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The Mobile Serengeti
The great migration
across the Serengeti plains is an annual – ongoing – event.
Triggered off and following rains it is unpredictable; because the
rains are notoriously late, early or even fail. The animals may fail
to be in the part of the Serengeti you have book. You find yourself
booked into a lodge to see this great marvel to find out it is a
five hour drive at 20 km per hour along very bad roads…
This is compounded by
the fact the Serengeti stretches across the Kenyan border into the
Maasai Mara. You may find you are in the wrong country and unable to
cross the border – legally – to witness the million plus animals
thundering across these endless plains.
One attempt at solving
the problem of the unpredictability of the precise location of the
migration is to book into the semi-permanent camp. These are tented
camps offering all the luxury of a lodge. They have double beds,
bathrooms and all the trappings of the five star lodge combined with
the intimacy with the bush that only camping can offer. The emphasis
is on luxury, remoteness and game viewing.
camps give up just a little luxury in order to be mobile. They
generally move three or four times per year and follow the great
migration. If you book your safari and the migration is important
for you to witness then a few days at one of the semi-permanent
tented lodges is a much safer option.
There are a few to
choose from. They are not cheap but offer a safari off the beaten
track, away from the crowds of tourists and this alone makes them
value for money. The atmosphere is relaxed. The newer camps are less
stiff and formal that the more established [permanent based] tented
camps. I prefer a more relaxed atmosphere with my luxury – I don’t
want it to be hard work – I find some of the permanent camps to take
away from the enjoyment of the safari by being too formal.
The camps are small
and intimate which is great unless you find yourself trapped with a
group of people who are set on giving each other a hard time, or are
so self centered they don’t care about the rest of the camp. This
can happen. The only consolation is people tend to move around and
be at a camp for only one night. If you can afford to stay for a few
nights at these camps you will not regret it. The slower you take
your safari the more appreciative you will become of your
The private camps are
the way to a successful safari; that will keep you coming back for
more year after year. Tanzania is not a cheap destination but well
worth the extra expense.
For a more
comprehensive guide to the Mobile Camp, the Serengeti and Tanzania
contact Ian through
http://www.betheladventure.co.uk Using responsible tourism to
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