fly-camping

Fly camping

In the early days of safaris, a hunter looking for game wanted to be able to move light and quick. Based at the main camp, he would put up a fly camp in remote areas looking for wildlife. “Fly” is the name of the upper sheet of a tent. Hunters would simply take the top sheet, and sleep underneath, hence the name fly camp. A simple mobile camp is even today called a fly camp. We offer to our guests this unique experience. Depending on the season and on the consequent wildlife movement, we mount a simple camp either on the banks of a river at the foothills of Kilimanjaro, or in the plains near the lake. Ernest Hemingway camped and hunted here. You will be immersed in the same wilderness that so profoundly inspired him.

Your facilities at the fly camp will be a bucket shower, a pit toilet tent, and a tent with twin safari camp beds.

Dining is under the stars.

We suggest a game walk to the fly camp, arriving at sunset. Hot water will be ready in your bucket shower. A drink next to the fire, on the river banks or in the plains thriving with wildlife, will make you feel like the first hunters. Dinner under the stars will be unforgettable, while the river gently flows a few feet away, or zebra bark in the dark. At both camp locations it is not unusual to have elephants coming nearby to “sniff” around.

In the morning a walk upstream is always rich with surprises: bushbucks are common, and so are elephants. If the camp will be next to the lake, we will walk through literally hundreds of zebras and wildebeests.

We have also seen a cheetah kill on foot; simply unforgettable.

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