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
"Mwagusi Camp and its elephants"
The camp is situated on a river bank. The river was dry whilst we were there but it must be a very special during the wet seasons. The dry river bed attracts wild elephants digging for water and they take no notice of the existence of the camp or indeed its inhabitants. We had them in many places: two next to our tent (within inches in fact) and in the camp. One almost joined us for afternoon tea.
Our guide, Daniel, had fantastic eyesight and this coupled with his knowledge meant that we had some spectacular sightings. The best of these was without doubt three cheetahs with a kill that, whilst we watched, were visited by two leopards.
The food was excellent as was the laundry service. Our only cause for concern was with the vehicles used for the game drives. These were badly in need of attention and maintenance. Twice we truly believed that we were about to be stranded. Once was a loose rear wheel hub, the other a non functioning starter motor." See all these reviews: 9n in Tanzania; 8n in Zanzibar
He assured us that they take vehicle maintenance very seriously. The camp’s own garage is well-stocked with spare parts, and has several experienced mechanics who service all the vehicles regularly. If a problem did occur, a recovery vehicle with a mechanic would be dispatched immediately – although this situation is rare because of high levels of routine maintenance throughout the year.
In this particular case, the ‘loose hub’ was removed after this drive, and sent off to Dar es Salaam to be re-drilled.
Chris highlighted that diesel Land Cruisers can sound as if the starter-motor is playing up. The key is first clicked, but not fully turned as a period of heating is required before the car can start. Thus, in fact, this vehicle’s engine was in good order, even if it didn’t sound that way.
"a wonderful experience"
We felt we were living right among the animals - quite a worry the first night with lions prowling round and then we got blase when the elephant came right up to our front door at 3 pm - so no siesta that afternoon - we were too busy watching him.
I don't think we ever thought we would be quite so close to a wild animal ever. None of us will forget the sound of the lions roaring at night. Our guides, Tom and Danny, were very informative and brilliant spotters. They gave us so much time with drives lasting up to five hours.
The evening meals were magic - different venus every night and lanterns everywhere - a real treat for us English to eat out let alone in such romantic places." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 7n in Mozambique
"Mwagusi is slightly wild & real Africa"
The highlight for us was the elephants which visited our banda each night. He was just a few metres away and we could lie in bed watching through the mesh window in the canvas.
The local guides are very good at finding the animal & bird sightings, but are less good at giving detailed explanations of animal behaviour. For this reason, we would recommend Mwagusi in combination with another camp too.
Dinner is held outdoors, maybe in the sandy river bed - lit by lanterns. The food is fairly basic and would be our one key improvement area for Mwagusi" See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar
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