Mufindi Highland Fishing Lodge

Mufindi Highland Fishing Lodge

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Fox Farm, Ruaha National Park Tanzania
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Burhanuddin Hakimi wrote a review Dec 2022
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
4.0 of 5 bubbles
we celebrated Christmas in fox's highland lodge, every thing was great .
The owners had family get to gather but they always keep asking us if we are OK and all is well looked after us.
The food, location and the hospitality was a great place to be.
the weather was just perfect at this time.
They had prepared special Christmas dinner with a style we all received a gift and had family dinner will all the members of fox family and other travelers who were present at that night.
the only think they need to do is to renovate and rooms and pipe fittings as we had some issues in the wash rooms and hot water.
the water pressure was low,lots of dirty water for 30 min than it started to get clear.
other rooms didn't had hot water for the first day.
we were in hut no.7.
my fellow friend were in hut no.3,4 & 6.
i had visited the lodge in 2007 and visited again in 2016 after 9 years ..nothing much changed.
the staffs were very helpful and cooperative.
the grand sons of Mr fox were also very helpful in showing the directions and arranging activities specially Horse riding.
The best activities we enjoyed were Horse riding, canoeing, and playing badminton.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Book your acommodation to avoid inconveniences
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rubab r wrote a review Jun 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The perfect gateaway from a busy city life.
Waking up to the breath taking scenary and night stars filled sky was an absolute joy!
Very hospitable and friendly staff.
We were there for 3 days and it was just an amazing experience.
We did Horse riding, hiked to tea plantations near by, went to 2 lakes and had our small picnic there and did boating. There are many other activities one can do. They also have an orphanage that is a must visit.
We would highly recommend this place!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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bunnco wrote a review Aug 2011
Brooke, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Fox family have lived and farmed in the Southern Highland part of Tanzania in Mufindi district for over 50 years. It’s from here that they’ve built the Foxes Safari network of Camps and game lodges throughout Tanzania. Here at the Highland Fishing Lodge at 6500 feet above sea-level is a glimpse of a “white mischief”/”Happy Valley” Colonial world that most people thought had died out.

The Lodge is about an hour from the airstrip and the Malawian hostess, Izzy, met us from the plane and transferred us the 40Km to the lodge in the Land Cruiser. We really didn’t know what to expect.

What we found was just 8 simple log cabins sleeping two people each overlooking an Alpine valley all clustered around a stone-built colonial-style Club House comprising dining room, sitting room and bar. Although it looked like it had been there for decades, in fact it’s all just 12 years old.

At altitude it’s cooler than at sea level and there are never any problems with mosquitos. Locally there are mud-hut villages, forestry and subsistence agriculture ,there are some tea and coffee plantations including one operated by Unilever.

Tip: It can be quite cold at night so, although you’re nearly on the equator, you’ll need to bring a warm fleece for the evenings and early mornings.

Here’s a place to relax and enjoy lawn tennis, badminton, croquet and golf with the family. There are over 20 horses and you can trek around the countryside. There are about small 10 dams on the estate and fly-fishing on the small lakes is all included as part of the amenities. There are mountain bikes to discover the local paths and tracks. It’s safe, wholesome and you’re free to roam around at will.

We stayed in the ‘Honeymoon’ lodge [Cabin1], which was a proper stone and log cabin - think Davy Crockett - complete with four-poster bed and fireplace, which was lit at 6pm every night. Hot water comes from nearby firewood boilers improvised from metal 40-gallon drums, which are lit in the morning and evening by the staff. Once we sorted out the air-lock and the dodgy plumbing, we had lovely hot showers and baths although the bathroom wasn’t upto the latest standards.

