I stayed here three nights and quite enjoyed it. I wanted to be in the area of Ikoma where I had not visited before. About 10 km from Ikoma gate in a Game protection area we had lots of wildlife right on our 'tent step.'
They have both basic and luxury tents. Basic are quite good but by mistake I was in Luxury and don't regret it. The usual roomy Meru style tents with facilities en suite out the back. A comfortable large bed but strangely despite the room available there was not one stick of furniture other than a chair. No where to hang clothes other than on the small privacy wall between bed and dressing area. This was inconvenient. "Luxury" means more than just putting pointy ends on the Bog Roll each day. Hot water was 'iffy'. It came if you beat the guy next door and if the pump was working. We had no water for 24 hours but hardly a management fault. The restaurant had recently burned to the ground and was in course of being rebuilt so there was a workforce and some noise on site but again one must accept that these things do happen. As a result meals were taken in a small Mess tent which could get cramped when full. Meals were to as fixed menu and was well prepared and presented. Staff were friendly and courteous at all times. This is a wildlife area so an escort was provided after dark to and from your tent. He was well armed with a Bow and a few Arrows. That really did keep the Lion in their place! The Camp is approached by about 5km of track from the 'main' road through the village where sadly the local kids have been habituated by other tourists to scream the usual "welcome" song of "Mzungu Money!" Not much to do around the actual area outside of camp but the plains were full of game and birds if you troubled to find them. I had Giraffe, Topi, Wildebeeste, Gazelle and Zebra for company while sitting outside my tent. Maybe that was what the Bow & Arrows were for?
A nice place for two nights or so. More when the migration passes through in May-July.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Robanda Safari Camp is set on a prime location for an unforgettablebush experience. The position was carefully chosen to be right in the path of the wildebeest migration, ensuring spectacular game viewing during the migration. But the camp also boasts of high resident game concentration all year round, with big herds of wildebeest and zebra, elephant and giraffe. Other animal species include lion, hyena, gazelle, topi and buffalo.Being situated just outside the Serengeti National Park, Robanda Safari Camp offers you the unique opportunity to do night game drives and walking safaris. Activities which cannot be offered inside the national park. Robanda is a small and intimate camp with 7 luxury tents and 3 budget tents, and can therefore offer a more personal treatment to guests who do not want to experience the hustle and bustle of larger camps. The luxury tents are very spacious, with either double or twin beds and annex bathroom. Each tent has a private veranda with an impressive view over the Serengeti plains, where herds of wildebeest and zebras can be seen. The "bush style" tents are mobile tents, set up in a permanent way. Each tent has its own private bathroom with bush shower and toilet.The panoramic open restaurant, with lookout tower, offers a fine cuisine and cold drinks after an exciting day of game driving. Here you can relax with a chilled cocktail, while observing animals drinking from the water hole only 30 meters away from the bar. ... more less