EHLANE PLAINS CAMP

The dream that is Africa : after watching the romance of exploration and adventure of the safari expeditions of a bygone era on the big screen, it’s time to create memorable voyages of your own. Ehlane Plains Camp has been established in the far eastern plains of the Serengeti, a remote and wildlife-filled pocket of the savannah. This is where the magic begins, this is where your dream of wild Africa comes alive. ‘Ehlane’ is a Zulu word which translates to ‘wilderness’. It is a clear description of the extraordinary and newly accessible location which presents forth an unsurpassed display of predators and predator activity. It is here in the Soit le Motonyi region, far from the Serengeti transit areas, that you are able to find something wild and spectacular amongst this rough country. The area is unique; unspoilt, silent, remote and truly exciting.

The area teems with prides of lions, cheetahs roaming, large packs of hyena and leopards confidently striding through their ranges. What brings them here? This exclusive expanse of the Serengeti is where the acacia woodlands borders the great savannah, attracting herbivore masses of elephant, giraffe, zebra, warthog and more. When carnivore meets herbivore on the open plain; it’s time to rumble.

With an arrival at Seronera airstrip, the road transfer can take 1.5 hours – heading into the ‘empty’ landscape ahead, leading to a feeling of almost being able to reach out and touch where the sky meets the horizon. A stunning path lays ahead, snaking through this safari-setting with a backdrop of giant, granite marble-like rocks known as kopjes

We are home at Ehlane. The camp offers eight tents designed to merge with the eco-system, all under canvas and all with clear vistas of the wilderness ahead. Each tented suite contains a lounge cove with comfortable couches and coffee table, dressing area with handcrafted cupboards, net-draped king size bed with bedside tables and lamps, mninga writing desk with chair, full length wall mirror and soft carpets to wander along. The suite flows into ensuite; a natural theme of shower, double hand basins and flushing toilet. The camp is open, no borders or rails, the wildlife comes and goes. Stay alert, eyes open; the thrill of the safari from the silver screen is here.

With its isolated location, the camp takes full advantage of the African night skies. Two tents have been designed as ‘star domes’; an Arabian idea of an open rooftop to recline on large cushions and fall asleep beneath a natural planetarium. The evenings are beautiful with borderless flow of clarity from glowing moon to glittering stars, flickering planets and a swish of the milky way: the vast, seemingly emptiness beyond stretched out for infinity; glorious and mesmerizing. The viewing of the heavens looks simple enough, yet it clearly holds every thought, dream and secret. The early dawn rays smile and whisper softly, wishing the glittering stars away to their curious hiding spots. The camps wakes for another day for discovery.

Two tents welcome families of up to five, inter-connected suites with private lounge to kick back, read, chat, write or play games – a cushioned covered floor makes it easy to drift and dream.

The dining and lounge area are located in the centre of the camp, the meeting point for exciting stories and meals by the campfire. Share your experiences with friends and family with the satellite WiFi connection. The camp itself is permanently positioned throughout the year, closing only for the long rainy season of April & May. Fresh water is collected from wells within the national park and solar panels provide the electricity for lighting and camp operations. Careful attention focusses on environmentally-friendly process for water drainage and habitat impact. Each tented suite is spaced for privacy, but prepared for safety – this ‘ehlane’ needs now further introduction.

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At a Glance

ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES

  • 8 tented suites including 2 stargazer and 1 family
  • Children: aged 5 and up
  • Suitable for disabled guests (please contact us)
  • Solar & generator power
  • Battery-charging facilities
  • Wifi available

ACTIVITIES

  • Morning and evening game drives
  • Bush breakfasts. picnics & dinners
  • Walking Safaris

CLOSEST AIRSTRIP

  • Seronera airstrip nearest: 1.5 hrs from the camp

CAMP DATES

  • High Season: 01 December – 28 February | 01 June – 31 October
  • Low Season: 01 March – 31 May | 01 November – 30 November

MIGRATION VIEWING

  • Oct to May | June to September (incredible resident predators all year round

CHILD AGES

  • Families with children aged five and older are warmly welcome

Wildlife

Location

Ehlane Plains Camp has been established in the far eastern plains of the Serengeti, a remote and wildlife-filled pocket of the savannah. This is where the magic begins, this is where your dream of wild Africa comes alive.

The area teems with prides of lions, cheetahs roaming, large packs of hyena and leopards confidently striding through their ranges. What brings them here? This exclusive expanse of the Serengeti is where the acacia woodlands borders the great savannah, attracting herbivore masses of elephant, giraffe, zebra, warthog and more. When carnivore meets herbivore on the open plain; it’s time to rumble.

Things to do

GAME DRIVES

Wildlife viewing and bird watching game drives within the central Serengeti are offered twice per day. Experienced guides encourage guests to see and experience the Serengeti through their eyes, sharing a world of small and large wonders that only they truly know and understand.

BALLOON SAFARI

Balloon safaris are a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wilderness of East Africa, as you silently fly over the plains teeming with herds of wildlife in the early morning. Typically, a balloon safari begins around 6 am and lasts for around 1-2 hours. Balloon safaris (additional cost) in the Serengeti take off from designated sites in the nearby Seronera area. The safari is followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush, a fitting end to a memorable flight in the wild.

FAMILY SAFARIS

The adventure starts here! Kaskaz Camp welcomes children 6 yrs. and over. We guarantee a private safari vehicle to families of 4 more during the low season, but during high season families with children under 12 are obliged to use a private game-viewing vehicle at extra cost. Our bush guides have a wealth of insightful experience and they will fascinate you and your children with bush-wise facts, wildlife know-how, games, local customs and incredible stories of life in the wilderness.

GUIDES WALKING SAFARIS

Explore the intriguing wilderness on foot with our in-house armed walking guide; follow the tracks, smell the herds on the breeze and hear the crunch of fauna underfoot.Ideally these are at dawn and dusk, before and after the heat and stillness which prevails around the middle of the day when the animals (and most people) take a rest. Our bush guides have a wealth of insightful experience and they will fascinate you with bush-wise facts, wildlife know-how, local customs and incredible stories of life in the wilderness.

WILDLIFE

What to see in

Elephant

Lion

Wildebeest

Buffalo

Zebra

Warthog

Giraffe

Hippo

Hyena

Cheetah

Leopard

Wild Dog

Black Rhino

Crocodile

Common Ostrich

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