Reviews of Ubuntu Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
21 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Ubuntu Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"True wilderness experience at Ubuntu Sout Cam"
All the criteria for a great safari were fully met - a simple but comfortable bush camp ,superb guiding ,access to amazing wildlife and good food ,comfy bed ,warm welcome and attention throughout.
Having stayed at Ubuntu South 5 years ago, the several small improvements were most welcome but didn't detract from a true bush feel. These included good bedside lights , the mosquito nets hung well away from the beds ,wellies, umbrellas and the 'serving hatch' for delivery of wake up drinks. The provision of hot water bottles helped counter the cool ,damp nights and early morning game drives. The food was varied and very tasty .One of us doesn't eat red meat or nuts and her needs were always accommodated.
All the staff are just the warmest ,friendliest and helpful people you could hope to find. Saeed the manager was especially attentive and went out of his way to make us feel a home. We have come to expect a consistent high standard in the guiding across Asilia camps ,which has visibly improved over the years under the intensive training led by Pietro Luraschi and Lorenzo Rossi.
Our guide for the whole week ,David Osaka, not only had all the essential skills of a great guide but had the patience, sense of humour and personality to help us see what we most wanted as well as the unexpected . He clearly loved the wildlife and sharing his passion with us.He managed to steer away from the crowds and we were often the only vehicle for miles around. Even though the migration was in full swing and we were often surrounded by thousands of wildebeest and zebra it took nearly 5 days of dedicated 'hunting' to finally catch a wildebeest birth from start to finish . This fully justified our decision to stay 7 nights . There was plenty of predator action too -including a wild chase across the savannah to the woods near Kimondo just in time to catch sight of a leopard almost completely hidden in a tree being closely watched by 7 lionesses in nearby tree who were so hostile to the competition that the leopard quickly escaped. Knowing we also liked birds and smaller creatures like bat-eared fox , David was on the alert for anything we might not have seen before or was well hidden.
A word about the Asilia open vehicles ; the weather had been extremely wet just before we arrived and driving was a challenge Although we got stuck and were rescued a couple of times it was quite apparent that vehicles from one other nearby camp in particular suffered far, far worse and were regular stuck. As the weather warmed up and the roads dried a little we were able to venture out earlier around 6.30am ,which enabled us to experience the rising sun in the east at the same time as the setting full moon directly opposite in the west . One of many memorable , magical experiences." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania
"Unique location and wonderful staff"
This is the camp to go to to see the migration river crossings, which we were lucky enough to see on three separate occasions, but there are no guarantees on this - some visitors the previous week had watched the animals collect in their thousands at the river bank, but not be able to overcome their fear of the crocodiles and make the crossing." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 4n in Zanzibar
"Superb location, superb staff, superb guiding by Asilia. "
Saw river crossing on three occasions! Lots of sighting, we took many many beautiful pictures. Love it!" See all these reviews: 11n in Tanzania
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From the wake-up call with a tray of tea/coffee, watching the sun rise through the tent window, to breakfast outside - it was always a great start to the day. All meals were fantastic - there is a really good chef there - and he has a great sense of humour! The staff team couldn't do enough for you, and it was always service with lots of smiles. The beer was always lovely and cold, there was a great selection of wines with the meals.
The bucket showers were great - about 10 mins before arriving back in camp each evening the guide would radio in with our shower requirements, so the buckets could be readied! They were lovely and hot. We were always met with damp towels and a great welcome back. We particularly enjoyed the bonfires, sharing stories of the day with all the guests and guides.
The whole stay clearly was about seeing game, and hopefully a river crossing - and as with everything else at Ubuntu - we couldn't have done better if we tried.
Our guide was Eustace - who was absolutely top rate. He could spot animals in the most amazing places, and once he heard of sightings over the radio he was there for us. We were fortunate to witness the largest river crossing for about 3 years on our second morning - and Eustace made sure that we had good views and gradually moved the jeep as the current moved the Wildebeest downstream.
