The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is home to one of the world's most impressive natural spectacles: The Great Migration. Every year, at the end of the rainy season, the millions of animals that inhabit this wildlife reserve start their way north in search of fertile land, vegetation and water, giving away a true spectacle for the senses that can only be enjoyed in this unique and exuberant place considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1981.
This impressive migration, the longest in the world by land, is one of the most impressive wild spectacles on the planet, worth witnessing at least once in a lifetime. With this in mind, Wilderness, the leading conservation and hospitality company in Africa, announced the launch of Wilderness Usawa Serengeti, an innovative new luxury mobile camp project to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Great Serengeti Migration.
Comprised of a 6-tent offering, with solar power and WiFi, by mid-July 2023, Wilderness Usawa Serengeti will move with the herd as the animals travel year-round throughout the national park, with camps established in key places on the migration route, offering the possibility of observing this impressive natural phenomenon during all its phases.
“Traveling on a safari is synonymous with venturing to discover the wild world with the movement and adrenaline that this means. Wilderness Usawa Serengeti's flexibility in moving camps between a number of seasonal hotspots throughout the Serengeti allows us to ensure that our guests will be in the right place at the right time to marvel at the natural movement that the Great Migration brings. offers,” said Hadley Allen, Wilderness business director.
Coming from the word Usawa which means 'balance' in Swahili, this innovative proposal for mobile camps seeks a balance between the chaos of thousands of animals driven by thirst and hunger, desperate to cross rivers; and experience a safari away from the crowds, but close to the action, moving in the same direction. The camps will be located within the designated walking areas of the Serengeti, which will allow the guided walks to begin from there with expert and trained guides who will shape truly memorable experiences for guests of the Serengeti, who in addition to enjoying the experience of a safari, they will have the possibility of living other adventures such as bird watching or stargazing in the camp.
“A mobile camp does not have to be at odds with a luxury and high-quality experience, Wilderness Usawa Serengeti is a new proposal in which maximum action converges without compromising comfort, very close to the migrating herds, but far from the high-density tourist areas. The exquisite design and décor of this camp adds value to the remote and private East African experience,” said Allen.
Wilderness Usawa Serengeti will accommodate 12 guests in six safari tents. Its setup will be fully mobile so there will be no permanent fixtures left behind when camp is moved, leaving a minimal footprint on Earth. Its operation will be with solar energy, rechargeable lights and charging stations in the rooms, as well as Wi-Fi and hot water. It will be suitable for the whole family, from 6 years old, although children under 16 must share the room with an adult.
The Great Migration, in which more than 2 million animals traverse more than 1,000 kilometers in a year through the Serengeti National Park, ensures visitors countless unforgettable safari moments, including sightings of mega-herds of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's gazelles, eland antelopes and other species, as well as the hunts of large predators that are attracted by the abundance of prey; lions dividing herds taking down wildebeest with ease, cheetahs chasing Thomson's gazelles, or crocodiles seizing their chance when herds cross rivers. A natural wonder of true wildlife not seen anywhere else on Earth.
The Serengeti also has over 500 species of birds, making it a bird watcher's paradise. Some of the endemic species are the grey-breasted spurfowl, the rufous-tailed weaver and the grey-crested shrike. "We look forward to presenting our Serengeti guests with jaw-dropping vistas, coupled with the thrill of the chase, the shock of The Great Migration that they will be able to enjoy from the front row seats our camps offer," Hadley concluded.
Notably, the Wilderness also disclosed that through training programs for children, community education and skills enhancement, as well as empowering local residents to reduce their reliance on poaching, trapping and logging of trees, the company will work to help protect the impressive natural areas of the Serengeti National Park, hand in hand with the authorities and other local partners.