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Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp

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#37 of 131 campsites in Serengeti National Park
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Embraced by an amphitheatre of monolithic rock sculptures known as kopjes, the reincarnated Serengeti Mbuzi Mawe Camp nestles in a secluded acacia glade with sweeping views over the alternately lush and burning plains of Serengeti National Park. Carefully sited on one of the main annual migrations.
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Free breakfast
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Bar / lounge
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Breakfast buffet
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4.0 of 5 stars
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Charming
Great View
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English, Swahili

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Serengeti National Park Tanzania
Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp
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Ellen McG wrote a review Oct 2023
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The staff here made us feel so special on our honeymoon - they were amazing! So warm and friendly - they danced and sang for us and made us a special cake. Our room was very comfortable - we stayed for 2 nights. Food was excellent and drinks from the bar - we could watch the football as well and play some cards in the lounge. We were woken one night by an elephant right outside our tent - it was so cool! You really felt part of nature and very safe even being so close. Thank you to all the staff here.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 2 Nov 2023
Dear EllenMc21 We appreciate the time taken to share your amazing review and I am very delighted to hear that you found our property as well as the service impeccable. Thank you very much once again for sharing this amazing review and we look forward to welcoming you back during your next visit. Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager
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WarrenWood wrote a review Sept 2023
Saint Louis, Missouri35 contributions7 helpful votes
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We were on a 10 day safari and were able to spend 1 night at this beautiful tented camp closely situated to excellent game viewing. Several cape buffalos spent the night bedded down near our tent to keep us company! A really great camp with kind and attentive people. The Klipspringers jumped from rock to rock with amazing agility as if to welcome us there.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Try to arrive in camp with time for a guided walk of the area.
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Responded 23 Oct 2023
Dear WarrenWood. We appreciate the time taken to share your amazing review and I am very delighted to hear that you found our property as well as the service impeccable. Thank you very much once again for sharing this amazing review and we look forward to welcoming you back during your next visit to Zanzibar. Best regards, Ellieta Mbisse
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eabk1 wrote a review Aug 2023
Brooklyn, New York3 contributions
Great place to stay - the staff were very nice, the food was delicious, and the rooms were great. The location has a lot of wildlife around it so lookout for hyrax and baboons walking around the campground. There's also lions nearby which is very convenient for an early morning game drive to spot some lions. Overall, we enjoyed staying there and had a great time!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 10 Aug 2023
Dear eabk1 It's an absolute pleasure reading about your last stay with us and we are thrilled to hear that we exceed most of your expectations. Thank you once again for sharing such detailed feedback and we look forward to hosting you again Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse
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FiveDivers wrote a review July 2023
San Antonio, Texas293 contributions106 helpful votes
This was the second lodge that we stayed at during our 8 day safari. Great lodging and great staff. Lodging under canvas was first class with rainfall showers, full baths and comfortable beds. Excellent food choices. Incredible staff. Great location right next to the kopjes. You could see lions on the kopje from our tented room. Cape buffalo walked around at night and you could hear the hyenas. The walking safari with the naturalist and ranger is a MUST. We learned so much about the animals and environment and climbed the kopjes as well. Thanks Gift and George. The true safari experience. Don’t worry about the animals at night, there is a trained ranger to ensure your safety.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 12 July 2023
Dear FiveDivers, It's an absolute pleasure reading about your last stay with us and we are thrilled to hear that we exceed most of your expectations. Thank you once again for sharing such detailed feedback and we look forward to hosting you again Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager
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Ian Palmer wrote a review Apr 2023
5 contributions4 helpful votes
The tented camp is in a wonderfully isolated location set on a koppie with all the tents looking out onto the surrounding savannah with game visible. rooms, food and service were all excellent. Dining area and lounge are set amongst trees.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Responded 4 Apr 2023
Dear IanHPalmer We appreciate the time taken to share your amazing review and I am very delighted to hear that you found our property as well as the service impeccable. Thank you very much once again for sharing this amazing review and we look forward to welcoming you back during your next visit to Tanzania-Serengeti. Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager
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adventurel0ver wrote a review Nov 2022
Columbia61 contributions130 helpful votes
This is my second time staying at this camp. It is a very nice tented camp in a fairly secluded part of Serengeti. The tents are specious and well appointed. Each tent has two queen size beds, a small sitting area and a separate work station/ desk. Outside the tent, there is a small porch with a sitting area. The bathroom is large with a walk in shower and double vanity sink. The water pressure was good. From the tents, you have nice views of the surrounding area and wildlife is all around this area. I had cape buffalo right outside the tent for 2 nights and vervot monkey playing chase across the top the tent late one afternoon. There are lots of rock hyrax in and around camp as well as klipspringers which the camp is named after. I could hear lion and hyena in the distance. All in all, it gives you and old school safari feel with the creature comforts of home. Wifi was good. The common areas are OK but nothing special. They are located in the middle of the camp and there is not much of view. Overall, I didn’t think the common areas were as nice some other tented camps where I stayed but they are adequate. The food and service here where very good. Even for a fairly remote tented camp Serena does a really good job of giving you several choices with each meal. The quality of the food was also very good. The service at this camp was similar to other Serena properties – excellent. All in all, a good choice for a Serengeti tented camp.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded 2 Dec 2022
Dear Robert D It's an absolute pleasure reading about your last stay with us and we are thrilled to hear that we exceed most of your expectations. Thank you once again for sharing such detailed feedback and we look forward to hosting you again Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager
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Derek h wrote a review Nov 2022
Kent
Our trip was arranged through Africa Travel Resource and we are so grateful that they included four nights at the Mbuzi Mawe Serena camp, any initial doubts we may have had about staying in a tent in the Serengeti were very soon dispelled, these are tents on an entirely different level, beautifully appointed, set on a tiled floor with immaculate presentation and plumbing, electricity and wi-fi consistent with any hotel I have stayed in. The staff were all so warm and welcoming it would be unfair to name specifics , everybody combined to make our family stay a truly magical experience with the food being of an excellent standard, the packed lunches we were sent off with on our daily game drives were superb and, of course, what a fabulous location, you are literally living in the Serengeti with it's wildlife all around, you have to be sensible and listen to the expert guides who escort you around the site but that is all part of the wonderful experience. I would very much like to think that I will be able to visit again one day. Thank you all.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded 13 Nov 2022
Dear derekh371 Thank you very much for taking time off your schedule and choose to come to stay at Serena Mbuzi Mawe .You also spared some time to share your feedback about us. We gladly appreciate rating us highly in regards to our Service, the view being priceless and that you had a very great Memorable stay with your family. Thank you once again for sharing and we look forward to welcoming you back again. Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager.
