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Wilderness Usawa Serengeti Mobile Camps Offer Close Encounters with Wildlife

Wilderness is thrilled to be opening a luxury mobile tented camp operation to follow the Serengeti National Park’s legendary Great Migration. Opening mid-July 2023, Wilderness Usawa Serengeti will move with the herd as the animals travel throughout the year across the length and breadth of the national park, with two camps set up in key locations on the migration route.

“Just like the herds, we adapt. The flexibility of our sublime Wilderness Usawa Serengeti camp allows us to move at short notice between a number of seasonal hotspots across the Serengeti, ensuring guests are in the right place, at the right time, to marvel at the unfolding drama”, said Hadley Allen, Wilderness Chief Commercial Officer.

“Usawa means ‘balance’ in Swahili. There is the chaos of thousands of animals driven by thirst and hunger, desperate to cross rivers; yet they are all moving in a purposeful direction as one. Through birth and death, rain and drought, balance is restored on the plains. Wilderness Usawa Serengeti is far from the crowds, yet close to the action”, added Grant Woodrow, Head of Wilderness New Business Development.

Mobile, yet completely luxurious, the Wilderness Usawa Serengeti experience offers maximum action without compromising on comfort, in close proximity to the migratory herds, but set away from the high-density tourist areas. The exquisite design and mindful décor of Wilderness Usawa Serengeti’s tented camp add a thought-provoking aspect to our guests’ very remote and private East African experience.

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Wilderness Usawa Serengeti – room exterior
Importantly, Wilderness’ camp locations are ideally situated within the Serengeti’s designated walking zones, allowing guided walks to begin directly from camp. Exceptionally knowledgeable and expertly trained, the guides shape truly memorable Serengeti guest experiences. In addition, game drives, birding and stargazing are available from camp.

Intimate, exclusive, and exceptional, Wilderness Usawa Serengeti accommodates 12 guests in six en-suite safari tents. As the set-up is completely mobile, no permanent fixtures are left behind when the camp moves, leaving a light footprint on the Earth. The camps are solar powered, with rechargeable lights and charging stations in the rooms, as well as Wi-Fi and hot water. Wilderness Usawa Serengeti welcomes children aged 6 and older, though children under 16 must share a room with an adult. The camp must be booked for sole use to accept children younger than 6.

The Great Migration is recognised as one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world and is centered around some 2 million animals traversing more than 1,000 kilometres in a year through Serengeti National Park. Guests are assured of uncountable, unforgettable safari moments, including sightings of mega herds of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, eland and other species. This abundance of prey naturally attracts an array of predators. Prides of lion split the herds, taking down wildebeest with ease, cheetahs pick off the faster Thomson’s gazelles, and crocodiles prey on the brave when the herds dare to cross the rivers. It’s wildlife on an unmatched scale; a natural wonder seen nowhere else on Earth.

The Serengeti also has more than 500 avian species, making it a birder’s paradise. Some endemic specials to look out for are the grey-breasted spurfowl, rufous-tailed weaver and grey-crested helmetshrike.

Wilderness is also proud to note that through formal training programmes for underprivileged children, and by educating and upskilling the community, it empowers local residents to reduce their reliance on poaching, snaring and cutting down trees. By working with the authorities and other local partners, Wilderness strives to help protect the phenomenal natural areas of Serengeti National Park. “We look forward to introducing our guests to the Serengeti – the jaw-dropping sights, the thrill of the chase, the impact, the feast; over as soon as it began, and usawa is restored – in the front row seats our camps offer”, noted Hadley.

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