Glamping at Serengeti Pioneer Camp


Glamping at Serengeti Pioneer Camp

[I took the photo above on my airport – hotel transfer: not a bad start to my Serengeti stay!]

“Glamping”, or a more luxurious approach to traditional gritty camping

Glamping is the word on everybody’s lips in the world of travel, and recently, as soon as I heard that word, my mind sprang back to my three night stay at Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Serengeti Pioneer Camp, situated in the heart of Serengeti, might be amongst the most luxurious takes on “glamping” that you will ever come across. Unlike most accommodation in Serengeti National Park, Pioneer Camp (part of the luxury Elewana lodge, hotel and camp collection) is a semi-permanent establishment, and according to the hotel manager can be dismantled in three days with zero footprint left behind.


After a short one-hour flight I landed at the local airport in Serengeti National Park

What safari camps in the 1930s must have looked like…

The creators of Serengeti Pioneer Camp were determined to capture the essence of mobile camps of the first few decades of 20th century, when safaris were more of a wild adventure than they are now, and to evoke the nostalgia of days gone by. Consequently the camp is designed in a very “vintage” style, with most decorative elements that would not be out of place in a 1930s camp!


Every one of the ten “rooms” at Serengeti Pioneer Camp is a spacious tent with a wide king-sized bed, and a screened-off bathroom facilities within. Showers need to be taken quickly, because hot water is limited. One day a big bull accidentally stepped on a water pipe leading to my tent, which resulted in no water for day: just how more wonderfully wild can “glamping” get?!


There was no electricity inside the tent, apart from bedside lamps, that were powered by the solar panels outside.  The central charging station is a few minutes’ walk from my tent, which was a welcome obstacle in preventing excessive device usage. Internet is only available in public areas, which is another major plus: after all, are you in Serengeti to surf the net or  to look at animals?


Staying at Serengeti Pioneer Camp does indeed give you the feeling that you are out in the wild – especially at night when you hear slightly disconcerting animal noises just outside the tent. In the evening, a young brave Masai man leads you back to your tent with a spear in hand: Masai men are known for their fearlessness and they are versed with dealing with an oncoming dangerous animal. One night, there was a large herd of zebras grazing just by my doorstep: not exactly life-threatening, but nevertheless an unusual “good night” from Mother Nature.


With a Maasai guide, whose sole job at the camp is to protect guests from wild animals

However, my favourite part of the camp were the stunning panoramic views of the valley and kopjes below from the lounge, which sat on the side of the hill.


View from the hotel lounge

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Stairs up to the lounge


Cheetah regaining her energy before the afternoon hunt


Preparations for a bonfire as the twilight is setting in…


Lioness napping after filling lunch…


My tent



The path from my tent back to the hotel


Hippos acting macho…


Dining Tent


9 responses to “Glamping at Serengeti Pioneer Camp”

  1. Great view from the hotel. If I were there…..

  2. Wow what an amazing experience! And what a view! Enjoy 🙂

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  3. Margo says:

    All pictures are amazing! Thank you dear for sharing! xoxo
    Margo Raffaelli

  4. Michèle says:

    Wow. This looks like an amazing adventure! I’m a little jealous as I want to do that too once in my life. Hopefully soon :-))

  5. Oh my this is amazing! What an amazing place to stay!

  6. Vera says:

    That place looks amazing! And you have some icredible photos of it! I hope someday I’ll be able to go there. With Love,

  7. Kyle Olsen says:

    It never ceases to amaze me to see the things I have yet to try in my own backyard. I’ve not heard of “glamping” but it’s now on my to-do list, especially since getting there isn’t nearly as far as most travelers. (I live in South Africa) Your photos are a fantastic depiction of life here, and I enjoy that justice has been done for our way of life.

  8. Kat says:

    Lovely captures! especially the hippos. 😀 Those tents are like glamping (glamor-camping).

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