Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp

Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp

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4.5
#38 of 132 campgrounds in Serengeti National Park
Location
4.6
Cleanliness
4.7
Service
4.6
Value
4.3
Guarded by three million year-old granite towers in the magnificent Serengeti National Park, Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp offers the quintessential African Serengeti safari experience. Our elegant tented camp is located on one of the main annual migration corridors for over one million wildebeest, half a million zebras and gazelles and their accompanying cast of predators; the camp also offers close proximity to lions, giraffes, hippos and all of the other fascinating wildlife that inhabits this 14,763 square-kilometre park.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Special diet menus
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Non-smoking hotel
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Languages Spoken
English, Swahili

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Serengeti National Park 255 Tanzania
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Derek h wrote a review Nov 2022
Kent
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our trip was arranged through Africa Travel Resource and we are so grateful that they included four nights at the Mbuzi Mawe Serena camp, any initial doubts we may have had about staying in a tent in the Serengeti were very soon dispelled, these are tents on an entirely different level, beautifully appointed, set on a tiled floor with immaculate presentation and plumbing, electricity and wi-fi consistent with any hotel I have stayed in. The staff were all so warm and welcoming it would be unfair to name specifics , everybody combined to make our family stay a truly magical experience with the food being of an excellent standard, the packed lunches we were sent off with on our daily game drives were superb and, of course, what a fabulous location, you are literally living in the Serengeti with it's wildlife all around, you have to be sensible and listen to the expert guides who escort you around the site but that is all part of the wonderful experience.
I would very much like to think that I will be able to visit again one day. Thank you all.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Ellieta Mbisse, General Manager at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp
Responded Nov 13, 2022
Dear derekh371 Thank you very much for taking time off your schedule and choose to come to stay at Serena Mbuzi Mawe .You also spared some time to share your feedback about us. We gladly appreciate rating us highly in regards to our Service, the view being priceless and that you had a very great Memorable stay with your family. Thank you once again for sharing and we look forward to welcoming you back again. Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager.
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FiveDivers wrote a review Jul 2023
San Antonio, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was the second lodge that we stayed at during our 8 day safari. Great lodging and great staff. Lodging under canvas was first class with rainfall showers, full baths and comfortable beds. Excellent food choices. Incredible staff. Great location right next to the kopjes. You could see lions on the kopje from our tented room. Cape buffalo walked around at night and you could hear the hyenas. The walking safari with the naturalist and ranger is a MUST. We learned so much about the animals and environment and climbed the kopjes as well. Thanks Gift and George. The true safari experience. Don’t worry about the animals at night, there is a trained ranger to ensure your safety.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Ellieta Mbisse, General Manager at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp
Responded Jul 12, 2023
Dear FiveDivers, It's an absolute pleasure reading about your last stay with us and we are thrilled to hear that we exceed most of your expectations. Thank you once again for sharing such detailed feedback and we look forward to hosting you again Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager
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intheairLosAngeles wrote a review Sep 2021
