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Nomad Piaya Camp
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Nomad Piaya Camp


... also known as Nduara Loliondo, is located in the Southeast Sector of the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania.

Notice of lodge closure

We have been advised that the 2016 season would be the last for this camp and that there are presently no plans for it to re-open, which is a great shame, this area needs more camps and visitors to secure the wildlife.

The review below has been left in position for information only.

Upsides ...

Nomad Piaya Camp is a high specification mobile tented option set in a remote location to the southeast of the Serengeti, an area of very low visitor traffic. It is open mid December to end March, when the main migration migration is often in the area. It is a pleasantly small camp, with just six guest tents and central areas contained within unusual yurt style tents, all elegantly presented, genially hosted and expertly guided. Activities are centred on vehicle safari by day and night, with off-road driving permitted out here, plus walking, hiking and Maasai interaction.

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Downsides ...

The main potential downsides at Nomad Piaya Camp that it is relatively pricey, the wildlife can be a little thin on the ground and mixed in with domestic stock. Additionally guests are often asked to share safari vehicles.

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When to visit ...

As we have already mentioned, the migration tends to spend time in this area during the green season months of Dec/Mar, during which period the wildlife viewing can be truly awesome.

For the remainder of the year, Apr/Nov, the area can become very quiet for animals, with the notable exception of giraffes, cheetahs and baboons, the main lures at this time are the landscape, the local Maasai people and the incredible absence of visitors.

Although there are chances of rain throughout Nov/May, it is only during Mar/Apr that showers tend to be seriously persistent.

Read more about seasonality in the Serengeti Southeast ...

A few words about prices ...

We are specialists in helping our guests to build the very best and most suitable safaris for the lowest possible prices. A safari can be a very expensive undertaking and we always do everything we can to meet your target budget.

Further up this page you will see our guide price for Nomad Piaya Camp. This is the high season rate per person per night sharing a double room. For most people this should represent a worst case scenario, since various discounts usually apply at other times of year.

We guarantee that the prices we charge will be the same or, more often than not, considerably less than if you were to book directly with the owner. We also guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotations. Additionally, all our itineraries have fully itemised pricing, so that you can see exactly how much each element costs, which should provide you with great reassurance and help you to make decisions when fine-tuning your trip.

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How we like to include Nomad Piaya Camp in trips ...

Although we absolutely love this area, we tend to recommend staying out here frustratingly rarely.

During the Dec/Mar migration calving season these short-grass plains are the place to be and this particular area often hosts huge herds. However, these movements can be quite unpredictable and, if you base yourself in this particular area, you can find yourself a long way from the heart of the action.

During the remainder of the year, particularly during the Jun/Nov dry season, the wildlife is thin on the ground and the attractions of the area are more subtle. For guests who are interested in a wider range of experiences than simply looking at animals, we occasionally include a night or two in a bivouac in this area in order to explore the landscape, walk the remote hills and interact with the local Maasai people. But more commonly we also tend to do this more commonly as day-trips out of Olduvai Camp.

Nomad Piaya Camp is a classic luxury tented safari camp, way out on its own in a remote and beautiful location. But even in the main Dec/Mar season, the migration action here can be hit or miss.

The camp is best utilised at the end of a safari, after the Ngorongoro Crater and after a stay of perhaps three nights in one of the harder hitting camps over in the core southwest area, notably sister facility Nomad Masek Camp.

Having had a fill of major wildlife sightings, guests tend to use time here to relax and let all the events of a hectic safari soak in. There's lots of opportunities for late breakfasts, gentle walks and longer hikes, picnic lunches, siestas, visits to local villages and sundowners.

If you can afford the time and money to add such a delightfully relaxing section to the tail end of your safari, then we highly recommend it. This is a cool camp, run by people who really know what safari really should be all about.

The usual stay duration is 1 to 3 nights.

Related lodges and locations ...

In this Serengeti Southeast area we tend to most frequently recommend the high-end Nomad Piaya Camp during the migration calving season mid December to end March, with Gol Mountains Bivouac and Olkarien Bivouac being much simpler options which are available year round.

The majority of visitors to this Serengeti Southeast area tend to combine with further safari in other parts of the Serengeti, as well some or all of Ngorongoro Crater safari, Tarangire safari, Lake Natron safari and Lake Manyara safari to make a total of 7 to 14 nights in the region.

Some visitors also combine with options further afield including Kilimanjaro treks in the northeast of the country, Ruaha safari and Selous safari to the south, Katavi safari and Mahale Mountains chimpanzee safari out west, Maasai Mara safari over the border in Kenya and Virunga Mountains gorilla safari over in Rwanda.

These mainland areas are also commonly combined with nights down on the Tanzania Coast, especially on Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island, Mafia Island or Fanjove Island, usually in trips of 10 to 21 nights.

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