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Serengeti Tented Camp - Ikoma Bush Camp
Brisbane, Australia
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“Great Safari Camp”
Reviewed 29 October 2013

Was a bit skeptical when I saw the outside tent showers, but my fears soon went. Tent was very clean and comfortable, not keen on chemical toilet but it worked. The 5 young guys who ran the whole camp from cooking to cleaning, providing hot water for showers did a wonderful job. Our tents were near the food tent. Had 2 wash basins out side tent which they filled with hot water every morning, I moved one inside near the toilet, easier for hand washing especially at night.
Food provided was incredible considering their amenities and location.
Guys you did a great job

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 October 2013 via mobile

Stayed here 1 night whilst on safari. The tented camp was exactly what we were expecting although there was a few small issues which I understand may have been unavoidable. We arrived and it was pouring with rain. The porter carried our luggage from the reception but didn't seem to stop, we continued for what seemed like miles until we arrived at our tent. The tent was very nice but for one night it would have been better to have stated nearer the restaurant/reception. As said, the camp was busy so this might not have been possible but just a suggestion. Food was lovely. We made up our own packed lunch which was better as you added what you wanted so less waste. Woke up in the morning to Zebra and Wildebeast outside the tent, an experience money cannot buy. Would like to have stayed longer to appreciate it more, maybe we'll have the opportunity again sometime? Thanks

  • Stayed September 2013
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moivarolodgescamps, Public Relations Manager at Serengeti Tented Camp - Ikoma Bush Camp, responded to this review, 28 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Ikoma Tented Camp.

We are pleased that you enjoyed your one night stay with us and found our food to be lovely and enjoyed our 'buffet' packed lunch style where you chose to pack what you want to eat for that day while out on your game drive.

You are right that we should have checked to see bookings that are there for less nights and have these stay in rooms that are closer to the main area - thank you for this feedback as it helps us to improve.

Isn't it lovely to wake up in the morning and find the game outside your tent? We are glad that you experienced this while staying at Ikoma Tented Camp.

We look forward to hosting you the next time you shall be in the Serengeti vicinity.

All the best!

Moivaro Team.
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Palm Springs, California
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

Our OAT adventure drive through the Serengetti ended with 5 days and 4 nights at our tented camp in the bush of the plains. The large walk-in sleeping tents were ready when we arrived. My tent was outfitted with clean linens, blankets, pillows and inside shower and flush toilets. The verandah had a washbasin and directors' chairs. We were given adequate hot water each evening for showers. You took your showers at night as the solor water was available at that time. The porters came each morning and delivered warm water in our outside basins (canvas) for washing up before breakfast. They took everything in at night as the hyenas are scavangers and carry off anything left outside. Our meals were in a seperate dining tent. Breakfast was a full service as was lunch and dinner. We were really well fed all the time.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

If you want to experience safari living in comfort & style then Ikoma tented camps is a great place to stay. Right on the outskirts of the Serengiti, its a lovely eco-friendly accommodation without compromising on comfort. We arrived there late after a night drive through the Serengiti (we were running late from Ngorongoro crater), but the reception staff checked us in very efficiently, ensured that there was dinner for us, & provided us with 2 beautiful tents - they are done beautifully from the inside with lovely mosquito nets. The bathroom is very quaint, but it has warm showers, bottled water for brushing, spa, shampoo, conditioner etc etc. You wont find a hair drier though, so take your own! The beds are huge & very comfortable. All the furniture in the room is made of wood & blends in with the environment outside. The porch outside the tent has a couple of chairs & table, though its advisable not to leave any eatables (or your slippers!) outside, as hyenas pay a visit at night & will carry small things away.
There are no electric fences to keep the animals out, but guards patrol the perimeter of the camp & accompany you to & fro the restaurant to ensure that you dont have any adverse encounters with animals. But it was lovely to sit on the porch & look out into the bush & see loads of Giraffes, waterbuck, antelopes & a myriad of birds! Of course you can hear hyenas every night, some from quite close quarters & its thrilling.
The restaurant is also tented & built rather like a tree house. Tastefully under decorated, yet very lovely especially at night. Dinner is decent a choice of 4 course meals is available. Breakfast is adequate, though nothing worth mentioning. You can pack your own lunch to take for the game drive - again adequate enough! There are no plugs in the room, so you need to bring your phones & cameras for charging to the restaurant - there is a huge charging station.
The staff are very friendly & always ready to help & some quite chatty too! And its obvious they really like children - my little one was well looked after & she loved this place!
Definitely recommended

Room Tip: Ask for a tent near the restaurant - number 19 to 22 - all are lovely
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

If I had to say one thing I really liked about this camp, it was how nice people were there, from the moment I set my feet on reception, passing by the restaurant and even security and porters outside the tents. They would always greet with a big smile and would not be afraid of talking with you.

The place is beautiful, located just outside Serengeti National Park, and turns out by being a great option if you want to avoid the expensive acommodation inside the National Park itself. Tents are spacious and the beds were comfy. The bathroom looks great inside the tent. Our tent was very close to the restaurant. Judging from what other people said here, I guess we were lucky. If I recall well, our tent was number 19.

The restaurant is excellent and it's the only place where you can charge your batteries. It is traditionally decorated and the atmosphere at night is perfect, with a fire circle nearby where I sat drinking my coffee.The dinner was fantastic. In the next morning, the lunch box & buffet breakfast could be better, as it had little choice to pick from.

