Reviews of Mwagusi Safari Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
113 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Mwagusi Safari Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Fantastic location on the Mwagusi river"
The manager was very friendly and helpful.
Our guide was really excellent not only in giving us all sort of information about the animals and their relationship with each other and the the plants but with his trying hard to make us see a leopard, which we eventually saw, quite unexpectedly on our way to the airstrip. The driver was equally excellent. A truly strong emotion." See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania
"Brilliant camp, accommodation was superb"
Chris and Judie made me most welcome despite the camp being very quiet. We ate together at night around the camp fire and I felt very privileged
The room was fantastic, well located below a baboon nesting tree, cool, very clean and relaxing, only problem was having enough down time to enjoy it fully.
Bladon my guide was great, very knowledgeable about the wildlife, birds, flora and fauna and we saw everything I wanted to see excluding the elusive cheetah and black rhino. I would return here again
Only draw back to drives was that you couldn’t go off track but I understand why. Bladon also gave me a night sky Southern Hemisphere lesson" See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania
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We got the impression that several of the workers were not happy with the tipping system as they only got their share every year. This put us in an awkward position. We feel the Guide, who spends hours each day with us, should be tipped separately, and the others should receive their share of the general tip at regular intervals.
It was wonderful to have the free laundry service and our houseboy, Kuno, tidied up beautifully each day.
We saw numerous sightings of animals including a beautiful female leopard asleep in a tree. Our guide spotted lizards or small birds as easily as elephants or giraffes!" See all these reviews: 9n in Tanzania; 4n in Zanzibar
"Excellent location in the heart of the bush"
We really enjoyed our time here and we were very fortunate that Jimmy was our guide throughout our stay. His intimate knowledge of the bush and the wildlife at Ruaha made a huge contribution to our overall very positive experience in this exceptional wild and remote area." See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania
Trudy, the camp manager had the personal touch that made us feel welcome from the minute we arrived - even took care of my wife on the afternoon she stayed back from our drive with a headache. All other staff were helpful to the point where on our last night we needed to be escorted back to our banda via a roundabout route when a bull elephant had blocked our normal path.
Our personal guide, Geoffrey, worked hard every day to find the animals we most wanted to encounter. He did manage to find the kill site where a leopard had disembowelled an impala, but not the leopard. I guess it saw us !" See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 3n in Zanzibar
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Our guide and driver were knowledgeable and good company.
Better lighting for reading in bed would be ideal, but we appreciate that camps in the bush are not known for great lighting and we did have our head torches." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar
"The real bush, but with flush toilets"
The highlight of my stay was seeing so many elephants, including a number of newborns. Given that elephants can be rather touchy when protecting their young, my guide was very skilled in judging how to manage our encounters so that we could get close to these animals in safety.
Personally I have to confess I found the situation a little too basic for me, which is not a criticism of Mwagusi as that is what they are offering. I chose to go in the hot season and I found the lack of a fan in the room made it a bit difficult to sleep - as largely only solar energy is used appliances beyond a electric light are not possible. I imagine this would not be a problem in other seasons . Given the quantity of biting insects at this time of year I was glad that the mesh sides of the tent kept them at bay.
Perhaps not my business but I was concerned about a couple of staff issues. Unlike any other camp I have stayed, the staff are required to be away from their families for extended periods. Tips are entirely communal and disbursed once a year - I prefer to reward my guide/driver personally and make a communal tip to the other staff." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania
Every camp in Tanzania has subtle variations in how tips are distributed. At Mwagusi the staff have decided on what they want between themselves, and opted to split tips between all team members, with the guides typically receiving a slightly higher proportion of these.
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For the price of the accommodations, it seems odd to charge for all drinks - including soft drinks during safari.
It was very hot while we were there, so the afternoon were quite uncomfortable. Putting fans in the rooms would help a lot." See all these reviews: 11n in Tanzania
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Staff very friendly. For two out of our four nights, we were the only guests in the camp, and as mealtimes were communal, this meant it was just us and the manager Alex eating together, which was ok as she was nice, but it felt a bit strange and we really welcomed some new arrivals on our last night!! Food was a bit eclectic, both lunch and dinner were buffet style, with too many competing flavours between the dishes.
The staff were helpful, but we felt they were lacking some training.
The guide and driver were great!" See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar
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