Reviews of Dunia Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
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.
We did not find the service quite as good as Lemala Manyara but had an enjoyable stay. We were located in tent 1 on the end so it felt a bit 'on a limb' from a wildlife perspective.
Dunia Camp review
We arrived at Dunia Camp after a long tiring journey which included the Serengeti.
We had some idea of what to expect after our previous Camp at Lemala Manyara, particularly as both run by the same Company. This Camp appears to be slightly larger and more spread out. Bearing in mind that our two couples had booked almost a year ahead, we found our accommodation to be at both extremes of the camp which we would not have preferred.
We found that the staff, again, could not do enough for you but it did seem to lack some of the personal touches of Lemala. One of the main issues is that there seems to be many more staff and without wearing their name badges on the outside of their clothing, it was difficult to identify them and remember their names.
We were very well looked after and any slight negative comments were minor.
There are always minor issues that could be improved (like running out of some wine and drinks) but when you remember you are staying in the animal's back garden, logistics are not always that easy.
Charming all round
Of all the camps and lodges we stayed at, we felt that this was the most charming and had the warmest welcome. It isn't trying to be forced 5-star uber-luxury in the African bush and so there's no pretentiousness to the place. You won't forget that you are living in a tent in the African bush.
The best thing here is the staff, who were without exception extremely charming, helpful and welcoming and made you feel you were a guest rather than a client. Our guide was the best we had, as was the vehicle. There was great attention to detail at every level. The food was a marvel. It wasn't trying to be haute cuisine: it was honest, good food, well cooked and presented. There were always imaginative touches that took it above the ordinary. I doff my toque to the chef, who was quite a character.
The only negative point concerned the hot water. We had to ask for flasks of hot water every morning and the bucket showers should have been better. We've had bucket showers before and have no problem with them, and let's face it they can contribute to the African safari experience, but here they haven't got it right. A small gripe but an important one.