The food was exceptional – it’s all grown on the farm with dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs, sheep plus vegetables from the market garden. The dairy herd produced more cream than they can use so there were lots of rich deserts and even home-made icecream.
They also contract with local farmers to raise pigs and sheep, which are then bought and prepared for consumption on the farm and in the other Fox camps. This has created quite a local cottage industry amongst the nearby villages. We visited the Fox’s coffee estate nearby, which organically produces all the coffee that’s used in all the other Fox camps too. It was pay-day and it was remarkable to see how many local workers were employed in growing and processing the coffee up in the mountains that we’d had for breakfast at the Fox’s Rufiji River Camp a few days previously without even giving it a second thought.

The Highland lodge is the Fox’s family home and they’ve been around there for over 50 years. In that time they’ve created a beautifully landscaped ‘alpine’ oasis with beautiful flowering plants in manicured gardens from the original scrub. It now looks like Austria!

Having been around for so long, the family is clearly part of the local scene and they operate their own Charitable Foundation that has built a ‘Childrens Village’ – really an orphanage for 72 poor children who have lost both parents to AIDS and have no other relatives. The Foundation also works with local villages to support a further thousand vulnerable AIDS orphans with more distant relatives. They get deeply involved with the local primary and secondary schools. They have pioneered the treatment of AIDS, which has ravaged some local areas, and have actually built and operate hospitals in the local area as well as provide leadership on local conservation projects. Now THAT’S what I call Corporate Social Responsibility. Our visit to the hospital, local primary school and orphanage was one of the highlights of the whole holiday.

The Mufindi area is quite poor so they hire local people, who are then trained to work in the Fox safari camps in other parts of the country. Fathers often follow sons into The Business. We were so impressed and you could see how the Tourist Dollars from all the camps provided work and directly benefitted the local community in an otherwise poor and remote area up in the hills.

We really didn’t know what to expect at the Highland lodge for the five days we’d booked. But we found time to totally relax, chillout and imagine what life must have been like in Colonial times. It was a real thrill to learn how to fly fish on the lakes. My daughters went out on half-day horse treks – We learned that they’re just about to start doing 2-3 day horse treks to the Rift Valley escarpment including overnight camping on the way. They helped milking the cows by hand, herd sheep with sheepdogs and we all found time to play tennis and croquet. Simply perfect. In the end, we stayed an extra night.

The Foxes have combined providing a fantastic holiday experience at Mufindi with building a model of sustainable economic activity and generating wealth in an otherwise impoverished area in remote Tanzania. And that was the cherry on top for us.

We were so unexpectedly impressed by our visit to the Highland Lodge having not really known what to expect. We didn’t even have time to read the books we’d bought as we tried all the activities.

After a few days chasing safari wildlife in the dust and heat of the parks, here we found the perfect oasis to chill-out in the cool mountain air and get a taste of proper Africa as well as a glimpse of the Colonial past. In fact, the name of “Mufindi Highland Fishing Lodge” is a bit of a misnomer. Here is a proper Montana-style ranch with all manner of outdoorsy activities for all the family 6000 feet up on the equator away from the dust and heat but on-hand for all the Safari Parks and with no annoying mosquitos. How cool is that? Pretty Cool Actually. 5-stars all round.
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Date of stay: August 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The best lodge is Cabin1 - the honeymoon cabin with 4-poster & open fire
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Koen A wrote a review Oct 2011
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A very surprising experience in Tanzania. You don't expect a climate like this in East Africa. Very lush green hills, surrounded by lakes and tea estates.

This is where everything started for the Foxes Family and it's still the main hub in their network. A lovely (big) farm produces most of the food for the other camps.

You can play tennis, ride horses, play croquet and go fly fishing all on the same day!

It's a perfect break during a safari trip. Just a few days to relax before you head back to the lions and elephants.

