Ubuntu Migration Camp
Ubuntu Migration Camp follows the colossal herds of wildebeest as they journey around the Serengeti. From the dramatic river crossings in the north to the fertile grasslands in the south where the wildebeest give birth, we set up camp nearby to ensure you’re always close to the action.
ABOUT UBUNTU MIGRATION CAMP
Our traditional tented camp is designed to leave no trace. We can quickly disassemble it and move with the herds to new pastures. Every day, we’re out in the bush looking for wildlife such as lions or cheetahs attracted by the huge gatherings of prey. Over morning coffee, watch wildebeest males chasing each other or zebras tussling. For a sunrise to remember, start the day by gliding above the plains in a hot-air balloon. In the evening, look up as the stars reveal themselves.
Open: Mid-November to mid-March (southern Serengeti), mid-June to October (northern Serengeti)
Closed: Mid-March to mid-June, beginning to mid-November
Closest airstrip: Lamai (mid-June to October); 1-hour 40-minute drive from camp. Serengeti South (mid-November to mid-March); 90-minute drive from camp.
Families: children aged five and older
ACCOMMODATION AT UBUNTU MIGRATION CAMP
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Accommodation & Amenities
Our traditional tented camp is designed to leave no trace. We can quickly disassemble it and move with the herds to new pastures. Every day, we’re out in the bush looking for wildlife such as lions or cheetahs attracted by the huge gatherings of prey.
10 tented suites (including 1 four-sleeper family tent)
Hot-water safari bucket showers
Complimentary laundry service
Solar and generator power
At Ubuntu Migration Camp, we have ten canvas safari tents, including one family tent. They all have mesh side panels to let the light in during the day and king-sized or twin beds for a good night’s sleep. The en suite bathrooms have hot-water bucket showers and flushing toilets. Spend afternoons relaxing on the porch outside your tent, watching the nearby herds, or immersed in a good book.
Location of Ubuntu Migration Camp
The wildebeest migration moves in a continuous cycle throughout the Serengeti and the Masai Mara of Kenya. To give you the best chance of seeing these restless herds, our mobile camp moves between the northern and southern Serengeti.
Ubuntu Migration Camp North – June to mid-November
In mid-June, we head up to the north of the Serengeti to watch the wildebeest cross the Mara River. This is one of the most dramatic parts of the migration, with hungry crocodiles lying in wait. The huge herds attract a healthy number of predators to the area, with lions, cheetahs, and leopards prowling the plains. Herds of elephants are also found browsing in the lush woodlands along the river and there are more than 500 species of birds to spot.
Ubuntu Migration Camp South – mid-December to mid-March
After all the excitement of the river crossings, we move to the lush grasslands of the south where herds gather to rest, graze and calve. Watch tiny newborn wildebeest quickly learn to steady their wobbly legs and prepare to begin their endless migration, while predators enjoy the easy pickings the newborns offer.
The ultimate Migration camp
Ubuntu Migration Camp is designed to make the most of the vast plains. Spend afternoons relaxing in front of the main tent watching the wildebeest herds or curled up in an armchair with a book. We serve breakfast and lunch under canvas, but dinner can be enjoyed under the stars, followed by a nightcap around the campfire.
‘Ubuntu’ means humanity and it’s a word that suits our small, intimate camp. Our close-knit team offers warm hospitality, great food, and a relaxed atmosphere.
A typical day on safari at Ubuntu Migration Camp
While specific times for game drives may change with the seasons, if you have a private vehicle you can plan your schedule with your guide.
Start the day with a wake-up call and tea or coffee. Enjoy breakfast after your morning game drive (or have it packed as a picnic). Arrive back at camp mid-morning, with a chance to freshen up before lunch.
After a leisurely lunch, enjoy siesta time. Take a nap, read a book, or just relax and soak up the atmosphere. Refuel with afternoon tea before we depart for an afternoon/evening game drive. You’ll be back in time for drinks around the campfire and dinner — the perfect chance to unwind after a long day in the bush.
Safari is at the heart of Ubuntu Migration Camp and we run twice-daily game drives. Our customized open-land cruisers provide unobstructed wildlife viewing and a comfortable ride across the open plains. All vehicles have power points to keep cameras fully charged and drinks cold throughout the day.
Hot-air balloon rides
When in the south, watch the sunrise over the Serengeti plains from a hot-air balloon and appreciate the full scope of the migrating herds from above. Booking is essential. This activity is at an extra cost and is weather-dependent
Ubuntu Migration Camp is great for families. We welcome children over the age of 5 and have a family tent. Children under 12 should share a tent with an adult. Please speak to an agent about booking a private vehicle for your family’s safari.
Meals and refreshments
After the morning game drive, have breakfast back at camp with a choice of a continental buffet or a full English. For lunch, it’s a light buffet with fresh salads, or we can pack a picnic to enjoy in the bush. In the evening, we’ll either cook up a feast on the barbecue or serve a three-course dinner.
When Ubuntu Migration Camp is in the north, we source fresh fruit and veggies from our community upliftment program in the nearby village.
We can cater to most dietary requirements, from gluten-free to vegan. Please let us know in advance.
WHEN TO GO
What to expect during the year
Ubuntu Migration Camp follows the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti, so guests can see the Great Migration at any time. The camp is closed from mid-March through mid-June and the first half of November. July and August are the busiest months for tourism, and we recommend traveling outside this time. January, February, September, and October have fewer crowds and great wildlife viewing.
JANUARY – MARCH
Ubuntu is in the southern Serengeti, where the wildebeest herds are grazing and calving until mid-March. There’s usually a break in the rains during January and February and fewer crowds. Migratory birds are in the region as well.
APRIL – MAY
Ubuntu closes for the traditionally wetter period of mid-March until mid-June, using this time to migrate the camp to the northern Serengeti.
JULY – OCTOBER
Ubuntu packs up in mid-March and reopens in mid-June in the north, where the famous Mara River crossings take place. The dry season is great for wildlife sightings.
NOVEMBER – DECEMBER
The last of the river crossings usually take place in October, as the herds travel back into the Serengeti. In early November, Ubuntu closes and reopens two weeks later in the south, where the wildebeest spend the next few months grazing and calving. The short rains refresh the parched grasslands and the migratory birds arrive from Europe and Asia.
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