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A Delightful Way to Visit the Western Serengeti

Ubuntu is a delightful and very well managed mobile tented safari camp that spends June in the Western Serengeti - a time when the migration is usually there. Our driver guide was always supportive and attentive to our requests. He gave us very good sightings in the Western area and also drove us to the Central Serengeti to see the migration there - a very long day, but well worth it.

A mobile camp is never the last word in luxury, but this one leverages outstanding management and friendly service to produce a top quality bush experience. Anna is wonderful! She is a problem solver who stays polite and helpful no matter what the challenge may be. The chef performed miracles and gave us better food than that which we received at some fancier places. The accommodations were well designed and there is always someone nearby ready, willing, and able to provide what you need.

This was the first time that I stayed at an Asilia Camp and I had thought long and hard before choosing it rather than the nearby &Beyond camp. I am very glad I chose Ubuntu and would happily do so again.
Moonriser (US) | Stayed in July, 2014 at Ubuntu Camp

A wonderful stop at Little Oliver's!

This was our first night on safari and Little Oliver's did not disappoint. When we arrived we were greeted with drinks and a cool cloth. After a very filling lunch, we were shown our tent. It was the perfect blend of modern amenities with a little exposure to the wild. You could hear elephants and other noises at night. When we turned off our lights at night, it was fun to lay in bed and listen to the noises and see the sky and nature all around us. We even had several elephants walk through the camp during dinner one night. The staff was more than accommodating and we were always amazed at how they anticipated our every need. While there is electricity in the tent, there are no outlets. While this may bother some, I found it as part of the experience and would not change it. The main tent has a converter and adapter power strip that more than accommodated any charging needs we had. The food was amazing and plentiful and I often could not eat everything on our plate. Meals were shared with the camp managers and other guests. This was wonderful because we could all share our stories from the day. I hope to visit Little Oliver's again one day!"
Wendy G (US) | Stayed in July, 2014 at Oliver's Camp

This is Really the Safari Adventure you Dreamed of...

The camp itself is really nice. Only 6 tents, spaced out quite nicely. We stayed in the family tent and it was very spacious and has an extra "room" on the side for another bedroom. Showers are bucket showers and we had no problem with them. Flushing toilets, comfortable beds, a strong flashlight and radio provided (to call for anything including the bucket showers or escorts for night walking). All meals were excellent and served at a common table with the other guests. We really liked this feature as it provides a good opportunity to get to know the other guests and talk about the days sightings. How these guys come up with such good food at a camp is surprising but very much enjoyed.

If you want to enjoy a fantastic safari with no crowds, a lot of cats and a great camp: go to Namiri and go now while the area is still untouched and wide open. A special thanks to Blessed, Epimark, Patena and Emmanuel for making our experience in the Serengeti a most memorable adventure."
Mike Mackow (US) | Stayed in July, 2014 at Namiri Plains

First Impressions

We were the very first paying guests at Namiri Plains, which at the time had only two tents and is in an area not open to tourists for 20 years in the Eastern corridor of the Serengeti. There were very few teething problems and the staff could not have been more helpful, pleasant or polite.

The accommodation is spacious and the food was good, but for us, after a lot of safaris, the key question is game viewing. There are no guarantees on what you will see on safaris and some drives were quieter than others if you wanted to see cats or elephants, but we saw three species (serval, aardwolf and pangolin!!) which we'd never seen before, over 20 lions and 4 cheetah in 4 days. The best thing about the camp is the solitude (with only 6 tents there will never be many vehicles and on every stop there was only one other vehicle at most). Compare that to the Seronera area where we saw 40 vehicles on one sighting. That does mean you have to find your own sightings but the guide and spotter worked very hard to achieve this and, for us, that adds to the fun. With the number of cats we understand are in the area, when the migration goes through there it will be incredible."
JandJ90 (UK) | Stayed in July, 2014 at Namiri Plains

Absolutely loved Kwihala!

We stayed at Kwihala for 4 nights and it was absolutely incredible on all fronts. In terms of the park, Ruaha is a great choice as it's not highly populated by tourists and there is such abundant game nearly everywhere you go.

As far as the camp, it was a close to perfect as you can get. What really set the experience apart for me was the service - Sandy has done a fantastic job looking after the camp and everyone we interacted with at the camp was so hospitable. There were so many small touches that really made the whole experience exceptional. The food was amazing as well! I was well looked after as a vegetarian which I appreciated. We really enjoyed the communal meals and getting to meet everyone else and discuss our day's safari.

