- 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 fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019