The word chaka comes from the word 'kichaka', which means 'bush' in Swahili. The name Chaka Camp implies that the camp is a bush camp, or one that is located in the wilderness. The camp, designed to be lightweight enough to move seasonally, is located in the Ndutu area from December through March. The camp relocates to Central Serengeti from May through November.
Chaka Camp operates off-the-grid and relies on a custom built solar system for its power. Room fabrics are handwoven African designs, and the camp's furniture was commissioned and crafted by artisans in Arusha, Tanzania.