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“Ikoma Bush Camp in October”

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Serengeti Tented Camp - Ikoma Bush Camp
Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Ikoma Bush Camp in October”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2012

We stayed here 2 nights in late October. Earlier reviews of the camp were mixed so I was
a bit concerned about what we would find. However, we were very pleased overall about our stay. The tents were nice size and had full working bathrooms attached. We had no problems with hot water. We enjoyed sitting on the porch with our friends and listening to the sounds. Game walked nearby and you could definetely hear hyenas at night.


At night they had a large fire going so you could sit outside and enjoy the stars. The first
night the camp was full with a tour from Holland so the atmosphere was quite different from the second night when we had the place pretty much by ourselves. The first night
there was a dinner buffet that had plenty of food and nice options. The second night the dinner was off a menu with several choices for the entree. Breakfasts were also good.
Service was good overall. We were unhappy that our guide was not allowed to eat with us.


The location was good for the animals in October. It was still very dry and there were hardly
any bugs.

We received a good rate through our Safari agent at Karibu Africa Safaries and thought
it was well worth the price we paid. My only real gripe was the first night we were given
twin beds instead of a queen requested on our reservation. The camp
was full with a group from Holland so they could not accommodate us. We moved the second night to a tent with a queen bed.

It was a totally different atmosphere than staying in a lodge but it was definitely a step up
from basic tent camping. After spending nearly a week of sleeping on the ground while
climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, I wanted the luxury of a bed. However, I didn't want to give up too much of the sights and sounds of being in Africa.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Minden, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2011

Wow! Where to begin? The accommodations and staff at Ikoma Bush Camp
are absolutely the best! From the friendly greeting every morning at breakfast, to the meals and daily lunch boxes, to the final escort by guides to our tents every evening...Ikoma is a wonderful experience. We awakened to birds singing every morning and watched impala and zebra wander by our tent as we watched from the porch. The tents are deluxe and immaculately clean. I can't imagine finer accommodations being available. Thanks Ikoma Bush Camp for a truly magical experience!!!

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Budapest, Hungary
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2011

we loved this place. it is by far the best place we stayed in the Serengeti area. because it's not officially in the Serengeti national park, but the Ikoma game reserve you can actually be outdoors, the tented camps were just perfect, we were in the middle of wildlife, but yet, in the back of our nice and simple, but spacious tent, there was a proper bathroom. their night time safari is a must, it was exhillirating! it's a way better place then any of the lodges we stayed in throughout the safari trip to Serengeti.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2011

After reading all the reviews, I was very concerned about staying here especially since I was staying for 5 days. I was surprised at what I found there.
TENTS were spacious with nice sized bathrooms. Mosquito nets were intact and bedding wss clean and comfortable. I figured out early in the trip to take my showers at night if I wanted hot water. There were geckos in the tent but nothing else. Someone came around to each tent at sunset to sell drinks. There was always a guide to take you to dinner but sometimes they were not available to take you back. At night, the animal sounds were amazing! I heard Hyenas cackling.
FOOD was really good for dinner. It was buffet style and eveyother night they had a grill that offered grilled beef or chicken. The menu did repeat everyother day (remember I was there for 5 days) I did eat lunch there once and it was not good. They served spaghetti with baked beans on top...
FINAL THOUGHTS this place has had several upgrades since the end of 2010. They hired a new chef, they made improvments to the water situation, and the service has improved leaps and bounds. They do have internet but it is SLOW, as a matter of fact, they never charged me to use it because it was so slow. I had a great time the 5 days I stayed here.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Salem
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2011

We stayed at ikoma bush camp for two nights and found the place very silent and relaxing.The staff were very friendly and did their best to make our stay comfortable.The sound of the hyenas around the rooms in the night is an unforgettable experience.The view of the sunrise from the rooms in lovely.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2011

We spent 4 nights at Ikoma and thought it was a great place to stay. The tents all have ensuites, are basic but very clean and the showers were hot. The staff are excellent, very friendly with a wonderful sense of humour and the Manager welcomes feedback on ways to improve. One day we opted to have a 'rest day' so no safari. It was great. We sat in the grounds surrounding the main dining area reading and watching the zebras, wilderbeest and giraffes in the distance. It does not get much better than that.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Vienna
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2011

As a tented Camp this place is great. The 32 rooms are arranged in a spacious manner. Clean tents, clean attached bathrooms. Water as promised in the evening and morning (but nor during the day -you must remember it is a tented camp in the nowhere-land). Great restaurant, very lovely staff. Helpful manager. Expensive internet connection (5 USD per 30 min).
Great breakfast and good buffet dinner.
Next to an entrance gate of Serengeti.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Serengeti Tented Camp - Ikoma Bush Camp
Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the midst of an incredible scenery of savannah and skies, you find Ikoma Tented Camp, sheltered in a grove of acacia trees. Ikoma has 35 traditional semi-luxury Meru tents, each under thatch with a private veranda overlooking the impressive plains of the Serengeti. The central restaurant and bar area boast a large camp fire an ideal spot to unwind with a chilled drink after a long days of exciting game viewing.Ikoma Tented Camp is ideally situated at the border of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, along the path of the migrating wildebeests between Kenya and Tanzania. From Ikoma you can enter the western corridor of the park, taking in Kirawira and the Grumeti river home to the giant wildebeest eating crocodiles. There is no better place to enjoy one of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles.Staying at Ikoma Tented Camp gives you the unique opportunity to enjoy a night game drive or a walking safari, as the camp is located just outside the national park boundary. A great chance to see and hear some of the nocturnal animals that can’t be spotted in daytime, such as the Leopard, Aardvark and the Bat-eared fox. Another special way of experiencing the bush is by going along on a guided walking safari. Guided by a professional ranger and guard you discover the bush and its inhabitants at close range. A great way to start or end a day in the Serengeti, followed by a breakfast in the bush or a sun downer at the close of the day.The airstrip a short distance away from the camp means you can be with us in next to no time and avoid the long drive through the park should you prefer a shorter journey. ... more   less 
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