kati kati camp

Camping in the heart of the Serengeti

As part of a trip to Tanzania, my sister and I spent two days in Serengeti National Park. Our accommodation during that time was a fairly large tent right smack in the middle of the park. Before we went on with the trip, I made countless research about these sort of accommodation. ‘Were they safe?’ ‘Could they be easily torn by lions and other wild animals?’ ‘Who would even sleep in a tent in the middle of a wild life park?’

After finding enough evidence to convince us to go on and book our tour (and some to scare us away), we arrived at Kati-Kati camp on the second day of our Safari and Zanzibar tour.

kati kati interiorI practically knew what to expect when we arrived but I think my little sister was a bit shocked to learn that we were going to be sleeping in tents such as these. I can’t even imagine what she would have thought if I went through with plans to go with smaller tents.

This particular camp and tents were a bit upscale though. The camp was entirely powered by solar energy and the tents were equipped with furniture and an indoor bathroom and toilet. We were given 20Ls of water daily for our baths and also given some rules to ensure we had a comfortable and safe stay.

kati kati campThe rules were simple;

Don’t walk alone at night or early in the morning – wait for a guide to escort you to and from your tent.

Zip up your tents properly when you leave or when you’re inside

Charge your devices in the reception area (there were no outlets in our tents – not that I expected there to be any)

Unless you desire to be visited by hyenas, don’t take food into your tents. This one could not be overemphasized! At dinner on our second night, we were visited by hyenas around the camp cafeteria and these guys were huge! During the same night, my sister and I heard lions roaring and they seemed to be close by.

We made it through the night by convincing ourselves that it was someone snoring really loudly… and fiercely?

By the next morning, we were more than happy to be leaving. This isn’t to say that we didn’t enjoy our time there, we did. In fact, our entire experience was absolutely fantastic. From staying in this camp to our hot air balloon ride and our game drives, we couldn’t have asked for more from the Serengeti. I was certainly looking forward to visiting this national park and it didn’t disappoint! Not even one bit!

Have you been out camping before? What was your experience like? And would you be willing to sleep in a tent in the middle of a wild life park?

6 Comments

  1. Bravery is your middle name. Lions in the night?? I probably wouldn’t have slept at all. However, I would love love love to do this, just for the thrill.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Haha, we were both awake for the longest time contemplating who would go to check if we zipped up the tent properly!

      Thanks for stopping by, Desire. Can’t wait to hear about it when you do it!

  2. You are so brave! I would have definitely chickened out. I had the option of staying in a tent in Costa Rica but I was so worried especially for bathrooms. Like, where will I take a bath? What if a snake shows up? (Stayed right in the middle of a forest) but, as usual, you made it look so easy.

    Can’t wait to experience this!

    • What tent?! That cabin was the best idea! haha.

      I don’t believe you would have chickened out, though. A wise woman once said Do it afraid, but do it – remember? πŸ˜‰

  3. You are indeed brave. I remember my safari to Amboseli National park kenya last year. I also did a lot of research, didn’t feel it was safe to stay in a tent so I looked for a lodge (Ol Tukai lodge) built with stones right in the middle of the park and also practiced my “Samson” moves just incase I am visited by a lion.

    Of the big 5 animals, I saw 3. But my most memorable sight was the glorious kilimanjaro mountain with its peak covered in ice.

    A safari is a good experience and I recommend it to anyone who can.

    • Oh, I’ve seen pictures of Amboseli. There’s this famous picture of an elephant with Kilimanjaro in the background. That would be glorious to see in person, I imagine. When you do start your blog, I’d love to see pictures of your experience.

      As for bravery and accommodations, lol, at the end of the day, you just have to trust your guts, apply all safety measures that you can and do what’s best for you even if that means not staying in a tent πŸ™‚

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