Dunia Camp

Dunia Camp: Our full report

Rooms
8 tented rooms
Traveller's rating
Excellent (92%) From 31 reviews
Children
Best for aged 12+
Open
All year

Dunia Camp is located in the Moru Kopjes in the south of central Serengeti. This elegant yet unpretentious camp is in a good area for seeing the Wildebeest Migration between December and March, and then well located for the resident game of the central Serengeti for the rest of the year.

Dunia Camp has the same high-quality feel and construction as its siblings Olakira, Ubuntu and Kimondo which are all mobile camps that move according to the wildebeest migration. Although Dunia has all the characteristics of a mobile, it is actually a permanent camp and in that respect it is more like another one of its sister properties Namiri Plains.

It has eight large, airy tents, each of which has twin or king-size beds covered with bright red and orange checked blankets and deep soft pillows. The tents are also large enough to easily fit a day bed in to accommodate triples. The furniture is chunky and wooden with three lockable trunks – one at the end of the bed and one either side of the bed. On top of the bedside tables are two storm lanterns, an air horn, a torch, and filtered water. The curtains are tangerine in colour, matching the bedspread and adding a touch of brightness to an otherwise neutrally coloured tent.

Around the back of the bed is an en-suite bathroom with flush toilets and hot bucket showers next to each other. There's also a clothes rack with plenty of space to hang clothes, and a sink and mirror with an array of toiletries including body lotion, shampoo and soap provided. It's substantially more comfortable than the other mobile-tented camps in this area.

In the front of each tent is a spacious 'porch', which has been made into a lounge area and is possible to zip off from the rest of the tent. In this lounge area is a chaise longue, desk and chair.

The main area of Dunia consists of two large mess tents, adjoined to one another; one used as the lounge, and the other as the dining area. In the lounge, comfortable beige sofas and stylish red armchairs look out over the Serengeti plains and towards the campfire, which is set a little way away from the dining tent. Wooden statues are dotted around, as well as vases of dried flowers. The 'bar' Is set on top of a wooden chest, while a tiny curio shop is hidden inside one of the cupboards. In another corner a number of plugs are used for battery charging – this is also the best place to pick up the sporadic Wi-Fi.

The dining area is found in the adjacent cream coloured tent, which is light, airy and cool. One large table fills the tent, and evening meals are held communally around it. Lunches and breakfast are normally eaten around individual tables, as everyone tends to arrive at different times. Lanterns light this whole area at night, which gives a wonderful soft light to eat dinner by, especially when combined with the light from the campfire.


Our view

Dunia Camp is a stylish yet unfussy camp in the southern Serengeti. It offers a high quality base from which to explore the Seronera area, which has excellent game viewing year round, but is especially good from December to March when the wildebeest migration passes through.

Geographics

Location: Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

Ideal length of stay: 2-3 nights is a good amount of time to explore the area.

Directions: Seronera airstrip is one hour’s drive from the camp.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Asillia

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: The food at Dunia is varied and of a high quality. Breakfast is usually a selection of fruits, breads and cereals, as well as tea, coffee and fruit juices. A hot breakfast, including egg and sausage, is cooked to order.

Lunch is usually quite light due to the heat, so might be a selection of salads or quiche, chips or potato salad followed by a light dessert such as fruit salad or sponge pudding.

On our last visit here in April 2015, we tucked into a delicious dinner with mushroom brioche to start, followed by a warming lamb stew that was served with honey glazed vegetables and steamed coconut rice. We had mango cake for dessert and it was delicious!

Dining style: Group Meals

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Most drinks are included except for premium wines and spirits.

Further dining info: Room service is not possible.

Special interests

Solo Travel: Dunia is one of the Serengeti’s better camps for a solo safari holiday. It’s great for the migration (around Dec-Mar), but also good at other times; you can fly here, sharing the camp’s safari activities and communal dining; and its single supplement is low.

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Children

Attitude towards children: Dunia welcomes children aged six years and older.

Property’s age restrictions: Children aged six and over are welcome.

Special activities & services: There is a small selection of board games in the main area.

Equipment: None

Notes: Children must be supervised by their parents at all times.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Solar Power

Power supply notes: There is solar powered lights in the room that work 24 hours a day. Batteries can only be charged in the main area.

Communications: There is sporadic cellphone reception at Dunia and intermitted Wi-Fi signal – please note that on our last visit in 2015 the signal is not very strong.

TV & radio: There are no TVs here.

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: Bottled water is supplied in all of the rooms and should be used to drink.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: There is a first aid kit on site and the manager is first aid trained. The nearest doctor is in Arusha, which would involve a flight from the Seronera airstrip, one hour away.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Security measures: Guests are escorted to and from their tents after dark.

Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are located in each tent and in the kitchen. There are firebreaks all around the camp.

Extras

Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: A full laundry service is included but underwear is not accepted. Washing powder is supplied in the rooms for guests to wash these themselves.

Money: Dunia is not able to exchange any currency. There is a lockable trunk in each tent for valuables.

Accepted payment on location: Payment is accepted in US dollars, Tanzanian shillings, Euros and UK pounds cash as well as Visa and Mastercard, although there is a 6% surcharge for this, but there's not a lot to pay for – only premium drinks and tips.