Pasadena, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The is a great camp tucked away in hilly and rocky out cropping amid the hills and plains of the Serengeti. It sits at about 5000 feet above sea level which makes the temperature a bit cooler at night compared to other camps we had stayed in. Here the tents are outfitted with the modern conveniences of a hotel room, with plumbing and electricity. Although when we arrived, we were told the electricity would not be turned on until 6pm. They did turn it on for us earlier the next day when we returned from safari though which is another example of how accommodating the people here are. They do everything they can the make your stay as pleasant as possible. This is one the Serena properties so if you have stayed at others in the Serengeti, the menu at the restaurant is mostly the same, which is very good indeed. In fact, I want to say here, that the soups that are served are really quite good. As is all the food. The staff are excellent too. Upon arrival, we were asked to provide passports for registration. All fine. But the staff took it upon themselves to memorize our names so that each addressed us by our names throughout our stay, and we were a party of six. That is a nice and welcoming gesture. They also made a bush dinner for us and as one of us was having a birthday, they came and sang and danced by our table, the fire, and the moonlight. It does not get much more special than that. Even the Manager and Chef joined in. We all had a great time.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Ellieta Mbisse, General Manager at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp
Responded Sep 17, 2021
Dear intheair Greetings from Mbuzi Mawe Serena and thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your Family. Thank you for taking the time to share your fabulous experience of Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp and we are delighted that it was a wonderful one and we are happy that overall you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for appreciating our unique qualities - location, atmosphere, views and our hospitality / staff. Your comment encourages us in our mission to provide outstanding experiences and memories of any visit to Mbuzi Mawe Serena in the Serengeti. We look forward to seeing you again. Best regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager
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LPANDERSON wrote a review Sep 2022
Los Alamos, New Mexico
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This camp was wonderful in every way. We arrived early evening and dinner was at 7:30, so we hustled our dusty bodies to our lovely tents. Dinner was delicious. The dining room was warm and welcoming and the food yummy! We headed back to our tents for a good night’s sleep. Well, well soon after we hit the pillow at least one male lion decided to make his presence known….letting all within hearing distance aware that where we were trying to sleep was really his territory! He carried on roaring for a couple of hours! That was very exciting!! The next day was a dirty, dusty, ashy drive and we didn’t see many animals. We were back at tents for a tasty lunch. We were very tired. Spent afternoon showering and napping. Our group of 4 went to bar at 5:30 PM. Our ADA tour guide/driver came in at 6:00 PM and he and some staff including the Asst. Manager took us behind dining lodge, behind tents and we soon saw servers, a chef and appetizers warming in stainless server. This is where the Serengeti Cocktails made their presence….orange and passion fruit juices, with Vodka and local Gin. Wow!! Sooooo delicious! They also had a large variety of delicious finger food that we chowed down like it was our last meal. We had so much fun and it's such a lovely memory! We enjoyed this spread during the most gorgeous sunset and we went back to the main lodge for a nightcap. No dinner…too full. Back to tents by 8 PM. We
continued to our next camp in the morning, taking with us wonderful memories of Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: They are all great!
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Response from Ellieta Mbisse, General Manager at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp
Responded Sep 13, 2022
Dear aande1285 It's an absolute pleasure reading about your last stay with us and we are thrilled to hear that we exceed most of your expectations and appreciate the time taken to share this amazing review. I am very delighted to hear that you found our property as well as the service impeccable and the Serengeti cocktail you had was so delicious. Thank you very much once again for sharing this amazing review and we look forward to welcoming you back again during your next visit to Tanzania-Serengeti. Best regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp manager
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Dan B wrote a review Oct 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My Fiancé and I visited Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp for 4 nights in late September 2022 for our very first Safari adventure.

