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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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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi, just back home now as stayed in London last night. It was fab! We loved it! Amazing all round- Thankyou. Best holiday ever!!!

    Accommodation great at both places, guides lovely, staff great. We saw more animals than ever expected: giraffes, lion, elephants, water hog, wilder beast, impala, white rhino, crocodiles, hippos in lake Sybia, monkeys in trees at Tonga.

    Beach beautiful, but a bit windy, waves v rough but didn’t deter my boys. We snorkeled which was fab but too rough on day we booked to do ocean experience.

    My boys swam in all pools!!!

    Weather better than we expected!

    Must go and do some laundry, but hope that helps?

    Best Nicola

    MissingNicola B reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 24 July 2019

  • Hi Lisa

    We had an amazing holiday.

    Everything was fantastic.

    The transport wa spot on, great drivers, all on time, vans really comfortable and water supplied, a really nice way to travel, and you also get to hear all about the local area. Both companies were excellent.

    Virgin - was a brilliant airline, not sure why I haven't used them before, SO much better than BA.

    Rhino ridge was amazing from start to finish. We has a great female safari guide, who we got very fond of. The wildlife is more sparse but as its more challenging to find we enjoyed this, the surrounding are spectacular. Our guide had great knowledge of the birds. walking safari was excellent and highly recommend. The rooms were superb, very comfortable.

    Thonga beach lodge staff were brilliant, the whole place was amazing, the range of activities excellent and again out guides excellent. The food was wonderful. Again the bird guiding and general guiding was brilliant. We really enjoyed the cultural side of our visit, seeing the local communities and church etc. My only comment on thonga for future guests would be if they can afford it maybe to go for a lodge with a ocean view, our lodge was great , the childrens was quite cramped and low down with a very damp musty smell - not that they noticed it, but I think if people were expecting luxury they might not get what they wanted... saying that it was fantastic for us. The lodge staff were amazing and went out of their way for us.

    Oyster box was a phenomenal hotel and quite a shock to be back in the world after Thonga - but really worth the stay - we loved it, they Kindly gave us a room for the next day as we had a late flight.

    The whole experience was brilliant and really well organised- thank you. We ALL loved everything!

    On reflection:

    we loved having transport rather than driving, it meant we could relax , sleep and find out about the country from the driver.

    If we changed anything, I might spend a little less time at the beach and maybe take in another safari region also. We were repeatedly recommended the Phinda private game reserve (andBeyond) so maybe we would have spent a couple of nights there, in addition, local guides and the tour people said it would give good variety to the Rhino ridge.

    However we were 100% happy with what we did, we really look forward to our next safari !!!

    Best wishes

    Ali

    MissingAlison D reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 23 July 2019

  • Hi lisa,

    We arrived home last Sunday morning so we've been back for a week.

    Firstly, I would like to say thank you very much for the superb arrangements that you made which went like clockwork from start to finish.

    The term part of the trip went really well and we really enjoyed this. Our guide was really helpful and friendly as was our cook/ muleteer.
    We loved the first nights accommodation and the Riad Adore in Marrakech was amazing and one of the best hotel accommodation I've stayed in.Alex

    Mountain refuges were as expected.

    All arrangements by Tourdust were just perfect right up to the moment we were collected by our friendly taxi driver to take us to the airport on our return.

    I have passed Tourdust details on to several people both in Marrakech and since our return and I hope that these result in further bookings.

    Many thanks!

    Alex W

    MissingAlexander W reviewing Classic Berber Villages & Toubkal Ascent on 22 July 2019

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