Dunia Camp: Our full report
Dunia Camp is situated near the Moru Kopjes, in the south of Tanzania's central Serengeti National Park.This elegant yet unpretentious camp is in a good area for seeing both the wildebeest migration between December and March, and the resident game of the central Serengeti all year round. Affectionately known as the "ladies camp", it is Tanzania's first and only safari camp to be fully led and run by female staff. It has a very inspiring atmosphere.
Although Dunia has all the characteristics of a mobile camp, it is actually a permanent camp. That said, it has the same high-quality feel and construction as its mobile siblings: Olakira, Ubuntu and Kimondo, which all move according to the wildebeest migration, as well as the permanent Namiri Plains. In 2017 Dunia moved to its present site, nestled within an area of acacia woodland with views to the front overlooking an area of open savannah.
Dunia has eight airy tents, each of which has twin beds, or a king-size, covered with contemporary striped blankets and patterned cushions. The tents are large and can easily accommodate a day bed, which can be converted in to a bed for a third person. A nice focal point above the head of the bed is a simple display of traditional Tanzanian items, such as woven baskets, painted gourds and musical instruments. Chunky wooden furniture includes three lockable trunks – one at the end of the bed and one on each side, the latter topped with storm lanterns, an air horn, a torch, and filtered water.
Around the back of the bed is an en-suite bathroom, with adjacent flush toilets and hot, plumbed showers fed by a solar heater. There's a rack with plenty of space to hang clothes, a basin and mirror, and an array of toiletries including body lotion, shampoo and soap. Dunia is substantially more comfortable than the mobile camps in this area.
At the front of each tent is a spacious 'porch', which forms a lounge area that can be zipped off from the rest of the tent. Here you'll find a chaise longue, desk and chair. All of the tents are raised about a metre off the ground and sliding doors open up on to a lovely deck with a pair of directors' chairs. When the migration is in the area, the wildebeest herds can sometimes be seen from the tents!
The main area of Dunia consists of two large adjoining mess tents, one housing the lounge, and the other the dining area. In the lounge, comfortable cream and 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, along with vases of dried flowers, and the 'bar' is set on top of a wooden chest. The lounge is the best place to pick up the sporadic WiFi. Outside is a substantial seating space on the verandas, and nearby is a small curio tent.
The dining area is light, airy and cool. The cream-coloured tent is dominated by one large table, where communal evening meals are usually held. Lunch and breakfast are normally eaten at individual tables on the extensive veranda. In the evenings, it's also possible to dine outside, when the lanterns that illuminate this area combine with the light from the campfire to give a wonderful soft light.
Unusually for a tented camp in Tanzania, almost all Dunia's staff are women. This is a relatively new initiative for safari camps, but it has been working very well and as a result the camp has quite a unique feel, with attentive service and lots of singing and dancing – you can expect a warm welcome at Dunia!
Activities at Dunia are focused on game drives, either with your own private vehicle and guide or using one of the excellent resident guides. The site of the camp is excellent for big cats, as well as being one of the few parts of the Serengeti where there are resident rhino. We've even seen porcupines here before too. There is a real bonus of being able to get out earlier, and stay out later, than other vehicles visiting the Moru Kopjes – which means there are wildlife sightings to be enjoyed without other people.
Dunia Camp is a stylish yet unfussy camp in the Serengeti. It offers a high-quality base from which to explore the south-central Serengeti area, which has excellent game viewing year round, but is especially good from about December to March when the wildebeest migration passes through.
- Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania
- Ideal length of stay
- 2-3 nights is a good amount of time to explore the area.
- Seronera Airstrip is just over one hour's drive from the camp.
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Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board & Activities
- Food 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 typically quite light due to the heat, so might be a selection of salads or quiche, with chips or potato salad, followed by a light dessert such as fruit salad or a sponge pudding. On our most recent visit we enjoyed a roast pepper quiche accompanied by salad and a delicious homemade focaccia; this was followed by a refreshing sorbet.
During our stay, we tucked into a delicious dinner with a creamy butternut squash soup to start, followed by a beautifully spiced vegetable curry that was served with basmati rice, poppadums’ and chutney. For dessert we had a decadent chocolate brownie, which was delicious.
- Solo Travel
- Dunia is one of the Serengeti's better camps for a solo safari holiday in Tanzania. You can fly here, sharing the camp's safari activities and communal dining; and its single supplement is fairly low.
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- Photography holidays
- Dunia can arrange the hire of a specialist photographic vehicle. This features three swivel seats for full view and minimal disruption, as well drop-down sides to allow photographers to lie down and get low-angle photographs.
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- 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.
- Generally recommended for children
- Although Dunia accepts children aged six and up, it is a wild, unfenced camp and so Expert Africa would not recommend it for children under 12.
- Children must be supervised by their parents at all times.
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Dunia Camp
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Dunia Camp have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.
- Power supply notes
- The majority of Dunia’s power is generated by solar panels, however there is also a backup generator if necessary. There are international charging points in all the tents.
- There is sporadic cellphone reception at Dunia and a good WiFi signal.
- TV & radio
- There are no TVs here.
- Water supply
- Water supply notes
- There are bucket showers and plumbed in toilets.
Bottled water is supplied in all of the rooms and should be used to drink.
The only all-female run camp in the Serengeti
With eight luxurious tents located in a secluded corner between two of Serengeti’s prime game viewing areas, Dunia Camp is a shining beacon for promoting women empowerment, as it is the only all-female run camp in the Serengeti.
In a predominantly male-dominated society, perhaps the core of Dunia Camp’s sustainability efforts is achieving gender equality through education. The camp partnered with Kamitei Foundation to implement community education improvement programmes. These are aimed at providing selected students with scholarships to pursue advanced education in fields with good employment prospects, such as tourism, veterinary studies or nursing).
In 2014, the first receipient of the Asilia Africa Scholarship Fund was Lailatu Winnifred, a young girl from the nearby Sambwa Village, who is now a chef at Dunia Camp. In June 2017, Dunia Camp began the new season with an entirely female staff. Prior to this, Dunia was the only camp of more than 120 in the Serengeti to have a female, Tanzanian manager.
Today, the camp employs 25 Tanzanian women from 19 different tribes. They perform almost every function in the camp - from management and guiding to the role of night security, and the camp hopes to soon employ and train female apprentices for roles in mechanics and maintenance.
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Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- 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 an hour-long flight from Seronera Airstrip, just over an hour’s drive 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.
Hot air ballooning
- 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 items themselves.
- Dunia is not able to exchange any currency. There is a lockable trunk in each tent for valuables.
- Accepted payment on location
- Cash payment is accepted in US dollars, Tanzanian shillings, euros and UK pounds cash. Visa and Mastercard may also be used, with a 4% surcharge.
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