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Dunia Camp, Asilia Africa
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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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“Really enjoyable experience”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

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.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Everything about Dunia is 5 star! From the accommodations to the dining, the entire experience is well thought through and great care is taken to make you feel comfortable.

We stayed at Dunia for two nights in March. We arrived from Olakira camp in Ndutu, another amazing Asilia property. This was the end of our week long safari in Tanzania. The trip couldn't have ended on a higher note. It's a spectacular place. Take a look at my photos. I think they say it all.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We had a great time at this amazing campsite situated in the Serengeti. We went in April, and even though it was low season, we saw tons of animals around the area- particularly lions and giraffes. What we liked: amazing service; huge tents with queen bed, bathrooms, and a sitting area; good food and drinks; happy hour bonfire; location: listening to animals, watching the sunrise; etc
Cons: you have to pass through a tse tse fly area to get to the campsite.
Overall, I would highly recommend this campsite.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

We had a great stay here. We all loved the “glamping” and being under canvas while you listen to the animals at night was very exciting. The tents were well equipped, though our kids had a problem with power not working for one night, but were happy to be left with a torch. The food was lovely, but could do with some thought around asking guests if the evening menu would be OK for them. The kids really did not like quiet a lot of what they were served, such as a salad with an anchovy dressing, and they struggled to find an alternative for them. Able was hero for fixing my binoculars and Angle’s very cheery outlook and helpfulness was lovely. It made everyone feel very relaxed. Loved the day we saw a moon set, followed by a sunrise and ended with a sunset – who could ask for more?

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

They say that a picture says a thousand words . All the attached photos were taken in and around Dunia camp [less than 2 hrs drive] and they speak for the exceptional location of the camp in term of game viewing opportunities and facilities present. What they can't say is how exceptional the people are at this camp - they really made it for Jo and I. Their friendliness was unconditional, their service and attention unsurpassable and their commitment to your enjoyment total. If you are thinking of going to Dunia - don't hesitate just do it - you wont regret it. Final word goes to our guide Patena - he gave us the most unimaginable time and our game viewing exceeded our wildest expectations. Thanks Patena - you are the best!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We had a marvelous three night stay recently at Dunia Camp. The manager, Angel, was terrific. She made us all feel immediately welcome and comfortable at camp. The camp staff was friendly, helpful and accommodating. Each night we sat around the campfire before dinner - having drinks, getting acquainted and sharing stories with the rest of the guests. The tented camp accommodations were amazing and we slept with the sounds of hyenas calling and lions roaring. Just a perfect setting for your dream vacation in Africa.

Room Tip: All of the room choices are excellent since there are only a few tented cabins.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We spent the last 3 nights of our exceptional safari here and thoroughly enjoyed it. Upon arrival, I was quite tired from all the adventures and stretched out on the bed. It was too firm for my aching back, so I mentioned it the one of the staff. Immediately, it was fixed and I slept perfectly for the 3 nights. Almost too well, as I wanted to stay awake and listen to the roar of the lions and the yips of the hyenas.

The view from our tent and the dining tent were exceptional with wonderful sunrises and the best rainbow I have ever seen! The food was delicious, the service friendly and attentive. Also, it was great to have drinks and laundry included in the price.

We had the best leopard viewing from nearby as well as views of giraffes, elephants and impala while having lunch.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dunia Camp, Asilia Africa
Address: Moru Kopjes, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 117 Speciality Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Hotel Class:4 star — Dunia Camp, Asilia Africa 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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 
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