Mwagusi Safari Camp

Reviews of Mwagusi Safari Camp

Excellent(96%) From 111 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 111 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 L and Ms A of West Midlands
Arrived on: 3-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent, authentic safari experience

A fantastic first safari experience.

Comfortable banda accomodation - dotted spaciously along the dry river bed. Even though they are quite open, with daybeds & a hammock & the bathroom outside, it felt really private with bush separating each banda. The openness has the added advantage of making you feel very close to nature- waking up to see the animal parade which unfolds in front of you (or the munching of elephants eating the banda itself!).

We experienced really good quality guiding from Joffray- a real advantage of having a driver plus a guide was that the guide could concentrate on spotting. On several occasions there were quite long drives with few animals spotted before coming to another area where there was a greater density. Thought that the driving was careful and in-tune with guests wishes - allowing plenty of time for photos etc.

Meals were very sociable - especially of an evening, meeting around the campfire. It was a really relaxed, welcoming atmosphere - and Chris's willingness to share some of his stories and years of experience added to the experience. The variable locations and the beautiful set-up made each night memorable.

As others have written, drinks were an additional expense and it would have been nice to have had an idea of the cost (e.g. a price list in the room information) or just paid a little extra per day & have had them all included. As it was - our drinks bill for 3 nights for 2 people (a couple of beers per person per day) was about US $100.

One comment about the tipping - there was no 'staff box' in the office where the bill was settled - and the tip (which I had separated from the final drinks bill) was just tucked into the top pocket of one of the camp managers with the money for the drinks. It didn't give me any confidence that it would be shared out with the guides or other staff - rather that it was a handsome tip for one person.


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Expert Africa comments

We are glad to hear that Mwagusi is keeping up with its reputation for good guiding and service, though the issue over tipping was of immediate concern to us. We contacted Mwagusi straight away and have been able to clarify the tipping procedure. They replied swiftly:

“Thank you for forwarding all the feedback for the whole season. Its very useful for us to see what guests have felt about their stay with us, however I feel the need for the first time to respond regarding one comment about tips below. I am upset to think that the guests have the impression that we 'pocket' the tips ourselves and I would be most grateful if you could pass onto them that they must be assured all tips received by guests in camp are logged individually and then tallied up at the end of the season and shared out amongst all our staff.

I can confirm that the tip from these travellers of $63 has been included in this amount. We inform staff of tips as they are received so that they can see they are doing well. We have a bush office here and rather than walzing around with a wad of cash in our hands in front of staff, it is more sensible to remove cash from wandering eyes, hence, we usually put it in our pockets to transport it to the office where it gets logged and goes into the safe.

Having a tip box is not a bad idea and many camps have it, but I might ask the question of who empties the tip box when the guests have left!”

From this, we’re confident that tips are being treated correctly. However, we have commented to the Mwagusi team that whilst it’s important that tips are correctly handled, it’s also vital that they are seen to be correctly handled.

Some camps use a ‘dual key’ system for tip boxes, with one key held by the manager, and one held by the ‘elder’ of the staff; this is a system that we’ve warmly recommended to them.

Mr & Mrs N - Bournemouth
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwagusi Camp review

Very attractive and quirky accommodation - although would have liked netting across bathroom apertures to prevent insects when light on.

Food was absolutely outstanding - what a pity there was no fresh coffee. However the bush breakfast was a disappointment - both in terms of food and the lack of chairs and table. Sundowners ( except for one occasion) also disappointing.

Enjoyed the change of location for dinner under the stars. Camp manager ( Charlotte ) and Chris Fox made a great effort to mingle with guests and create happy atmosphere. Our guide - Samson - was exceptionally good.

Terrain - although lacking a river( full of water!!!) - was very varied and interesting.
We missed a swimming pool as a release from heat , having come from Impala.

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Mr B Dorset
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great camp location, scenery and game.

Magwusi is a great place to stay and we will probably return one day. The scenery, game and general location were really good. Our room was very comfortable in a beautiful location, with a wonderful view.

Over the 4 days we saw many animals/birds from our room/balcony. One very bad point which annoyed us and our fellow guests was that there was no 'drinks price list'. The drinks were quite expensive. I think this the first place I have ever stayed where there was no price list! We dicussed this locally to no avail.

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Ms J & Mr J - London
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Charming Mwagusi

Generally a good stay but one got the feeling that some supplies were running a bit low. Meals tended to be 4/5 different vegetable dishes and a very small amount of meat: perhaps more healthy than we had expected!

Standard of guiding was generally OK but we sometimes felt that guides were too eager to call their colleagues when they found a cat so that everyone could come and join the fun. This was OK with lions but we had to insist on leaving a cheetah which the guide said was shy but was actually quite stressed by being followed.

We would have preferred an all inclusive price: drinks proved surprisingly expensive and the prices didn't seem to be advertised.

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Miss G - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwagusi Camp review

Absolutely stunning camp, could not fault anything at all.
Facilities, staff, food, drives, all first class.

Cheetah extremely elusive though, I think everyone was trying to find one. Area is more lion and leopard terrain so dont expect lots of cheetah sightings if considering Ruaha.

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Mr & Mrs H - East Sussex
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Mwagusi a magnificant location

Drive quality depended on which guide was driving. Samuel was very good and with him we saw lion leopard and cheetah within 24 hours plus of course many other animals and birds.

The drinks at Mwagusi were twice the price of anywhere else and had to pay for water over and above the first bottle

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Honeymooners from Bromley, Kent
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwagusi Camp review

Mwagusi is a fantastic safari camp, we really loved it here. It was a good contrast to our stay in Lake Manze (Selous) and the accommodation proved a step up from the latter, with more space in the tents and a gorgeous outdoor private seating area overlooking the dry river bed from which we could watch elephants, baboons and giraffes walking through.

You don't get the option of a boat safari here but I think that's the case for the Ruaha in general. However, the bush here is very different to the Selous so the wildlife is really varied and there's even a chance of spotting cheetah (we weren't so lucky!).

Charlotte and the team at Mwagusi were really welcoming, the food was fantastic and varied, and we loved the evening mealtimes for the experience of sitting in the dry riverbed or in the bush surrounded by hanging hurricane lamps and log fires!

An experience we'll never forget, thank you.

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Mr & Mrs R - Wimbledon
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A fabulous intro to safaris at Mwagusi

Felt very close to nature. Very attentive and well trained staff. Good guiding. Well managed. Being a National Park, Ruaha has many pluses. In particualr wild life seems much less fearful of humans.

The food was very good and dining in the open air at night was a great experience.

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Mr & Mrs C from Nottingham
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwagusi Magic

Mwagusi certainly did not disappoint. On our arrival we were met by Charlotte, one of the camp managers. She went out of her way to make us feel welcome, organised everything we wanted to do, and was always on hand with her impressive air of calm efficiency.

We had a superb Banda overlooking the dry river bed, the honeymoon suite, we found out the day we left!! It was very comfortable, with all mod cons although the lighting at night was a little dim, but very rustic African. We particularly enjoyed the lovely candlelit dinners under the stars, in a different location each night. The food was very tasty and imaginative, but not always as hot as it might have been, (difficult we appreciate under the conditions).

Our game drives were excellent with friendly and knowledgable rangers. The bush breakfasts were great fun. We soon realised the importance of being escorted to and from our Banda at night, with regular sightings of game in and around the camp. On the day we left we were unable to get into our Banda after breakfast as a large elephant was standing right in the doorway!!

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Ms L & Ms S from London
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mwagusi Camp review

very laid back relaxed camp.

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