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Park Bandas

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Park Bandas

Hi to All, can anyone provide some more detailed info on the new government Bandas versus the old Bandas in Ruaha NP? Do both/either allow for self-cooking and washing - what are the facilities available at each, how do they compare? I hear there is a restaurant next to the new Bandas - any info on that? Looking forward to our trip!

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has the bandas toilette and shower?

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We have just returned from a stay in Ruaha.I'm not sure whether we were in new or old bandas, but ours was a group of about 7 bandas, down the hill from Msembe village and right at the edge of the river. Of the 7 bandas, one had an ensuite Flush toilet, although had to pour bucket of water into bowl, to get it to "flush", and a cold shower. We scored this one. In all the rest the occupants had to walk to the toilet/shower block. This is Ok, except at night when elephant and hippo were regularly walking through the grounds. We had an armed ranger escort us to the door of our banda each evening, and "tuck us in ".

There is a block-built building which has a long dining table and some chairs, inside,and a kitchen area. This is screened- mostly..Our cook brought a gas stove and charcoal to cook with. The best thing here was a working freezer, supplied by Tanapa, so food could be kept fresh, and drinks cold. Bliss!. Another family party arrived when we were there, and self-catered, using the kitchen.

I'm not sure about buying meals, but at msembe village there is a hall/recreation building/bar where we bought cold drinks, and it smelt like they were cooking food there, , but I didn't see anyone with a meal. There was a soccer game on the TV that was holding most peoples' attention.

A camping ground was just down the road from these bandas. Again, right beside the river, nice tiled kitchen/dining building, but toilets in less repair than those at bandas.

Hope this helps.

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Can you tell me what the prices for the banda's are? I stayed there 20 years ago!

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What are the prices for coverment bandas now?

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I have to check it at my photos if you want to have the exact price. But I am quite sure that it was 30 USD for the Bandas p.p.. We stayed there in October but we booked the tour as a package. I will highly recommend not to stay in the bandas. It was damn hot inside and there were so many moskitos. On one of two nights there was no water at the public toilet and shower

I think that the new cottages (concrete buildings, ensuite shower and toilet) are much better. I think the price for the cottages was 50 USD per night p.p.

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I recently stayed in the old bandas recently. Although it was quite hot, it was definitely ok. The location down at the Ruaha river is great. And at night you can hear the hippos frequently! Because of the VAT that had been added last summer the cost for staying there one night was 36$ for me (non Tanzanian) and I think 14'000 TZS for my Tanzanian friends.

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Hello, very sorry to bother you but I wondered whether you could tell me how you booked the Bandas? I have been reading that you need to book on arrival, which makes me anxious! Thank you ever so much in advance. Jade.

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