I heard a few people complaining about insect bites and during the night I could hear hyenas howling, which probably got me a bit tired on the afternoon of the next day. I don't really see a problem with this. I loved listening to the hyenas and wondering how close would they be. And these things happen in safaris. The only way to avoid it is not to travel at all. And if you take anti-histamines daily, insect bites will not bother you that much.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Let's start with the good : First the fantastic setting, allowing you to feel right in the middle of this wonderful nature. We spent as much time as we could on our seats, in front of our tent, just admiring the view. The room itself is pleasant and quite comfortable and the bathroom's got a cute style. The restaurant area is nicely decorated and the fire "circle" very enjoyable. The evening meals were correct, although as always with buffets, quantity tend to be more of a priority than gustatory quality. At last, the staff is very nice and friendly.
Then what did we enjoy less ? Our deepest disappointment was the showers. Tents are connected to a solar system which is a very good environmental commitment however, there is not enough hot water for every guest ! We were out of it on our 2nd day, as we had the bad idea to come back from our safari after the family of 5 in the tent next to ours (the only to be back in our area). No hot water in the morning either (and mornings are quite chilly in July). Breakfasts were very disappointing for continental breakfast eaters, no FRESH pastries or anything similar (just bread and dried out mini croissants)... at least elsewhere we had crepes !
Finally, a warning to people with walking problems, our tent was at the far end opposite the restaurant and it is VERY far. Expect to walk for a good 7mn to get there... don't forget anything !

Room Tip: Ask for a tent closer to the restaurant if you can't walk to long.
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Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Helena Montana
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

I have read some positive and some of the negative reviews here and I can't believe anyone could find fault. What a great spot in one of the wildest places left on earth. The tents are amazingly outfitted with comfortable beds, good mosquito nets and nice showers, enough running water and bottled water to brush your teeth if you are worried about consuming the tap water.

A great place to return to after a long day on the Serengetti.

The food was marvelous. Each night a four course African meal with great variety and truly wonderful flavor. I don't know how they do it, but they can make even the simplest meal taste special.

Then after dinner, you relax on your porch with a beer and watch the zebras and giraffes just a couple hundred yards away. But no worries, there are guards around the perimeter to be certain they don't get too friendly.

Things to keep in mind:

This is the Serengeti, not Sandals in St. Lucia, The Ritz Carleton in New York or Charring Cross Hotel in London (those are my WIFE'S preferred camping places).

1. if you want a really warm (not hot) shower, get up early.

2. yes crawly things live there, they were there before you. The management keeps out as many as possible, but some will visit you. Expect them.

3. if linens aren't washed as often or replaced as often as you would like, just ask and they'll change them gladly. Better yet, accept the fact that you a guest in a country where water is scarce and precious and they try hard not to waste it.

4. In Africa as in European Countries, you'll be served European portions at dinner, which means smaller than the heaping plates we like in America. If you want more, just ask.
5. When you are in Tanzania, you are on African time. It's different than our time. Enjoy experiencing a new culture with friendly, beautiful people. Don't worry, dinner will come, the driver will arrive and it'll all work out. Enjoy.

6. when they aren't too busy, talk to some of the staff, even if they don't speak much English. Most want to learn it, and knowing some Swahili will make your trip nicer. A few words in Swahili to a staff member or your driver will make them bend over backwards to help you.
7. MOST IMPORTANT when you take a safari, you have choices in your accommodations. Out tour operator offered three different levels of luxury. There are some very nice hotels out there. I only saw pictures online but they are pretty fancy. I was impressed just to have a tent with a concrete floor. Tent camps are intended to be rustic. If you want a nicer place, treat yourself, you're on vacation.


Maybe it's just that my son and I had just spent eight days getting to the top of Kilimanjaro, maybe I've read too much Hemingway or maybe it was the magic of the place itself, but I think if you want to really go to Africa, see the Serengeti, have a great safari and meet some beautiful people, this is a great choice of places to stay.

I look forward to going back.

Mike McG

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Serengeti Tented Camp - Ikoma Bush Camp
Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the midst of an incredible scenery of savannah and skies, you find Ikoma Tented Camp, sheltered in a grove of acacia trees. Ikoma has 35 traditional semi-luxury Meru tents, each under thatch with a private veranda overlooking the impressive plains of the Serengeti. The central restaurant and bar area boast a large camp fire an ideal spot to unwind with a chilled drink after a long days of exciting game viewing.Ikoma Tented Camp is ideally situated at the border of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, along the path of the migrating wildebeests between Kenya and Tanzania. From Ikoma you can enter the western corridor of the park, taking in Kirawira and the Grumeti river home to the giant wildebeest eating crocodiles. There is no better place to enjoy one of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles.Staying at Ikoma Tented Camp gives you the unique opportunity to enjoy a night game drive or a walking safari, as the camp is located just outside the national park boundary. A great chance to see and hear some of the nocturnal animals that can’t be spotted in daytime, such as the Leopard, Aardvark and the Bat-eared fox. Another special way of experiencing the bush is by going along on a guided walking safari. Guided by a professional ranger and guard you discover the bush and its inhabitants at close range. A great way to start or end a day in the Serengeti, followed by a breakfast in the bush or a sun downer at the close of the day.The airstrip a short distance away from the camp means you can be with us in next to no time and avoid the long drive through the park should you prefer a shorter journey. ... more   less 
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