Our group of four were touring the southern circuit of Tanzania, starting in the Selous Game Reserve and ending in Ruaha National Park. My initial thought was that Mikumi National Park and Stanley’s Kopje would just be a stopover point between the two major destinations. In reality Mikumi is an excellent park and Stanley’s Kopje would be my choice of lodging if we were to visit the area again.
Check in was quick. Our tents, Numbers 7 and 8, had excellent views of the watering hole, which is approximately 175 yards from the tent. Our first evening we were able to view zebras, impalas, warthogs, and hornbills at the watering hole. When we awoke in the morning impala were at the watering hole and in the tall grasses between our tent and the watering hole. Excellent view of the watering hole is also available at the bar/dining area as well as the swimming pool.
We stayed two nights at Stanley’s. Dinner was scheduled for 8:00 P.M. but since we were the only guests at the site we were able to choose an earlier dining time. I had read that a honey badger is a frequent visitor at the camp and was extremely please to see him both nights at dinner. (You could hear him approach the dining area as his claws dug into the ground).
When our Masai escorted us to our tents after dinner he pointed to a genet in a tree. This was the only location in which we saw these two animals.
For our all day game drive, Kate, the manager, offered us the options of a pack lunch, a dine-in lunch at Stanley’s or lunch at Foxes sister site, Vuma Hills. We chose to eat at Vuma Hills. We enjoyed our lunch at Vuma Hills, but were glad we chose Stanley’s to stay at. Stanley’s is located on a hillside and has a great panoramic view of the surrounding savannah.
Complimentary laundry service was provided by Stanley’s Kopje.
The Hippo Pool in Mikumi National Park was one of the highlights of our trip. You are allowed to get out of your vehicle and view the animals at this site. While we were at the pool, a giraffe, numerous zebras, impalas, and baboons were present, as well as a huge herd of cape buffalo in the distance. If you walked around a slight bend, hippos were occupying another area of the watering hole.