Our experience was exceptional and I am not exaggerating to say that our expectations were exceeded in all aspects.

The camp is situated on a hill amongst the Kopes in the central Serengeti with fantastic views and an abundance of wildlife within sight and earshot. Baboons and Hyrax frequent the camp and during our stay we spotted lions, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, elephant and the Mbuzi Mawe after which the camp is named just metres from the camp borders.

The accommodation is both spacious and luxurious with the tents set on a solid flat foundation for comfort. Electricity in all tents and 24 hour hot water supply for showering.

The staff were helpful and friendly without being overbearing. In particular Newstar and Haji were fantastic. Whilst Eric the assistant manager regularly checked in to ensure there was nothing more that could be done to enhance our stay.

Food was something we weren’t sure what to expect in a safari camp in the middle of the Serengeti but we needn’t have been concerned, it was both delicious and plentiful with a set menu for lunch and dinner each day with a few options for each course. The staff are also always on hand to provide you with an early morning coffee at any time no matter how early (we had 4am before pickup for balloon safari) in the lobby area of the main tent prior to wake you up for the morning game drives.

The communal area of the camp itself is also idyllic with separate lounge, bar and restaurant areas all in keeping with the savannah setting.

There are some reviews here which suggest the service is not great but we strongly and wholeheartedly disagree with this based on our experience. Notably on our final night in the camp, at dinner during our dessert the staff surprised us by bringing my fiancé and I a special cake with Kwaheri (the Swahili word for goodbye) iced on to it. Not only this, but the entire staff - waiters/waitresses, chefs, security and management - came out to our table and sang and danced Swahili celebration and goodbye songs with us. A truly unexpected and special experience that will live long in our memories.

Overall we couldn’t fault the camp or the staff and would highly recommend to anyone considering staying here. We will certainly be back at some point in the future.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Ellieta Mbisse, General Manager at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp
Responded Oct 24, 2022
Dear danbC3239YE It's an absolute pleasure reading about your last stay with us and we are thrilled to hear that we exceed most of your expectations. Thank you once again for sharing such detailed feedback and we look forward to hosting you again Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager
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CZTHOMPSON wrote a review Sep 2022
Greenfield, Indiana
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here 2 nights on a cross-country safari. It is built on a rocky outcropping, with spectacular scenery. The tented rooms are very luxurious. The staff are incredibly warm, welcoming, helpful, and eager to please. The food is excellent! I was sick one day and did not go out on the drive with our party. The staff were so caring, bringing me extra water, calling to ask if I needed anything, and the lovely housekeeper cleaned our tent while I slept like a lazy bum. Later I saw the housekeeper, Joyce, walking along the path, singing and dancing. Such joy is beautiful to behold.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Ellieta Mbisse, General Manager at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp
Responded Sep 2, 2022
Dear CZTHOMPSON It's an absolute pleasure reading about your last stay with us and we are thrilled to hear that we exceed most of your expectations. Thank you once again for sharing such detailed feedback and we look forward to hosting you again in the near future. Best regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager.
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Matt Holmberg wrote a review Jan 2022
Orange County, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff made this luxury camp a wonderful experience. Eliota, Albert, Venus, and everyone else made us feel so welcomed and thrilled that our Safari company put us up at Mbuzi Mawe for two nights at the end of December 2021. We looked forward to Venus hosting us at every meal. The food was delicious every single night, especially the soups! On our last night, the camp hosted us for an elegant dinner in the bush which was a special experience. It was also fun seeing the baboons walking through the camp and up to their rock home above the camp at around 6pm every night. Thank you to everyone at this camp! My family and I had a great time and hope to return one day.
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Response from Ellieta Mbisse, General Manager at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp
Responded Jan 9, 2022
Dear smileymatt91 Greetings from Mbuzi Mawe Serena. Thank you very much for taking the time to review and share your wonderful experience about your last stay with us and we are very pleased to hear that it was a such a memorable one. I am also very delighted to hear that our staff made you feel at home and that the atmosphere of the Camp was great as well. Thank you once again for sharing and we look forward to welcoming you back again. Kind regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager
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adventurel0ver wrote a review Nov 2022
Columbia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is my second time staying at this camp. It is a very nice tented camp in a fairly secluded part of Serengeti.

The tents are specious and well appointed. Each tent has two queen size beds, a small sitting area and a separate work station/ desk. Outside the tent, there is a small porch with a sitting area. The bathroom is large with a walk in shower and double vanity sink. The water pressure was good. From the tents, you have nice views of the surrounding area and wildlife is all around this area. I had cape buffalo right outside the tent for 2 nights and vervot monkey playing chase across the top the tent late one afternoon. There are lots of rock hyrax in and around camp as well as klipspringers which the camp is named after. I could hear lion and hyena in the distance. All in all, it gives you and old school safari feel with the creature comforts of home.

Wifi was good.

The common areas are OK but nothing special. They are located in the middle of the camp and there is not much of view. Overall, I didn’t think the common areas were as nice some other tented camps where I stayed but they are adequate.

The food and service here where very good. Even for a fairly remote tented camp Serena does a really good job of giving you several choices with each meal. The quality of the food was also very good. The service at this camp was similar to other Serena properties – excellent.

