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Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Lovely hilltop location
- Superb game drives
- Visits to Lake Magadi
- 12 tented rooms

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Overview

Serengeti Pioneer camp is a smart, tented camp perched on a slope in the Moru Kopjes area of the central Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, with superb views across acacia woodland and the open plains. The camp offers solid year-round ‘Big 5’ game viewing with incredible predator sightings, particularly in July-October, when the densities of lion and cheetah are among the highest in Africa. The Great Wildebeest and Zebra Migration passes through in April-May and November-December, providing an amazing spectacle. With such superb wildlife on tap, this area can inevitably become busy; however, the camp’s relatively secluded location offers guests some welcome peace and relaxation amidst a busy safari schedule. The camp can be accessed via the Seronera airstrip, although most guests arrive by road, often in their own private safari vehicles.

Belonging to the Elewana Portfolio, the camp has a luxurious feel. There is a makuti thatched lounge with stunning views and an attractive dining tent, although meals are often served outdoors in the bush. WiFi is available in the lounge and there is a central charging point for devices.

The accommodation is well set-out over a gradual incline and comprises 12 safari tents with quirky design features inspired by the early explorers’ mobile camps of the 1930s. Each tent can be arranged as a double or twin and has an en-suite bathroom with attractive copper basin, flush toilet, and hot solar-heated period-style shower. There is one very spacious family tent with a double en-suite tented room and a twin en-suite room adjoined by a lounge area.

The camp’s activities are naturally centred on superb game-drives. The beautiful Lake Magadi is an accessible drive from the camp and is home to thousands of pink flamingo (seasonal) and a year-round plethora of bird species. The Moru Kopjes, a rocky outcrop with great historical significance to the Maasai people, featuring ancient Maasai paintings on many of the boulders, are also well worth a visit.

Children of all ages are welcome and there is no charge for those under the age of 12 sharing with an adult. Note that the camp is unfenced and animals are free to wander through. While it’s unlikely that animals will approach tents or people, children must remain under parental supervision at all times.

Serengeti Pioneer Camp is a pleasant-sized property with an authentic charm reminiscent of the pioneer days. It is well positioned on the quieter outskirts of a hugely popular game-viewing area. Comfortable accommodation, good service and a rich abundance of wildlife make for a wonderful stay.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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