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Tanzania Safari

Klein's Camp

Northern Serengeti, Tanzania

Wildebeests and a lone Zebra on migration
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KLEIN'S CAMP RATES: Klein's Camp Rates

CC Africa’s Klein’s Camp is situated deep in the heart of the game-rich northern Serengeti in Tanzania – right off the beaten tourist track. Its 10,000-hectare (24,800-acre) private wildlife concession – leased from Maasai landlords – is allotted for the exclusive use of the camp’s 20 guests, offering you the ultimate personal Tanzanian safari.

With Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park to the north and the Serengeti to the west, Klein’s is one of the most strategically positioned wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The camp is set on the edge of the Kuka Hills, commanding breathtaking views of the valley through which hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate, in addition to excellent year-round game viewing. Action-packed night game-drives and extensive bush walks into the Serengeti are unique in Tanzania and an absolute highlight.

Set in a private sanctuary overlooking wooded hillsides, rolling grasslands, marshes and forested riverbanks, the Camp’s spectacular location is in a vital corridor linking the Serengeti and Masai Mara in Kenya. Elephant are more common here than elsewhere in the Serengeti and, depending on the rains, the migration passes through the area each year in July/August and returns October/November.  Klein's Camp is owned and operated by CC Africa.  The camp closes in April & May.

Unique Selling Points
Klein’s Camp is situated in a 10 000-hectare/24 500-acre private sanctuary and provides the ultimate exclusive East African safari
• It is bordered to the north by the Masai Mara and by the Serengeti in the west
• Klein’s Camp is situated on the return route of the migration – mid October to November
• Guests enjoy their safari on the Klein’s Camp concession or in the Serengeti National Park
• Unique in Tanzania in that night game drives and bush walks are offered and driving off-road in open game-viewing vehicles is permitted
• Maasai trackers accompany all game drives and on bush walks offer an insight into the medicinal use of plants
• Community visits can be arranged to gain an insight into the culture of the Maasai, and to see the community projects initiated by CC Africa and Africa Foundation (optional extra)

Accommodation            For images of Klein's Camp, click Klein's Camp Images
Klein's Camp offers ten intimate cottages of local stone and makuti, with rich wooden floors and classic interiors. The bathrooms are en suite and have a shower, twin hand basins and w.c.  From the private veranda a diversity of resident wildlife may be viewed in the valley below.

The camp has a large beautifully furnished open-sided bar/sitting area with a central fireplace, just a short walk from the dining room, both with sweeping views of the valley and surrounding hills. There is a pool and deck tucked into the hillside and the Safari Shop stocks locally made Maasai crafts.

Fresh vegetables picked from the camp’s shamba – an organic African garden – accompany wholesome Pan-African meals. Dinners are served in the main dining area, which is graced by a large open fireplace, or enjoyed in a spectacular clearing in the African bush.

Just 10 spacious cottages
En suite bathrooms (with shower and w.c.)
Private verandas with spectacular views
Elegant guest areas with breathtaking views
Sparkling swimming pool
African crafts shop

All CC Africa lodges are world-renowned for their delicious Pan-African cuisine – fresh ingredients, simply prepared with an African flavour. All halaal and vegetarian dietary requirements will be catered for. When making your reservation, please inform us of any specific dietary requirements you may have, and these will be communicated immediately to the camp. Should specific items need to be flown in, there will be an additional charge, which will be quoted separately. Regrettably, we are unable to cater for strictly kosher guests at Klein's Camp.

Children’s Policy
Children are welcome. Travel to Tanzania is recommended for children 8 years and older. Regretfully, children 5 years and younger cannot participate in the regular game-drives. Child minders can be booked at an additional cost. Children aged 6 to 11 years are accommodated on game-drives at the Lodge Manager’s discretion. An extra bed can be arranged for a child 11 years and younger sharing their parents’ tent. No more than one triple tent in camp at any one time.

