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Reviewed February 26, 2019

This lodge is definitely not a 5 star camp. We have stayed in others that were run a lot better and were a lot cleaner. The owner Chris Fox was not present during our stay and he needs to be there to train his managers better. They need to be trained better in hospitality and customer service. The guides and drivers were very friendly and so were the other staff. We found the managers were very lazy and not doing their jobs properly.
They kept insisting we sit in front of a hot fire each night before dinner when it was extremely hot out. They were not helping the staff with pre-drink orders and they kept trying to have dinner served to us in the dark away from the lodge with all the flies.
We told them each night that we were not interested in eating in the dark with the flies.
The lighting is very bad in the rooms especially in the bathrooms. The owner has been so cheap with the lighting in the main lodge that the chefs had to hold up flashlights over the buffet each night to show us the food. The dinner buffet was very marginal. The lunch buffet was better. The bush breakfast each morning was very basic and not enough food for the guests and the guide and driver. The sundowners did not exist like other lodges. We were offered very plain snacks while we were driving in the jeep and warm beer. This lodge does not include alcoholic drinks but they said on their website that all other drinks were included. This was not the case as we were charged at the end of our stay to our surprise a bill for all soft drinks ordered at the lodge. The management said that only soft drinks offered on the safari drives were free. The owner is charging extremely high rates for his lodge that is outdated, poor management service, no wifi, no alcohol, and poor quality of food. We were extremely dissatisfied with this lodge compared to other lodges we have stayed at that did offer 5 star service. Therefore, the owner of this lodge needs to be present, train his managers better, update his lodge, improve the food, offer decent sundowners and lower his prices.

Room tip: All rooms are very basic
Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank BrendaMW61
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Reviewed February 22, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I Spent seven weeks on safari in southern Africa and this was our next to the last lodge. It did not disappoint. The food was terrific the staff was wonderful and the guiding (Baldon) was superb. We saw of the big four and got a National Geographic photo of a leopard on a rock!
Walking with canes I had difficulty one night getting back from the outside dinner. Martin and Heinrich arranged for three guys to carry me back in a chair I felt like a king!
I would highly recommend this lodge!!

Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank 837MichaelN
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Reviewed February 13, 2019

Mwagusi is a lovely camp and the managers and staff make it a very special experience. I have now stayed several times and have only ever been disappointed when I have to leave.
For me, the best safari experiences depend on the guiding and at Mwagusi it is excellent. I have been out with several of the guides - all knowledgeable and charming and all really excited to see the wonderful animals and birds despite having seen them so many times before.
TOP TIP - you really do not need to be driving around the Park all day looking for big cats and elephants. The park itself is exceptionally beautiful and you should take time to look out for the more unusual and interesting stuff. You will still see the lions and elephants (they are almost impossible to ignore) but you might also see a Caracal or an Aardwolf if you take it slower.

Room tip: the rooms are all very individual and charming
Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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2  Thank mruth14
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Reviewed February 11, 2019

Great camp on a bank of Mwagusi river in the middle of Ruaha National Park along travelling route of elephants herds. Luxurious Western style amenities and great service. The best dining in Tanzania. Unforgettable experience.

Room tip: Best safari ever with gorgeous dining experience.
Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Arek D
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Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I spent three days at this beautiful lodge. The accommodations were amazing, the staff were friendly and helpful, the food was healthy and delicious, and the park tours were incredible! Each day our hosts would greet us at the car park to wish us good morning before we headed out for our five hour morning safari. Our guide Isaac was incredible. He had sharp eyes offered detailed knowledge of all the critters we saw (mammals, birds, and bugs!). After lunch we lazed about in our cozy tent (loved the hammock) then headed out for evening safari. Dinner was served after a nice riverside fire-pit chit chat with our hosts and other guests. Three days was just the right amount of time to spend on this safari. Thank you to everyone at this lodge for the incredible safari experience! Special shout out to Martina, Heinrich, Trudie, Isaac, and Rashidy.

Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1  Thank wenders2003
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