All in all, a good choice for a Serengeti tented camp.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Response from Ellieta Mbisse, General Manager at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp
Responded Dec 2, 2022
Dear Robert D It's an absolute pleasure reading about your last stay with us and we are thrilled to hear that we exceed most of your expectations. Thank you once again for sharing such detailed feedback and we look forward to hosting you again Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager
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eabk1 wrote a review Aug 2023
Brooklyn, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great place to stay - the staff were very nice, the food was delicious, and the rooms were great. The location has a lot of wildlife around it so lookout for hyrax and baboons walking around the campground. There's also lions nearby which is very convenient for an early morning game drive to spot some lions. Overall, we enjoyed staying there and had a great time!
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Ellieta Mbisse, General Manager at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp
Responded Aug 10, 2023
Dear eabk1 It's an absolute pleasure reading about your last stay with us and we are thrilled to hear that we exceed most of your expectations. Thank you once again for sharing such detailed feedback and we look forward to hosting you again Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse
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Wanderer wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A quiet and peaceful tented lodge in a very scenic location. The tent accommodations were great, wonderful shower with plenty of hot water and comfortable beds. Friendly and helpful personnel made my stay very enjoyable. You are one with nature and at night, one could hear animals. Security at the tented lodge made us feel very sage after dark. I enjoyed my stay and would come back again the next time I visit.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Response from SerenaHotels, Manager at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp
Responded Mar 5, 2020
Dear vagabond adventure Thank you very much for taking the time to review and share your wonderful experience about your last stay with us and we are very pleased to hear that it was a such a memorable one. I am also very delighted to hear that our staff made you feel at home and that the atmosphere was great as . Thank you once again for sharing and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager
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Answer from WarrenWood
Saint Louis, Missouri73 contributions7 helpful votes
Not sure which airport is closest to Mbuzi Mawe. We flew to Kogatunga (sp?) in NW Tanzania for river crossings. Map shows several airstrips closer to Mbuzi Mawe. We loved the camp there, beautiful setting and lots of wildlife.
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Kenya77 contributions2 helpful votes
Dear Thommo999, Hope you are doing well and thank you for choosing to stay with us and we are looking forward to hosting you all. As per your question, Feb is the right time to see the wildebeest calves at Ndutu area and other areas of south Serengeti. Simon, M. Camp Manger, Mbuzi Mawe Serena.
JMN5180 asked a question Aug 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania10 contributions7 helpful votes
Hi, what type of plugs are needed? Type G or Type D? We will be spending three nights there soon!
Answer from wayne m
Nairobi, Kenya1 contribution1 helpful vote
Hello, We mainly have the type G in our properties. But also, we would be happy to provide a multi-plug which you can request for at the reception and return on check out. Looking forward to have you staying with us.
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Kenya77 contributions2 helpful votes
Hi, It depends on on how you are getting to the Camp. If you are flying there, the camp is inside the park. because you are inside the park, the main activity is game drives. We have very knowledgeable game drive drivers that will be sure to take you to all the best spots and ensure you get the most of the game drive. However, if going to the camp by road, there are several stops that you will make along the way. One notable stop with be an over night stop at Ngorongoro and the Ngorongoro crater is one of the best spots in Tanzania. Also, you will stop at the Olduvai gorge another must see spot. Hope that helps, if you need more information, we would be happy to help.
ratmole2005 wrote a tip Mar 2024
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania19 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Come during June ,July it’s when is the season"
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WarrenWood wrote a tip Sep 2023
Saint Louis, Missouri73 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to arrive in camp with time for a guided walk of the area."
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FiveDivers wrote a tip Jul 2023
San Antonio, Texas327 contributions106 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get box breakfasts and lunches to go to maximize your game drive experience. Bring insect repellent with DEET."
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Derek h wrote a tip Nov 2022
Kent3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you want to truly experience Africa do not be put off by the tented accommodation, this is an ideal base for your daily game drives."
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LPANDERSON wrote a tip Sep 2022
Los Alamos, New Mexico12 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They are all great!"
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
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Yes, Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
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