Reviews of Mwagusi Safari Camp
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Tanzania in the (very) Wet Season
We had not planned to visit Mwagusi Safari Camp ( had been there on two previous occasions and had been very slightly disappointed on our second visit ) but the unusually heavy rains had caused our chosen camp to close. Mwagusi was back to the original fantastic camp that we had visited the first time. Could it really be that one member ( now departed) of the management team had made such a difference.?
The bandas are fantastic set along a river bank with some good game viewing from the comfort of a well appointed sitting area.The sleeping area is tented so that there is no need for mosquito nets which is nice and there is a really spacious dressing area and en suite bathroom with all the hot water you could need. The whole unit is enclosed within reed and thatch.
On this visit we were lulled to sleep by the raging waters of the Mwagusi River which at less wet times is a sand river.
The food, as always ,was very good with loads of different vegetable dishes available which made another guest very happy as she was a vegetarian!!
The awful weather recently experienced in the area has taken a serious toll on the roads and as Ruaha is a National Park off roading is not an option this meant that on a number of occasions vehicles got stuck in mud and had to be towed or dug out - all part of the adventure but not one that you would normally experience in Ruaha!! Geofrey, our guide, and Isyaaah ,our driver did
Geofrey's guiding was as good as it was the last time he guided us even with the challenging conditions of poor tracks, tall grasses and very thick foliage. He even managed to find us leopard on two occasions though the first sighting was very brief but he made up for that by finding us not one but two leopard on the second sighting and we were able to observe them for quite sometime.
Our stay was enhanced even more by the fact that Chris Fox was at the camp - his enthusiasm and passion for the wildlife, the Ruaha and the people is amazing and infectious and this is reflected in all the staff at the camp who are all helpful and charming and even those with only a little English wanted to share their knowledge with the guests. You cannot fail to enjoy your experiences in Ruaha after talking with Chris and his staff.
Having had a slight reservation about visiting Mwagusi for a third time we now cannot wait to visit for a fourth time and would not hesitate it recommending it.
Mwagusi Safari Camp review
The camp had been flooded just days prior to our arrival, but due to the hard work of the staff you would never have known.
We have rarely encountered such good guiding ( Geoffrey) and the staff were so very friendly and helpful, Food excellent and we would certainly like to revisit this camp again
A perfect safari camp
Mwagusi is a fantastic safari camp. It is very authentic, relaxed and has a great athmosphere. Very comfortable tents which blend perfectly in the environment. Very good beds with all types of cushions.
The food is excellent, a lot of vegetables and salads. The buffet way of presenting is a great surplus value. The communal dining at different outdoor locations (the riverbed f.e.) is one of our best memories. Breakfast with the legendary cinnamon rolls is also excellent.
But the best in Mwagusi are the activities. Ruaha is a hidden gem, with it's dramatic scenery and a lot of game which isn't shy at all. We even saw leopard twice. The guiding was very informative, Isaac pointed out animals we would have easily missed.
We did the walking safari along the Ruaha river, which I would highly recommend.
Real African bush feel. Good trips
Although not as luxurious as Beho Beho, Mwagusi Camp somehow felt more authentic - probably because we were right on a river bed and in a tent (albeit a very sophisticated one!). The drives were excellent and we were privileged to meet a female Cheetah and a young Leopard. The nightly camp fire before supper was an inspiration. As John and I were 'peopled' out, we asked if we could eat together. No-one seemed to mind and we became known as the 'honeymooners'!
Food was excellent - a combination of African and Asian - as was the management team and guides.
Our tent (think they all did) overlooked the river bed and we spent many a happy hour watching animals and birds finding water beneath the sand.
Would have appreciated a better stocked library.
Mwagusi Safari Camp review
Fantastic would recommend to anyoneRead more about the whole safari
Fantastic safari at Mwagusi,
Our second visit to this laid back but efficient camp. We weren't disappointed. Met at the airstrip by Geofrey - who was our guide 7 years ago and guided us again. We were met at camp by Yvonne the camp manager, who immediately made us feel like family (and she didnt know it was a second visit for us). All the staff were exceptional and worked hard to maintain the feeling of relaxed efficiency. The who team were helpful, kind and couldn't do enough for us.
Food at Mwagusi if fantastic. Breakfasts for us were all in the bush and were very yummy, particularly the cinnamon bread. Lunches buffet style - a meat dish, veggie dish and various salads. Different each day and always good. Dinners - taken in and around the camp. Drinks around the fire and then starter, buffet style dinner served from pots sitting in hot embers from the fire. Every dinner we had was excellent. Puddings finished off the evening. The bush dinners are a feature at Mwagusi and can not fail to please.
