Mwagusi Camp

Mwagusi Camp

Chris Fox Mwagusi Safari Camp Ruaha National Park Iringa, Ruaha National Park Tanzania
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#3 of 7 campsites in Ruaha National Park
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Nestled into the bank of the Mwagusi River, this small exclusive tented camp overlooks the beautiful riverbed and all its’ natural visitors. Our camp is built along the lines of a traditional old-style African safari experience. Each tent is designed within a thatched banda with polished clay-red floors. Luxury has not been forgotten with an en-suite bathing area and a shaded veranda with lounging cushions and swinging hammock. Enjoy excellent game-viewing with our knowledgeable guides, on a game drive or a safari walk.
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Breakfast available
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mruth14 wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
OK, first things first - since October last year the weather in Tanzania has been "challenging", to say the least. But over the past few years i have learned that the mark of a really good Safari camp is how the challenges are met. Even at the best of times, the logistics involved in running a camp in the middle of Africa are far from easy - from getting fresh supplies to keeping the vehicles in working order - but when rains make the rivers flood and snap concrete access bridges as easily as if they were made of wood, the business of keeping guests happy and well fed and watered, requires very special skills. In this respect all the staff at Mwagusi are marvelous. The food was always delicious, the beer was always ice cold and did not run out, and game drives continued as a matter of routine. I have always felt completely safe and well looked after at Mwagusi, leaving me free to enjoy one of the most beautiful game parks in Africa with all its wonderful animals and birds most of which also seem to appreciate the camp's position on the seasonal river and wander through it from time to time. February should not usually see that much rain, but 2020 was as wet as I have ever seen the park, althoughto be honest it did not spoil my enjoyment of it one little bit. I stayed eight days with a friend and we could easily have stayed longer. Asante sana to Heinrich and all the wonderful guys who make me feel one of their family. I will of course be back next year, whatever the weather.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Mwagusi, Guest Relations Manager at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 20 Feb 2020
It is always a real pleasure to have you returning to Mwagusi every year and I know the staff all look forward to seeing you and yes, you are certainly part of the family having now also introduced another member to the Mwagusi family. Thank you for your appreciation of the work that goes on behind the scenes during such challenging times, the Mwagusi river must have been spectacular. As you say it does not deminish the beauty of the park or the enjoyment of exploring. I will certainly be passing on your thanks to all and of course to Henrik. We will be ready and looking forward to greeting you next year. Wishing you the very best, your Mwagusi family.
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Philippa wrote a review Mar 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This camp is absolutely stunning, the location of the bandas overlooking the river bed is so tranquil & the banda itself was spacious, luxurious and very comfortable. I really enjoyed the sitting area outside where we had an uninterrupted view of the dry river bed. We had the most beautiful dinner set out in the middle of the dry river bed with lanterns in the rocks and a roaring fire off to the one side. Even though it was very hot in November having the fire going & the lanterns lit gave our dining experience a really great atmosphere. The food was excellent and the staff were very friendly. We had a really good game drive the one morning with a guide from the lodge (I apologise I cannot recall his name) he was so knowledgeable and keen to tell us all about the area and animals etc, we self drove to the lodge so it was really nice to be told about the area & animals from a local. If you have a chance to go to Mwagusi you must.
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Date of stay: November 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Response from Lynn Swift, Marketing at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 21 Mar 2022
Thank you Philippa for your very complimentary review of Mwagusi, we really appreciate your comments which I will be passing on to the Mwagusi team. We have had some great viewings of game in the dry Mwagusi river bed this season so I am glad this was a part of your experience with us. Our guides are involved in delivering the training program to new local students at Mwagusi too. We hope that one day you will come back to see us, we will be looking forward to greeting you. Best wishes, the Mwagusi Team.
