Sleep among the Great Migration in Tanzania (Dreamstime)
Article 26 February 2019

Bush Rovers: Inside Tanzania's luxury mobile safari tents

These ingenious new 4WD safari tents in Tanzania are offering luxury front-row seats to some of the world’s great wildlife spectacles…

Imagine stepping out of your room to gaze over the great Serengeti plains, watching the grass spool into the horizon like washing laid out in the sun. Below, just metres away, march thousands of wildebeest, maybe ten abreast, their hooves kicking up puffs of dust as they file into the bush. It’s a scene bigger than any IMAX film – and it’s all for you.

(Bush Rover Suites, Tanzania)

(Bush Rover Suites, Tanzania)

The trick with any safari is being in the right place at the right time. Often the answer is simple: get there early, which typically means a 5am wake-up call or, worse still, being stuck, bleary-eyed, in a queue of minibuses because you’re not based on a reserve. But what if you could wake up in the middle of the action?

Bush Rovers give you just that. Operating in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve and Serengeti National Park, they’re essentially Land Rovers that, in situ, unfurl into a chic two-storey tent with the comforts of a lodge: wood-panelled bathrooms, solar-powered hot water and a private chef. A balcony even folds out over the cab, from which you can sip sundowners while wildlife passes below you.

It’s about more than just creature comforts, though. Being able to pack up and move with the wildlife means the camps can stalk the herds of wildebeest and zebra during the Great Migration, setting up in a private campsite along the Grumeti river in early summer, before moving north. Whether you join the camp or take a private pitch, the appeal is the same: staying one step ahead of the swarms of 4WDs that descend here, and leaving no trace behind.

In the quieter Selous, it’s just about sliding into the rhythms of life. Set up by one of its more deserted lakes, watch the hippos slide into the mud and wait for other creatures to come round for a drink. What better way to get Tanzania’s wilds all to yourself.

Full board Bush Rover stays start from US$615pppn (£473), excluding park fees - via the Bush Rover Tanzania official website.

Get there

There are no direct flights from the UK to Dar es Salaam. Turkish Airlines has the cheapest connection, flying via Istanbul from £388 and taking around 13.5 hours. Transfers from there to the Serengeti or Selous can then be arranged.

Take a tour 

Both Steppes Travel and Audley Travel can tailor-make tours to either the Selous Game Reserve or the northern part of the Serengeti during the Great Migration.

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