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Pantherfan13 wrote a review Nov 2022
Loudon, Tennessee41 contributions13 helpful votes
Our group only spent one night at this wonderful lodge but it was great! Staff was terrific, food was excellent and the accommodations were very good. Alietha and the staff did a great job accommodating our small group. I would highly recommend Mbuzi Make Serena Camp
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded 7 Nov 2022
Dear Pantherfan13 We appreciate the time taken to share your amazing review and I am very delighted to hear that you found our property as well as the service impeccable. Thank you very much once again for sharing this amazing review and we look forward to welcoming you back during your next visit to Tanzania-Serengeti. Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager
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Dan B wrote a review Oct 2022
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My Fiancé and I visited Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp for 4 nights in late September 2022 for our very first Safari adventure. Our experience was exceptional and I am not exaggerating to say that our expectations were exceeded in all aspects. The camp is situated on a hill amongst the Kopes in the central Serengeti with fantastic views and an abundance of wildlife within sight and earshot. Baboons and Hyrax frequent the camp and during our stay we spotted lions, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, elephant and the Mbuzi Mawe after which the camp is named just metres from the camp borders. The accommodation is both spacious and luxurious with the tents set on a solid flat foundation for comfort. Electricity in all tents and 24 hour hot water supply for showering. The staff were helpful and friendly without being overbearing. In particular Newstar and Haji were fantastic. Whilst Eric the assistant manager regularly checked in to ensure there was nothing more that could be done to enhance our stay. Food was something we weren’t sure what to expect in a safari camp in the middle of the Serengeti but we needn’t have been concerned, it was both delicious and plentiful with a set menu for lunch and dinner each day with a few options for each course. The staff are also always on hand to provide you with an early morning coffee at any time no matter how early (we had 4am before pickup for balloon safari) in the lobby area of the main tent prior to wake you up for the morning game drives. The communal area of the camp itself is also idyllic with separate lounge, bar and restaurant areas all in keeping with the savannah setting. There are some reviews here which suggest the service is not great but we strongly and wholeheartedly disagree with this based on our experience. Notably on our final night in the camp, at dinner during our dessert the staff surprised us by bringing my fiancé and I a special cake with Kwaheri (the Swahili word for goodbye) iced on to it. Not only this, but the entire staff - waiters/waitresses, chefs, security and management - came out to our table and sang and danced Swahili celebration and goodbye songs with us. A truly unexpected and special experience that will live long in our memories. Overall we couldn’t fault the camp or the staff and would highly recommend to anyone considering staying here. We will certainly be back at some point in the future.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 24 Oct 2022
Dear danbC3239YE It's an absolute pleasure reading about your last stay with us and we are thrilled to hear that we exceed most of your expectations. Thank you once again for sharing such detailed feedback and we look forward to hosting you again Kind Regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp Manager
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LPANDERSON wrote a review Sept 2022
Los Alamos, New Mexico11 contributions2 helpful votes
This camp was wonderful in every way. We arrived early evening and dinner was at 7:30, so we hustled our dusty bodies to our lovely tents. Dinner was delicious. The dining room was warm and welcoming and the food yummy! We headed back to our tents for a good night’s sleep. Well, well soon after we hit the pillow at least one male lion decided to make his presence known….letting all within hearing distance aware that where we were trying to sleep was really his territory! He carried on roaring for a couple of hours! That was very exciting!! The next day was a dirty, dusty, ashy drive and we didn’t see many animals. We were back at tents for a tasty lunch. We were very tired. Spent afternoon showering and napping. Our group of 4 went to bar at 5:30 PM. Our ADA tour guide/driver came in at 6:00 PM and he and some staff including the Asst. Manager took us behind dining lodge, behind tents and we soon saw servers, a chef and appetizers warming in stainless server. This is where the Serengeti Cocktails made their presence….orange and passion fruit juices, with Vodka and local Gin. Wow!! Sooooo delicious! They also had a large variety of delicious finger food that we chowed down like it was our last meal. We had so much fun and it's such a lovely memory! We enjoyed this spread during the most gorgeous sunset and we went back to the main lodge for a nightcap. No dinner…too full. Back to tents by 8 PM. We continued to our next camp in the morning, taking with us wonderful memories of Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 13 Sept 2022
Dear aande1285 It's an absolute pleasure reading about your last stay with us and we are thrilled to hear that we exceed most of your expectations and appreciate the time taken to share this amazing review. I am very delighted to hear that you found our property as well as the service impeccable and the Serengeti cocktail you had was so delicious. Thank you very much once again for sharing this amazing review and we look forward to welcoming you back again during your next visit to Tanzania-Serengeti. Best regards, Ellieta Mbisse Camp manager
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AU$453 - AU$1,012 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.