Reviews of Ubuntu Camp
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Three night stay
Many problem was that the animals were not there (no fault of yours!) ands it was dry, arid and dusty because of lack of rain. They were not as attentive about keeping our plumbing filled up - ran our of shower water, toilet water, thermos water and sink water!
Really enjoyed the Masai village visit arranged by Goodluck and Fazo.
Ubuntu Camp review
This was by far the best camp we visited, the whole team at the camp were professional, friendly and we were made to feel part of a big family. In future if booking another safari Asilia camps would always be our first choice, we could not make a higher recommendation.
They also make a good birthday cake - thanks Anna !
Ubuntu Camp review
We requested a tented camp away from the crowds but within access of varied habitats and wildlife and Ubuntu delivered on both counts. Outside the Serengeti National Park itself but with access to lakes,rivers,woodland and the plains and with the freedom of off road driving this lovely camp sat at the edge of a series of rocky gullies overlooking the Ngorogoro Highlands.
On arrival we had lunch outside under the trees-the first of many imaginative and tasty meals - the best of the whole trip by far. Anna and her staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful. The tents were comfortable and lighter than those at Dunia -it was a joy to sit outside admiring the views and the sun birds visiting the acacia trees in bloom below the cliffs .Facilities for charging batteries are plentiful.
Breakfast starts at 6.30 unless you want to start earlier with a packed bush breakfast.
There was only one open vehicle in camp, which had already been allocated and though Merinje our guide explained the advantages of a closed vehicle (less dust for example) we remain unconvinced overall .For one thing i am too short to see through the roof opening and standing on the seats is not an option while moving and the side windows were hard to open and close.Fortunately we were the only occupants for most of the stay which lessened the feeling of being in a box.
While the purpose of our trip was to to see the migration and wildebeest calving ,the main herds had passed though earlier than usual and despite Merinje's heroic efforts, the nearest we got to a birth was a fresh placenta waiting for the vultures. Nevertheless we had great game and bird sightings. Highlights included watching the sun rise over nearby Lake Magadi with a flock of sacred ibis reflected in the water ,numerous Kori bustards in breeding plumage, ostriches with chicks, the courtship dance of Grey Crowned Cranes, magnificent male lions , leopard, eland , oribi , bouncing gazelles as well as the usual suspects .
The opportunity for a walking safari accompanied by two Masai was very welcome although no big game was sighted. On our last morning before driving to the airstrip we were offered the chance to make a bee-line for wild dogs which had been sighted some distance away ,out on the plains.After a hectic bumpy ride Meleji our Masai spotter was the first to see a small pack of well-fed wild dogs . A fitting end to a great 3 days .
Ubuntu camp staff welcomed us warmly and we really enjoyed staying here.
The tent and bed were very comfortable. We had some minor water supply issues in the bathroom, but as soon as these were reported - Anna - the camp manager waved a magic wand and water was flowing normally again.
Catering was excellent, with generous picnics provided for lunches.
Amongst the wildebeest at Ubuntu
Ubuntu is a lovely bush camp with wide views across the northern Serengeti. We were surrounded by huge herds of wildebeest which "mooed" us to sleep each of the 4 nights we stayed there. The tent was very comfortable and there were bucket showers on demand. The camp is very well run by David, and the atmosphere was excellent. The food in the camp at Ubuntu was also excellent.
Our guide Goodluck was the best we had on this trip, and one of the very best guides we have experienced on our many safari trips in Africa: he could really "read the bush". We were fortunate to witness three spectacular crossings of the Mara river by wildebeest and zebras, virtually without any waiting around, and on one day we spotted a total of 33 lions in different prides.
Great Safari Location
This mobile camp is quite isolated and far from the safari crowds. We enjoyed the isolation away from other safari vehicles. Close to the camp we saw a troop of resident giraffes.
We appreciated the hot showers, very clean accommodation, free laundry and extra touches provided (ie. laundry soap, Q tips, bath robes, etc.). Everthing was kept in excellent repair. The food was very tasty and our best packed luches were from this camp.
All the staff were excellent and met all of our needs. The acting camp manager, Anna, was charming efficient.
If we came back to Tanzania we would love to stay here again. We wished we had planned to stay here longer.
Ubuntu Camp review
Great camp with wonderful guides who were very knowledgeable. We were assured of an open vehicle and did not receive same; however, it all worked out for the best and the vehicle we were in was acceptable for four people but would have been cumbersome for more than that number.
Everyone in our camp saw the rhino except for us as our driver for two days said it was either two far, too hot, or too late even though everyone was coming in for three days saying they had seen the rhino. We were assured we would see the rhino at Sayari as we would be there three days and it was in the area of the rhino where everyone was seeing it. Did not happen as we spent one entire day searching and one half of another. Our guide, Humphrey, gave it his best, but the rhino did not co-operate. This was our only disappointment.
Ubuntu Camp review
The manager David went out of his way to be helpful and attentive. All the staff were great.
This camp was a bit far from the main migratory action further north. This necessitated long and arduous jeep rides. On one occasion, our private driver/guide was trying to outrace the rain and hit a large hole that sent us flying. The other person in the jeep suffered a nasty head gash. There were very limited first aid supplies available (jeep or camp) to stop the bleeding and cleanse and dress the wound. This could have been quite serious if stitches were needed and I hadn't known what to do. Fortunately I did, being a nurse. I think that both the jeeps and camps should carry a well stocked kit with antiseptic, bandages and perhaps suturing materials.
We did enjoy this camp, though, and had some great sightings e.g. wild dogs.
Wildebeest calving season at Ubuntu
A long way from the airport but also a long way from other camps which gave us a feeling that we had the plains and the little wildebeest calves to ourselves.
For a mobile camp, the accommodation, facilities and food were all excellent. Our guide Makubi was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun, and Meleijahas our Maasai warrior was exceptional - spending time with him was a great experience and he spotted wildlife, particulalry cheetah, that were way in the distance.
Wonderful location and fantastic cheetah view
This was a complete contrast to the Ngorongoro crater where we started our trip. It was the most basic tented camp we stayed in, but a great contrast to the previous luxury as we felt very connected to the bush here. Having said it was the most basic camp, the tents were lovely with huge, comfortable beds which included a hot water bottle each night. The bathrooms were more than adequate and we enjoyed savouring the bucket showers and realised how much water we wasted at home. The only slight downside was that my mother is tiny so couldn't reach the shower on/off handle. This was easily remedied however by doubling up the duckboards in the shower!
The manager at this camp was top end and he definitely had his finger on the pulse - we were very impressed. The food was excellent too.
The game viewing here was fabulous - we saw numerous cheetahs including several mothers with cubs as well as thousands of wildebeest literally pouring into the area to give birth - a very special sight and something we'll never forget.