A Tent With a View
amazing birdlife and Gateway to Western Serengeti
Lake Victoria is the largest of Africa’s Great Lakes with a surface area of just under 60,000 square kilometres. It was famously discovered by British explorer James Hanning Speke as the source of the Nile. Part of the lake is a stone’s throw from the western Ndabaka Gate of the Serengeti and fringe’s A Tent with A View’s Little Okavango Camp, arguably one of the best locations for birds in Tanzania.
Lake Victoria, or more specifically, the area around Little Okavango camp, is
that rarest of rare places where wildlife and humans must rub along together as
they once did everywhere. There is a proliferation of bird life from the lake
and the Serengeti, many plundering the juicy crops grown by the Sukuma farmers
who inhabit the narrow strip of land between lake and park. Hippos have a
voracious appetite for vegetables and live on the wetland fringes between the
farms and the lake. Elephants queue up at dusk along the park boundary before
hitting the village land and helping themselves to melons, potatoes, tomatoes
and more once darkness descends. The people of this area are resilient by any
measure. Their good humour, in the face of nightly raids from large dangerous
mammals, is legendary.
location of our Little Okavango Camp, it takes just 10 minutes in the car to
reach the western Serengeti gate of Ndabaka. From here we can explore the
fabulous western corridor following the line of the great Grumeti river. This
is where the famous wildebeest migration is during June and into July. However,
year-round, this part of Serengeti is full of fantastic wildlife.
Closer to home back on the lake, the focus is birds. Thousands of birds. Sitting in a hide at the camp for even half an hour can bring such rewards for birders as the birdlife comes to you and quite comfortable to stay around. From magnificent Weavers to Grebes to Lapwings to Kingfishers to beautiful Sunbirds as well as the elusive Shoebill, the list goes on and on. As well as birds we get resident elephant passing around the camp as well as hippo when the waters are high.
Serengeti migration tours
9 days | US $4895
Safari and Beach Holidays
13 days | US $5860
Off-the beaten track
15 days | US $9185
Family safari holidays
8 days | from US $2515
Visitors come here year-round. The only months to avoid are the rainy season months of April & May.
closest airport to our Little Okavango Camp on Lake Victoria is Mwanza.
are various scheduled internal flights from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza each day.
The approx. flight time is 1.5 hours.
Carriers are Air Tanzania and Precision Air.
Mwanza may also be accessed internationally via Nairobi with Kenya Airways. Internal flights also connect from Kilimanjaro (JRO) international airport go Mwanza.