Wild life in Ruaha is very relaxed as the animals have absolutely no fear of humans. This means you can get very close to them to spend time watching their behaviour. We had an amazing encounter with a young leopard who used our truck as cover whilst staking out his prey! To make the trip even more memorable we also spotted a cheetah. How luck we were in the number of animals spotted - too many to mention.
What a wonderful camp in a great location this is!
Mwagusi Safari Camp review
This was my first safari, and indeed first trip to Africa. Any concerns that I might not see much game were dispelled immediately as there was a giraffe on the airstrip and an elephant 50 metres away. Instant pick up and friendly driver, who then took me on a mini game drive, started my stay in excellent style. I was cordially welcomed by Yvonne and Erica, who were on hand for my entire stay and endlessly helpful. All of the staff were quite charming and happy to take time for a greeting and chat. My banda was extremely comfortable and clean, with washing done during the course of each day and returned in immaculate condition. I am not a particularly untidy person, but if I had left something like a fleece lying around, I would find it folded and tidied away on my return from a drive. The bandas all have a view over the river bed and there is often something interesting to watch.
The food was excellent, and they are far too good at baking. The day was started with morning tea and biscuits brought to my banda. Breakfast in the bush was excellent. Lunch buffet included interesting salads, and dinner taken at various locations around the camp, always an experience. There was also afternoon tea and cakes, and I was quickly a convert to the 'sundowners' taken out in the bush before returning to camp in the evening.
Game drives with my guide Geoffrey were exciting, informative, and great fun. I was quite pleased to have the fleece that I had taken with me, as the mornings out on drives in September could be cold to,start with, although blankets are provided on the jeep. We saw a large variety of game at fairly close quarters, as the area around Mwagusi is not a hunting area and a lot of the animals are used to vehichles. We did mot see many other groups out on a drive, with the maximum being three jeeps at a very rare cheetah sighting.
As a single traveller, I welcomed the meals being taken with fellow guests, as well as the game drives, which in my case was a group of three. This added to the conviviality of the Mwagusi camp.
There are no plugs in the bandas to charge camera batteries etc, but any handed over to the office after the morning drive will be charged up by solar power ready for the afternoon drive. Hot water was plentiful.
I would unreservedly recommend Magusi to anyone considering a safari in Tanzania.
Magical wildlife experiences
Where to start? An amazing 4 day stay for the 4 of us (including children aged 7 and 11). The game drives were incredible, 5 separate Lion prides (cubs playing, adults on a giraffe kill, mating, fighting, roaring and of course sleeping), 2 leopards, a cheetah and numerous other unbelieveable experiences.
Our 2 boys were spending 7+ hours a day on game drives, but always came back looking forward to the next experience.
The staff were very good, making us feel incredibly special. Our 7 year old was taken on his own lizard hunt, our guide Jeme started a game drive an hour earlier than planned as a Cheetah had been spotted and the catering team were incredibly flexible dealing with our various dietary requirements.
I was unsure about group dinners, but they were each great experience with stunning locations and very amiable hosts in Yvonne and Simon.
We had one night without water in our Banda, but what can you do when an elephant decides to pull apart the plumbing!
We would love to go back again.
Mwagusi Safari Camp review
Definitely a star find! As a dry season camp, it is in a fantastic location beside the empty river. There are small waterholes for elephant, baboons, mongoose and guinea fowl to name a few. Elsewhere, there were concentrations of game near water but there was also plenty out in the drier bush. As well as a great variety of birds, we saw Lions, Cheetah, Leopard, Giraffe, Hippos, Buffalo and elephants galore.
Evening dinners were undoubtedly a highlight though; lamplit long tables in the dry river bed accompanied by the call of an African Scops Owl every six seconds! As you rightly say in your brochure, Chris Fox is passionate about Africa and Ruaha in particular and, together with his equally-knowledgeable sidekick Simon, stirred up some truly thought-provoking discussions every night. We really didn't want to leave.
Mwagusi Safari Camp review
Mwagusi camp is perfect, the bandas (tents) are beautifully designed and fit perfectly in the natural surroundings. The staff goes out of their way to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
The communal dining in the riverbed gives you a real bush experience. The safari industry in Ruaha has been set up by the Fox family and you can see that Chris knows exactly how things should be done. The gameviewing is spectacular, especially if you are interested in elephants and lions.