Reviews of Dunia Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dunia Camp in the wet season
The weather was particularly wet during our stay at Dunia Camp. The camp was being supervised by a relief manager during vacation of the permanent manager. The tent was pleasant and well equipped although one bedside lamp did not work, the radio did not work until we reported it to the manager and the wellington boots (which really were needed as the path to the dining area turned into a river when it rained heavily) were missing.
The bucket showers were fun, with more than enough hot water. The food was good (particularly the bread and cakes) and the breakfast bar looking out over the Serengeti plain at dawn was wonderful. A resident Hyena boldly circled us when we were having drinks around the camp fire, but was well monitored by the staff. The settees and arm chairs in the lounge and library areas became very damp and it was difficult to find somewhere dry to sit. The rugs on the open vehicles were also quite damp in the mornings.
The camp used an open vehicle for our game drives, which was not very appropriate during the afternoon drives when it tended to rain very heavily. We returned totally soaked and cold on the second day, even though ponchos were provided. A covered vehicle was commissioned on our third afternoon at our request, as the rains had been extremely heavy and the roads were totally flooded. Some of the seat belts were missing on the open vehicle that we used on most drives and our rather 'fast' guide, all but threw us out of the vehicle a few times when negotiating the slippery and muddy roads.
The game viewing from this camp was particularly good, with several large prides of lion. The drive to the Seronera air strip took about 75 minutes and was not easy due to the state of the roads.
Lovely time at Dunia Camp
The best facilities of each of the camps I stayed in, probably because it is more of a permanent one. All the staff are lovely, Angel, the camp manager was particularly helpful.
Good food but too much to eat at times. Joshua, the guide was extremely good at spotting and had a wide knowledge of the game and ecology. Some of the roads were horrendous and we had to be rescued after being stuck in the mud.
We were very late back to the camp in the dark and much to the relief of Angel I said I was not worried about it.
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best camp we've ever stayed at !!Read more about the whole safari
Great welcome at Dunia
Dunia camp is in a great location facing east towards the sunrise. It is in driving distance to very beautiful scenery such as the Simba and Moru Kopjes and has access to many different habitats-rivers , plains woodlands,rocky outcrops. The tents are comfortable although i prefer larger 'windows' to let in more light and there are ample facilities in the mess tent for charging batteries. The food was imaginative and delicious.
Angel the manager was a superb hostess and couldn't do enough to help make our stay memorable -especially as it was my son's first safari experience. On a still warm night we requested to dine outside under the stars and this was arranged.
Lucas our guide was also warm and friendly and readily shared his knowledge with us and was willing to make an early start at 6 am each day and even attempt a longer day trip to the Kusini area in search of the migration.Despite having no 'spotter ' Lucas managed to drive and spot birds and animals well before we did -it would have helped to have a bit more direction than 'over there' but that improved over the three days.
I had advised my son that specific sightings are not guaranteed .However the variety of game was outstanding - lion,leopard,cheetah as well as many other sightings in the first 2 game drives ! A particular highlight included 20 dwarf mongooses frolicking on top of their termite mound home in the evening sun -with one nonchalantly suckling a baby.
We had requested an open vehicle but on arrival at Seronera airstrip Lucas escorted us to a closed one. When i mentioned our preference, Lucas disappeared and came back to tell us that an Asilia open vehicle, which was transporting two Asilia staff to Namiri Plains ,would now be allocated to us. We had met these guys on the flight and are most grateful to them for graciously swapping - thank you Lucas and well done Asilia. Excellent customer relations. It really made a difference.
There are so many positive things to say about Dunia it seems a shame to mention the presence of tsetse flies around camp, which meant we couldn't relax outside our tents ,although the main mess tents were blissfully free of them.
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Really enjoyed this camp. Well run, friendly and helpfull staff, good food.
Plenty of game, especially wildebeest!
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We were unfortunate to experience heavy rains on the two afternoons we were at the camp and were amazed how Angel and her staff coped in such conditions. The umbrellas and wellingtons provided were very welcome.
We saw superb wildlife at the camp when it was not raining as the early rains meant that the herds had already migrated to the area.
The bucket showers worked surprisingly efficiently and we were amazed hot they got the water in the circumstances.
The food was very good and we had a fantastic experience at the camp, as it was different from Oliver's and Sayari Camp.
Less exciting than Olikira
We arrived after a deluge had swamped the camp and understandably staff were a little down-hearted and dis-spirited. They soon picked up with Angel's leadership and overall we were happy with our stay there.Read more about the whole safari
Stunning location at Dunia
We were expecting Dunia to be a fairly basic camp but it exceeded our expectations. The tent was spacious and comfortable and the arrangements for bucket showers worked very well (plenty of hot water turned up within minutes of asking). The location and view from the camp is stunning, especially as it faces directly towards the sunrise. Meals were excellent in the camp. Staff were very friendly and helpful, and Angela, the manager, was an excellent host.
Ernest was an excellent and knowledgeable guide and we had a number of memorable sightings: in particular, lions and cubs, lions mating, leopard, cheetah, rhino and lots of birds. We appreciated being in an open vehicle (with a shade) as opposed to the enclosed sort (where you stand up through the roof) which seem to be more usual in this area. We also appreciated that we were the only people in the vehicle with Ernest. That may be because the camp was not very full at the time but many of the enclosed vehicles we saw seemed to be uncomfortably crowded.
One of the advantages of Dunia is that the area close to the camp and around the kopjes is quieter (with less vehicles) than the area closer to the Seronera airstrip.
Deep in the Serengeti, a warm welcome awaits!
Dunia camp blends so well into the landscape, you can genuinely feel alone in the Serengeti; amazing! We were greeted warmly, the staff were lovely and the service was excellent. The food was also exceptional; as well as all the extras, the fish as main course on our first evening and the pork the second were as good as we have had anywhere, ever - how do they do it?!
The camp was a fabulous experience. We loved the quirkiness of the bucket showers, which were perfectly warm and serviceable - the bathrooms are also generally well equipped. The tents were genuinely comfortable and the views of sunrise (from the beds!) were absolutely beautiful. Half an hour after a glowing dawn, the sun rose above a hill opposite the camp, affording a double opportunity to relish the natural beauty.
It was the dry season in the central Serengeti when we were there, so the big herds of wildebeest etc were further north, but we still saw an extensive range of wildlife. For instance, on our last morning, as we headed to the airstrip at Seronera (an hour's journey, but we dawdled and took two) we saw - lions, leopards, cheetahs (yes, all plural!), giraffes, elephants, buffalo, warthogs, baboons, zebra, ostriches, hyenas, jackals, many different antelope and lots of birds. But we came to realise that 'sightings' themselves are only a small part of the story on safari . The knowledge brought by our fantastic guide, Stanford, encouraged us to understand some aspects of the animals' behaviour and that was endlessly fascinating so that even after 7 full days we were still all engaged and involved.
The Serengeti itself was a fascinating landscape with the 'kopjes' (granite tors) providing interest in the central area and the sheer extent of the plains in the south being breath-taking.
Dunia camp is well run, with excellent and friendly staff.
A particular gold star for fixing the bucket showers for us. We are both rather short, and couldn't reach the shower to turn it on and off. We were given a crate to stand on - but that was a bit hazardous. We mentioned this to the camp manager the next morning, and by the time we returned from the game drive they had rigged up a couple of chains that worked perfectly! I call that customer focus.