The Maldives islands are home to some of the very best scuba diving in the world. Even if you’re not a diver, snorkelling in the warm waters offers wonderful opportunities to spot a wide variety of marine life. Some resorts have their own diving schools, whilst others have their own reefs and you may even see whale sharks.
Mwagusi Safari Camp was the first tented safari camp in Ruaha National Park. Built and managed by Chris Fox, born and raised locally who is passionate about Africa, the park and wildlife and whose knowledge of the area extends back to long holidays spent camping in this area before it even became a National Park.
Mwagusi camp is a rare gem on the safari circuit, tucked away in the far north east corner of the Ruaha National Park on the banks of a sweeping bend on the Mwagusi Sand River. One of the very few owner run camps in the area Mwagusi camp is a charming, small, exclusive tented camp of 13 bandas which snake along the sandy banks of the river.
All manner of wildlife descend here to dig holes in the sand revealing the clear waters beneath. More than 80 species of animal can be found within 45 minutes drive from the Camp. Almost all of the camp is built from natural materials such as grass thatch, timber, drift wood, stones and reeds, allowing the camp to be in perfect balance and harmony with its surroundings, certainly a safari camp of character.
Renowned for its high‐calibre of local Tanzanian guides and their in‐depth knowledge of the African bush, Mwagusi offers guests rewarding, quality wildlife guiding whether taking the early morning bird walks quietly on foot or the exhilarating game drives in their specially adapted open sided 4WD vehicles.
Mwagusi Safari Camp offers its guests a unique and comfortable tented safari experience. Almost all of the camp is built from natural materials such as grass thatch, timber, drift wood, stones and reeds, allowing the camp to be in perfect balance and harmony with its surroundings.
Each “banda” (meaning ‘temporary shelter’) consists of a large spacious tent sheltered by a cooling thatch roof and set on a polished red floor. Each banda has en-suite facilities with flushing toilet, an unlimited supply of hot water, shower, sink, shelving, a large mirror and good night-time lighting. Built using stones, driftwood and bones the bathroom is an area of interesting, unique and original design. Thick comfortable towels and locally produced clove soap are provided.
An efficient same-day laundry service that is free of charge is offered. The tented living area includes dressing table and mirror, trunk for storage, comfortable beds with high-density mattresses, safari style chairs and bedside tables for night-time reading. All the “bandas” are built into the sandy banks of the Mwagusi River providing their own private and secluded view. Each has large covered verandah, with a comfortable cushioned seating area and swinging hammock, making this the perfect place to relax and view the passing wildlife.
Map and travel information
To Tanzania: fly directly from the UK to Nairobi in approximately 8 hours 30 minutes
To Mwagusi River lodge: 1 hour charter flight from Dar.