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“For a NON camper - this mobile camp was the highlight!”

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Ubuntu Camp, Asilia Africa
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South Portland, Maine
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“For a NON camper - this mobile camp was the highlight!”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

I do not camp - at all- and was extremely nervous about staying at Ubuntu but this 8 tent mobile camp visited near the end of the season in the Northern Serengeti was in a word fabulous. Epimark, the manager, runs an excellent camp. The attention to detail was first rate as was the delicious food (always several vegetable offering at dinner if you are a vegetarian and don't miss the french toast at breakfast!) the staff, the tents and our guide Goodluck. We stayed at another Asilia facility in Tarangire and I can only say they need to take a page from Ubuntu. Ubuntu was far and away our favorite place in Tanzania. Even though early rains in September had started the migration early, we were able to see a small wildebeest crossing. Goodluck guided us to cheetah, leopard, lions & cubs, rhino & baby and so much more. Again, if you had told me that I would enjoy the smaller tents, the water pull shower (on demand) and remoteness of this camp beforehand, I'd have bet you anything you would be wrong. I did this camp for my son to enjoy but this was the most real Africa on the trip and I would only go the small tented route on any return. It was that amazing. PS we used Avon bug repellent wipes and did not get a single tse-tse or mosquito bite!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

We have just come back from honeymooning in Tanzania and one of the key highlights was staying at Ubuntu.

The accommodation itself is spot on, luxury tents, high end touches like lovely towels, bathrobes, general tent decor plus a flushing loo and hot shower! It is amazing that the whole camp is actually moveable.

The team that run the camp were faultless. David the manager was so lovely and friendly and made us feel very welcome. He always made a point to sit with the guests at the communal dinner table and be part of the conversation. The rest of the staff are friendly, courteous and seem happy to be there! The cooks are great, all meals were excellent given that we were in the middle of the Serengeti, the food wouldn't be out of place at a restaurant. Finally our guide Makubi was eager to please and very knowledgeable of the park. He enabled us to see the big 9 in just 3 days, something we won't be forgetting for a long time!

In summary, we loved this place and wouldn't hesitate to go back or try another Asilia Group property. Just book it, you won't regret it :)

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

This was such an adventure for our group of four. We flew by Cessna to a country airstrip and then went on a wildlife tour on the way to the camp where we saw a leopard!
Our guide was Goodluck who was great in every respect and we had a local Masai tribesmen which really added to the experience. The river crossing of the wildebeest mixed with Zebra watched by crocs was incredible and something we will never forget.There were literally thousands of them lining up to cross!
The tents were luxurious with king size beds and porcelain toilets! The food was really good and we enjoyed the company of other like minded travellers over some of the free wine etc. David who was the manager was a really nice guy and we had some late night drinks and a chat with him. All the staff were so helpful and friendly so nothing was a problem. We had Masai tribesmen guards at night to keep the animals at bay and we heard and saw their eyes reflected in the torchlight. The camp moves to follow the migration
This is a must to see the migration so don't miss it.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

My wife and I recently returned from our nothern Tanzanian adventure and the Serengeti was the highlight of the trip. In planning an itinerary I would save this for last as it is the most spectacular. Truly, nothing compares to the Serengeti in regards to wildlife viewing (at least in our experience!)

Ubuntu is a seasonal camp which was in the far north of the Country neat the Mara river when we visited in July. There were 8 luxurious tents (think Hilton in canvas) and we were very well looked after. The Asilia gudies talk to each other (and everyone else) via radio and we adjusted our game drives according to what was going on--leopard sighting, big male lion, black rhino with calf, wildebeest river crossing. Our gude/driver was excellent and everyone at the camp was extremely professional and skilled. We enjoyed the great food, complimentary beer and wine!, and talking to the other guests--who were all very interesting people, naturally.

For the birders, the species diversity was excellent and everything was easily seen due to the relative sparseness of the bush and the abundance of birds and all kinds of game.

Some of the most comfortable beds I have slept in but you will be awakened occaisonally by hyena, zebra, lion, elephant, end especially by herds of mooing wildebeest! Awesome!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at Ubuntu and were pretty satisfied with the tents, the service, the food etc. But felt it was a bit too far from the river - which meant a reasonably long drive. En route saw others much closer to the river. We did not use Ubuntu's guide, but had our own driver and guide. Not sure if that made the game viewing sub-optimal. Or it may be with the luck of the draw, our 5 nights at Masai Mara- we just much more lucky with river crossings etc.
Have no hesitation in recommending this for a stay in Central/ north Serengeti though.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Bristol
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Ubuntu camp was our first stop on a three leg trip and our first ever taste of safari. After staying here, it most certainly won't be the last. The Safari experience aside the camp and everything about it surpassed all our expectations from the staff, the food and the location. We were collected from the air strip by Venant, who was to be our guide for our two days and he was brilliant, knowledgeable and superb at showing us the sights and sounds of an amazing landscape that left us in awe. He took us on an unexpected game drive on our way to the camp and after travelling almost 24 hours door to door this was a real treat. as we arrived in camp the heavens opened and we were shown to the lounge tent with the wind and rain lashing down but umbrellas were on hand to see us to our tent and as this time of year (September) is known for late afternoon/early evening short rains, there were wellies and umbrellas in the tent for us that evening. ( I'm a size 10 and the 8's fitted me!) The tents are about 60-70ft apart and you have a walkie talkie to contact the staff who walk you back and forth to the communal areas once dark or tent service! Air horn for emergencies, torch light, lovely bed with nice bedding, robes, screen WC and shower areas and sink. Morning wake up visits with choice of hot drink and some nice cookies! We heard some great sounds during the nights but had no worries as the camp is patrolled at night but two local gentlemen with bows and arrows (reassuring!)The communal dining is brilliant and we met some really nice people from all over the world, which was a great way to spend dinner and share stories of the day. The food was excellent both at dinner and breakfast and never have we looked forward to our 5:45am wake up call than here. The sunrises are worth going for alone. It can be cold this time of year first thing in the morning but that adds to the experience and one we will never forget. (Your game drive might kick off at 7am so if like we did you have an open sided car then you need to wrap up) blankets in the car were great and when it rained we looked a treat in our ponchos, which Venant provided! The quietness of being out on Safari is as enjoyable as anything we have ever experienced and we saw two fantastic river crossings as well as lots of other animals including a wildebeest herd in the camp on night one and on our first full day a family of elephants on the road not far from camp. A superb camp, great food, service and staff only add to what was a brilliant experience. Coming from someone who is not an 'outdoorsy' person I would go back tomorrow!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

I'm a diva so this was as much "roughing it" as I ever want to do. Ubuntu Lodge does everything they can to make your stay exceptional. All the staff is very friendly and they work hard. You can expect a hiccup or two since it is a mobile camp, toilet problems, waits for hot water, but all are accommodated quickly enough. It's a little dark in the dining tent so hard to see what you were eating but the food was generally good. It's very cute to see the chefs try to make special dishes like eggs benedict or banana pancakes. The beds could be a little saggy but all in all, the tents were very cozy. We had a terrible rain and wind storm one night that flooded the back a little but generally held up.
The one complaint I did have is that the camp is far from the Mara River so you have to drive a long way before you get to see any animals. Our guide Goodluck was FANTASTIC. I swear he spotted a cheetah from a mile away. He is very knowledgable and good natured. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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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 #30 of 113 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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