Below you can find a selection of our most recent reviews and guest feedback. Happy reading!
Desperate to go back!
I still can't get over what an amazing time we had during our stay here. For those looking for the 'typical' African setting, I would say that Ruaha National Park would be the place for you and this camp cannot be missed. Sarah, the manager, was so incredibly welcoming, setting the standard for the staff and we were not disappointed - Lorenzo and Saidi made an awesome team, spotting cheetah for us with ease (how they see it from hundreds of metres away still blows my mind) and ticking off every single animal on our list. I really miss getting up (the only time 5:15am has been a welcome time!) to get going on our daily adventure, although the tents were a little bit difficult to leave!
What fantastic accommodation - huge bed in a spacious tent, separate en suite with flushing toilet and bucket shower, as well as electric lights and a socket to charge cameras etc. Whilst it did get very hot in the day (noticeable when you returned for lunch and had a couple of hours in the afternoon to relax - maybe a fan could be provided?), it cooled down in the evening and we slept very well.
Now, the food - I still can't get over the standard of the food....cheese souffle in the bush?! Banoffee pie?! Julius, our chef, really outdid himself. I honestly don't have a bad thing to say about it... Well except maybe I enjoyed the food a bit too much (my clothes are not being particularly forgiving). Overall, I am absolutely in love with this camp. I really hope we get the opportunity to return in the future, and I urge anybody who has not been to put this on their list."
Elle (UK) | Stayed in October, 2013 at Kwihala Camp
An incredibly wonderful experience
Three nights at this camp was the perfect ending to our African adventure, with everything we hoped for and much more. All the staff were friendly and professional. The meals were varied and invariably delicious. Our two tents were roomy and comfortable with gripping views of the savannah, migration and distant hills from our opening.
The variety and closeness to the wildlife was outstanding, from a pride of lion with cubs to the innumerable thousands of wildebeests interspersed throughout with zebra, antelope and other game). We had heard the location north of the Mara River was best, but had no idea that it was so away from the crowds and noise on the south side. (We had the entire north side practically to ourselves, with some help from a washed out bridge, and saw only one other land rover on our side in two long days of game driving). A truly exceptional camp, quietly elegant and attentive to our wishes and the environment without anything "over the top". We would love to repeat at this or one of their other locations."
The Guhin Family (Maryland, US) | Stayed in October, 2013 at Kimondo Camp
From the moment Mesenga picked us up at the airstrip until five days later when unfortunately it was time to say good bye everything was perfect. It is a fantastic camp, Mesenga a brilliant guide and Richard a fantastic host. The team was wonderful and the cook was a genius. We enjoyed every second of our five night stay. Wildlife was fantastic.
We saw several crossings, one lasted over 90 minutes and the highlight was the lion mum with her three week old cubs. Lots of opportunities for great photographs. It was really a pleasure to see the migration from the Tanzanian side, far away from the crowds in Kenya. The true highlight of our trip and one that can make a difference was however the visit to the local school in the village. It appears that we were the first ones that had asked to visit the school. Most visitors arrive by plane but I can only encourage you to visit also the village to get an experience of real life outside the national park. Some kids were scared as they had not seen a car before nor any white kids. We can only encourage those that come after us to do so too. The school looks like a construction site. The class rooms, teachers houses, teachers office, toilets etc. need finishing. We had brought some footballs and school material from Belgium but in addition bought Tanzanian school books for all the kids in the local village store but a lot more is needed."
Artic Kids (Belgium) | Stayed in August, 2013 at Kimondo Camp
A magical experience
We spent three days here as a birthday present to ourselves for our 50th birthdays. We could not have picked a better spot. We chose this camp based on the reviews on Tripadvisor and I am so glad we did. If you are looking for a high quality, personal safari experience this is the place to go. I cannot recommend it enough."
Traveller (US) | Stayed in July, 2013 at Naboisho Camp
Luxury in the bush
Fly Camp was my personal favorite. Roelof led an easy hike with animals, history, and botany along the way culminating at a remote camp with warm outdoor showers, excellent dinner, relaxed conversation round the fire, beautiful sunset, and a symphony of African noises. Night drives, early morning drives with breakfast along the way, Maasai Village visit and cultural exchange, large lion pride, and wake up call with hot chocolate in a huge luxurious private tent - it doesn't get any better than this!"
Cavan (US) | Stayed in July, 2013 at Naboisho Camp
Perfect place, wonderful service, unforgettable experiences
Driving around with the camp's safari vehicle is perfect for discovering the local fauna and flora, including giraffes, elephants, and some of the rarest antilopes in the world. Adventurers can track Elephant on walking safaris led by the camps experienced safari guides (special thanks to Hamza, our guide). Or why not go fishing in lake Victoria with Henk, the camp's manager, who has been a professional sports fisher for more than 15 years? The fish you will catch will be deliciously prepared by the camp's chef, who did an excellent job preparing delightful meals everyday. My personal favorite is his basil/lime sorbet, absolutely wonderful!"
Thomas (Switserland) | Stayed in July, 2013 at Rubondo Island Camp
A Slice of Paradise in Tanzania
I had the opportunity to stay at this heavenly camp for 2 nights in June 2013 - and 2 nights were just not enough. From the warmest welcome by managers Janine & Henk, to the cozy rooms, my stay here was absolutely fantastic. There is no fixed itinerary here, everything is very relaxed and laid back. The sunsets and sunrises were superb, meals were to die for, the staff so attentive and friendly - they remembered how I took my coffee after the first order. There's no way anyone can get bored. Sitting out on the viewing decks, there are hundreds of birds and butterflies providing entertainment. The nature walk was brilliant - Hamza & Habibu are 2 of the most passionate& knowledgeable guides I have ever met. The fishing excursion was heaps of fun; Henk is an extremely skilled fisherman and an afternoon on the lake is just heavenly.
The lounge area is warm and brightly decorated, making it difficult to figure out where I wanted to spend most of my time. And the pool was the afternoon chill out spot. Rubondo Island Camp is most definitely one of my top favourite spots in Africa - a paradise island that one can never get enough of. I would go back over and over and over again."
Aliya (Kenya) | Stayed in June, 2013 at Rubondo Island Camp
Visit a world resurrected: Gorongosa National Park
"The grazing herds at this national park at the Great Rift’s southern tip were once denser than those of the Serengeti but were all but destroyed during Mozambique’s long and brutal civil war. Today a pioneering restoration project financed by the US-based Carr Foundation is reintroducing zebra, buffalo and wildebeest into its vast tracts of savannah and miombo woodland, and the predators are duly following. To come here on safari now is to witness a Mozambican gem brought back to life.”"
Henry Wismayer (Guardian, UK) | Stayed in April, 2013 at Kubatana Camp
A celebration of the Maasai and the Mara
The involvement of Naboisho Camp and other camps in the welfare of the community was also apparent when I visited villages, a school and a clinic. One of the most enjoyable experiences was visiting a guiding school within the conservancy set up exclusively for Maasai students. I also enjoyed herding cattle! I found it all such an enlightening, enjoyable experience and it has changed my perception of safaris forever."
Anton Crone (South Africa) | Stayed in March, 2013 at Naboisho Camp
Outstanding pre- or post-Serengeti Safari
One of the highlights for me was a drive along one of the island tracks which is an avenue for butterfly's and a boat trip to visit a nearby island fishing community of wonderful people and Rubondo will be aiding the clinic and school in the fishing village. Go. It is ideal for a relaxing post or pre-Serengeti or Mara Safari. It's wonderful as a destination of its own. I will never forget it."
Anton Crone (South Africa) | Stayed in March, 2013 at Rubondo Island Camp