A Tanzanian haven for serious safari seekers, Serengeti Bushtops is an oasis of 5-star luxury within one of the world’s most magical settings. Picture yourself gazing out over the stunning scenery of the Serengeti. Imagine returning from safari and watching the sun set from the comfort of your tent’s private hot tub. Consider the thrill of watching the annual migration thunder across the mighty Mara river. Or simply revel in the thought of being pampered by your butler and our friendly staff, before enjoying our fabulous cooking and fine wines in the comfort of our restaurant and shared spaces. This combination of safari adventure, first class facilities and blissful relaxation has delivered Serengeti Bushtops’ unwavering promise of Wild Luxury ever since we opened in June 2010.
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Though amply proportioned and superbly equipped, Serengeti Bushtops is dwarfed by its stunning surroundings. We nestle into rolling hills, which form a sharp contrast to the open acacia wood and grasslands which form one of nature’s most spectacular landscapes. The Serengeti plains stretch out across an unimaginably vast 10,000 square mile (15,000 square kilometre) ecosystem, of which almost two thirds forms the national park. From Serengeti Bushtops we witness life at its most raw, thrilling and captivating, from the awesome grandeur of the big five to the shimmering glory of local birdlife – and from the vast herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles to the silent presence of solitary crocodiles. We were hugely fortunate to secure the site of Serengeti Bushtops, one of very few permanent camp locations in the newly-opened Northern Serengeti: until recently only mobile camps were allowed, during the migration. The famous Mara River is just 15 miles away, so we lie directly in the path of the spectacular annual wildebeest migration, which takes place between June and November. We have a ringside seat for nature’s most awesome event, but also enjoy fabulous, abundant wildlife viewing all year round. We could not have wished for a more magical Tanzanian home: out of season, guests can travel all day without seeing another vehicle, whilst even at the busiest times of the migration, the Serengeti (being ten times the size of the neighbouring Mara) is dominated by wildlife, not humans.
Serengeti Bushtops has been designed to blend into its surroundings. The entire camp is completely under canvas, with private paths from a shared space leading to each luxury tent, resplendent in its own secluded haven of privacy and calm. A safari golf buggy shuttle provides an alternative to walking for guests who prefer to be driven. Each of the twelve spacious, beautifully-designed and fabulously appointed tents provides a world of comfort, in which every element has been selected and carefully integrated by our supremely talented architects and designers.
The privacy of your tent at Serengeti Bushtops is complemented by the relaxing spaces you can share with fellow guests. At the heart of the camp are our reception with shop, our elegant open-sided mess tent and contemporary lounge – complete with bar, library, plus our unique wine wall. A highlight of each day is savouring an à la carte gourmet meal and sharing safari stories with fellow guests. Wooden decks and a swimming pool provide additional spaces to wind down, read, chat, snooze or settle into a chair and enjoy striking views across the Serengeti landscape, with nothing to disturb your view or peace of mind. And if you would like a drink or something to eat, we are always on hand to make your wish a rapid reality.
Our cool outdoor pool is many things. A wonderful gathering point. A shimmering jewel in the dry landscape. But most of all, it is the perfect place to cool off, either with a few languid strokes under the baking sun, or simply soaking the cares of the world away. Follow this by stretching out on a lounger with a chilled drink, and you are one step closer to the way life should be.