The Ancient Gol Mountains

I have camped in this area since 1985, and it is without doubt one of my favorites because it is in a remote corner of Serengeti ecosystem, has spectacular wildlife in season and offers great walking possibilities. The Gol Mountains are an ancient and rugged formation rising to the north west of the Ngorongoro Crater highlands. They straddle the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Maasai village areas and include some of the most beautiful camping spots in the entire Serengeti ecosystem.

The beauty of the Gol Mountains after rain-awaiting the migration The beauty of the Gol Mountains after rain-awaiting the migration

A Gol Mountains grassland scene A Gol Mountains grassland scene

The migration moves between these mountains on its way from the great Serengeti Plains to the plains at Sanjan The migration moves between these mountains on its way from the great Serengeti Plains to the plains at Sanjan

When I visit the Gol Mountains on a mobile camping safari I like to site camp in the scenic Angata Kiti grassland area. This valley between the hills creates a bottleneck for the wildebeest migration and when rainfall has refreshed this land in the usual rains of November and December this vast area can witness a deluge of migratory wildlife.

From this secluded yet expansive location walks onto ridge tops and along the lower slopes of rugged hills are rewarding first light starts to the day. This is perhaps the very best cheetah habitat in Africa because during the green season as over half a million gazelle migrate here.

Driving out of our camp for the morning or afternoon is always special; one truly feels alone here in a giant landscape.

Maasai warriors patrol the grasslands Maasai warriors patrol the grasslands

The view from one of my Gol Mountain Camp sites The view from one of my Gol Mountain Camp sites

The Maasai people of this high grasslands area seem so at home wandering with their livestock. These hardy people walk great distances and seem to float over the grasslands. Their seasonal homes are spread out and usually sited near water seepage from the towering rock formations that add to make this land so unique in appearance. I love to spend time with these independent and friendly semi-nomadic people of the plains.

To visit such a land and have the time to linger is one of the most rewarding safari experiences in Africa. I insist that we camp there for no less than 4 wonderful nights. Small groups of guests (up to six) are preferred here.