Kimondo (previously known as Olakira Lamai Camp) is a mobile camp which moves with the migration, splitting the year between the north and south of the Serengeti, just like the millions of wildebeest which move with it. But this is certainly not camping, as you know it. The traditional safari tents are spacious, with either king size or twin beds and large verandahs for afternoon naps. The en-suite bathrooms have flush loos, hot and cold running water and the traditional safari bucket shower. Meals are taken outside, either under the stars or in the dining tent. The mess tent is full of comfy places to relax and books to browse. There’s a good reason for choosing a mobile camp over a permanent lodge: the migration is a transitory beast, forever on the move. And as the herds of wildebeest travel on their never-ending circuit of the Serengeti, so Kimondo gives guests a front row seat to the action.
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With private comfortable tents, Kimondo offers an intimate safari experience, a sumptuous taste of how the early explorers discovered the wonders of East Africa. From rich hand-woven rugs to burnished copper lanterns, a sultry mix of Moroccan exoticism and East African safari romance resonates at Kimondo, where king-size cast-iron beds rest under canvas ceilings as the rustle of the savannah lulls you to sleep. Each en-suite bathroom is equipped a flush toilet, safari bucket wash basin and traditional safari bucket shower with running water (hot water is on request for showers and basins, but available at any time). All tents have mineral water, solar lighting, camp information folder, radio (in case of emergency), flashlight, mosquito repellent, insect spray, tissues, and a fire extinguisher. Or leave sleep for a while and linger at the fireside, swopping tales of your day in Africa as the embers crackle up towards the Milky Way. Kimondo translates as ‘shooting star’ and in Tanzania’s crystal-clear skies, you’ll be sure to see more than a few.
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The central area consists of a dining room, comfortable lounge area with games and books, public toilet and a camp fire for guests to enjoy a drink after a long day out in the bush. The kitchen at Kimondo Camp prepares delicious food using local fruit and vegetables, and meals are served in the mess or on occasion outside in the bush within the camp boundaries, both day and night. Breakfast in camp can be eaten before or after your morning game drives and includes a cold buffet: fruit juice, fresh fruits and cereals, followed by a cooked breakfast: eggs, bacon and sausages and tea or coffee. Lunch is a relaxed cold buffet, and dinner is a three course meal- silver or plated service from a set menu.
The northern Serengeti areas are renowned for privacy from other tourists and fabulous wildlife viewing, particularly for viewing the great wildebeest migration July-Oct. Drives in these areas, short trips or full day explorations give you close encounters with the animals. Enjoy lunch in the bush while marveling at the amazing view. As the camp moves periodically throughout the year, this mobile camp gives you the best combined game viewing of not only the world renowned game of Serengeti but also of the great wildebeest migration.