Reviews of Mwagusi Safari Camp
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Great camp and great wildlife at Mwagusi
This was our final camp on this holiday and it was definitely a good place to finish. The variety of wildlife and the camp were both excellent.
Geofrey was an excellent guide and he and Vincent (the driver), produced a number of trip highlights: four leopard sightings, two of cheetahs, three sightings of lions + one of them mating, elephants searching for water in the dry river bed, lion-elephant standoffs, vultures feasting and a multitude of birds.
Our accommodation was in a large well-appointed, spacious, thatched banda incorporating a sleeping tent, and overlooking the river (dry when we went). It also had a covered relaxation area with hammock. Behind the tent was a very large bathroom and clothes storage area. The laundry service was excellent and clothes came back folded unbelievably small - perfect for packing. There were a few niggles which didn't detract from our enjoyment and are only worth mentioning because of the overall high quality of the accommodationi: the floor in the bathroom/clothes area could be slippery and needed care, there was no plug in the wash hand basin, and the shower sprayed water over a rather large area (and needed a larger non-slip mat).
Staff were welcoming friendly and helpful. Communal dining worked well with good breakfasts, and lunch and evening buffets. Lunches were particulary good with an amazing array of salads. An unexpected birthday cake brought in by singing staff was much appreciated.
Mwagusi Safari Camp review
Overall the camp was run as efficiently as it was last time. The facilities were 1st class and the activities were 1st class as were the guides and their knowledge.
Alans only comment would be - the food was excellent but tended to be too vegetarian orientated and he would have liked a bit more meat!!!!!
After the incident the staff were very efficient and caring and carried on professionally and we were very impressed by their attitudes.
Mwagusi Safari Camp review
This was our last stay on our safari and although we saw much elsewhere, in some ways this was perhaps the best. This is the one place we did take a walk with armed rangers. Nothing spectacular on the walk but a great chance to see tracks, scat, and plants up close at a leisurely pace. Both this walk and the drives were all with Geoffroy, who was excellent. As with the other guides he rose to the occasion in showing pushy biologists far more than we might have otherwise hoped for. Had morning walk with the guide trainer Simon. Loved the walk and conversations with him, in which he clearly loved playing up his knowledge and wisdom of the bush. The two women who seemed to run the camp, Yvonne and Delray, were very attentive. It was a pleasure to meet and converse with the owner Chris Fox who gave us a very informative description of the trials, tribulations, and political realities of operating a place such as Mwagusi.Read more about the whole safari
Best Camp of the trip
I have no negatives about Mwagusi. The banda was wonderful - very spacious, decorations utilizing local wood, stones, carvings, etc. Hammock on the veranda was my favorite place every afternoon between lunch and the game drive. Really appreciated the solar lights which provided plenty of light to read in bed and write in my journal. The bed was comfortable and I slept well each night (after I got used to the elephant foraging outside my tent!) Bathroom was also spacious and seemed virtually like a house's bathroom.
The dining area was great since it stayed cool and provided a nice spot to sit and relax while watching the animals in the river bed. The food was quite a surprise since it had imaginative, sophisticated flavors - great salads at lunch featuring peanuts, carrots, fruit, and other vegs. Dinners under the stars were nice (although eating inside was nice too and less of a trudge to the river bed). Breakfasts in the bush were the best of the 3 camps I visited; i particularly liked the toast and the cinnamon bread.
Staff were helpful, knowledgeable and friendly across the board - banda team, restaurant and office. Appreciated their pride in Mwagusi and their role. My driver & guide (Immanuel and Isaac) were fantastic. They spotted and tracked animals extremely well, including a leopard and cheetah, and lots of birds. They had a great way of knowing which way the animals were going to go and then getting us in prime position to watch/photo them. They were both very knowledgeable about plants and terrain in addition to the animals, so I feel like I got a good sense of the overall Ruaha area rather than just focusing on the search for animals. It was also nice to talk with them and learn about their lives.
I was very impressed that Mwagusi offers English language classes to their employees, as well as driver and guide training, from 2:00-4:00 daily in their classroom building. The fact that they support employees and give them the tools for a career path is wonderful and shows that ownership carries through with action, not just words or marketing hype. (This was the only camp out of the 3 I visited that has an employee education program.)
