In your safari, consider this list of the best mid-range Serengeti Safari Lodges. A safari on the Serengeti is a once in a lifetime trip, where you can truly experience the awe-inspiring spectacle of Tanzania. You may witness the incredible onslaught of the Great Migration or get up close and personal with a lion or a giraffe.
However, you may be deterred from taking this adventure by budget concerns. Never fear! There are plenty of Serengeti safari lodges that offer comfort, majesty, and security of the best lodgings in this exalted location, without the exorbitant price tag.
Here are 11 mid-range Serengeti safari lodges where you can savour the true Tanzanian safari experience in style and comfort, without getting a bite taken out of your wallet.
1. Mbugani Camps
You won’t be roughing it with this Serengeti lodge’s amenities. They have full course meals, wifi access, en-suite tents, 24/7 power, and running water, and charging stations for your cameras and phones.
Created, owned, and operated by a native of the Maasai Village of Longido in Tanzania, safari-goers from the U.S., Europe, and Australia praise this accommodation for its beautiful setting.
This camp also offers special ways to view the Great Migration, the largest mass movement of land mammals on Earth. For optimum viewing of the Great Migration, Mbugani offers a mobile camp of 10 tents plus a dining and lounge tent to follow the animals in their majestic movement across the plains. You could witness more than a million wildebeest–plus thousands of zebra and gazelle, big cats, and hyenas–run through the Serengeti plains chasing the rains.
2. Serengeti Bush Camp
One of the best Serengeti safari lodges in this category. There are no guarantees that you will see the “Big Five” while on safari. But at this camp you are likely to see many of these great animals. Lions are frequent visitors as there are several feelings of pride in the area. You may even catch a glimpse of some of the elusive leopards which have established their territories around the camp.
Serengeti Tanzania Bush Camps offer a wide range of activities, including game drives on 4-wheel-drive vehicles equipped with high-frequency transmission radios. These take place at dawn and dusk when you are most likely to see the wild animals. You can also book your own exclusive vehicle for total flexibility.
They also offer meals in the bush. It’s amazing to dine under the wide African sky. You can also experience the “sundowner”, a cocktail hour during which you can observe glorious sunset skies and listen to the sounds of the African night in the gathering darkness.
You can even book a hot air balloon ride with a champagne breakfast!
3. Serengeti Acacia Camp
Serengeti Acacia Camps are centrally located right in the middle of the Serengeti National Park. You will see why the Park is called the seventh natural ‘Wonder of the World’.
The operators of this accommodation collaborate with leading safari tour guides who tailor tours to your style and budget. Their packages are offered year-round with options to pay on a standard full board basis or as an all-inclusive package. Most of our guests who used this camp left with positive feedback, making us include this property in our list of best mid-range Serengeti safari lodges.
4. Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
This camp is one of the Tanganynika Wilderness Camps, which are situated all over the country. It offers basic accommodations in a mobile tented camp.
This lodge is strategically located so you can take excursions across much of the vast Serengeti Plains. It is two hours from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River.
Each tent has a shower, hand basin, and flush toilet, in addition to solar lighting.
5.Serengeti Serena Lodge
The Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge has won awards for its beauty. This lodge has an infinity pool where you can cool off while enjoying the panoramic view across the grasslands.
Thi hotel is a popular honeymoon destination. It boasts a traditional African-style dining room, a scenic safari bar, a central barbeque area and individual ‘rondavel’ rooms with private balconies.
You can even book the luxurious Serengeti suite with a King bed with a walk-in mosquito net, sumptuous furnishings, dressing area and a marble ensuite bathroom. You’ll get a fully stocked mini-bar, a digital multi-channel TV and a direct dial telephone plus 24-hour room service.
The suite even has its own private access.
6. Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Another popular honeymoon and wedding spot, this lodge is located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park. All rooms are en-suite with a lounge, veranda and minibar.
One of the larger hotels, this safari lodge has 69 standard rooms, including one which is handicapped accessible. There are also four spacious double story suites with platform beds, bathtubs facing the plains, and outdoor showers.