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rouse2020 wrote a review May 2023
Rochester, New York
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our 5 night stay at the Mwagusi Camp in Ruaha National Park was absolutely wonderful in all aspects. The sleeping quarters were elegant, yet camp like. The large tent held a queen size bed, night tables, rocking chair and desk. Attached was a separate tent with shower, dressing area, flush toilet and sink. A lovely patio overlooking the dry river bed provided endless viewing entertainment of elephants, giraffes and baboons. Everyone at the camp was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the elegant dinner setting in the river bed each night surrounded by lanterns and torches. Our host, Chris was charming and extremely knowledgeable of the history and politics of Tanzania. Our guide, Joffrey was extremely organized, patient and helpful on our daily safaris. We must have asked what certain animals and birds were a dozen times a day and yet he politely answered our questions over and over. We didn't arrive with our bucket list of animals, so each day was a wonderful new adventure for us. Joffrey had so much information about each animal and all of the surrounding nature. Tanzania is a beautiful country with rolling hills and so much green!! We highly recommend this wonderful camp in Tanzania
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Lynn Swift, Marketing at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 10 Jul 2023
Thank you for the wonderful review of Mwagusi, Chris, the staff and your recommendation. We have a great team and they will all be delighted to know they provided the best experience and memories for you to take home with you. We hope we can welcome you back one day. Best Wishes The Mwagusi team.
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mruth14 wrote a review Feb 2022
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have written a number of reviews of this camp and it is difficult to say something new, but whoever reads this may like to know why I think it is so special. Firstly, it is superbly situated by the side of what is usually (except it seems, when I come to visit) a dry river bed and in an area visited by a lot of animals. This year a leopard walked down the path past my banda merely minutes before I was escorted to dinner and in previous years I have seen lions, elephants and wild dogs in camp. Secondly, the bandas are spacious, quirky and extremely comfortable - there is nothing quite so enjoyable as sitting staring at the landscape, all thoughts of European civilisation banished.
Thirdly, the food and service are terrific - how do they manage to rustle up such delicious meals miles from anywhere?
Most importantly, this is a camp which the owners, managers and staff are passionate about and it shows. The guides and drivers are just brilliant (I have been all over Tanzania and consider myself very well placed to judge) thanks to a very enlightened training program - they have eyes like hawks and a fund of knowledge which is really enlightening and adds to the whole experience.
I will return, and that is a promise...
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Date of stay: January 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: all rooms are individual and wonderful - just ask the owls and hyraxes who enjoy sharing the...
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Response from Lynn Swift, Marketing at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 08 Mar 2022
Thank you Marcus for your great comments, the guys just love having you in camp, you have become one of the Mwagusi family. Its always a pleasure helping to arrange your trip especially this year when we were all so looking forward to finally getting away. We await your promised return! Very best from your Mwagusi family.
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ScottS_MN wrote a review Feb 2022
USA
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just a km short of the camp on our arrival, we came across 2 lion cubs playing just a few feet from the road track. It would be prophetic of our stay. The next surprise was going to dinner which is served on an open fire by candlelight on a table in the river bed. With animal sounds in the night we ate with our host Chris and his family. The food was marvelous. Breakfast is served in a cabana overlooking the river bottoms & some open water where animals come to drink. (There was also a small scopes owl in the rafters. I have never seen a tent like here. It was a work of art. The ensuite is like a living scupture. The bedroom is nothing short of beautiful. It has a feeling of such luxury in the bush. Outside there is an elaborate patio overlooking the river beds. My experience was forever memorable waking up to elephants, jackals, leopards & lions discussing water rights in the night. Chris is a fountain of knowledge sharing his trail night cam shots of animals passing through. One morning big male kudus joined the zebras & impalas at the water. This is one very special safari camp very well located in Ruaha.
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Lynn Swift, Marketing at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 09 Feb 2022
Thank you for your lovely review and for sharing the experiences you had during your stay. Dinner under the stars is certainly very special and a lasting memory to be taken home as is relaxing on your verandah watching the game come to drink in the small pools of water in the river bed below. Since your stay the Mwagusi river has begun to flow. Your compliments on our food and accommodation in very much appreciated and will be shared with our staff. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We wish you well. Best Wishes from The Mwagusi Family.
