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Chaka Camp

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7/10

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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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