My wife and I spent two night with Barnabas and his crew at Mbugani Camp in January 2014. We had no idea what to expect other than we were staying at a tent camp in the Serengeti. We were excited but my wife was a bit apprehensive as she is not necessarily the camping type. What a pleasant surprise we had.
The accommodations were perfect. The tent was spacious and as comfortable as any fine hotel. The dining tent was as fine a place to enjoy a good meal as I can imagine. The view down the plain with the Sun setting in the west was breathtaking.
The staff could not have been more friendly, accommodating, professional. They went out of their way to help make us feel completely at home. Barnabas has a VERY fine crew.
The food was much more than we expected. How they made the meals they did with the remoteness of the camp is a tribute to their commitment to a wonderful customer experience.
The experience was memorable. Listening to Lions roar at night is not something that I ever dreamed I would experience. Waking to the sounds of the Serengeti is something I would love to experience again. There would be not better place to do it than Mbugani Camp.
All in all I would give Mbugani Camp my highest recommendation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mbugani Camps Tent Camp, in the famed Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, is the way camping should be! Each of the 15 spacious tents (Number of tents varies by season as Mbugani also has mobile tent camps that follow the Great Migration. Please inquire at our website if you would like to find out more about our mobile camps) are furnished in hardwood and wicker furniture, comfortable beds, en suite bathrooms with flush toilets, roomy showers with 2 shower heads, fluffy towels, locally-sourced sisal rugs on the floors, while still being a canvas tent set in the bush and close to the animals. Mbugani Camps is solar-powered, with a back-up generator, and hot and cold running water are available all day (with 5 minute lead-time on hot water needs). Tents have canvas-covered verandahs with camp chairs to enjoy a beverage, a book, or just quiet reflection overlooking the vast plains of the Serengeti. Each tent features two queen-sized beds and one tent is devoted to honeymooners...a king-sized bed and a bit of privacy please! The dining tent also features hardwood furniture, crisp linens, china, glassware and flatware along with locally-made fabrics and decorative items. The walls of the tent can be removed for al fresco dining and boasts a full bar with fine wines from South Africa. A lounge tent is available to all as a gathering place to meet other guests, charge up your electronics, or just relax on the sofa and reflect on your good fortune to be staying here! Offering 3 multi-course meals each day, as well as lunch boxes for game drives, Mbugani Camps has an accomplished chef who prepares scrumptious and generous meals, along with freshly baked breads and desserts. Vegetarian cuisine is available upon request.The friendly and expert staff of Mbugani Camps will greet you upon arrival and are there to assist and serve you throughout your stay. You'd like a bottle of wine or a soft drink brought to your tent? No problem. You need an extra pillow? A place to recharge your camera battery? A little snack before bedtime? Anything your heart desires, they will do their best to accommodate you if it's possible. Each evening a campfire is lit, encircled by safari camp chairs and side tables for a 'Sundowner", (snacks and beverages), story-telling and a re-cap of that days' game drive. You will be escorted by staff to your tent and although animals will occasionally wander through the campsite at night, you will always be safe and secure whether inside or outside your tent. Close to nature without sacrificing the little comforts of home...this is the ONLY way to experience the Serengeti. Imagine yourself here. We do. Welcome to Mbugani Camps. ... more less