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Chris Fox Mwagusi Safari Camp Ruaha National Park Iringa, Ruaha National Park Tanzania
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
Updated 05/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 05/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#6 of 14 in Ruaha National Park
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Airport transportation
Laundry service
Ironing service
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
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Private balcony
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, French, German, Norwegian and 2 more


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Philippa wrote a review Mar 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa363 contributions194 helpful votes
This camp is absolutely stunning, the location of the bandas overlooking the river bed is so tranquil & the banda itself was spacious, luxurious and very comfortable. I really enjoyed the sitting area outside where we had an uninterrupted view of the dry river bed. We had the most beautiful dinner set out in the middle of the dry river bed with lanterns in the rocks and a roaring fire off to the one side. Even though it was very hot in November having the fire going & the lanterns lit gave our dining experience a really great atmosphere. The food was excellent and the staff were very friendly. We had a really good game drive the one morning with a guide from the lodge (I apologise I cannot recall his name) he was so knowledgeable and keen to tell us all about the area and animals etc, we self drove to the lodge so it was really nice to be told about the area & animals from a local. If you have a chance to go to Mwagusi you must.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from Lynn Swift, Marketing at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 21 Mar 2022
Thank you Philippa for your very complimentary review of Mwagusi, we really appreciate your comments which I will be passing on to the Mwagusi team. We have had some great viewings of game in the dry Mwagusi river bed this season so I am glad this was a part of your experience with us. Our guides are involved in delivering the training program to new local students at Mwagusi too. We hope that one day you will come back to see us, we will be looking forward to greeting you. Best wishes, the Mwagusi Team.
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mruth14 wrote a review Feb 2022
London, United Kingdom15 contributions8 helpful votes
I have written a number of reviews of this camp and it is difficult to say something new, but whoever reads this may like to know why I think it is so special. Firstly, it is superbly situated by the side of what is usually (except it seems, when I come to visit) a dry river bed and in an area visited by a lot of animals. This year a leopard walked down the path past my banda merely minutes before I was escorted to dinner and in previous years I have seen lions, elephants and wild dogs in camp. Secondly, the bandas are spacious, quirky and extremely comfortable - there is nothing quite so enjoyable as sitting staring at the landscape, all thoughts of European civilisation banished. Thirdly, the food and service are terrific - how do they manage to rustle up such delicious meals miles from anywhere? Most importantly, this is a camp which the owners, managers and staff are passionate about and it shows. The guides and drivers are just brilliant (I have been all over Tanzania and consider myself very well placed to judge) thanks to a very enlightened training program - they have eyes like hawks and a fund of knowledge which is really enlightening and adds to the whole experience. I will return, and that is a promise...
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Date of stay: January 2022
Room Tip: all rooms are individual and wonderful - just ask the owls and hyraxes who enjoy sharing the...
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Response from Lynn Swift, Marketing at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 8 Mar 2022
Thank you Marcus for your great comments, the guys just love having you in camp, you have become one of the Mwagusi family. Its always a pleasure helping to arrange your trip especially this year when we were all so looking forward to finally getting away. We await your promised return! Very best from your Mwagusi family.
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ScottS_MN wrote a review Feb 2022
USA183 contributions76 helpful votes
Just a km short of the camp on our arrival, we came across 2 lion cubs playing just a few feet from the road track. It would be prophetic of our stay. The next surprise was going to dinner which is served on an open fire by candlelight on a table in the river bed. With animal sounds in the night we ate with our host Chris and his family. The food was marvelous. Breakfast is served in a cabana overlooking the river bottoms & some open water where animals come to drink. (There was also a small scopes owl in the rafters. I have never seen a tent like here. It was a work of art. The ensuite is like a living scupture. The bedroom is nothing short of beautiful. It has a feeling of such luxury in the bush. Outside there is an elaborate patio overlooking the river beds. My experience was forever memorable waking up to elephants, jackals, leopards & lions discussing water rights in the night. Chris is a fountain of knowledge sharing his trail night cam shots of animals passing through. One morning big male kudus joined the zebras & impalas at the water. This is one very special safari camp very well located in Ruaha.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Lynn Swift, Marketing at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 9 Feb 2022
Thank you for your lovely review and for sharing the experiences you had during your stay. Dinner under the stars is certainly very special and a lasting memory to be taken home as is relaxing on your verandah watching the game come to drink in the small pools of water in the river bed below. Since your stay the Mwagusi river has begun to flow. Your compliments on our food and accommodation in very much appreciated and will be shared with our staff. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We wish you well. Best Wishes from The Mwagusi Family.
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David S wrote a review Jan 2022
Stockholm, Sweden5 contributions
If you get a chance - go! Everything is top of the line. From a comfortable transfer from Dar with a Cessna Caravan 1 and a brief terrain transport to the dried riverbed Firelit dinners. A completely open camp with full animal interaction day and night. Top class bandas with the sounds of yhe djungle all around. Geoffrey guided us to mind blowing nature experiences including wild dogs, a lion chasing a leopard, jackals chasing another leopard to a close encounter with a cerval. Everything under the kind and attentive eye och the Fox family and Trudy. We'll be back
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
Response from Lynn Swift, Marketing at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 2 Feb 2022
Dear David, thank you for the lovely review of your stay with us. I will certainly pass on your comments to Chris and the team. Having sightings of wild dog, lion chasing cheetah and a serval is certainly a wonderful memory to take home with you. We look forward to welcoming you back to Mwagusi soon. Keep well, very best from the Mwagusi team.
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10goal wrote a review Nov 2021
Goodyear, Arizona7 contributions
The banda feels more permanent than a tent and better bath facilities. It's not unusual to see wildlife as you look over the river in morning or evening. The coffee and cookies in the morning is a nice touch. What really makes this place great are the people! We had a great guide, and the meals - who expects something that great in the bush? Of course, the highlight was the wildlife, and the only place I got a chance to see cheetah! Plenty of lions, elephants, giraffes, and the list goes on. As entertaining as all that is, I could have sat and listened to Chris Fox for hours about growing up in the bush and all the people he has encountered as he continues to fight for the wildlife and the forests. This was a no-brainer. If you have doubts, put them aside. You won't be disappointed.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mwagusi Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Mwagusi Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Mwagusi Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Mwagusi Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Mwagusi Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Mwagusi Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Mwagusi Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, and Swahili.