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Ubuntu Camp, Asilia Africa
Certificate of Excellence
New york, NY
1 review
“Cannot wait to return!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

My boyfriend and I went on safari with four other friends. Ubuntu was absolutely fantastic!!! Our guide, Good Luck, was the best! We saw the Wildebeest river crossing multiple times and all of the Big Five. During our stay I spoke to several guests who had transferred to Ubuntu at the last minute from whatever camp they originally booked with because Ubunti was far superior. We have been looking at the pictures and missing the Serengeti since we returned home. This is the most glamorous "camping" (if you can call it that) you can imagine. Ubuntu actually offered us far superior accomodations to several of the pricey hotels we stayed at during the non-safari portions of our trip in Accra and Zanzibar. No detail is left unattended to. The place is decorated beautifully and is very cozy and romantic. The food is excellent (and, coming from NYC, I don't give that compliment too easily). The entire staff went above and beyond to make our stay memorable. We run a small guesthouse in NY and spent our stay taking notes of which of Ubuntu's personal touches we wanted to mimic at our guest house back home (thanks Ubuntu!) : ) They offered us on the last night to take a drive to watch the sunset. When the jeep arrived at the clearing, they had set up an enchanted little spread of appetizers and cocktails in the middle of the clearing just for us. It was so hard to leave the next day. As this is a mobile camp obviously the shower is not running water but it is far from a typical bucket shower. They have set it up in such a way that you can still have a shower in the bathroom inside your tent and can stand under the water and feel as though you are taking a normal shower, which is quite impressive in a tent in the middle of the Serengeti. It won't be the water pressure you're used to but it is more than sufficient given the day's and night's activities and this is camping after all. I would take this trip again and again and stay here every time whether with a group, couples or on honeymoon.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

We have stayed at a number of camps and lodges throughout Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania. Ubuntu mobile camp was average. The site is ok, having some Wildebeest and various antelope wandering though, but not really any views. The drive from Kogatende was interesting, through the rocky hillsides, showing us some different animals. The tents should be comfortable enough. They are clean and spacious enough, though smaller than many. The detractors for us were beds that were not level and not long enough for a 6 foot male. They felt comfortable originally but sagged in the middle over the night. The safari showers worked ok and had adequate quantity and pressure, but the basin supply and pressure was insufficient. The toilet cistern would not fill due to a blockage. We expect the odd hiccup, but it took them four attempts to fix it. Each time they said yes, it was ok, but they obviously hadn't tested it properly until the boss took care of it himself. The lighting in the main tent was inadequate to see what we were eating (a problem as my wife has certain foods that react with medication). The food was acceptable, but not great compared to our other camps. Our guide, Goodluck, was fantastic. A great person and very good at his job. Our one bonus was that when it rained heavily with strong wind gusts on our third night, our tent remained dry, while others had some minor flooding.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

I planned on going to Tanzania to climb Kili (which I did - woohoo!!!), and realized that while over there, I wanted to see some animals! I ended up booking my trip with Tor in the US office of Aardvark Safaris, because she seemed to "get" the experience I wanted to have as a solo traveler, was respectful of my budget, and didn't try to cram a pre-packaged tour down my throat like most other companies I contacted...and she knocked it out of the park with this one!

I explained that on safari, I wanted a group dynamic while on safari since I was traveling by myself. Tor recommended Ubuntu and specifically mentioned the communal dining as a major plus for solo travelers...and of course, the timing was perfect because the camp was in the Northern Serengeti when I was going to be there, so I got to see the wildebeest crossing the Mara river - quite a sight to behold!!! On top of that, I saw a bazillion other animals, including two leopards mating which was a definite highlight!

She was totally right about the communal dining experience - it was really, really awesome to sit at a table together with the other people at the camp and trade stories about the day...and just get to know one another, in general. During my time, we had some newlyweds, a group from Toronto, a family spread across all corners of the globe that came together for this trip, and several other really cool people. It enhanced my trip so much to have that kind of shared experience, and I'm really grateful this was suggested to me, rather than a hotel or lodge.

