Ubuntu Camp

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Ubuntu Camp

Ubuntu Camp is a semi-permanent mobile safari camp that shifts location in the Serengeti twice-yearly in order to track the great wildebeest migration. It is one of Tanzania's best mobile camps.

Ubuntu Camp is a small, high-end mobile camp that changes location twice yearly in order to track the wildebeest migration, as it travels up the Serengeti, into the Maasai Mara and then back again. During the peak migration months (July through October), it is located in the northern Mara region, close to the Mara River where the famous river crossings take place. For much of the rest of the season – Jan to March (the camp closes during April and May) – it is located in a private concession in the southern Serengeti plains (where it is possible to do activities such as walking safaris and fly camping).

Like its sister camp, Olakira, Ubuntu is a high-end mobile operation, offering a level of comfort comparable to many permanent camps, though it naturally lacks some of the facilities found at most safari lodges, such as a pool. For those just looking for an unadulterated game-viewing experience, however, Ubuntu is excellent, offering more or less guaranteed access to the migration throughout the year, and consistently good guiding. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service generally very good. Ubuntu is probably a grade below sister camp Olakira, which has newer and more comfortable tents, but they offer a nearly identical game-viewing experience.

Ubuntu is owned and managed by Asilia, one of East Africa’s most respected safari operators.

Accommodation

Ubuntu Camp follows the classic format typical of most safari camps, mobile or otherwise—large central mess, fire pit and several spacious safari tents with en-suite facilities. The number of tents varies according to the season, but it is never more than twelve, meaning Ubuntu has quite an intimate feel even in peak season.

The tents are large by mobile camp standards, and comfortably furnished with simple canvas chairs and wooden desks, while bright rugs and linens add a bit of colour. They can be made up as doubles or twins (or triples on request, and at a squeeze). The bathrooms feature bucket showers, with hot water on demand.

Dining

Meals are served in the cosy mess tent or out in the open. The setting is informal but the presentation very swish—expect high-quality three-course meals, not camp food.

Bush picnics are usually taken on full-day game drives.

Activities

Game drives
Walking safaris and fly camping (Dec-March)
Maasai village tour (Dec-March)

Child Policy

Ubuntu Camp accepts children over the age of seven.

While the atmosphere at Ubuntu is relaxed, parents should be aware that the camp is small, remote and unfenced. It is not well-suited to families with younger children.