Reviews of Mwagusi Safari Camp
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Mwagusi Safari Camp review
Food was excellent. The guides were very knowledgeable and it was a benefit to have a driver and a guide who could really concentrate on spotting wildlife.
Our visit was somewhat spoilt by ignoring the advice given to lock valuables in the office safe. On the one occasion my husband left money hidden in the room - it was taken. Use the facilities offered!
Showers a little unreliable - which seemed odd as at the next camp we stayed they always had hot water even when the sun didn't shine.
Pleasant staff. Always available and friendly but not obsequious.
Lovely camp in beautiful setting with good accomoadation, very individual. My only criticism is that the shower floor was very slippery and I almost fell.
Wonderful food. Loved how we ate at different sites - in the bush or in the sand river bed- in the evening. Very reasonably priced wine.
Excellent guides. Knowledgable. They seemed to enjoy their work and their enthusiasm was infective.
Lots of game. Not many other vehicles.
Would love to go back.
Great food and Bandas
I loved the food and Bandas at Mwagusi. The food was outstanding. A lot of vairiety and flavours. Compliments to the chef.
The Bandas are beautiful and fantastic location along the riverbed, which is visited by animals. As soon as I arrived there was an elephant right outside my banda. the design and size of the bandas is brilliant. Very relaxing, spacious, comfortable and clean. Was dissappointed with the trickle of water coming from the shower.
The game drives were good. I had a very good guide, Jimmy. However, not impressed with the vehicles. The seats are not well designed and comfortable. There are no steps (footing) to climb up on to the 2nd and 3rd row seats. It is very dangerous as one has to put you foot on thin pipes that run along the side of the vehicle. One slip and can cause injury. Very difficult for people of any age let alone older people.
The managers were good but not as warm and hospitable as I expected and after my experiences with the lodges in my previous safaris and the and beyond lodges. The rest of the local staff are very good, work very hard and are very warm and hospitable.
Overall very good lodge and experience and I would recommend it.
Expert Africa comments
Mwagusi responded to say that on request they provide additional cushions for use in vehicles and steps are also available to assist guests into game drive vehicles. It seems this wasn’t made clear to this traveller which they apologise for – they try to accommodate their guests needs wherever possible and are sorry this wasn’t done on this occasion.
In regards to the shower, Mwagusi tries to be sensitive to the environmental impact of water usage and so has actually decided not to increase the water pressures in the showers. Guests may find that showers do not have the same water pressure as they may be used to.
Mwagusi Safari Camp review
We had high expectations from what we had heard about the camp but it didn't quite live up to these and we wonder whether Chris' absence, whilst setting up his other project, has affected the overall experience quality. The camp occupancy, down to 4 or 6 for a couple of the days, also affected the feel of the stay and unfortunately, both managers had bouts of illness - Serena on the first day and Ryan as we left.
The general staff were polite and looked after us satisfactorily but one got the impression that they were fairly new to the job, had very limited English, and, as a result, were rather nervous. Ryan was clearly extremely knowledgeable but didn't really initiate any conversation at mealtimes and perhaps we noticed this particularly after the warmth and friendliness of the Selous managers & staff.
Plus points were Jimmy, our really excellent guide, who was brilliant at spotting the game and went out of his way to give us memorable viewing and photographic opportunities. Also we liked the different settings around the river bed for the evening meals and the camp fires and lamps created a lovely atmosphere.
The accommodation was artistic - nice to have the natural materials and various artefacts - and the veranda overlooking the river bed was lovely. We would have preferred to have the bathroom area also enclosed in a linked tent as mosquitoes and little animals could get in that area (something made a deposit every night!) and it was a pain to keep unzipping the flaps when using the bathroom area.
We thought it was unusual that we were asked not to tip the guide separately and were a bit surprised that there was no indication of the price of any of the drinks and we got a hand written scrap of paper as our bill at the end. We suggest the camp should have a guest feedback form.
We were pleased that we combined Selous with Ruaha as the vegetation, degree of dryness, and quantity of game viewing were very different.
Camp four of four!!!!!!
What a great place to finish our holiday.
The accommodation was superb, food wonderful, guides exceptional, organisation excellent and the most wonderful evening meals.
Cannot fault any part of our stay.
Mwagusi Safari Camp review
We liked: very knowledgeable guides; the fact that guides were local people. Loved the rustic bandas, which were fantastically clean and bug-free. So very quiet (not even generator hum). Everyone very friendly and helpful.
Areas for improvement: lighting and mirror at basin not great eg for shaving. Slippery floor in shower (but quickly provided an improvised non-slip mat when requested). Safaris were excellent but little option other than in vehicles.
Good to be able to get camera batteries charged but because of limited window to do so it was necessary to have spare batteries.
Laundry service was excellent.
A good starting point and great game
Accommodation and food were excellent. Ethos at camp was OK but somehow lacked spark. Guiding was informative but lacked variety - same guide all the time - I think the best guide was dominated by one guest who had him to himself the whole time we were there! Our guide seemed to have his set programme - which on the walks centred on dung(!) and he did not try and find out what we were really interested in.
We saw a lot of game and had a very good time there but just felt the Mwagusi experience didn't come together in such a way as to give it the Wow! factor.
Mwagusi Camp was brilliant. We all loved the rooms - especially with the elephant walking past us on a regular basis which we got used to in the end. We had a really good guide and drivers and saw some fantastic animals.
However, we did find the management at Mwagusi were a little offhand on arrival and, although very nice, were more focussed on running their camp than ensuring their guests were happy. The meals were excellent but the same applies here as at Selous - when there are children/teenagers they need to ensure there is something they are happy to eat.
Dining in the open air is a wonderful experience but was not conducive to spending an evening chatting with fellow guests after dinner. We had a special last evening at a water hole watching the sun go down with a herd of elephants taking their evening drink whilst we had ours - perfect.
A real experience
The game drives were good with excellent staff and, luckily, marvalous game.
I liked the accomodation but did feel that the ambience generally could be improved by making a bit more of sundowners, not always eating out and allowing guests to use the dining area after dinner (which they did on the last night).
The food was fine if a little curry focussed and the staff were brilliant about trying to accomodate my sugar intolerance
Mwagusi Safari Camp review
Fantastic experience here - great attention to detail. Two key elements are food and guiding, and the camp excels on both. The tents/rooms are enormous and are very well serviced. Staff got to great trouble to make evening meals memorable and atmospheric. Great flexibiity possible in managing game activities.
As an aside, this was our fisrt trip to Ruaha - this is a fantastic park, suitable for first safari and afficionados too: it is also a very attractive area: rolling hills, baobas, woodlands and the river. Very photogenic.