Northern Serengeti Lodges and Camps: Between June/July and November, a million and a half ungulates arrive to feed on the rain-fed grass of the northern plains around the Mara River near the border between Tanzania and Kenya. They cloud-chase back and forth, seeking the most succulent grazing, braving the crocodiles that lie in wait in the river and the lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena that prowl the wooded streambeds.
Lone acacias and mesa-topped hills dot the waving grassy plains of this quintessentially African landscape. It’s a beautiful area to soar above with plenty to see and photograph. Untethered by roads, it’s possible to escape some of the more popular areas and enjoy the peace of the endless skies, making ballooning one of the most rewarding activities on safari in the Serengeti.
Top Northern Serengeti Lodges and Camps
The Northern Serengeti remains an unexplored wilderness packed with stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife. The most captivating highlight of this area is undoubtedly the massive herds of migratory wildebeest and zebra during the dry season. However, the North Serengeti also supports an abundance of resident wildlife including lion, elephant, hippo, giraffe, crocodile and the rare oribi antelope.
Migration tented Camp
Fall asleep to the sounds of hippos grunting from the nearby Grumeti River. Accommodations consist of twenty (20) luxurious suites under canvas tucked along the hippo laden Grumeti River and a well-appointed lounge and dining area perched high above on a hilltop. Intimate accommodations, great food, friendly service, entertaining hippos and an authentic bush feel combine to form the ideal place from which to explore the Lobo River Valley of the North Serengeti.
Lemala Mara river Camp
This semi-permanent venue offers the ideal location in the dry season. Located just a few minutes from the famous Mara River, Lemala Camp offers an optimal location to witness the Serengeti's premier event during the heart of the dry season (July to November)...the Great Migration. Each of the ten (10) intimate safari-style tents is elegantly appointed with a quaint writing desk, storage trunks, a coffee station, and two bedside tables complete with candle-lamps.
Get ready to experience a slice of rare wilderness few people ever will. Strategically situated just outside the northeastern edge of the Serengeti in a private game reserve, this lodge is the perfect place for an off the beaten path experience. Thrilling night game drives, off-road driving, bush walks and fascinating cultural interactions are all permitted on this private reserve. Not to mention 15 luxurious suites, exquisite food and exceptional service. It's all here!
"Out-of Africa" style tents ideally located near the famous Mara River. Nestled in an acacia grove far off the beaten path, just eight (8) stylishly decorated safari tents line a grassy pathway leading from a main dining and lounge tent. This tented venue is located near the famous Mara River, a great crocodile-laden barrier in the migratory animals' path. The Camp's unique location and intimate size make it our top pick for witnessing the Great Migration in the dry season (July to Nov).