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Light Mobile Camp

Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

1/5 A secluded camp site in the Serengeti, not another soul around
© Wayo Africa A secluded camp site in the Serengeti, not another soul around
2/5 A private view, in the middle of the migration
© Wayo Africa A private view, in the middle of the migration
3/5 Getting a great view of elephant on a walk in Tarangire
© Wayo Africa Getting a great view of elephant on a walk in Tarangire
4/5 Approaching game on foot in the Serengeti
© Wayo Africa Approaching game on foot in the Serengeti
5/5 What to drink... The toughest decision of the day.
© Wayo Africa What to drink... The toughest decision of the day.

Private mobile safari camp with a light touch, located in the best areas of Northern Tanzania. With stylish tents, great food and crew to look after you, this is far from basic camping.

Guide Price: From: $350 To: $450

Our approach with the Light Mobile Camp has been to emphasize the ingredients that give a safari its unique flavour - an excellent guide, access to the best areas, great food and a comfortable camp – while minimizing the cost on things that most people can do with out in the context of a safari…namely the bling. 

This camp is aimed squarely at folks who are after an outstanding wilderness experience that is both real and affordable.  It was specifically to offer an alternative to staying in public campsites in busy areas on a budget camping safari, or standing in buffet lines on a lodge-based safari.  Light mobile camping makes it possible to have a remote, private, comfortable and stylish bush experience.   Take a look at a short video to find out more about this camp.

At the heart of the camp is its lightness of touch – it can move to be in the right place at the right time, and it’s able to come and go with minimal impact on the exceptional areas we access with it.  Lighting is solar powered, the camp uses its own water filtration plant for drinking water, and cooking is done over coconut husk bio-bricks instead of charcoal.  Food, as we all know, matters. At this camp you can expect excellent meals, prepared on site by your chef, using local ingredients sourced at local markets.  Wherever possile, dining is en plein air and at night the canopy of stars is vastly superior to even the most elaborate of dining rooms.

While light enough to be easily mobile, your tent is spacious with a floor area of 2.5 x 2.5 metres and 2 metres high.  It comes with real beds, 100% cotton bedding; duvets, sheets and pillow covers. Good quality duvet inners, with an additional fleece blanket provided. You'll also find bed side tables, solar reading lights and a solar over-head light.  Outside the tent you'll find a hand basin and mirror, two chairs and even a ground sheet to make a comfortable veranda.  Best of all, the camp crew will make up the tent every day.

What the Light Mobile Camp is not.   This isn’t a camp that you share with other people. We believe that for a few nights on a safari guests should have the opportunity to be themselves in the bush. A place where one doesn’t need to sit in a dining room or  ‘mingle’ with other people.   It is a rare pleasure to be on your own for a while, to decide when to get up, when to eat and to be as quiet or loud as you like in your own private camp.  But…it is NOT a basic bush camp. Four course meals, sit down dinners, pre dinner snacks, 100% cotton bedding and hot showers all ensure that you wont feel like you’re roughing it.

Take a closer look at the Light Mobile experience in the Serengeti or Tarangire

This camp is all about experiencing great wildlife with a dedicated private guide, with access to the best areas for the time of year.  Being with a private guide and vehicle allows you to take the game viewing at a pace that suits you, so activites are shaped to your objectives.  As you go along your guide will quickly pickup your interests and reflect those in the game viewing...something that's virtually impossible to do to everyone's satisfaction in a group safari.  However, giving you a chance to get out of the vehicle is one of the main objectives of this camp.  In some areas this means picnics and chances to stretch your legs, but a lot of the itineraries we design actually include quite a bit of walking.  We also offer full-on walking safaris throughout Northern Tanzania - Serengeti, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire, Manyara and the Rift Valley - for people who are looking for something a little more adventurous.

We had a wonderful trip, all arrangements were perfect. We enjoyed our time at each location and experienced many wonderful sights and adventures. Plantation Lodge is gorgeous and our day safari to Lake Manyara was the highlight of the three day's activities.

C & L A - Aug 2010

Accommodation:

Private dome tents with camp beds, proper sheets and duvets. Room enough to swing all but the larger cats.

Guide Price:

From: 350 To: 450

Experience:

Private mobile safari camp with a light touch, located in the best areas of Northern Tanzania. With stylish tents, great food and crew to look after you, this is far from basic camping.

Inclusions / Exclusions:

Includes private vehicle and guide throughout (for your group), all safari activities, all park fees, all food, soft drinks and local beer and wine.

Pool:
None
Age Restrictions:
Children welcome, but based on common sense and discussions with our consulants
Electricity:
Solar powered lamps, 12V battery charging from vehicles
Laundry:
Not included
Rooms:
Comortable dome tents 2.5 x 2.5 m floor area. 2 m high. Camp beds, sheets and duvets
Bathroom:
Bucket showers, hot water and long drop loos
Open/Closed
Open all year

About Lake Manyara National Park and Tanzania

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1/4 Lake Manyara dramatically located under the sheer wall of the Rift Valley escarpment
Lake Manyara dramatically located under the sheer wall of the Rift Valley escarpment
2/4
3/4 What to drink... The toughest decision of the day.
What to drink... The toughest decision of the day.
4/4

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara often receives the hard sell - with promises of trees stuffed full of lions or elephants that are personal friends of Saba Douglas-Hamilton, but, while both of these are possible, it's actually somewhere that benefits much more from a quiet contemplative approach for which time, and a visit to the far south of the park is neccessary. Read more?

1/5 Wildebeest charge headlong into the Mara River, northern Serengeti
Wildebeest charge headlong into the Mara River, northern Serengeti
2/5 Pared down simplicity and comfort in a light mobile camp.
Pared down simplicity and comfort in a light mobile camp.
3/5 Approaching elephant on foot is one of the most rewarding game experiences there is
Approaching elephant on foot is one of the most rewarding game experiences there is
4/5 Chada's stylish simplicity in the heart of Katavi National Park, one of Tanzania's wildest places
Chada's stylish simplicity in the heart of Katavi National Park, one of Tanzania's wildest places
5/5 Where the wild things are - Riverine woodland along the banks of the Rufiji River
Where the wild things are - Riverine woodland along the banks of the Rufiji River

Tanzania

Discover formidable landscapes, breath-taking wildlife and unforgettable experiences. A safaris in Tanzania is a match for any other country in Africa. See for yourself. The Tanzania experts at Natural High have travelled all over the country and worked in some of its best safari camps. Anything you need to know about Tanzania before you travel, we'll help. Read more?

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