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Guarded by three million year-old granite towers in the magnificent Serengeti National Park, Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp offers the quintessential African Serengeti safari experience. Our elegant tented camp is located on one of the main annual migration corridors for over one million wildebeest, half a million zebras and gazelles and their accompanying cast of predators; the camp also offers close proximity to lions, giraffes, hippos and all of the other fascinating wildlife that inhabits this 14,763 square-kilometre park.

Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp sophisticated and exclusive Serengeti safari camp accommodation offers two comfortable queen beds with mosquito netting, free Wi-Fi access, hot showers and flushable WCs in the bathroom and large private decks with gorgeous views. Start or end your day with a delicious meal in our tented dining room, or treat yourself to a feast in the bush, and dine amidst the unmatched splendour of nature. Embark on a thrilling game ride through the park, take a expertly guided bird watching tour or enjoy a bird’s-eye view of your spectacular surroundings as you rise above the plains in a hot-air balloon. Allow us to help you celebrate your wedding or honeymoon, and trust our staff to anticipate your every need as you begin your lives together as a married couple. Or spoil your family with a wonderful safari holiday, and create a lifetime of memories.

Adventure and relaxation await you here in Tanzania; Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp at the heart of the Serengeti looks forward to your visit.


Tented Accommodation in the Serengeti

Discover a refined retreat within the dazzling natural beauty of Serengeti National Park. Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp’s 16 custom-made canvas tents offer spacious style and a host of home-like comforts, ensuring a restful stay. All of our accommodation features two queen beds, as well as free Wi-Fi and a private tented bathroom with hot water and flushing WCs. A private terrace outside of each tent allows you to take in the splendid beauty of the surrounding glades; room service is available for your convenience.


Reachable by a winding stone path, our tents are dotted through the rocky glades of the camp standing on a stone platform. The expansive main bedroom area boasts two queen beds, covered by mosquito nets. A relaxed seating area offers comfortable chairs and stylish lamps; unwind and read a book, or take advantage of our free Wi-Fi access.

The tented bathroom opens off of the bedroom, and includes a flushing WC, twin basins and a shower with 24-hour hot water. Each tent also showcases a private outdoor terrace with safari chairs and sun loungers; have a seat and admire the panoramic views.


Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp is dedicated to making every moment of your stay memorable, and dining is no exception. Whether you choose to take your meal in the cosy tented dining room, enjoy a BBQ by the campfire or immerse yourself in the majesty of the Serengeti with a bush dinner, our flavourful cuisine and impeccable service will perfectly complement your holiday experience.
For those who would prefer to dine in the privacy of their tent, room service is also available.


Discover Serengeti

Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp offers a range of wonderful opportunities for our guests to experience the beauty that surrounds us – from exciting game drives to nature walks and meals in the bush. Relaxed on-site activities including Swahili and cooking lessons are available as well.

Daily Game Drives

Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp custom-built open-sided six-person safari vehicles offer comfort, panoramic viewing, dedicated safari guides, refreshments on-board and radio-links for fast location of game. Traditionally, game-drives take place early morning (you are woken with tea and arrive back in time for breakfast) or late afternoon. They can also be timed to coincide with sundowners in the bush. The vast and sensational Serengeti, covering 14,763 square kilometres of endlessly rolling savannah plains, is Tanzania’s first-established, largest and most famous park wherein tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends. Here, the million-plus wildebeest are the predominant herbivore and also the main prey of a huge cast of large carnivores, principally lion and hyena. Whilst the annual migration is the Serengeti’s most famous attraction, the Park is also renowned for its lion, many of which have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so that their movements may be tracked, and additionally for its wealth of cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog.

Guided Nature Walks and Bird Watching

Slow in pace and wide-ranging in scenery, the Serengeti nature walk is designed to offer gentle exercise and a fascinating insight into the world of African trees, flowers, insects, reptiles, birds and animals. Tanzania offers more than 1,000 species of birds, half of which can be seen in the Serengeti. Most commonly spotted are the Masai ostrich and Kori bustard and, on the lakes, the lesser flamingo. Endemic to the park are the Fischer’s lovebird, the rufous-tailed weaver and the grey-breasted spurfowl. Migrant species are present between October and April and include white storks, rollers, cuckoos, swallows, Montague’s and pallid harriers and Caspian plovers. For the amateur and serious ornithologist alike, we offer a range of half- or full-day outings, which can be custom-tailored to the interests of your ornithological party. The services of a professional ornithologist and up-to-date bird checklists are included, and picnics, bush lunches, camp suppers and sundowners can be scheduled to suit your needs

Guided Nature Walk $30

Guided Bird Walk $30

Swahili Lessons

This is an interactive learning class for guests interested in the Swahili language, and is conducted by an experienced teacher who makes it entertaining. Get to learn basic greeting words, counting, food and animal names. 

Cooking Lessons

Under the expert guidance of the Chef, guests prepare selected dishes (mainly local dishes) as they learn about local cuisine.

Bush Dining

Bush Breakfast

There are few better ways to begin your day in the Serengeti than with our bush breakfast. Allow us to awaken you with an early morning cup of tea, and then set off on a game drive, which is timed to offer you the very best chance of spotting “The Big Five”. After your game drive, you’ll arrive at a chosen breakfast spot, where our hospitality team will be waiting for you with a glass of chilled sparkling wine and fresh-pressed orange juice. Savour a full English breakfast among stunning bush vistas before heading back to the camp on another game drive.

$35 per person

*Minimum pax 6

Bush Dinner

Typically, the Serengeti bush dinner takes place at a scenic location on the plains. Or it can occur at our own dedicated bush dinner site, which stands high on a hill overlooking the migration corridor. Timed to coincide with the setting of the sun, which on the Equator is around 6:00 p.m., the bush dinner will commence either with a game drive or a short stroll to our hilltop site. Arriving at the chosen location with fabulous views across the plains, you will find that tables and chairs have already been set up. In addition, a campfire, lanterns and a bush kitchen await you. Beginning with sundowners around the campfire. The choice of meat, fish and poultry will be supplemented by vegetarian choices, salads, fruit and desserts from the main lodge. Also, a full safari bar will be provided.

$40 per person 

*Minimum pax 6

Under the expert guidance of the Chef, guests prepare selected dishes (mainly local dishes) as they learn about local cuisine.


Sundowners have been a hallmark of the safari experience since the 1920s, coupling the pleasure of an afternoon cocktail with the enjoyment of a majestic African sunset. Timed to commence as the sun begins to set, sundowners at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp begin with a leisurely drive to a scenic spot where chairs, lamps, campfire and a bush bar with cocktail snacks have been set up. Musical entertainment can also be provided.

Balloon Safaris

A balloon safari is an excursion unlike any other. Drift in silence above the Serengeti plains, dip down to visit the hippo pools of the Grumeti River and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the wildlife theatre as it is enacted below you. After a cup of tea around 5:30 am, you will be driven to the balloon take-off point, where a team inflates the vast rainbow-coloured balloon. A typical balloon carries around eight passengers and is equipped with seats and safety belts. At dawn, the sandbags are cast off, and the balloon rises majestically into the cool of the morning air, helmed by a fully qualified pilot. The balloon will fly for a period of around 45 minutes, trailed by a team of ground vehicles, before making a gentle controlled-landing on the plains. Enjoy a glass of chilled champagne before sitting down to a full English breakfast, which is traditionally cooked on the burners of the balloon. After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely game drive back to the camp.

Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp Rates

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