I would definitely stay at Mwagusi again and will recommend it to others. Out of the 3 camps, this was the best from a facilities, food, and blending in with the eco-system perspective.
Mwagusi Camp , serious about safaris !!!
Great camp with fantastic atmosphere and excellent service .
The camp is quite special and with somehow unusual design but the tents are very well lay out along the river with incredible views of the dry river bed and many animals coming to drink in the last small waterholes left.Tents are huge and very confortable , but also perfectly blended with the surrounding .
The best part of Mwagusi are the activities.They are very serious about the safaris and also flexible to accommodate your needs and preferences . You can be out driving all day if you wish .
We had and excellent guide that tried hard to find all the animals we wanted to see . Elephants are all over , as well as giraffes,zebras and buffalos . Predators are also plentiful , specially lions . We got to see them all five days we spent in Ruaha , one day we saw 23 of five different prides !! We had great leopard viewing also but we did not have luck with cheetah , a good reason to go back soon.
Ruaha is probably one of the best places we have visited for variety and quantity of antelopes .During our stay we had the chance to see impala , grant gazelle , kirk dik dik , waterbuck , bushbuck , greater and lesser kudu , klipspringer , eland , sable and roan !!!
Overall a camp that you should consider if you are a serious about activities and good guiding !!!
After the two previous camps, we did feel that the facilities were showing some slight signs of their age, and the bush seemed to us to have been trashed by the elephants, perhaps to its long term detriment.
Connie and her staff were excellent, and all very concerned about my health after suffering a very nasty attack of "bush belly".
For those particularly interested in big cats, this was without doubt the best camp we visited,but it also enabled us to see a range of antelopes and smaller animals that we had not seen at the other camps.
Again I suspect that the bush telegraph had been working, as we were again delighted to have the staff bring us a golden wedding cake, whilst they danced and sang, thank you.
Mwagusi is the perfect safari camp
We had a perfect stay at Mwagusi and cannot recommend it too highly. The banda was fantastic and we felt sorry that we did not have more time to spend on our veranda looking at the elephant, giraffe and baboon which drank from the waterhole right in front of us. Game drives were exciting and we were lucky enough to get a perfect sighting of 3 leopard, to say nothing of the vast number of elephant and lion. Justin was our guide and he was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.
The staff at the camp were all very friendly and efficient and the whole atmosphere was just what one hopes for in a safari camp. Food was great, particularly the cinnamon bread on the bush breakfasts and dinner under the stars.
great location but just a bit too big
Brilliant guides, great viewing, luxury accommodation, good food, excellent staff and management but just too big for us.Read more about the whole safari
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Chris was generally in attendance whenever we were in camp and was a good host, interesting and informative.
The game viewing here was particularly good, with probably the widest variety seen, but unlike the other camps we visited, we did not have the same guide every day. We had reservations about our first guide who seemed keener to irritate the elephants on one occasion than to give us good viewing. We therefore appreciated having different guides on other days, who were excellent.
We thought the food - particularly breakfast provided on the drives - of a lower standard than the other camps, although it was perfectly adequate. We enjoyed the buffet evening meals on the river bed under the stars and with the odd elephant strolling about.
The tent was well planned and fitted out. Nights were cooler than in Selous and constant hot water not so much of a factor.
The service was excellent and we preferred the system of having a tip box for all staff, including drivers and guides.
exceptional! Friendly, helpful.Food amazing
Mwagusi was an unforgetable experience.The camp, and our banda were stunning. Everyone there from the manager, Chris Fox, to our driver and the young lady who cleaned our banda were friendly and helpful. Our dirty clothes 'disappeard' each morning - to reappear washed and ironed later that day.
Our driver and guide's 'spotting' skills were amazing. We saw leopard, cheetah and lion. We could just sit in the bush watching zebra, elephant etc - soaking up the atmosphere. I read an article describing being in the African bush as "spiritual nourishment" - I agree. I spent the time between an excellent lunch and the afternoon/evening game drive lying in the most comfortable hammock I have ever lain in.
The evening game drive was followed by superb food - so much choice - and very good company. Thank you all at Mwagusi.