In the heart of Mikumi National Park is Stanley's Kopje...
Stanley's Kopje: Our full report
Previously known as Foxes Safari Camp, before it burnt down in 2008, Stanley's Kopje was rebuilt and opened again in 2011. Stanley’s Kopje is located in Mikumi National Park, which is a protected wildlife area to the north of the Selous Game Reserve, and is part of the Foxes portfolio of properties.
Stanley's Kopje is one of a number of properties that the Foxes family own and run in southern Tanzania. Including: Rufiji River Lodge in nearby Selous; Ruaha River Lodge in Ruaha National Park; and Vuma Hills which is also in Mikumi.
As the name suggests, the camp sits on top of a rocky kopje and it dominates the landscape. The camp overlooks the Mkata floodplain in one direction and the Mwanamboga waterhole in another. The panoramic views all around the camp are stunning and, depending on which the side of the property you are, you can watch the sun rise in the east and set in west.
The main area is a huge quatrefoil thatch structure on top of the Kopje. It houses a bar, small library, seating area and restaurant. The octagonal bar is centrally located and is made from stone with a highly varnished wood surface. Wooden stools surround the bar and it's a very sociable place to meet in the evening. Then in two of the semi circular 'corners' there are lovely deep leather sofas and a few wicker armchairs, a small bookcase and a selection of other board games like backgammon and Bao. The other two sections are used as a restaurant and contain wood tables and directors chairs. The whole main area is open sided to maximize the views over Mikumi National Park.
Down a stone path to one side of the main area there is a small swimming pool. It's a great feature of Stanley's Kopje and a very pleasant place to spend the afternoon.
Stanley's Kopje is a relatively small camp with only 12 tented rooms, which are all named after famous explorers and chiefs of tribes. All the tents are dotted around the hill facing in different directions making them feel very private. The rooms consist of a huge wooden deck built up on stilts with a thatch roof – inside which a, huge safari style tent is hung. They are larger than most other tented camps and have polished wooden floors, solid wood framed beds, a writing desk and a couple of directors with comfortable safari print cushions. But by far the best aspect of the rooms is the huge veranda at the front.
At the back of the room, a part canvas, part wood wall, separates the en-suite bathroom. There is a wardrobe, an electronic safe, his and hers basins and to the left there is a flush toilet, whilst to the right there is a shower.
Although the amenities are the same in each tent, the configuration does differ. Three are three family units (which contain a double bed and two single beds), two rooms have twin beds, six are doubles (although they can also easily be used as triples), one is specifically set up for honeymooners and there's even one tent that is wheelchair friendly. Ask us for more information.
Activities tend to focus on game drives and walking safaris in Mikumi National Park. It's worth noting that it's about a 45-minute drive (half an hour of which is on a main road) to the main park gate, which is near to the best game drive routes. There is a main road that runs right through Mikumi National Park, which although you can't hear or see from camp, the knowledge that it's there does detract from the feeling of being out in the wild. There is a decent variety of wildlife in Mikumi, but there is nowhere near the same numbers as there is in other parts of Tanzania. So safari enthusiasts will be better off looking at a different wildlife area to Mikumi.
Our viewStanley’s Kopje has a great location and for the style of camp it is excellent value too. However the safari experience is not as rewarding as some of Tanzania’s other National Park and so we would probably not recommend Mikumi for experienced safari goers.
Ideal length of stay: 2-3 nights
Directions: It is a six hour drive from Dar es salaam.
Owner: Foxes Camps
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: In the morning you have a choice of full English or Continental breakfast, there is also a selection of muesli, fruit and yoghurt.
Lunch tends to be a light meal – often pizzas and salads.
Dinner is a three course meal and guests are invited to help themselves to the main course which is laid out as a buffet.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Drinks are not included – beer costs about $4, a glass of wine $4 and sodas are $2.
Further dining info: Not possible
Attitude towards children: Stanley’s Kopje welcomes children of all ages.
Equipment: Stanley’s Kopje welcomes children of all ages.
Power supply: Generator
Power supply notes: There are plugs in the rooms which can charge batteries between 09:00-13:00 and 18:30-22:30.
Communications: There is no Wi-Fi available in camp.
TV & radio: There is no TV.
Water supply: Borehole
Water supply notes: Bottled water is provided for drinking.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: There are first aid kits in the main areas and in all of the vehicles and the staff are also trained.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: Askaris are on hand to walk you to and from your tent at night.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in all of the tents and a fire break around camp.
Disabled access: In Place
Laundry facilities: A complimentary laundry service is available.
Money: There are fire extinguishers in all of the tents and a fire break around camp.
Accepted payment on location: Stanley’s Kopje accept payment in cash (USD, TZS, EUR, GBP) and Mastercard and Visa. Please note that there is a 5% surcharge.