Reviews of Dunia Camp
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We did not find the service quite as good as Lemala Manyara but had an enjoyable stay. We were located in tent 1 on the end so it felt a bit 'on a limb' from a wildlife perspective.
Dunia Camp review
We arrived at Dunia Camp after a long tiring journey which included the Serengeti.
We had some idea of what to expect after our previous Camp at Lemala Manyara, particularly as both run by the same Company. This Camp appears to be slightly larger and more spread out. Bearing in mind that our two couples had booked almost a year ahead, we found our accommodation to be at both extremes of the camp which we would not have preferred.
We found that the staff, again, could not do enough for you but it did seem to lack some of the personal touches of Lemala. One of the main issues is that there seems to be many more staff and without wearing their name badges on the outside of their clothing, it was difficult to identify them and remember their names.
We were very well looked after and any slight negative comments were minor.
There are always minor issues that could be improved (like running out of some wine and drinks) but when you remember you are staying in the animal's back garden, logistics are not always that easy.
Charming all round
Of all the camps and lodges we stayed at, we felt that this was the most charming and had the warmest welcome. It isn't trying to be forced 5-star uber-luxury in the African bush and so there's no pretentiousness to the place. You won't forget that you are living in a tent in the African bush.
The best thing here is the staff, who were without exception extremely charming, helpful and welcoming and made you feel you were a guest rather than a client. Our guide was the best we had, as was the vehicle. There was great attention to detail at every level. The food was a marvel. It wasn't trying to be haute cuisine: it was honest, good food, well cooked and presented. There were always imaginative touches that took it above the ordinary. I doff my toque to the chef, who was quite a character.
The only negative point concerned the hot water. We had to ask for flasks of hot water every morning and the bucket showers should have been better. We've had bucket showers before and have no problem with them, and let's face it they can contribute to the African safari experience, but here they haven't got it right. A small gripe but an important one.
Fantastic food at luxury camp
We thought Dunia could not be surpassed for friendliness and professionalism of staff, for the best food EVER, for comfort of tents, the quality of guiding and altogether a place which will stay in our memories for a very long time.Read more about the whole safari
Dunia Camp review
A disappointment after Olakira - staff need more training - eg buffet had no butter and no bowls for fruit and staff seemed not to notice.
Also food was served like a school dinner no real service.
Dunia Camp review
We really enjoyed Dunia Camp.
Peter is an excellent host and gave us a very clear introduction to camp life. The camp is very well-run. We had had some apprehension about the bucket showers but they were very easy to use and hot water was always extremely promptly provided.
The staff were all very welcoming and seemed to enjoy helping us to learn a new word of Swahili every day.
The camp at Dunia nestles at the foot of a hill, with views from all 8 guest tents across the plains. When we first arived, there were hundreds of zebra grazing right outside! The tents are very spacious and extremely well equipped and all with great views. The staff at this camp were led by Richard, the camp manager, who was extremely warm and welcoming and was also a great racconteur, as we found out when he joined us for dinner. His friendliness and unobtrusive attentiveness filtered down through all the staff.
The food was excellent and the standard of bread and cake baking amazing. They are justifiably proud of their tented kitchen and are very happy to show guests around it. Richard found out it was my husband's birthday, so not only did we have a cake but it was delivered in style by all the camp staff singing, dancing and jiggling around the dining table that evening! A very special occasion...
Spacious airy tents surrounded by birdlife
The scenery here was absolutely beautiful and the camp was wonderfully situated amongst trees at the bottom of a hill - an incredibly peaceful spot. The tents were enormous and included a large netted sitting area. We discovered later that this was due to the tsetse flies that packed a horrible bite, but still we enjoyed reading in this area in the late afternoon lying on the day bed. As with the other camps, the staff were lovely and very helpful. We didn't think the management was as organised as at the other camps as requests for showers and tea etc. weren't always followed up on and sometime service over dinner was a little slow, but it didn't bother us unduly.
Whilst we were here, one of the guests had a birthday and we were all treated to the staff ushering in a cake with incredible singing and dancing which was just a joy to be part of. It made for a very memorable evening.
This was the camp that we saw a leopard which was a fantastic sight. We also got some good sightings of kingfishers.
Great bush experinece, and very warm staff.
An authentic experience, with an excellent service. Richard and James, were great with us, and I supose with everyone.
Dunia Camp review
We absolutely loved Dunia! This was our favourite place of the whole trip. The location is magical, truly in the middle of the bush, and we could hear the wildebeest migration and the hyenas from our tent at night. Richard, Peter and the entire team at Dunia created a wonderful atmosphere and really made us feel part of "Dunia family", especially in the evenings when everyone meets around the fireplace outside to admire the African night skies and exchange highlights of the day's game drives. The service is outstanding with the hot "bucket showers" a particular highlight, the food is excellent, the tent very comfortable and the landscapes around the camp very beautiful.
But it is Patena, our guide, and his trainee, Hamza, who really made our stay unforgettable with a series of superb game drives - we have been on a number of trips and game drives in southern Africa but the quantity of game we saw around Dunia and the quality of the sightings were unrivaled. The first day Patena asked us what we would particularly like to see and when we said we had not seen a leopard yet he found us three leopards that same day! Other highlights included a cheetah with her cub and a close encounter with a stretching male lion. Patena and Hamza also taught us a lot about the different animals, their behaviour and social structure.
Dunia is a real gem and we would highly recommend a stay there to everyone visiting Tanzania.