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Chaka Camp is the mobile sister property to the permanent Kiota Camp, which sits in the central Serengeti. Chaka Camp, on the other hand, moves between the southern Ndutu area and the northern Serengeti, aiming to get you as close to the great migration as possible. Although the movement of the herds are unpredictable, and nothing is guaranteed, generally the camp can be found in the south between December and April and in the north between mid-May and November. The exact location of the camp depends on the spots allocated to Chaka each year.
The meaning of the word “Chaka” means “Bush” in Swahili and aim of the camp is to provide a traditional, wild, bush experience within the incredible wildlife Eden of the Serengeti National Park.
As a mobile camp it is more lightweight and simpler than it’s permanent sister camp, but moving twice a year allows guest access to the predator mecca of the Ndutu area early on in the year. February is usually when the wildebeest start to calve and up to 8,000 babies a day will be born on these plains providing a resource just too tempting for the hyena, lion, cheetah, leopard and even wild dog of the region.
Later, in the year, now in the northern Serengeti the camp is in the right place to access the Mara River. Everybody wants to see a dramatic river crossing at this time of year, but, in reality they are unpredictable and should be seen as a lucky bonus to the incredible landscape and general wildlife that is on offer in this part of Tanzania.