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On the Engare Nanyuki River, 15 minutes from the Seronera Airstrip, Serengeti National Park Tanzania
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#34 of 167 Specialty lodging in Serengeti National Park
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Mbugani Camps Tent Camp, in the famed Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, is the way camping should be! Each of the 15 spacious tents (Number of tents varies by season; we also have mobile tent camps that follow the Great Migration. Please inquire at our website if you would like to find out more about our mobile camps) are furnished in hardwood and wicker furniture, comfortable queen-sized beds (king for honeymooners!), en suite bathrooms with flush toilets, roomy showers (not bucket showers!), charging stations for your electronics, rugs on the floors, all while being set in the bush and close to the animals. Mbugani has Wifi, is solar-powered, with a back-up generator and hot and cold running water are available all day (with 5 minute lead-time on hot water needs). Fantastic food and full bar featuring wines from South Africa. Each evening a campfire is lit for your "Sundowner", a magical place to enjoy a beverage and "bites" with other guests. Imagine yourself here. We do.
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On the Engare Nanyuki River, 15 minutes from the Seronera Airstrip, Serengeti National Park Tanzania
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Vitalis wrote a review Jun 2020
Chicago, Illinois4 contributions
We stayed here for 3 nights on our safari this March and loved it very much. The camp is near a small river, and we were able to see the migration and predetors nearby the river. The staff here are excellent and meals were phenomenal. I would highly recemmend this camp for luxury camping experience in the Seronera area.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Jon W wrote a review Mar 2020
Winchester, United Kingdom40 contributions31 helpful votes
We were booked in this camp for two night, but thankfully our safari company (Mamasavana) changed the booking so we only had to suffer for one night. While the accommodation was ok, the service was poor, and the meal area was very crowded. When we selected a place to sit for dinner, we were evicted by a stroppy women who told us we were not allowed to sit there! The reason became apparent. The table we had sat at (one of the two in the place) was soon occupied by a large group of people who thought they owned the place. Very noisy and inconsiderate. My wife and I were confined to the end of the 2nd table and surrounded by 12 assorted young kids. The arrangement was not exactly conducive to a relaxed dining experience. The soup was inedible, and the rest of the food was grim. The drivers who eat separately had a much better deal….and food by the look of it. Breakfast was no better as people fought for an omelette or coffee or whatever else they were all bickering about. After watching a glorious sunrise and sipping a tepid coffee we were relieved to depart for an excellent day on safari in the certain knowledge that the following evening would be much, much better. It may just have been our bad luck, and perhaps on another day it may have been better. The location was certainly very nice. My recommendation to Mbugani is not to cram so many people together, and if you are catering for a large party, give them their own area and leave the rest of us to relax….oh…and yes…change your catering staff.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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JohnRay2 wrote a review Mar 2020
West Chester, Ohio144 contributions27 helpful votes
Don't worry about the TENT in the name. These semi-permanent tents have all the luxuries you could want out in the plains. We even had hippos on the edge of the camp. Don't step in their leavings in the morning on the way to breakfast. The meals were great and plentiful. Beds were restful and comfortable. The service was very good.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Vjay S wrote a review Feb 2020
Providence, Rhode Island1,000 contributions170 helpful votes
We stayed here for 2 nights on our safari trip. The location is pretty good and the stars at night are breathtaking. Staff were all very friendly. Food options were Aok, didnt particularly like the lunch boxes they gave. Dinner was quite good, breakfast was Aok as well. The room itself was pretty good. We saw zebras roaming around by the tents at dusk and night time. We could hear the hippos snort and the hyenas as well at night time. We felt pretty safe. Also we saw a herd of wildbeest run by at sunset. The negative was one of the staff members initially said the alcohol was free, however, when we were leaving, we were given 80$ bill for the drinks. They dont accept credit cards and we had limited cash, so it was bit difficult. I wish they'd mentioned initially itself that the alcohol was not included. Otherwise good experience.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Frequent Traveller D wrote a review Feb 2020
Freiberg am Neckar, Germany37 contributions22 helpful votes
Mbugani Mobile Camp is a camp that follows the great migration and moves between Ngorongoro and Serengeti. From December to March, they are in Ndutu area of Ngorongoro where you are supposed to see the calving of the gnus in February when we stayed there. We booked Mbugani Camp directly (not with tour company). They do not ask for any advance payment, you can pay on arrival. As they do not have credit card facility in the camp, I paid in advance the day before we arrived, which cost me dearly. Due to heavy rains the day before, our car got stuck twice on the way to Mbugani, had gearbox failure and we finally got rescued to Chaka camp where we had to spend the first night, so I can compare both camps. On arrival at Chaka, I called Mbugani to have me transferred but they told me their tractor broke down and I should stay at Chaka. Don’t count on them to help you in an emergency! I asked them to find an agreement with Chaka on the cost, which they were not able or willing to do. I ended up having to spend a night at Chaka, where they have a rack rate of more than 1.000 $ a night, which they discounted substantially, but still left me with paying both Mbugani and Chaka. After writing to the director of the company about a reimbursement with the argument that they could not help me due to their tractor failure and that normally they would not have received the money had I not paid in advance, they played down the first argument and did not answer the second one. The camp was quite (but not completely) full, so I do not think they would have gone broke giving me some compensation, I guess it is just greed and bad customer service. Regarding camp quality, compared with Chaka just two miles away across the lake (see also my Chaka review): Yes, it is cheaper than Chaka, but there is also a quality difference. Both have lake view, but on the Chaka side we had flamingos and hippos (both seen and heard), on Mbugani just antelopes. In Chaka, there was a lion and an elephant visiting, in Mbugani we just heard hyenas in the night. The tents in Mbugani are somewhat worn, some of the zippers and velcro fasteners broken. Our outside chairs were missing. The Chaka tents are bigger and better furnished. Chaka has voice com for calls at darkness (e.g. pickup for dinner), Mbugani just light signals. Chaka has a dedicated attendant for each tent, Mbugani has none. Chaka has a knowledgeable naturalist, Mbugani has none. Chaka had a car that finally got us transferred, Mbugani did not offer such option. Food at Mbugani was o.k., staff friendly. They have reliable wifi in the restaurant tent and telephone connection for Airtel some meters up. The camp manager, Olivia, went to great lengths to help me with the transport issue the next day. However, just sitting in front of your tent or walking around the camp is not worth the price I had to pay.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mbugani Camps Tent Camp
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast buffet.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.