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Chaka Camp

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Superb game-viewing
- Guided walking safaris
- Olduvai Gorge and Masai community visits
- Small camp with friendly atmosphere

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Overview

Chaka Camp is located in the midst of the Serengeti ecosystem, Northern Tanzania. This semi-permanent camp is designed to move seasonally, following the wildebeest migration through the vast Serengeti wilderness. From December to March it is located in the Ndutu area of the Ngorongoro Conservation Zone, just south of the Serengeti National Park. From late May to October, Chaka Camp moves to the Northern Serengeti, close to the Mara River, where wildebeest cross back and forth from Tanzania to Kenya and sightings of crocodiles are hippos are common. Both of Chaka Camp’s locations are accessed via light aircraft (to nearby Ndutu or Kogatende airstrips respectively) so it is essential to travel light.

The main areas of the camp comprise separate dining and lounge spaces, with a bar and small library. The camp adopts an environmentally-friendly approach serving organically grown local produce when available and recycling waste where possible. Lighting is solar powered, with back-up generator. There is a central charging unit with a universal adapter in the main area, along with a separate rest room. Weather permitting, there is also an evening campfire.

Activities are centred largely on the spectacular game-viewing available from both of the camp’s locations. Guided walking safaris are also offered, although these are dependent on the availability of local rangers. Balloon safaris can be arranged, with prior-booking essential. From the Ndutu-based camp, visits to local Masai communities and the Olduvai Gorge, renowned for the archaeological discoveries of early humans there, are also offered. Note that although the Ndutu area is undoubtedly superb for game-viewing, the high altitude can make for heavy rainfall during peak migration periods so it’s worth planning the timing of your trip carefully.

The accommodation comprises 10 tents in king, twin, triple or family configuration. Each has a private, shaded veranda overlooking the Serengeti ecosystem and an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, wash basin with running water, and a safari-style bucket shower. Attentive staff provide hot water on request for showers and night-time hot water bottles. Each tent has a power point with universal adapter along with a writing desk, lounge chairs, and a digital safe. There is a morning tea and coffee butler service and a laundry service available at extra cost. In low season it might be possible to pick your tent on arrival and, although there is a good distance of 15-20 metres between tents, some guests may prefer to choose a more secluded spot away from the main area. The camp has an informal, friendly and intimate atmosphere and falling asleep at night hearing the sounds of hyenas and other wildlife is nothing but magical.

Children of all ages are welcome at Chaka Camp. It is important to note that there is no fencing and animals can wander through the camp. Whilst it is true that the wildlife tends to stay away from humans and tents, parents will need to keep a close eye on children and not allow them to wander off or play independently.

Chaka Camp’s facilities are simple but good, with friendly staff offering great service and a good level of comfort without pretension. This is a sound, mid-range choice of accommodation in a beautiful setting.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 499 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.

    We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.

    We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).

    We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)

    MissingJeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019

  • I had just the most incredible time on the climb.

    The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.

    George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.

    MissingFinn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019

  • We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.

    Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!

    We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.

    Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.

    MissingSuzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019

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