Reviews of Mwagusi Safari Camp
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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.
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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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.
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
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.
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.
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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very laid back relaxed camp.Read more about the whole safari
Mwagusi has an organic, natural feel that just lets you know you're in Africa. Words failed us when we were shown to our banda - the tents were unlike anything we'd imagined - in a good way! Dinners were magical - shown to a different spot every night with oil lamps twinkling and a camp fire burning. Food was so good which made you wonder how they could do it - serving up piping hot, tasty food in a dry river bed some way away from the camp!
We had both our scariest and most amazing experience at Mwagusi - scariest was being charged by an irate bull elephant one morning on the way to breakfast - however big thanks to Rhiann for standing his ground - we don't know how he did it! This just reminds you however you are in Africa, and the animals are wild, so after our hearts had stopped pumping we had a great tale to tell!!
Most amazing was seeing an actual leopard kill - which as Chris Fox and our guides kept reminding us, is a very rare experience indeed, and we felt very privileged to see it. We stayed with the leopard until sundown afterwards, which gave us chance to get some brilliant photos in that perfect light, so lucky! As we both wanted to see leopard after our glimpse at Impala, this whole experience was quite an emotional one, there were a few high fives between us and our guide, Sansom, and driver, and a Kili or two to celebrate afterwards!!
Overall this was the icing on the cake to our safari, we left this amazing place full of sadness but also just not believing our luck at what we'd seen - most likely once in a lifetime experiences.
Mwagusi Safari Camp review
One of the few camps we've been to twice. It didn't disappoint. Wonderful attention to detail which runs from the food, through the service and kindness of staff, to the excellent guiding. The camp has evolved over the past 5 years while retaining its distinctive architecture of thatched bandas with very good bathrooms. Each room has a big and comfortable seating area looking over the dry river bed.
Best night time animal noises! And an amazing variety of game on the drives. Guides are very well trained and really work hard for you - thank you Samson! And many of the staff have been with the camp for many years which says a lot for the owner, Chris Fox's, commitment to the local community. We'd go back a third time!