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“Low standard”
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Ikoma Wildcamp
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Oslo, Norway
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Low standard”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We were living here during our recent stay in January 2013, while on safari in Serengeti.
I was expecting tents and thought it was a really adventurous way to live within the park area, but unfortunately the standard was really low. The tent itself and beds were clean, but the bathroom was dirty and shabby. The view from the little porch in front of every tent is gorgeous and you can see zebras, giraffes etc. in the surrounding areas and you have an even better view from the restaurant. The food was unfortunately really, really bad and there wasn't any variety at all.
Positive: Free Wifi @the restaurant.
I can recommend this wildcamp for low budget travellers, but not for anyone else.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Great. The tents had nice beds, WC and shower - clean. Staff was friendly. The camp is located outside the nationalpark. So you drive 25 mins back to Serengti. We can recommend the camp. Nice view from the restaurant.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Sandefjord, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2012

Comfortable tents in nice surroundings.Food ok. Great views from the restaurant.

Some notes:

Food: Partly indian inspired, various quality. Water is very expensive, better bring your own. No juice served at breakfast, only tea/coffee/milo As for buffet dinner, try to eat early as they do not refill the buffet

Tents: Comfortbable beds. Claims to have hot water, but it does not really make it to more than lukewarm. Do not have socket for i.e. recharging batteries in the tent - this can be done in the restaurant, but be prepared to fight for room there. A couple of chairs outside in front, great to enjoy the morning light coming

About an hour to drive from Ikoma to where the safari sights start

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Orange County, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2011

Clarification: There are two Ikoma camps in the Serengeti area. Ikoma Wildcamp is run by Zara Tours, the other is Ikoma Bushcamp. These reviews are on both places. Most of the property reviews for Zara’s Ikoma Wildcamp refer to Zara within the review. Many of the others, along with the photos, are of Ikoma Bushcamp.

Zara’s Ikoma Wildcamp was a great change from the standard hotel. It is rougher – your place is in a heavy canvas tent – but you have everything necessary: flushing toilets, running water, a full shower, beds and even a vanity. They did a great job with the aesthetics. The rooms are elevated and have a wonderful porch with an amazing view. The pathways are narrow but are paved with rock. The walk to the main dining area is short but is all uphill and may not work well for those with mobility issues but there is an even better view to be had. Dinner & breakfast offered a variety of choices including beef, chicken & fresh fruit. Lunch was standard Zara food: grab a box and fill it with pre-wrapped items of your choice. Lighting here, as everywhere we stayed, is very dim. Service was great, from the warm damp towels our dusty bodies were offered on arrival to the manager in the dining area. Beverages were available to purchase (sodas were $2 each) and everything was payable in USD at the end of your stay.

Although outside of the Serengeti by a good 25 min, I preferred this camp over Zara’s Serengeti Wildcamp due to the permanent structures, running water and other conveniences.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Orange County, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2011

Clarification: There are two Ikoma camps in the Serengeti area. Ikoma Wildcamp is run by Zara Tours, the other is Ikoma Bushcamp. If you search “Ikoma Safari Camp” you can see reviews for both. Most of the property reviews for Zara’s Ikoma Wildcamp refer to Zara within the review. Many of the others, along with the photos, are of Ikoma Bushcamp.

Zara’s Ikoma Wildcamp was a great change from the standard hotel. It is rougher – your place is in a heavy canvas tent – but you have everything necessary: flushing toilets, running water, a full shower, beds and even a vanity. They did a great job with the aesthetics. The rooms are elevated and have a wonderful porch with an amazing view. The pathways are narrow but are paved with rock. The walk to the main dining area is short but is all uphill and may not work well for those with mobility issues but there is an even better view to be had. Dinner & breakfast offered a variety of choices including beef, chicken & fresh fruit. Lunch was standard Zara food: grab a box and fill it with pre-wrapped items of your choice. Lighting here, as everywhere we stayed, is very dim. Service was great, from the warm damp towels our dusty bodies were offered on arrival to the manager in the dining area. Beverages were available to purchase (sodas were $2 each) and everything was payable in USD at the end of your stay.

Although outside of the Serengeti by a good 25 min, I preferred this camp over the Serengeti Wildcamp due to the permanent structures, running water and other conveniences.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

Ikoma Wildcamp offers permanent tents, each are elevated 3 feet above ground, with flushable toilet, shower, netted bedding. It's a great choice if you're not up to "roughing it" (real camping style with the out house etc.), and you don't want to pay an arm and a leg for luxury safari lodges. Staff are friendly and helpful (mostly men). Dining area is perched atop a hill with breathtaking views of the Serengeti savannah. During the wildebeest migration, don't miss the chance to watch the sunrise and view the thousands of animals rumbling by literally a few metres away! Food was satisfactory. No sundries shop, so stock up on your necessities before hand.

Room Tip: Watch for holes on the tents.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ikoma Wildcamp
Address: Grumeti Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zara Ikoma Wildcamp is located near the Serengeti National Park, and close to Fort Ikoma and Grumeti River. It is ideally located for game viewing and walks in the area. Come and have a look. ... more   less 

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