most people's vision of wild Africa; its endless rolling plains perfectly define the meaning of its name in the Maasai language.
When is the right time to travel to the Serengeti?
You can visit the Serengeti at any time of year and have fantastic wildlife sightings. However, if you want to view the Wildebeest migration, it’ll be ideal to be there between July and October to witness this phenomenal event.
The rainy season is a good time to go for bird viewing. Meanwhile, wildebeest calving—which is a great spectacle to behold happens from January to March.
You can learn more about the best time to visit via our Annual Planner
How to reach Serengeti National Park?
Most safaris to the Serengeti start from the town of Arusha. The best option to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which is situated about 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), just outside of Dar es Salaam, and fly on to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
There are regular flights from Arusha to several airstrips inside the park.
It’s also possible to drive; the trip is about 325km/202mi and will take about eight hours. It is a bumpy ride but it’s scenic and you’ll see some wildlife on the way.
As the trip takes you through the Ngorongoro Conservation area, a popular option is to fly one way, and drive the other way taking in an overnight stop to visit the Ngorongoro Crater. Coming from the crater, the distance to the Seronera area in the Serengeti is about 140km/90mi, and the driving time is about three hours.
Serengeti national park distance from Arusha is around 419.2 Km if passing through B144 Tanzania. The drive takes 6 to 7 hours drive depending on the traffic flow on the highway, the driving is much controlled by the traffic police with more speed limits especially in certain points.
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