- Spectacular game drives
- Wonderful birdlife
- Authentic wild safari experience
- Small, friendly camp
Kiota Camp is a relatively new, permanent camp located in Central Serengeti, Northern Tanzania. The nearby Seronera Valley, famous for its superb year-round wildlife-viewing, marks the boundary between the grassy plains of the South and the wooded hills of the North. Consequently, the area is home to wildlife from both habitats, creating one of the richest ecosystems in the Serengeti. It’s not uncommon to encounter lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah here, along with a multitude of smaller predators such as mongoose, fox and jackal. The camp is accessed via light aircraft, with the Seronera airstrip a 30-minute drive away, so it’s essential to pack wisely and travel light.
There is a main dining tent with a separate lounge, bar and library and a veranda affording guests spectacular views. There is a central power point in the main area of the camp with a universal adaptor. While there is no WiFi here, there is limited mobile phone reception at times. There are separate washroom facilities for the dining area and there is a fire pit for evening camp fires, weather permitting.
Activities in the area are naturally centred on the abundant wildlife with both game-drives and walking safaris on offer. The birdlife is breath-taking and wildebeest and zebra herds are found in the region from around December to May, when the chances of seeing predators are high. The Seronera is a popular area which can become very busy at times so a certain level of vehicle traffic can be expected, although the camp itself is well situated in a relatively quiet location. In common with other camps in the area, no night-time game-viewing is possible.
The accommodation comprises 10 tents in king, twin, triple or family configuration. Each tent has a private, shaded veranda overlooking the Serengeti ecosystem and an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, wash basin with running water, plus a safari-style bucket shower. All tents have 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. The camp is well set out, with a distance of approximately 20 metres between tents. Overnight guards are on hand to escort guests to and from their accommodation after nightfall. The facilities are somewhat rudimentary, but overall the food and service is good.
Children are very welcome at Kiota 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.
This eco-friendly camp offers solid year-round game-viewing, an authentically wild safari experience and good value for money. It is a safe choice of property in the mid-price range and guarantees a memorable stay in one of Africa’s most beautiful locations.
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
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!)
Jeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019