You can visit the Foxes NGO and see with your own eyes where the tea and coffee you drink in the morning comes from.
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Date of stay: August 2011
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Try to get the room with the fireplace!
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Julia D wrote a review Aug 2013
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We flew to Mufindi after visiting Rufiji River Camp. The Lodge at Fox Farm has a row of hillside cabins, culminating with the honeymoon cabin, tucked just around the corner from the others, complete with a welcome log fire, lit each evening. Hot water is supplied by a wood burning stove behind the cabins. Takes a little while for the hot water to arrive, but plentiful when it does! Food is served at the Lodge. Buffet style for main courses. Mostly home produced as this is a working farm. We were made so welcome by Jeannie. We spent the first afternoon rehousing turkey chicks, feeding lambs and rescuing a fallen cow! We were welcomed wholeheartedly into the household. The following day, after the children had joined in with milking the cows, we went horse riding. My 8year old loved it, even though he'd not ridden before. We were well looked after, including a lesson in Swahili from Daudi! Lunch in the garden, followed by a game of croquet in the afternoon, Fox rules, which included rolling down the bank if there was any cheating!
The following day we asked to visit the NGO hospital project. Geoff Fox took us over to Mdabulo to see the work being carried out. The vision is inspirational! Amazing how much the Foxes NGO is giving back to the community. Although much of the work is still a building site, equipment was being moved in for use as soon as possible. There will be new wards, theatre, consulting rooms..... Delivery/post-natal is already operational. The hospital will serve over 45,000 people. In the afternoon we visited the Children's Village where about 80 orphaned children are cared for. A happy inspiring visit! My kids had fun teaching some of the children to use a diabolo which we left for them. We also took a bag of outgrown clothes and books, notepads and pencils, with our unused luggage allowance to leave for the children.
The visit to Mufindi was a brilliant contrast to the safari trips we did and gave us more of an insight to the human side of Africa. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2013
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The Honeymoon cabin is larger than the others, and has its own fire, although an open fire can...
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zupa wrote a review Oct 2011
Las Cruces, New Mexico
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a beautiful place in the Mufindi Highlands, where tea is grown and the climate is delightful. Just down the road is the "children's village," the Foxes NGO where they are doing absolutely amazing things, from providing housing for AIDS orphans, to feeding 500 school children a mid morning porridge (uji) that has resulted in both significantly increased attendance and academic performance. The list could go on and on. If you stay here, the tour of the children's village is a must. It was amazing, moving. And we got to know the Foxes a bit, who have made this amazing place possible.
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Date of stay: October 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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pickyreviewerguy wrote a review Jan 2012
washington dc
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I were in town to visit a friend and this place was the only lodging option for us. So we were stuck with it no matter what we thought of it. It turned out to be one of the best surprises of our honeymoon.

I should start by echoing the sentiments of bunnco who went into to good detail about the atmosphere of the place as well as other advantages.

First, the staff was attentive, flexible, kind, and gifted. One night, after dinner, we were walking back to the cabin in the pitch dark. We forgot our flashlights and were having trouble finding our way. Then the Masaai guard appeared with flashlights to help us walk safely to the cabin. Happened every night. Also, when they came turn down the bed, they started a fire in our fireplace (I suspect Dora was doing most of this). These folks really took care of us. Even the dogs were looking out for us.

On the first night, a border collie named Laddy must have sensed that we were suckers because she latched on to us. She slept outside the cabin and walked us to our meals. She went with us on small hikes when she wasn’t herding the sheep on site (this place in many ways was a study in old English estates). And when we told her not to come with us on a walk, we didn’t have to ask twice. On our last morning, we looked out the window to find she had brought her puppies to our front porch for our last walk to breakfast. After my wife stopped speaking in dolphin frequencies at the puppies, we started laughing because so many things about this place like that seemed too good to be true. We had to assume we were in a Disney movie.

Oh. And get this. We had just come back from a 13 days safari and were desperate for clean clothes. They did our laundry for us. For free! We were giddy.

I can‘t forget the food. I don’t know how they found this guy in Mufindi but this chef knows what he is doing. He trains other chefs from other Fox lodges from what I understand. The dinners were outstanding. But the desserts. Strawberry mousse, Crème Brule, and various other hard-to-pronounce but easy to devour creations. It was worth the long train ride from Dar and the long bus ride back for the food alone.