Not to mention the professionalism and experience of the guides! We had Pietro and Saidi and not only were they so knowledgeable, they really went out of their way to make sure we had a special and memorable experience (ticking off leopards, cheetahs, and lion cubs on our list). The days are long (in a great way) so it's a pleasure to get to spend it with such wonderful guides. A huge thanks for making our honeymoon even more memorable!"
Wanderlust110 (RJ) | Stayed in July, 2014 at Kwihala Camp

Perfect, Especially for a Honeymoon

This place is amazing!  The setting, the rooms and above all the service are all spectacular. They manage to create luxury but in a very down-to-earth way, which benefits the local community. We spent our honeymoon here and it was made perfect by the hard work and kind, genuine nature of all the staff.  The lodges are brilliant: massive beds and luxury bathrooms, great sea views and not at all over-looked. It's great to watch the local fishermen go about their business.
There is good snorkelling nearby and the watersports team were great. The food and wine were of the highest quality which is not always the case at these places. We've never known so much choice of good quality wine, beer and cocktails in somewhere all-inclusive. The retreats are out of this world and if at all possible well worth staying in.Thank you so much for everything you did for us Ross, Gina and your truly fantastic staff team.
We will be back one day!
Rob C (UK) | Stayed in July, 2014 at Matemwe Lodge

This Place was so Good we Had to Come Back a Second Time!

I stayed at the Acacia House four years ago with friends and had such a wonderful time that I had to do the trip again and bring my husband to see it. Our guide was Salaash, who I would highly recommend. We requested him when we came back the second time. He is very knowledgable and just a plain fun person to spend the day with. We were there in July 2014 and they had just purchased a new vehicle with open air windows. There were six of us in the party and everyone had a good seat and ability to easily take pictures. Just like my first visit, we saw just about every animal we could have. The accommodations are really unbelievably exquisite for the African bush. We loved being ale to sit on the veranda and watch the animals at the water hole. Evelyn, the cook, produced delicious meals that would rival what you get at the best restaurants. And the Maasai young men who served us in the house couldn't have been nicer. Their bright smiles and helpful hands were always there when we needed them. They were a welcome sight after a day of bouncing around in the vehicle sighting/watching the animals. The emphasis they place on conservation is also a plus. I would recommend Asillia Africa to anyone who wants an authentic, but comfortable African safari experience."
Kay A (US) | Stayed in July, 2014 at Mara Bush Houses

Simply Loved Ubuntu!

This was the first of two Asilia camps my husband and I stayed in and the experience will make us always look for Asilia. Our guide was wonderful, always finding just the animals large and small as well as many, many birds, we hoped to see and answering all our many questions with humor and patience. Our tracker was fascinating, a Maasai who had killed a lion as a young man. The camp managers could not have been more helpful and thoughtful. The food was abundant and scrumptious. The bucket shower, my first, was an unexpected pleasure. Because the migration wasn't at the Grumeti, our guide said we would go to it three hours away in the Central Serengeti in a closed car with a pop up roof, to avoid the dust. We saw thousands of zebra on the move, beautiful cheetahs drinking and hunting, many lions and a leopard before we returned to Ubuntu West. Thank you Yustus, Anna, and Future for making our experience so wonderful."
Mary Tyler K | Stayed in July, 2014 at Ubuntu Camp

Four Nights in Paradise

Just returned from four incredible nights at Olakira. Every single member of staff did their utmost to ensure our stay was fantastic. Their friendliness and professionalism contributed hugely to a memorable experience. We had wonderful wildebeest crossings, at which our guide, Nathan, managed to position us in the "pound seats". The game drives were incredible. The food was delicious. The tents were comfortable and beautifully furnished, but retained the "under canvas" feeling of being close to nature. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience. The worst thing about it, was having to pack up and leave at the end of our stay."
Elejames (SA) | Stayed in July, 2014 at Olakira Camp

Wildebeest Migration Hotspot

This camp was recommended to us by our travel advisor at Audley, and it could not have been better. We were particularly keen to witness the migration of the wildebeest across the Mara River - and what we saw was like watching a BBC wildlife programme - just what we hoped for, and more. Truly amazing. The staff at the camp were first rate, especially our guide, Baraka. The food produced by the chefs was incredibly good. We slept soundly, even with wildebeest chomping grass right outside our tent. Our three night stay was a wonderful experience in every way."
Elaine H (UK) | Stayed in July, 2014 at Olakira Camp

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