Now on to the camp itself....AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was like a dream!!! I'm used to camping in regular tents, and this is definitely "glamping" - but with the added twist of being truly out in the middle of the (very, very beautiful) bush. My tent was on the end, so I had a parade of animals throughout the evening, and LOVED sitting outside my tent at dawn with a cup of coffee watching the wildebeest and antelope munch on the foliage. The game drives were STELLAR...Goodluck and Victor were both absolutely fantastic, completely knowledgeable, and good-humored. The food was way beyond my expectations AND they were able to cater to my need to avoid gluten (the baked goods they made BLEW MY MIND!!) - go visit the kitchen tent just so you appreciate how that entire crew is a bunch of magicians making that food out in the middle of the Serengeti! The staff were all so welcoming and thoughtful - I really enjoyed chatting with Jackson (Head of Rooms), learning about his time in the tanzanite mines and on Kili.

Other highlights? Spectacular sunsets & sunrises, crazy comfortable beds, warm safari (bucket) showers, snacktime & sundowners, Maasai shukas in the vehicles, the cozy lounge tent, the hot water bottle in bed at night (!!!), the bathrobes...ok, EVERYTHING.

I actually teared up when I had to leave - I had the most magical time at Ubuntu, and I highly recommend it to anyone considering a safari in the Serengeti...now I just have to figure out how to get back there!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shanaynay11
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Poole, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

We spent three nights at Ubuntu Camp and it was truly an amazing place to stay. David and his staff are exceptional hosts and made everyone feel welcome. It is a five star camp, nothing was too much trouble. The food was fantastic and as a vegetarian I was well catered for not only for the evening meal but also the pack lunches.
Our guide was called Goodluck and he made our game drives experiences one's that we will never forget. We saw the wildebeest crossing three time which was exactly like you see on television. Not only were we lucky enough to see the crossing we saw two cheetah kills, lion cubs, a rhino and it's baby, leopard, hippo's, croc's, the list goes on.
I would not have any hesitation recommending the camp to anyone. It is first class and I couldn't fault anything.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Smith2013xxx
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Madrid, Spain
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

We stayed at Ubuntu as our first stop in Tanzania coming from the Maasai Mara and had all the comforts of home in our tent and were taken care off quite well by Mark and his camp staff.

Our experience in the game drives was a bit poor as the wildebeest migration had already left north and the camp's location during our stay (west) was quite far. Additionally (probably as a measure to avoid the mounting pressure to find interesting animals) we were pushed into (and gullible to accept) a visit to a nearby "authentic village" outside the park where we felt like walking wallets.

Despite the shortcomings, we enjoyed our experience through the chats in the fire and dinners with the rest of the guests.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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La Canada Flintridge, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

My family and I absolutely loved Ubuntu Camp. We stayed for 3 glorious nights. At the time of our visit, the camp was located in the Western Serengetti. Although it was remote, the amenities provided and food were above outstanding. We enjoyed the wash basin, toilet and shower in the tent. Amazing to have running water out in the bush! Each meal was a culinary delight! How was food of this caliber prepared without a traditional kitchen??? The ingredients were fresh, and each dish was carefully prepared with fabulous presentation. We also enjoyed the morning wake-up service with a friendly greeting and an aromatic tray of biscuits and hot chocolate, tea or coffee. Mark and his staff showed the best of African hospitality. We would not hesitate to recommend Ubuntu Camp!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WJJJPFamily
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Bangkok, Thailand
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for two nights during our honeymoon safari and it was absolutely wonderful--the camp location (West camp) was fairly remote as far as we could tell, but still well-resourced for those wanting a more high-end "glamping" experience. The cuisine was top-notch, and the staff let by Mark was extremely nice and gracious. We did have an issue with a broken toilet on the end of the first day that was never truly fixed, but otherwise the experience was wonderful. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ubuntu Camp, Asilia Africa
Address: Serengeti National Park 1000, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 115 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ubuntu Migration Camp stops at three spectacular locations across the north, west and south of the Serengeti, following in the tracks of massive herds of wildebeest as they cross the vast plains of the Serengeti in an ancient migration cycle. Shadowing the wildebeest's every move, Ubuntu Camp uncovers fascinating and unexplored corners of this great wilderness, ensuring that first-class game viewing is never far away. With their unwavering focus on keeping pace with the migration, Ubuntu's guides have an enviable reputation for bringing this remarkable natural phenomenon to life. The camp itself is intimate and personal, and the seven spacious tented suites epitomise traditional East African safari charm. ... more   less 

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