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