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OBgal wrote a review Oct 2022
San Diego, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I spent four nights at this camp during September 2022. The camp is charming, comfortable and quiet. Our guide all four days was Baldon Mdegela who is one of the best guides we have ever had. Baldon loves his job and sharing what he knows about the animals, plants, insects, astronomy and history of Ruaha and Tanzania. He is able to spot animals with an uncanny ability and to chose ares to explore that are active and interesting. The camp is a visual delight and the camp staff are kind and totally professional. Every dinner was spent in a different location, under the stars and the food was delicious. I recommend this camp highly.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: Every chalet is excellent
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Response from Lynn Swift, Marketing at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 09 Feb 2023
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for your lovely comments. Baldon is passionate about the bush and wildlife. To show his guests the "sky at night" before dinner is another part of the safari experience he enjoys creating. We wish you all the best... The Mwagusi team.
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David S wrote a review Jan 2022
Stockholm, Sweden
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you get a chance - go! Everything is top of the line. From a comfortable transfer from Dar with a Cessna Caravan 1 and a brief terrain transport to the dried riverbed Firelit dinners. A completely open camp with full animal interaction day and night. Top class bandas with the sounds of yhe djungle all around. Geoffrey guided us to mind blowing nature experiences including wild dogs, a lion chasing a leopard, jackals chasing another leopard to a close encounter with a cerval.

Everything under the kind and attentive eye och the Fox family and Trudy.

We'll be back
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Lynn Swift, Marketing at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 02 Feb 2022
Dear David, thank you for the lovely review of your stay with us. I will certainly pass on your comments to Chris and the team. Having sightings of wild dog, lion chasing cheetah and a serval is certainly a wonderful memory to take home with you. We look forward to welcoming you back to Mwagusi soon. Keep well, very best from the Mwagusi team.
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Emma D wrote a review Jul 2023
Bristol, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It's hard to know where to start when you talk about Ruha. It felt risky initially taking 4 children ( aged between 9 and 16) for their first safari experience somewhere a little off the beaten track. Two of our children are nervous flyers and when they saw the tiny propellor plane we were about to get onto they went a bit quiet. This changed quickly as the plane was full (all 12 of us ) so John had to sit in the copilot seat. Seeing their father at the front actually made them laugh and actually the nerves disappeared completely as we landed en route briefly in Selous and saw a lion next to the runaway (what?). Arriving in Ruha, we were met by our fantastic guide Val and driver Jaspar who were with us for the entire time. So much wildlife spotting even on the way to the camp. Honestly we could not have been more happy when we arrived. Chris, his eldest son Kiasly, wife Rosie and darling Freddie had literally thought of everything . We had three tents in a row which the children loved the independence of. We were here in July so the river was dry but that didn’t stop the wildlife coming down. Stylish bandas with beautiful verandahs, comfy beds, breakfast in the “bush”, delicious food, big skies, thick stars in the sky at night, animal noises as you are dropping off to sleep were all heavenly . The wildlife spotting was fantastic. Val and Jaspar encouraged the children, went all out to spot all sorts of things for us and gave us so much information as we drove around in the truck. One lunchtime back in the lodge there was much excitement when were just about to sit down to eat and Chris announced “ Kaisly is sitting on a leopard with a kill up a tree, do you want to head out? “ Which sent us all racing back to the trucks, food temporarily abandoned but so worth it. Chris and his family and all his staff are wonderful hosts. The children grew up here in the 4 days we stayed for sure, making conversation with strangers at supper as we dined by candlelight on the dried up river bed under the cast African sky and facing an elephant in the dark on their way to bed ( supervised - no one is allowed to wander around on their own after dark). The conversations were so enriching and so many made us “sit up and listen” to what life is like living, running a business and working in Tanzania. We delighted in hearing about Chris’s many adventures as well the experiences the other guests had had. We could not have felt more welcome and it was by the far the highlight (voted by all 6 of us) of our trip to Tanzania.
