Mwagusi Safari Camp

Reviews of Mwagusi Safari Camp

Excellent(95%) From 83 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 83 of our travellers who have visited Mwagusi Safari Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs E - Surrey
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent safari at Mwagusi

Had an great stay at Mwagusi. The guiding was up to the excellent standard we had hoped for and the camp was comfortable along with very good food. We were also fortunate to meet Chris Fox who shared his passion for the area and need for protecting hiigh guiding standards.

Our only suggestion for improvement is the inclusion of sundowners on evening drives as these are an integral part of safari and were conspicuous by their absence.

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Mr & Mrs P from Bucks
Arrived on: 19-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Unique experience at Mwagusi Safari Camp

Very different to our first taste of safari at Selous. It was like spending a few days as a guest at a country house party but with a bar bill at the end!

The drives were limited in that the vehicles were only allowed to use established tracks, of which there were plenty. We gather this was because Ruaha is a National Park and Selous is a game reserve. However, this did not prevent us from experiencing a very wide variety of wild life action at its best.

Nearly all the evening meals were taken outside on the river bank by torch light. We were really spoilt by a superb selection of food.

The staff and management team lead by Chris Fox (the owner) could not have been more friendly or helpful.

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Mr O from Divonne-Les-Bains, France
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwagusi Safari Camp review

Mwagusi Safari Camp is an extremely comfortable camp, with beautifully designed "bandas" overlooking the dry riverbed of Mwagusi River.

Animals such as elephants, giraffes and baboons can be seen directly from your own, plush living-room complete with hammock and over-stuffed sofas! Great friendly atmosphere, pre-dinner drinks around a roaring fire, delicious dinners under the star, courteous and efficient staff.

The guide we had during our stay was very knowledgeable and tried very hard to show us all the game on our "wish-list"! Ruaha, although very dry and arid at this time of year, is a beautiful place and a wonderful safari destination.

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Mr & Mrs G - Kent
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwagusi Safari Camp review

Very nice accomodation & excellent food, evening meal at a different spot on the dry river bed every night.

Excellent guiding.

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Mr & Mrs G - Richmond
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwagusi Safari Camp review

Food was excellent. The guides were very knowledgeable and it was a benefit to have a driver and a guide who could really concentrate on spotting wildlife.

Our visit was somewhat spoilt by ignoring the advice given to lock valuables in the office safe. On the one occasion my husband left money hidden in the room - it was taken. Use the facilities offered!

Showers a little unreliable - which seemed odd as at the next camp we stayed they always had hot water even when the sun didn't shine.


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Dr & Mrs F - Newport
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Pleasant staff. Always available and friendly but not obsequious.
Lovely camp in beautiful setting with good accomoadation, very individual. My only criticism is that the shower floor was very slippery and I almost fell.

Wonderful food. Loved how we ate at different sites - in the bush or in the sand river bed- in the evening. Very reasonably priced wine.
Excellent guides. Knowledgable. They seemed to enjoy their work and their enthusiasm was infective.
Lots of game. Not many other vehicles.

Would love to go back.

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Mrs P - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great food and Bandas

I loved the food and Bandas at Mwagusi. The food was outstanding. A lot of vairiety and flavours. Compliments to the chef.

The Bandas are beautiful and fantastic location along the riverbed, which is visited by animals. As soon as I arrived there was an elephant right outside my banda. the design and size of the bandas is brilliant. Very relaxing, spacious, comfortable and clean. Was dissappointed with the trickle of water coming from the shower.

The game drives were good. I had a very good guide, Jimmy. However, not impressed with the vehicles. The seats are not well designed and comfortable. There are no steps (footing) to climb up on to the 2nd and 3rd row seats. It is very dangerous as one has to put you foot on thin pipes that run along the side of the vehicle. One slip and can cause injury. Very difficult for people of any age let alone older people.

The managers were good but not as warm and hospitable as I expected and after my experiences with the lodges in my previous safaris and the and beyond lodges. The rest of the local staff are very good, work very hard and are very warm and hospitable.

Overall very good lodge and experience and I would recommend it.

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Expert Africa comments

Mwagusi responded to say that on request they provide additional cushions for use in vehicles and steps are also available to assist guests into game drive vehicles. It seems this wasn’t made clear to this traveller which they apologise for – they try to accommodate their guests needs wherever possible and are sorry this wasn’t done on this occasion.

In regards to the shower, Mwagusi tries to be sensitive to the environmental impact of water usage and so has actually decided not to increase the water pressures in the showers. Guests may find that showers do not have the same water pressure as they may be used to.

Mr & Mrs R - Surrey
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwagusi Safari Camp review

We had high expectations from what we had heard about the camp but it didn't quite live up to these and we wonder whether Chris' absence, whilst setting up his other project, has affected the overall experience quality. The camp occupancy, down to 4 or 6 for a couple of the days, also affected the feel of the stay and unfortunately, both managers had bouts of illness - Serena on the first day and Ryan as we left.

The general staff were polite and looked after us satisfactorily but one got the impression that they were fairly new to the job, had very limited English, and, as a result, were rather nervous. Ryan was clearly extremely knowledgeable but didn't really initiate any conversation at mealtimes and perhaps we noticed this particularly after the warmth and friendliness of the Selous managers & staff.

Plus points were Jimmy, our really excellent guide, who was brilliant at spotting the game and went out of his way to give us memorable viewing and photographic opportunities. Also we liked the different settings around the river bed for the evening meals and the camp fires and lamps created a lovely atmosphere.

The accommodation was artistic - nice to have the natural materials and various artefacts - and the veranda overlooking the river bed was lovely. We would have preferred to have the bathroom area also enclosed in a linked tent as mosquitoes and little animals could get in that area (something made a deposit every night!) and it was a pain to keep unzipping the flaps when using the bathroom area.

We thought it was unusual that we were asked not to tip the guide separately and were a bit surprised that there was no indication of the price of any of the drinks and we got a hand written scrap of paper as our bill at the end. We suggest the camp should have a guest feedback form.

We were pleased that we combined Selous with Ruaha as the vegetation, degree of dryness, and quantity of game viewing were very different.

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Mr. & Mrs. F - Harrow
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp four of four!!!!!!

What a great place to finish our holiday.

The accommodation was superb, food wonderful, guides exceptional, organisation excellent and the most wonderful evening meals.

Cannot fault any part of our stay.

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Mr & Mrs J - Ashbourne
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwagusi Safari Camp review

We liked: very knowledgeable guides; the fact that guides were local people. Loved the rustic bandas, which were fantastically clean and bug-free. So very quiet (not even generator hum). Everyone very friendly and helpful.

Areas for improvement: lighting and mirror at basin not great eg for shaving. Slippery floor in shower (but quickly provided an improvised non-slip mat when requested). Safaris were excellent but little option other than in vehicles.

Good to be able to get camera batteries charged but because of limited window to do so it was necessary to have spare batteries.
Laundry service was excellent.

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