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Mwagusi Camp
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Thank you connie, joffrey and 'schumacher' for making our stay at mwaghusi such a great one. this really was my favourite camp. the tent was tremendous, spacious, great seating/relaxing areas , fabulous views of the river and surrounded by elephants much of the time. The thrill of waking at midnight to see the whole of the front of the banda obliterated by a large elephant head was indescribable. Our guides were truly wonderful, we saw great wildlife and had lots of interesting encounters...giraffe fighting, lots of lion cubs, injured cheetah etc. Joffreys spotting is second to none and his knowledge was top notch. We especially loved the outdoor dining in the river bed at a different spot every night with occasional interruptions from the odd elephant, it was romantic and very special. Great work mwaghusi. Highly highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

The "tents" which are much more than tens were very comfortable and spacious. All of the tents faced upon the sand river which made more animal viewing right from your comfortable, cool, covered sitting area in front of the sleeping area. We had a king sized bed with very comfortable bedding. There are en suite bathrooms which are "connected" to the tents. The bathrooms are spacious with plenty of hot water. The one recommendation we had was to get better lighting in the bathrooms (it was dim at night and hard to see) and some non-slip paint or floor coverings. Beyond that everything was luxurious and fantastic.

The restaurant provided healthy, tasty and ample meals. However, there was one slight annoyance - how they kept tack of your extra drinks. They did not have you sign as you go or wait until the end of your stay. Rather they approach you at the end of a long day after your dinner (when all you really want to do is hit the sack) and go over everything for the entire day - not exactly a time when my memory is the sharpest. But as I said that was a minor annoyance but one they could deal with more pleasantly for the guest if not efficiently for the staff.

The FIRST drive we got 7 lions, two cheetas and were able to track a leopard for a half hour. The drivers and guides were very helpful and got us off to very good start. In spite of the minor comments I have to say this was one of the best camps we stayed in and we eventually stayed in 6 camps n Tanzania.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

John and I stayed for 4 nights at Mwagusi from the 21st September. This was our first experience of Africa and we couldnt have chosen a better place to start.The camp was beautiful ,the food wonderful and the warm welcome from all the staff was a constant delight
The game drives were amazing and we saw so many animals and birds. Lions ,leopards, elephants,eagles of all sorts, pelicans and baboons. The guiding was excellent and Isaac our guide was a continual source of information all given with humour mixed in.
The other joy was the excellent conversations at both lunch and dinner with both the staff and other guests

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Incredible lodge with great game, guides, food, and rooms. Stayed here for 3 nights during the dry season. Our guide Justine was very knowledgable and informative, and went out of his way to help us at all times. The park is not crowded, and you can spend hours without seeing another car. We saw tons of lions, elephants, giraffes, a leopard, two cheetahs, and so much more. The walking safari with the park rangers was very interesting and a good change of pace from the game drives.

The bandas (rooms) are built into the surroundings next to the river, allowing for great game viewing from the room. Dinner is served in the dry riverbed, surrounded by lanterns and a bonfire, which is an incredible surrounding. Well worth the extra travel time to Southern Tanzania.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank EugeniusA
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

My husband and I visited Mwagusi Camp on 7th September. We both absolutely loved it and will definately be back! The staff were incredibly friendly and made us feel very welcome at all times. The bandas are magnifient in every way, from furnishings to facilities. The camp is run totally on solar panel but there was always an abundance of hot water in the shower. The food was out of this world, dinner in the riverbed was very special! Lying on the amazingly comfortable sofas on the verandah looking out at the game in the riverbed was so relaxing - could have stayed there all day!!!! We did "self-drive" for the game drives and never saw another vehicle once!!!! Just awesome. Game was plentiful. A most magical experience. Thanks once again to all the staff. Tony & Lucie Bird

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

The accommodation was spacious and comfortable. Dinner in the riverbed was memorable, the setting was magical but the food average. The staff went out of their way to be helpful and accommodate all our requests. I understand this is a remote location but charging cameras and videos was a hassle. I found it strange having different guides each day, I prefer to have the one guide who knows what I have previously seen and understands what I am interested in. Having said this the game viewing was excellent.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank awayagainBrisbaneQLD
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

My husband and I stayed with my two nieces aged 12 and 14. We all loved it, it is a beautiful camp with gorgeous bandas - very spacious and luxurious and with lovely view down to the almost dry river bed. The large veranda with built in sofas with squashy cushions and a swing seat was most relaxing in the afternoon. Two "resident" elephants trundle around and one afternoon we watched three lionesses coming down to drink at the trickle of water in the river bed. But there is always something to watch - baboons, rock hyrax, guinea fowl etc. The food was rather mixed. The lunch buffet was very good, sometimes superb, and breakfast was good, but dinner was very basic. Charging cameras etc is inconvenient because they have to be charged in the office, there is only power at certain times of the day and the only realistic window is between lunch and the afternoon game drive. We came to the Ruaha from Selous and they made an excellent contrast. Ruaha is more beautiful, more undulating and rocky, and we saw more elephants here and all the wildlife we wanted, even two cheetah which my husband and I had not had a good sighting of in previous safaris. All the animals were very relaxed. It was our fourth safari and the first for my nieces and both parks and both camps were ideal for all of us. Most days we got up at 7 for breakfast at 7.30 and out at 8, which was very civilised after being used to getting up much earlier in the hotter months! It was a bit chilly first thing but quickly warmed up. Our guide Isaac and driver were very good and once they collected some baobab pods, made juice from them and gave us some to try for sundowners - it was delicious, very refreshing. The camp did not seem to encourage full day game drives, but one morning we went out at 6.30 and had a bush breakfast later on at a scenic spot by a huge baobab and looking down on a river, which we enjoyed for a change. I would certainly recommend Mwagusi but it would be better if they could improve the quality of dinner and have power to charge cameras overnight rather than having to do without it during the afternoon when watching elephants and lions from the banda!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Chris Fox Mwagusi Safari Camp Ruaha National Park | Iringa, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Iringa Region > Ruaha National Park
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Ruaha National Park
Hotel Class:3 star — Mwagusi Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled into the bank of the Mwagusi River, this small exclusive tented camp overlooks the beautiful riverbed and all its’ natural visitors. Our camp is built along the lines of a traditional old-style African safari experience. Each tent is designed within a thatched banda with polished clay-red floors. Luxury has not been forgotten with an en-suite bathing area and a shaded veranda with lounging cushions and swinging hammock. Enjoy excellent game-viewing with our knowledgeable guides, on a game drive or a safari walk. ... more   less 
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