Great tented camp and a very unique (and wonderful) experience.
I'm not much of a camper but having stayed here I would like all vacations to include Dunia style camping.
They've removed the annoying bits of camping (bathroom/bathing scarcity, tent making, sleeping on the floor, etc) but kept the wonderful things (bonfire, glorious evening stars, sounds of birds and animals all around).
It really is a lovely experience. The staff is beyond friendly and the food is delicious. I highly recommend buying some of their Tanzanian coffee. Out of concern for baggage weight I didn't do this and really regret it.
The tents are huge, you could pretty much host a small wedding reception in them. The bed doesn't feel cosy from sitting on it but I think it was the best sleep I've had all year. I even had a coffee one night to stay up in hope of hearing the heavy breathing of the lions roaming around the camp site, and still immediately fell asleep and didn't wake up until the morning breakfast call of fresh Tanzanian coffee brought to the tent.
We didn't see any animals on site although you could hear the hyenas and lions marking their territory at night. I couldn't because I was asleep, but everyone else seemed to hear them.
We didn't have any problems with bugs. We each had one mosquito bite and no tsetse bites while there. We used the bug spray for the tent as provided and brought 95% DEET spray.
According to our guide the camp is entirely mobile. Despite the sinks and toilets, they can somehow pick it all up and move it elsewhere leaving virtually no footprint behind. It's a crazy concept in light of how highly functioning everything is at the camp.
The stars at night and the sounds of the birds in the morning are beyond words. I took a quick iphone video of the room our last morning and am so grateful because I actually listen to the poorly crafted, 20 second clips and relax to the sound of the birds and the memory that we were there at that wonderful place. If you do have a phone, make sure to buy the app for stargazing and take silly videos of things around the tent, you'll be so grateful when you return. It really is an experience that puts a smile on your face.
That said, I should mention two things. The local buffet dinner was fab but the other nights, while super tasty, were not as plentiful and a snack after game drives would be appreciated (or maybe we just eat too much, who knows, but we were kindof hungry).
Also, it isn't for everyone, they've removed the annoying bits of camping, they haven't removed camping from the equation. There are still some bugs, the shower situation involves a bucket--which was kindof fun-- and you are more-or-less outside at all times. Yes it's luxury but it's luxury in consideration of the fact that you're in a tent.
We wish you wonderful travels. If you are planning your trip to include Dunia, please know there are two very jealous strangers out there wishing we could be doing the same.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pitched on a major wildebeest migration corridor in the Central Serengeti, Dunia Camp offers easy access to the scenic Moru Kopjes and superb sightings of the big cats, leopard and rhino that roam the forests on the fringes of the Seronera River. Dunia is a tranquil semi-permanent camp with just eight spacious tented suites, each with expansive views of the pristine wilderness and game-filled plains from a large private veranda. Attention to every detail is balanced by a graceful simplicity in harmony with the serene location. Enjoy an exclusive Serengeti safari with superb sightings of resident game and migration viewing twice a year, and round it all off with a sunrise hot-air balloon flight. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dunia Camp, Asilia Africa Hotel Serengeti National Park