Equally important to me was the good the Foxes, the owners of the lodge, are doing in the community. They have contributed either directly or indirectly to new educational facilities and personnel, new health care facilities and training, an orphanage (kids were so cute it made my eyes hurt), a home based-care program, and a women’s empowerment program. If you are so inclined, I suggest talking to the Foxes or someone else in the area about the contributions they have made to this area. And if you’re really lucky, you’ll have a chance to meet some of the folks who live in the nearby towns.
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Date of stay: November 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Honeymoon lodge. Gorgeous and with fireplace which is lit for you (!) when the bed is turned down.
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OriginCT wrote a review Dec 2011
New South Wales, Australia
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Took a break from hot and humid Dar Es Salaam on a long weekend and ventured inland to Mufindi. What a lovely surprise awaited us at the Mufindi Highland Fishing Lodge (one of the Foxes Safari Camps). Firstly the cool weather was unexpected and brought some welcome relief from the heat. We even had a fireplace in our cabin with wood provided and staff to light the fire for us in the evening! The cabin was private, rustic and comfortable as well as being very spacious. No electrical items except for chargers are allowed but the area is so beautiful, we did not miss electricity!

The drive to the farm (surrounded by beautiful tea estates which you drive through towards the end) was a bit long and the road not the best at times, but it was certainly worth it when we got to our destination. Mr and Mrs Fox Senior are superb hosts and lovely people who interact with their guests during mealtimes, providing interesting conversation and facts about the area, while also respecting the privacy of their guests. There are beautiful gardens to stroll in and 3 lakes to walk around or paddle on. We enjoyed it all and were audibly entertained by a wide variety of birdsong most of the time.

At mealtimes we enjoyed delicious and wholesome food, all grown and produced on the farm. There was always too much to eat but it was too nice not to over-indulge a little! There were other activities to participate in such as horse-riding and fishing which we did not find time for. The lodge was not full when we visited (total of 6 other guests) but we wanted a retreat and it was nice to have the place mostly to ourselves.

The staff were absolutely attentive to our every need and very eager to please. We thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing and quiet break in the country and would love to go back again and again.
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Date of stay: December 2011
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Honeymoon cabin or Anniversary cabin each have a fireplace. They are also the most privately...
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InGreybutstillgoing wrote a review Nov 2011
Las Cruces, New Mexico
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a beautiful temperate respite between hot, dry Ruaha and sweltering Selous. The ranch is beautiful and the Foxes' engagement with the community is inspiring. The Foxes NGO/Wildorphans and their partnership with the African Book Box organization as well as local and regional services is inspiring. I recommend packing light and bringing an extra duffel of used children's clothing for the children's village.
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Date of stay: September 2011
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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FastTreck wrote a review Dec 2018
Valsad, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spend 2 nights in this beautiful Lodge. We are very happy with their warm Hospitality and tasty foods. Also, they offer Horse riding, fishing and river safari in their property. It's a huge place with very well-maintain. Love it :)
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Date of stay: October 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania179 contributions29 helpful votes
Hello, Sorry not the hair dryer user sort of guy :) You can email them, they respond quite fast.
Burhanuddin Hakimi wrote a tip Dec 2022
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania19 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book your acommodation to avoid inconveniences "
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muruh wrote a tip Sept 2018
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania179 contributions29 helpful votes
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"Request for a room with a good view."
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ZeeT007 wrote a tip Jul 2018
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania86 contributions67 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms 6 and 7 are family rooms and very near the lodge. Room 10 has a fire place."
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bgrant722 wrote a tip Jan 2017
Colombo, Sri Lanka73 contributions25 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabins 1 and 10 have their own log fires. the chalet has two bedrooms for families"
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Burhanuddin Hakimi wrote a tip Dec 2016
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania19 contributions1 helpful vote
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"hut no.5 has better view of green open ground,horse and view of lake from far. its on higher level."
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