7. Mbalageti Lodge
Mbalageti is a word from the old Maa language which used to mean wildebeest, but today refers to the seasonal river in the area. This safari lodge is ideal for family vacations.
The family suites have 2 bedrooms with a king size bed and twin beds, plus a TV Lounge & Dining Area. The hotel supplies each guest with mineral water, bathrobes, slippers, flashlight, umbrellas, walking stick, whistle, binoculars, safe deposit box, an emergency light and satellite Tv.
There is an armed ranger stationed at the lodge 24hrs a day, and security teams escort guests to and from their rooms. All bathrooms in the public areas are accessible to physically challenged guests. The Grumeti airstrip is 40 minutes away.
Here you and your loved ones can enjoy an exclusive bush breakfast, a group bush dinner, a traditional sundowner, game drives, nature walks and hot air balloon rides.
8. Serengeti Angata Camp
‘Ang’ata Camps’ were founded to address the need for lodging between the low end and high luxury accommodations. This lodge aims to provide medium-high accommodations in the Tanzanian National Parks and Conservation Areas.
The tents are simple but provide everything a traveler needs to feel comfortable and safe in the African bush. The staff is dedicated to excellent customer service. They aim to make sure you have a good meal and a good night’s sleep in the wilderness.
These accommodations get their name from the word “Ang’ata” which means “wilderness” in Maa, the language of the Maasai. It is also a region of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where there is another camp offered by the same company.
9. Serengeti Osupuko Camp
Holding a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor, this lodge is part of the Osupuko group of accommodations. Osupuko is a Maasai word meaning a “Virgin Land” or “Natural Paradise”.
These camps are jointly owned by indigenous Tanzanians who are eager to show visitors their country. The owners describe their homeland as a place “of strong unity, peace, love, wildlife, and adventures.”
As part of their full board or game drive package deals, you can experience village and nature walks, astronomy evenings, night game drives, cycling and visits to Masai villages.
The mobile luxury camp is located on the slopes of Rongai Hills overlooking the Seronera Valley. This area is home to most of the large cats found on the Serengeti plains. You might also see giraffes, zebras, gazelles, warthogs, baboons, and monkeys.
The camp is also not far from Moru Kopjes where you might glimpse a rhinoceros. This area is strategically located on one of the main Great Migration corridors.
10. Serengeti Chaka Camp
If ecotourism is important to you, check out the Serengeti Chaka Camp.
Here the staff is committed to creating a unique and special experience for guests. They also are dedicated to preserving the natural ecology of the parks and the local economies of Tanzania. They use solar energy, recycle their refuse, and decorate the camps with fabrics and furnishings handcrafted by local artisans.
The Camp offsets their fuel consumption with Carbon Tanzania, a locally-based NGO protecting virgin forests in Tanzania. They also are active in the planting of indigenous trees.
This lodge aims to create a sense of home for all of its visitors. After a day in the wilderness surrounded by the creatures of the savannah, here you can enjoy all the creature comforts of a fine hotel.
11. Serengeti Kiota Camp
Kioto means nest in Swahili. Here you will find the soothing nest of a lodge designed to give you maximum relaxation in the evenings after your grand adventure on the Serengeti. This permanent camp offers tranquil rooms decorated in the local style which are conducive to private time with your loved ones.
Part of the Chaka family of camps, this accommodation is also devoted to conservation. There is solar power, plastic and tin recycling, and the meals are prepared from local produce.
Good for families traveling together on a budget, here there are ten guest tents and one family tent, all with a private, shaded verandah overlooking the Serengeti ecosystem. You will also get your morning coffee and afternoon tea service brought by a butler!
Kids especially will enjoy the safari-style bucket shower. One reviewer on Trip Advisor found that -although initially leery of this contraption- she found the bucket shower to be delightfully warm and refreshing.
Serengeti Safari Lodges: So Many To Choose From!
No matter what your budget, itinerary or desires, there are sure to be many suitable Serengeti safari lodges that will satisfy your every wish.
We can help you plan your safari adventure. For more information on mid-priced accommodation on the Serengeti or near any of Tanzania’s other attractions, contact us.