Our New Safari Camp: Wild Source Research Camp
A Safari Camp in the Ndutu Region in the Southern Serengeti
This blog post is a multi-part set which introduces you to The Wild Source’s New Research Camp. Other Sections of this multi-part blog post are presented below:
- Wild Source Research Camp Overview
- Wild Source Research Camp Guiding
- Wild Source Research Camp Location in Ndutu Region
- Wild Source Research Camp Accommodations
- Wild Source Research Camp: Big Cats
Overview of Wild Source Research Camp
In developing the vision of our safari camp, Deo and I saw many ways to be unique and improve the experience of our guests. Thus we have sprung to action. This camp will be a haven for serious wildlife enthusiasts, and unrivaled as a base for big cat viewing.
The Wild Source will operate our own safari camp in the famed Ndutu/Southern Serengeti area in Tanzania. Traditionally, the best safari camps in the Serengeti have always been those that set up for a season and then move locations throughout the year to track the migration and thus always in a prime location throughout the year. We are following this strategy and will operate the camp during the migration calving season of January through March which is as good as it gets for game viewing as the area teems with prolific wildlife and becomes the cheetah capital of Africa.
Two Primary Goals For Wild Source Research Camp
1) An Amazing Wildlife Focused Experience
We have differentiated ourselves by being a safari operator who serves visitors looking for a deeper wildlife experience. This remains our focus. Many clients select us because they are looking for the flexibility to have all day game drives whenever they desire.
Our guides love to deliver ‘hard core, aka Wild Source style’ game drives. Nowhere does this style result in more benefit than the Ndutu area because so often, cheetah hunt and have their family social time in the mid-day when most tourists are back in camp eating lunch. Likewise lions often stalk the big marsh in the middle of the day as wildebeest and zebra favor that time to come to drink.
A mid-day hunt at the Ndutu Big Marsh
We strive to truly listen to clients’ desires and to offer them full exposure to the natural rhythms occurring throughout the day in the bush which requires a flexible schedule. Having our own camp allows us to better support our style without any sacrifices on your comfort, and we can customize the experience to best cater to the primary reason most people want to safari – to witness the phenomenal wildlife with an emphasis on observing behavior.
2) Conservation and Employment on a Local Level
It is important to us to have a camp that has a meaningful impact for local people and on lasting conservation. All camps provide employment and that is huge! We wanted to take it a step further. One of the greatest things about my lion research is working side by side and growing the capacity of local Tanzania wildlife biologists.
With one of our guides, Fadhil finishing up his advanced wildlife studies, I wanted to start a big cat monitoring research project that emphasizes the development of young Tanzanian wildlife biologists. The research will be classic observational study of the Ndutu area’s big cats where we will train biologists in the field work fundamentals and give them the opportunity to gain experience in the field.
This research will also differentiate our camp as our biologists and guides are certain to develop an unmatched understanding of the individual big cats in the Ndutu area leading to a more enriching experience for our big cat fanatic clients as we can give you more personalized background on these individual cats.
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