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“Nice Tents with a good view” 4 of 5 stars
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Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp
3.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Serengeti National Park, Tanzania   |  
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Bristol
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39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Nice Tents with a good view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in low season. The place was very quiet with only 1 or 2 other tents being occupied. The tents are lovely and have everything you could require. We had a good view from our tent and saw lots of klipspringers and hyrax just outside. The food and restaurant service were all fine but just a bit too formal for our tastes. However the manager did spend quite a time chatting to us on the second night which was nice.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

I am certainly not a camper, but I really enjoyed this stay as part of our safari. The tented camp idea is great for people like me who want the connection to the outdoors, but a comfy bed and private bathroom too! We were certainly connected to the outdoors, my husband found a big lizard on his bathrobe - lucky he hadn't put it on yet! And the slippers were used for bug swotting. But we slept incredibly well and were very comfy the whole time.

The food was totally amazing. We had a rack of lamb dish one evening, and a pork dish another. Both were very good. The fresh juices, fruit and cheeses at breakfast were also a nice touch. We had our guide join us one morning and he enjoyed the breakfast too.

We really liked the morning wake up calls that came with tea and coffee. We did a sunrise safari one morning and they even bought us tea at 5 am. There is tons of wildlife in this area and we saw packs of lions and other animals not far from the camp site. One night we are sure we heard some animal get killed. It sounded very close but I am sure it probably wasn't that close to us.

Howard was a great waiter, and very attentive to us.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

When you enter mbuzi mawe you feel very welcomed by the lovely staff. They will go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. The tents are very comfortable and spacious. After dark the staff will accompany you go your tent because of the animals that can walk freely through the tented camp. (while we were there a leopard was seen in the early morning). We had a lovely experience with mbuzi mawe.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

There was nothing particularly bad about Mbuzi Mawe, but also nothing particularly great. The tents are old, there are over 15 of them and the staff is not as attentive as I was used to on safari. Luckily we were traveling with a Micato rep, otherwise I fear we would have been lost in the shuffle with the other guests. Every other place we stayed we built a friendship with the employees, that didn't happen here and we even were there longer...though ended up leaving a day early because it just didn't live up to the standards other camps/lodges had set. The game viewing in Serengeti has a much more touristy vibe to it too. Instead of your guide tracking game you just look for the Toyota parking lots, because the more vehicles in a spot the cooler the animal they are looking at. We saw lots of neat animals, more than in Kenya, but wasn't as fun finding and tracking them.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This is more hotel than camping, but instead of staying in a room with a door it was a permanent tent with a zipper.
The rooms were very nice. It was really cool to lie in bed and hear animals right outside the tent.
The bathroom situation was fine for my husband and myself, but I can imagine no door for the bathroom area could be uncomfortable for some.
The waitstaff in the restaurant was very attentive. It seemed like there were about 4 waitstaff for every one person.
We had read the previous reviews so we kept our valuables either with us or locked in their safe deposit box at all times and didn't have any problems with theft.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles California
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This was the last lodge on our trip to South Africa and Tanzania. We liked Mbuzi Mawe the best of the lodges in Tanzania. It is small with about 16 tents. We received a lot of personal attention and the staff knew our names. The tent cabin was quite elegant and very comfortable. The tented camp is on a rock outcropping in the Serengeti. There are no fences so that the animals can wander in the camp. After dark, the staff will escort you to your tent. A very nice experience. The food was very good-- the best in Tanzania-- cooked to order and not a buffet. There were about four choices for each meal.

Internet was available only in the reception area/bar but worked fine. We highly recommend this lodge. The only downside was that the animals were about one hour away, so that the game drives had a lot of driving. Plenty of animals and birds during January.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Red Deer, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

I have stayed at numerous tented camps on Safari in Tanzania. Mbuzi Mawe Tented camp is nicely situated and designed amongst the Kopes, tents are spacious and well maintained. Facilities were clean and cared for. One of the biggest shortfalls for me on this review was the staffing. Restaurant service was average but the food was fine. There was never a time that the store would calculate the correct change without a 10 minute staff meeting. On two occasions we believe the wrong change was given to our group. One member of our party and my roommate had a package of solar gifts taken from her luggage on the morning of check out. (The staff had been sent to bring the bags for checkout). Because we know someone working in the Eastern Serengetti, he was able to go back to the Mbuzi Mawe with our complaint and had the items returned to him to be distributed later to the intended recipients. The theft was one thing and can happen at any hotel, but it was the lack of service that really had me rate this as an average stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Embraced by an amphitheatre of monolithic rock sculptures known as kopjes, the reincarnated Serengeti Mbuzi Mawe Camp nestles in a secluded acacia glade with sweeping views over the alternately lush and burning plains of Serengeti National Park. Carefully sited on one of the main annual migrations. ... more   less 
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