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 Safari Camp review"
Animals in Ruaha NP seem relaxed around vehicles. This means that the longer you stay the more interesting behaviours you will get to see. We stayed three nights and were sad to leave.
We all agreed that Mwagusi Camp was the highlight of our trip to Tanzania." See all these reviews: 6n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar
"Great rustic "in the bush" experience"
One really felt like you were part of nature - elephants walking between the tents , lions in the river bed, bats & monkeys in the bathroom - great
Food was good but limited - basically one menu for each meal - not unreasonable given the remoteness. Every night was an evening alfresco dinner in the bush or in the river bed near the camp. Lit by lanterns and with a big fire - cooking was on hot coals.
Very informal - keen knowledgable guides - kids loved it." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania
"Traditional african safari in great setting."
Meal times ensured that guest mixed and it was great to talk through our days experiences. Good veiws of lions and one excellent view of leopard.
Dissapointed that we did not see the African dogs in the four nights we stayed at this camp." See all these reviews: 11n in Tanzania
"Mwagusi - a great bush camp"
The guiding was excellent with both a guide (Daniel in our case) and a driver and the morning drives typically lasted 6 hours with a gorgeous breakfast (the cinnamon roll really is as good as its reputation!) and careful thought taken into which part of the park they would take us on each drive. The park is scenically dramatic and varied and we were lucky enough to see a wonderful variety of game, which was particularly dense around the Ruaha river.
Although we dont chose a camp based on its food, dinners at Mwagusi are a highlight and foster a terrific atmosphere in the camp, which is further enhanced by the presence of the owner Chris Fox.
My only criticism is that the camp undersells itself on its website, such an important influence on travellers today - I would recommend Mwagusi to anyone who wants to retain a real bush atmosphere and high quality guiding with a significant degree of comfort." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 6n in Zanzibar
"View to a kill"
Kimberley and Rianne were great hosts and Samson was an enthuastic guide.
The highlight of the stay was the seven hours spent watching a cheetah with two cubs, making 5 failed attenmpts stalking and hunting impala, before finally making a kill less than 300m away - truely widescreen viewing." See all these reviews: 14n in Tanzania
"Mwagusi Safari Camp review"
The camp was excellent. The location overlooking a dried river bed was interesting - with elephants, jackal , monkeys wandering around ( and lion ).
The game viewing turned out to be even better than we had had in Selous. On our first drive , we made a rapid detour to see a leopard , photogenically perched in a tree. We then came across a large pride of lions, over 20 strong. On our second day , we encountered a mother cheetah with 2 cubs. Our guide ( Samson ) was sure it was hunting and we watched as it attempted on about 5 occasions to run down impala. This took some time and the camp brought out a packed lunch for us so that we could continue to watch. Just as it looked as if the cheetah would never succeed, it pursued and dragged down an impala - a grisly lunch for the cubs , right in front of us. All this goes to show is that the guiding here was excellent.
The accommodation was very comfortable. Each night , dinner was held a short distance from the camp , under the stars and next to a roaring fire. On the second night it was not only the fire that was roaring. We were dining in the dry sandy river bed and over coffee suddenly heard loud growling . The camp manager ( Rian ? - big South African - excellent) flashed his light to reveal about 6 lions prowling and looking straight at us about 75 yards away. We were very calmly ushered back to the camp , where the same lions , and the rest of the 20 strong pride were to wander through during the night, with very loud roaring. I was impressed with the professionalism of the staff. It sounds scary, but we didn't feel in danger and it was all rather exciting !" See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar
"Mwagusi - full of character"
The best feature of the bandas may well be the sunken corner with big cushions - a great spot to relax and watch the action down in the sand river. Not that there wasn't plenty of wildlife outside the camp - guiding was excellent and one really noticed that each guide knows the different areas of the park very well.
In general, we really enjoyed the fact that Ruaha has such a varied landscape - everything from plains to wooded hills or rocky kopjes can be seen in good day's drive.
Dinner at Mwagusi is a real occassion - the camp has three different locations along (and in) the sand river which are lovingly decorated for dinner, making for a very special experience. While there were some issues around quantity at lunch, the food was fresh and of excellent quality." See all these reviews: 15n in Tanzania
"Mwagusi Camp review"
what happens when the girls leave at the end of the season?:" See all these reviews: 14n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar
"Mwagusi Camp review"
The size of the banda overall was amazing and the "entertainment" area which opened out on to the river bank was absolutely amazing - especially the double swing.
The public dining area was great and the concept of pre-prandial drinks round the camp fire led to convivial evenings.
The staff at the camp were excellent but were eclipsed by the brilliance of our guide who knew absolutely everything about absolutely everything to do with the park." See all these reviews: 4n in Tanzania; 1n in Zanzibar
"Mwagusi Camp review"
The second disappointment was that one afternoon we saw a Leopard hiding in the bush, it had caught an Impala and was hiding from us and waiting to go to it's food. We knew that the Leopard wasn't going to move as long as we were close by, the guide said that we should come back early tomorrow morning and see if the Leopard has gone up a tree with the Impala.
Thrilled and excited about this we went up bright and early the next morning only to find that we did not have the same guide to take us to the leopard, our guide from the evening before had explain where the leopard ought to be but still the new guide didn't get it right, no comment was made why we didn't receive the same guide as the night before.
Apart from that we always enjoy and appreciate it when the owner is also living in the camp, it adds alot of feeling and personality to the atmosphere." See all these reviews: 9n in Tanzania
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