As Ruha gets more recognition, and more tourists come, there will be change for sure. I hope above all hopes that it is managed and Ruha keeps the soul it clearly has. There is definitely something in the land here. I cried as we left and definitely left some of my heart behind but I did take a small pebble with me (sorry, not sorry) so will always have a bit of Ruha to hold in my hands. I can not recommend Mwagusi Camp enough. Do whatever you can to get there.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Judith D wrote a review Jun 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The safari camp is located directly on the Mwagusi River. The morning sunrise was gorgeous from our tent cottage (Banda) and the lodging was VERY comfortable. We loved the opportunity to eat all meals that we were in camp for with the owner and his family, and all of the staff we met were very welcoming. Our guides were clearly very knowledgeable and worked hard and successfully to share the many wildlife and varying beautiful views with us. We could not have asked for a better introduction to Africa and the wonders of Tanzania’s bush.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The middle of June brought comfortable temperatures.
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Response from Lynn Swift, Marketing at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 10 Jul 2023
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of one of your first experiences of Africa at Mwagusi. We are blessed to be able to share the beauty in this part of Ruaha National park and the game within. There is plenty more to see and experience so we hope that you will revisit us sometime in the future. Best Wishes The Mwagusi Team.
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chsEastSussex wrote a review Jul 2022
east sussex
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently spent 3 nights at Mwagusi Camp as part of a month long East African adventure. The game drives here were the best we experienced during our entire trip. No-one else offered a driver plus guide and due to their excellent staff development programme we also had a trainee guide on board. More pairs of eyes to give you the best chance of spotting the more elusive wildlife. Our senior guide was Geoffrey, his years of experience and the knowledge he shared was incredible. We had been disappointed up until our arrival at Mwagusi by the number of big cat sightings. This was resolved on day 1!
The camp is beautiful, bandas are spacious with verandas overlooking the river where wildlife comes to drink.
During our stay we were hosted by the owner Chris, his family and the camp manager. We all ate lunch and dinner together, the latter being set out on the dry riverbed with fire and lanterns, a magical experience. Chris has had a very interesting life with great stories to tell.
The food in camp, and for bush breakfasts, was excellent. I don’t eat meat and received a special dish each meal time.
All the staff were very welcoming and could not have done more for us, even refolding our hastily unpacked clothes!
We will be back!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Take a woolly hat and many layers in June. Early mornings are cold!!
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Response from Lynn Swift, Marketing at Mwagusi Camp
Responded 07 Jul 2022
We really appreciate your lovely review of Mwagusi, thank you. Guiding our guests and providing that experience you will never forget is top of the list for our team, you take with you memories to treasure and stories to tell your friends. There have been great cat sightings recently and fantastic photo opportunities too. We hope that one day you will come back to visit again, we will be waiting! Your friends, the Mwagusi team.
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Answer from Mwagusi
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania1 contribution
Hi Sarah, yes we can offer a famly tent to you which would accomodate a family of 4. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Many thanks. Lynn
Answer from Mwagusi
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania1 contribution
Have a look at the following flight companies who fly to Ruaha from the North. Safari Air Link or Coastal Travels Coastal are starting a new route in June 2017 from the North. Trip Advisor policy will not allow me to add website addresses to my reply. Hope this helps.
Liza M asked a question Jun 2016
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Please someone post the rates?!? Can't find on the website
Answer from Mwagusi
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania1 contribution
Thank you for your message Liza. Please send an email to the contact details on our website (under "about us" tab), we will be pleased to send rates and your enquiry. Best The Mwagusi Team
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Hi I am afraid Trip advisor restricts me from giving the website address on here (Links, contact information, and advertising are not permitted) but please google Mwagusi Camp and it will come up on the first page, I hope this works for you. Best Lynn Swift
Mark H wrote a tip Jun 2024
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be prepared to leave the modern world behind and immerse yourself in nature"
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PebblesJD wrote a tip Oct 2023
Saint Paul, Minnesota62 contributions48 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Keep an eye out for the monkeys, those little rascals will take your milk and cookies!"
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michaeleichberger wrote a tip Oct 2023
Munich, Germany4 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book direct with "Wings over the wild". Payment transfer goes to UK and much more flexible than booking trough any travel agency!!"
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Judith D wrote a tip Jun 2023
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The middle of June brought comfortable temperatures."
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Drew P wrote a tip Jan 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms had a great ambience and views of the Mwagusi river and wildlife."
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