Children’s Activities
Childrens' activities depend entirely on the age of the children and may include the following:
Special family game-drives (at the discretion of the lodge manager and subject to availability)
Special one-hour children's bush walks within the camp perimeter
Planet Manager activity books
Special programmes can be compiled such as tracking for children, fishing, frog safaris and birding
Children’s meals and menus available

Number of cottages 10
Maximum Guests 20
Children Yes
Triples 1 (children 11 yrs & younger)
Twin Beds All convertible to double
Air Conditioning No
Overhead Fans No
Mosquito Nets Yes
Lodge pool Yes
Bath No
Showers Yes
Private w.c Yes
In Room Safe Yes
Telephone Manager’s office
Hairdryers Yes
Laundry Included Yes
Suitable for disabled guests Yes, with assistance
Distance between Rooms 10m / 33ft
Check In 12h00
Check Out 11h00
Airstrip Yes
Kosher Food No
Power 220v AC
Private 4x4 safari vehicle If available, extra cost
Childminding Yes
Credit Cards Visa & MasterCard
In-Room Massage Yes

Activities & Wildlife
Exciting game-drives
Expert CC Africa rangers and Maasai trackers will lead you on interpretive, twice-daily game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles in Klein’s private wildlife concession and into the Serengeti National Park – a photographer’s dream. Action-packed night game-drives are unique in Tanzania, offering guests extraordinary game viewing from lions or leopards hunting to an array of nocturnal species such as genet, civet and owls etc.

Klein’s Camp offers excellent year-round game viewing, including huge herds of buffalo and elephant, Grant’s gazelle, lion, leopard, wildebeest, zebra, Coke’s hartebeest, eland, Maasai giraffe, klipspringer, mountain reedbuck and 345 bird species, in addition to the annual Great Migration.

Exceptional African wildlife: Klein’s Camp’s location in an exclusive wildlife concession bordering the game-rich, north-eastern Serengeti National Park offers exciting game viewing, as well as the only night game-drives and bush walks in the Serengeti ecosystem.
Excellent year-round lion, leopard and cheetah viewing
Great Migration of thousands of zebra and wildebeest (typically in July)
Huge buffalo and elephant herds
Soaring eagles, hawks and vultures glide past the hilltop camp
Rich birdwatching in seasonal marshland
Five distinct habitats
Safaris to Lobo Hills and Seronera in central Serengeti

Klein's Camp Habitats
The camp itself is set on the rocky slopes of the Kuka Hills. Acacia and desert date trees dominate the open woodland savanna. Grassland savanna comprises tall grass with scattered trees, and an evergreen riparian forest fringes the Grumeti River. Commiphora, ficus, rhus and cordia are among the trees found on the rocky hillsides. Large quinine and Kirk’s acacia trees fringe the seasonal marshland.

Mammals at Klein's Camp
Individually recognisable leopard and cheetah are regularly located in their known territories. Tens of thousands of zebra and wildebeest pass through the Klein’s valley on their annual migration to and from Kenya's Masai Mara. Huge herds of buffalo and breeding herds of elephant offer exceptional game viewing. Bohor reedbuck and Defassa waterbuck favour marshland fringes. Chandler’s reedbuck and rock hyrax inhabit the rocky slopes above the camp. Silver galago (of the black melanistic form) favour taller riverine trees.

Birds at Klein's Camp
There are 345 species recorded at Klein’s. A pair of handsome Verreaux’s (black) eagles have an eyrie within sight of the camp. Various eagles, vultures and other birds of prey utilise mountain updrafts to soar past the camp. Pygmy falcon, pearl-spotted owlet, slate-coloured boubou and spot-flanked barbet are common in woodland and bush-clumps. Grey crowned crane, wattled lapwing and malachite kingfisher are among species attracted to marshlands. African green pigeon, Schalow’s turaco, Narina trogon and white-headed barbet are among fruit-eaters in riparian forest.

Birding Specials at Klein's Camp
Verreaux's Eagle
Swamp Nightjar
Red-throated Tit
Hildebrandt's Starling
Grey-crested Helmet-shrike
African Black Duck
Long-tailed Cisticola
White-headed Buffalo-weaver
Blue-naped Mousebird
Grey-capped Warbler

Other Wildlife
Large leopard tortoises inhabit rocky areas where African rock python also find refuge. Aquatic terrapins live in marshlands and streams. Brightly-coloured, flat-headed mwanza agama bask on rocks around the camp. A rich variety of butterflies, moths, dragonflies and other insects are to be seen.

