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Nyikani Migration Camp

Nyikani Migration Camp is a seasonal tented camp that moves between the southern and northern Serengeti plains.

Nyikani Migration Camp is an excellent mid-range tented camp that moves between the Ndutu region of the southern Serengeti (December to mid-April) and the Kogatende region of the northern Serengeti (June to mid-November). The accommodation tents are spacious and comfortable, and the camp has a vibrant, relaxed feel. The central areas, food and service are all decent quality but the style of the camp is ‘comfortable and down to earth’ rather than sophisticated. Your reason for choosing Nyikani is because of the location, price point, quality of accommodation and camp atmosphere.


Accommodation for around 26 guests is in 12 very comfortable and spacious walk-in tents, each having proper furniture, 24 hour solar lighting and en suite bathrooms including a flush toilet, plumbed basin and traditional safari bucket shower (hot water is provided on request). One of the tents is a family unit with an additional twin children’s tented room adjoining via the en suite at the back of a standard guest tent.

Central Areas

The central mess tents include indoor and outdoor individual dining and a small lounge area leading out to a camp fire.


Wi-Fi – Yes
Power for Charging – Yes
Swimming Pool – No

Habitat & Wildlife

With an area of some 14,000 sq. km, Serengeti is probably the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world. The ecosystem includes the National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, together forming one of the most complex and least disturbed ecosystems on earth. The landscape was originally formed by volcanic activity in the Ngorongoro highlands and it varies from the open short grass plains in the south, to savannah and scattered acacia woodlands in the centre, to extensive woodland and black clay plains in the west, to hilly wooded grassland in the north. Most of the permanent water is found towards the northern and western areas, the lack of permanent water and food in the south being the main reason for the annual migration.

The park is home to approaching 2,000,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelle and 250,000 zebra: the largest concentration of plains game in Africa. More than 30 species of herbivores are found here, as well as all the major predators and nearly 500 species of birds.

The southern reaches of the park consist of endless ‘short-grass’ open plains. In the heart of these plains on the border of the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is an area known as Ndutu, where a series of partial soda lakes and marsh areas are surrounded by woodland. Many of the camps and camp sites in the southern Serengeti are located in this area. To the west the open plains are bordered by the woodlands of the Maswa Game Reserve, and a secondary hub of camps can be found along the edge of woodland, known as the Kusini area. To the east the plains are endless, stretching south-east through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and north-east towards the Loliondo Game Controlled Area which borders the eastern Serengeti.

The hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, gazelles and zebra congregate on these southern short grass plains from December to April, usually calving around the end of January when the nutritious grass is at its best. During this time the ‘migration’ is restricted to local movements according to rainfall and grazing, though even within the southern Serengeti region the distances are vast. This southern region is exceptional for lion, cheetah and spotted hyaena sightings, all of which thrive on the open plains, whilst leopard, serval, African wild cat, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, eland, topi, jackal, ostrich and impala can also be seen. Wild dogs are making a comeback in the region and are occasionally encountered to the south of Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Depending on grazing conditions and water supply, the start of the Serengeti annual migration begins at the end of this period, and the herds begin to march north/westwards, ‘lowing’ incessantly so that the air hums like a dynamo (zebra first, then the wildebeest and gazelles). Lion, cheetah, hyaena and wild dog follow, ensuring that only the fittest survive, while jackals trail behind and vultures circle overhead.

The northern part of Serengeti is a huge area of open plains, rolling hills and acacia woodland, intersected by numerous small streams which flow into the Mara River. The Mara River is a natural focal point, and most camps are located in the Kogatende region to the south of the river. To the north of the river is a section of the park known as Lamai, whilst to the south of Kogatende are the Wogakuria Hills where the rolling hills are interspersed with rocky granite outcrops. The plains stretch east and west to the boundaries of the park, and in the east continue into the Loliondo Game Controlled Area.

The northern Serengeti is exceptional for lion, cheetah and leopard sightings, whilst hyaena, serval, African wild cat, elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, eland, topi, jackal, ostrich and impala can also be seen. Wild dogs are making a comeback in the region and are very occasionally encountered, whilst black rhino can sometimes be seen in the north-eastern region around the Sand River.

Although this region offers a wonderful all year round safari experience, it is busiest from July to October when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, gazelles and zebra congregate on these northern plains. The herds usually arrive in late June or early July, travelling up from the southern and western Serengeti on their annual migration. Many of the herbivores will cross into Kenya’s Masai Mara, but large numbers remain in the northern reaches of the Serengeti, where the Mara River provides permanent water. This movement of so many animals can be dramatic, especially when they cross the Mara River, which can happen at any time between July and early November. ‘River Crossings’ are a favoured highlight for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, as hundreds of wildebeest stampede into the river whilst crocodiles lie in wait. Around October/November, as the rain clouds gather, the herds head south once more to calve on those nutritious short grass plains before starting the cycle again.


Game viewing in both camp locations is vehicle based, between the hours of sunrise and sunset. The camp has open vehicles for fly-in guests whilst drive in guests will inevitably arrive in closed (private) vehicles. Throughout the Serengeti, the main focus for game drives tends to be the famous wildebeest migration, as well as general big game viewing.


Nyikani Migration Camp operates in the southern Serengeti, located in the Ndutu area just inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, from December to April. The camp then moves to the northern Kogatende region of the Serengeti National Park from mid-May to mid-November and game viewing will be best from July to October when the migration is usually in residence and the grass is shorter.

While there is no age restriction in camp and there is a good family unit where families can be accommodated under one roof, the adventurous nature of camp and focus on game drives will naturally suit those travelling with older children.

Nyikani Camps employ an all-Tanzanian staff. Staff receive training in hospitality and they also provide health insurance for employees and their families. All refuse is recycled; camps are solar-powered; and fuel consumption is offset by planting indigenous trees. Our guest alumni regularly organize shipments of supplies and toys for children at neighbouring schools.

In addition to the above, every guest pays park entrance and conservation fees which go directly to managing the conservation areas.