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Mark H

A step back in time to when nature ruled

Review of Mwagusi Camp
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 02 Jun 2024
My adventure took me to the captivating Mwagusi Camp, a true sanctuary in the heart of the Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania. This expansive reserve, the largest in the country, is where the camp is perched, right on the sandy banks of the Mwagusi River. The camp's unique position offers a front-row seat to the captivating wildlife that frequents the area, including elephants, lions, and a vast variety of bird species.

It was a truly fantastic experience.

Guided by the renowned Chris Fox, a true son of Tanzania and quite possibly Africa's most experienced wildlife expert, my journey was enriched by his profound knowledge and unwavering passion for wildlife. His understanding of Africa's intricate web of life is unparalleled, making him a true national treasure.

The camp, managed by a team that has been an integral part of Chris' journey for generations, offers a delightful and personalized experience. With a limited number of spacious tents, delectable cuisine, and guides who are experts in their field, the camp ensures a memorable stay for every guest.

Undecided about where to head in Tanzania - look no further if you're seeking a very special experience.
Date of stay: May 2024
Room Tip: Be prepared to leave the modern world behind and immerse yourself in nature
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank you Mark for taking the time to write such a great review for Mwagusi, Chris and the team. After a short break Mwagusi is back ready to welcome our guests for 2024. It was a true pleasure to have you as one of our first guests of the season, to experience Mwagusi and the beautiful Ruaha National Park. We hope to welcome you back in the not-too-distant future. With very best wishes from Chris and the Mwagusi team.
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Reviewed 7 March 2024

This was our first safari and our first visit to Africa and it exceeded all our expectations. We chose Mwagusi Camp following a recommendation by a friend who had been on many safaris all over Africa but felt Mwagusi was the best of the many destinations she had been to.
We stayed for 5 nights and Chris and his staff looked after us superbly from the moment we stepped off the plane at Msembe airstrip. We were met by our guide Joffrey and our driver Hemed and so our Ruaha adventure started, we had hardly gone quarter of a mile when we stopped to view our first giraffes and zebras. For the next 5 days we saw an amazing variety of Tanzanian mammals, birds, reptiles, butterflies, flora and fauna. We saw new varieties every day and learnt so much from our very knowledgeable guide. The Ruaha was stunning, green and so quiet, we rarely ever saw another vehicle all day. Many thanks to Joffrey and Hemed for making our trip so amazing and memorable.
Chris was an exceptional host joining us for every superb meal. Dinners on the riverbed are very memorable. Our Banda looked directly onto the river and was comfortable and clean. The staff were very polite and couldn’t have been more helpful.
Chris obviously regards training his staff and guides of paramount importance to giving his guests a true Safari experience.
Many thanks Chris.
Shelagh and Iain

Date of stay: January 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2024

When visiting Tanzania, Mwagusi Camp far exceeded my expectations! From the Bandas, to the food, to the fabulous game drives. But more importantly the care and knowledge the entire staff had in providing an unforgettable experience. Chris Fox the owner, made sure his guests had everything to make their stay one that will never be forgotten. From his fabulous stories, to the delicious cuisine, Mwagusi Camp is a camp you will want to experience. His staff is honest and very hard working and it shows. I highly recommend Mwagusi Camp to experience what is a once in a lifetime adventure.

Date of stay: January 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 January 2024

Baobabs everywhere! Wonderful animal sightings (even Leopards in Baobabs!).

Ruaha is a wild & beautiful place and the cherry on top must be Mwagusi Camp. We traveled as a family (our girls are aged 5 and 8) and everyone had a wonderful time.

Thank you Chris & the Mwagusi Team.

Date of stay: January 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 November 2023 via mobile

My son and I have just left Mwagusi Camp having stayed three nights.
The experience was exceptional.
The accommodation consists of Bandas which are basically a tent with a thatched roof above which helps to keep the interior surprisingly cool. The food and beverage offering is also remarkable bearing in mind the camp is in the middle of the bush.
The camp is owned and run by Chris Fox who is a gentleman and a consummate host. Chris is also a fascinating raconteur who willingly shares his exciting safari stories with you each evening at supper. This commences with all guests sitting around a camp fire with a drink or two then moving to a beautifully laid table all situated on the dry bed of the river Mwgusi.
It's a magical experience with the like of leopard hunting monkeys very nearby.
Chris is very ably assisted by Rosie and their endearing young son Freddie!
Our guide and driver Jimmy and Johan were extremely friendly and knowledgable.
I found the three days to be very enjoyable, also incredibly peaceful and rejuvenating with plenty of free time to relax.
I'd thoroughly recommend a visit.

Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 October 2023

This place is magical. I cannot speak highly enough about this place. I would go back in a heartbeat. Worth every nickel. The bandas were superb, beautiful, large, clean, romantic. But truly it is the service that shines through. Our guide was amazing - Baldon, who knew every animal in sight. All of the staff were so attentive to every detail of our stay, and so very kind. Chris himself shared many meals with us. The evening dinners in the riverbed by torchlight was spectacular. If you want the trip of a lifetime, I highly recommend Mwagusi. Just watch out for those monkeys because they seem to know when tea and biscuits are served in the bandas, and they will take your cookies!

Room tip: Keep an eye out for the monkeys, those little rascals will take your milk and cookies!
Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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