This entirely female-run camp not only offers a small, exclusive stay, but also benefits from a beautiful location perfect for exploring the southern Serengeti area. Open year round, visit during spring or early winter to see the dramatic migration of hundreds of wildebeest.
Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
Kati Kati, literally meaning ‘centre’ in Swahili, is located in the fantastic central Seronera region of the Serengeti. The mobile camp itself consists of just ten en suite guest tents, allowing for a relaxed and intimate atmosphere that’s complemented by the charming nature of the staff.
Staying here allows you to immerse yourself in an authentic bush experience, and each night you can enjoy snacks and beers around the campfire, sharing stories of the day’s safari adventures with your fellow guests. When not out on safari or enjoying an excursion out in the bush, you can relax in the lounge tent or the library, or simply sit out on your private veranda while looking out for passing wildlife.
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The tents at Kati Kati, while reasonably simple, are spacious and comfortable, allowing you to enjoy the experience of sleeping under canvas in the heart of the Serengeti. The tents and furnishings are khaki coloured in order to blend in with the natural surroundings, with plastic windows allowing plenty of natural light while keeping mosquitos at bay. Each tent comes complete with either one king sized bed or two twin beds, each tent also has its own en suite bathroom with flush toilet, hand basin and safari shower to the back, as well as a small shaded veranda at the front. Lighting is solar powered.
Well located within the Seronera region of the Serengeti, Kati Kati is an excellent central base from which to explore more of the park. Game remains consistently good throughout the year here and the area presents particularly good opportunities for spotting lion and leopard. Surrounded by open grasslands, the camp has a real wilderness feel that will appeal to those who want a secluded bush location.
Food and drink
Food is served under canvas in the central mess tent and is eaten communally. Despite being located in the middle of the Serengeti, Kati Kati’s chefs provide wholesome and hearty meals with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, much of which has been sourced from the gardens of the camp’s sister properties in the nearby Ngorongoro highlands. Before dinner, guests can gather around the campfire for appetisers and snacks.
Facilities and activities
From Kati Kati you can enjoy game drives with your private safari guide to explore the Serengeti and its incredible wildlife. You may also be able to visit a Maasai village to learn all about the culture and way of life in the Serengeti. Bush breakfasts and sundowners can be arranged in private areas of the park for an intimate dining experience.
If you’re looking for a truly authentic safari experience, sleeping under canvas in the Serengeti, we believe Kati Kati is a fantastic choice. The camp’s rustic charm and understated atmosphere allow you to really appreciate the magic of falling asleep listening to the sounds of the bush.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
This is a new property and one of the larger ones in the Serengeti, with 77 guest rooms, suites and villas. Facilities include a swimming pool, spa, fitness centre and a kids club (children aged 8 to 17 only).
Kimondo Camp (formerly Olakira Lamai) is a classic mobile tented camp that moves between the north and the south of the Serengeti to be in the ideal location from which to try to find the two million strong herds of wildebeest and zebra during the Migration.
Klein's Camp is a superb camp. The rooms are comfortable, views spectacular and camp staff and guides very friendly. It's great for getting away from the more crowded areas of the Serengeti in the high season and will mean you have a more exclusive game viewing experience.
Nomad have created stunning lodges throughout Tanzania, and Lamai Serengeti is yet another exceptional camp. Its epic location overlooking the vast savanna makes for a wonderful base to explore.
This is a good standard safari camp with two excellent locations. The food here is of a very good standard, and the staff will do anything they can to make your stay enjoyable.
The name Namiri means ‘big cat’ in Swahili, a nod to the fact that this area was closed off for cheetah research for over 20 years. The result is that the density of big cats hunting in this area is superb.
Ndutu Lodge is one of our favourites in the Serengeti. Its very friendly, has great staff and guides and arguable the best position in the Serengeti.
The Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp is small and personal offering great service and an intimate atmosphere. Staying in a mobile camp is the best way to experience the wildness of the Serengeti.
This traditional mobile camp spends time in both the northern and southern sides of the Serengeti throughout the year, allowing you to observe wildlife undergoing the annual Great Migration and wildebeest giving birth to their young from authentic bush accommodation.
This luxurious tented camp is set in grasslands overlooking the plains of the western Serengeti. The six tents on either side of the living area are incredibly spacious and furnished with luxurious fabrics and colonial accessories.
It is safe to say that Sasakwa is one of the most luxurious properties in East Africa. It includes a few air-conditioned guest cottages all complete with antique furniture, crystal vases of roses and classic artwork giving it a real 1920's feel.
Sayari is a luxurious safari camp in a beautiful area which is great for game viewing all year round. It combines the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional safari camp with some modern touches making this an excellent option.
This classic mobile safari camp travels with the migrating wildebeest throughout the year, offering a different experience with each new location.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Throughout the year, the two million strong migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles wanders the plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in search of water and fresh grazing.
This is one of the most popular ways to see the wildlife of the Serengeti. The flight will last for around an hour before you land to celebrate with champagne before a full English breakfast prepared and served in style in the middle of the bush.