Interpretive bush walks
Klein’s is the only camp in Tanzania to offer exciting one- to three-hour wilderness walks led by skilled CC Africa guides and Maasai trackers. Views on the crest of the Kuka Hills are exceptional – thousands of buffalo and elephant herds may be seen grazing in Klein’s private concession or in the Serengeti to the west. Learn more about Maasai medicines made from trees, plants and seeds, and view spectacular birdlife including the magnificent Verreaux's Black Eagle.

Maasai cultural visits
Visits to local Ololosokwan Maasai manyattas offer a rare insight into the ancient customs of tribal life.

Bush banquets
Enjoy exciting bush breakfasts, sundowners, and romantic bush dinners on the quartzite hills with magnificent views over the northern Serengeti.

Klein’s Camp is committed to CC Africa’s core principle: Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the people.

CC Africa’s focus: Community equity, income generation, education and health care are a primary concern. In consultation with community organisations such as the Africa Foundation – originally founded by CC Africa, now a not-for-profit rural development organisation – Klein’s Camp has contributed significantly towards improving the prosperity and living conditions of the local Ololosokwan community.

Klein’s Camp leases its 10 000-hectare (24 800-acre) private wildlife concession from the Ololosokwan, who receive a significant portion of the camp’s revenue. The camp shares part of the sanctuary with the local Maasai pastoralists, who traditionally graze their herds alongside the wildlife.

Ecotourism in Africa: Our guests play a critical role in helping CC Africa realise our dream and vision: to create a model in wise land management, integrating international travellers and rural people to their mutual benefit and demonstrating that wildlife can be preserved on a sustainable basis by all.

Positive Health Programme
CC Africa strongly believes in its people and was recently listed as one of three finalists in the Investor in People category of the 2005 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The October 2005 edition of Africa Geographic featured an article on AIDS and conversation, and highlighted the activities and programmes that various African companies are implementing in order to increase AIDS awareness and, in doing so, empower the communities taking care of some of the world's richest wilderness regions.

"Probably the most attractive program ... is that of CC Africa... CC Africa launched a Positive Health program in 2003 and in April and May last year ran two seven-day courses.... Their approach focuses on home-based care, gardens, counseling techniques and gender issues.... The health of the habitat is critical to the health of the individuals in it.... The conservation industry is uniquely positioned to take the treatment of HIV/AIDS in radically new directions.... Benefits [of the program] include acquiring 'hard skills' such as maintaining clean water, producing food, and home-based methods of dealing with illnesses that are not life threatening.... It takes only the will of ecologically minded people to make sure that the wild places are not lost."
Africa Geographic, October 2005

Other Considerations
Weather: Klein's Camp experiences pleasant temperatures, although summers can be hot and humid.
Rainfall: Rainfall occurs predominantly from November to May, with an average annual rainfall of about 1000mm. The annual Great Migration passes through the hills at Klein’s during the ‘short rains’ in November and December, and just after the ‘long rains’ from March to May.
Temperature: Minimum 12°C/54°F. Maximum 32°C/90°F.  Winter is from May to September, and summer from October to April. Klein’s is situated high in the Kuka Hills and the wind makes the camp cooler than in the valley below.
Best time to travel: Game viewing is excellent year-round.  The Migration is a 12-month cycle and usually passes through Klein’s during the ‘short’ rains in November and December on their way to their breeding grounds in the Serengeti. Just after the ‘long rains’ from March to May, wildebeest arrive in their thousands on the plains around Klein’s Camp. Having calved down south, they pass through Klein’s en-route to the northern grasslands of the Masai Mara in Kenya.
Malaria: Please note Klein’s Camp is situated in a malaria area and necessary precautions should be taken.
Ratio of guests to staff: 1 to 3
Camp closure: Klein’s Camp closes during April and May each year during the rainy season.

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