His knowledge of the technical aspects of the animals and birds that we saw was really outstanding. We saw all the big five virtually every day - and we also managed cheetah for the first time. His guiding abilities made the whole experience completely unforgettable. We were very touched when having mentioned on our arrival that it was our wedding anniversary that day, that a cake and a true African celebration took place at dinner that evening - it was these sort of touches that made it so lovely and so memorable.
We would certainly return to one of the Ubuntu camps when we return to this part of Africa." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 4n in Rwanda
"Great camp and excellent staff"
The whole staff were extremely professional, friendly, courteous and helpful, and would go out of their way to make sure your stay was a pleasant one.
The facilities were excellent and the food was varied and of an extremely high standard. It was indeed most pleasant dining out under the stars at the end of a day's safari.
The camp was well located and it was enjoyable lying in your tent at night listening to the grazing wildebeest and zebras calling to each other.
The safaris were well planned and our guide Lucas went to great lengths to place us in prime locations for viewing and photography.
All up, this was a most memorable and enjoyable experience. Special thanks to David, the camp manager, and to Lucas our guide." See all these reviews: 16n in Tanzania
"Excellent Mobile Camp Experience!"
The tents were well appointed and very clean, and it was incredible to us that even tho the camp doesn't have running water, the ability for us to take a hot shower and have flushing toilets was amazing. The staff was truly on call to be sure you could take a hot shower, use the bathroom sink, etc. We all felt like the staff at Ubuntu worked the hardest in the sense of providing a comfortable experience-- they heated the water and poured it into the buckets and faucets, they cooked food in the middle of nowhere in an amazing bush kitchen, etc. All camp staff worked hard throughout the trip, but Ubuntu staff set themselves apart making a comfortable experience while being truly off the grid.
Meals were delicious, and in fact our favorite meal of the trip was at Ubuntu- a roasted white fish with a delicious sauce. We are still talking about that fish!! Wildlife in this part of the Northern Serengeti was outstanding, with a wildebeest crossing, lions, leopard, and excellent birding.
The sunrises from the tent were the best we had- they have the tents perfectly positioned, and this was an incredible start to each day.
One sidenote that I know is addressed in Ubuntu's on site booklet-- we wish the camp would stop using firewood from the area immediately surrounding your camps. We enjoy campfires, but we’d give them up in a heartbeat to help preserve microhabitats.
We hope to return to Ubuntu one day, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others!" See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania
"Outstanding Camp, Staff, Safari and Service"
As soon as we landed in the Serengeti we were met by the camp's manager who drove us to our safari open vehicle. It was amazing to get right into the game drive as they were waiting for the crossing! We were surprised we were on a shared drive vehicle as everything else had been private but it worked out. We had a full vehicle of 6 people with our guide.
Ubuntu Camp was an excellent experience, one we will never forget. This was a very good version of "glamping". We were in a zipup tent but had a flushing toilet and hot bucket shower. No complaints with the tent at all. The staff were so amazing at bringing us hot water to shower in and making sure we had clean water to brush our teeth and warm water to wash our faces. It was incredible. Every morning they would wake us up with our morning coffee right outside our tent as we watched the sun rise. Incredible service. We enjoyed the breakfast with the group every morning, the food was fantastic!!! The staff was so professional and completely on par to whatever any guest needed to drink, eat, etc. We felt like we were at the Four Seasons camping style.
We had an amazing time eating meals with the group, enjoying drinks and conversation by the fire and playing games in the main tent with the staff. We even got a tour of the bush kitchen, which was VERY cool!
On our final night at Ubuntu Camp, our safari guide drove us to this beautiful cliff in the Serengeti where the staff had set up a bar with drinks and appetizers for our group to enjoy the sunset. It was literally unbelievable. Upon returning from our final evening game drive, the staff had set up a beautiful private dinner in front of our tent. There was a little fire and candles everywhere. It was such a cool experience! This camp stops at nothing to ensure everybody has an amazing, unique time. We loved listening to the animals during the night, we never felt scared but just really enjoyed the experience.
We loved Ubuntu Camp and would recommend everybody to go and really live the bush life :)" See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 6n in Seychelles; 2n in Kenya
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