I had a wonderful time! Everyone in Lake Manze and Mdonya Old River camps were so very nice. I could not have asked for a better experience.
My favorite sighting was some lion cubs that couldn’t have been more than a couple of months old! They were absolutely beautiful! The hot air balloon ride was unforgettable! We got to see a herd of buffalo and they looked like ants from the air. It was amazing!
- Kristen, June 2019
A few of my highlights were enjoying the company of our drivers and guides. I have such respect for them and the work they do. They were truly proud of their country and the knowledge they had was unbelievable. I loved seeing the rope bridge at Old Mdonya Camp that was used until about 15 years ago. Clients would have to bring their gear across the bridge to meet the jeep on the other side. This camp is still truly remote and it is beautiful.
- Kasey and Jim, June 2018
Ruaha Old River Camp was also special and again we were lucky to be the only visitors for that stay. We had Henri and Edmund as our guide and driver and they shared their knowledge of the area with us. We even hiked to a wonderful waterfall which was a nice break from riding in the jeep. Henri was so disappointed that we didn't see any big cats but the hippos and elephants, zebras and giraffes plus the snake more than compensated. They even helped us battle the tsetse flies! Andreas and Rebecca were great hosts.
- Kathleen and Bogdan, February 2018
The camp had different topography which was a good contrast; again the camp management was excellent. Highlights for me were seeing leopard every day, observing a pack of wild dogs; honey badger; nightly visit to my tent by a cheeky elephant who took delight in eating the branches of a very nearby tree and also vandalising the water pipe to my tent - a great reminder of being out in the wild! Again the guides were very knowledgeable and it was great to share experiences of wild life encounters with them, as I had been in Namibia last year working with vets in a cheetah and leopard conservation camp.
-Jackie, September 2016
Ruaha was a similarly comfortable camp. Whilst animals were around the camp the main focus of the safaris were in the National Park which in reality meant we were travelling over an hour to reach the park. This in turn meant that the preferred drive option was an all day safari. Three days of this is both rewarding and tiring, something which perhaps less fit clients would find difficult to cope with.
- David and Linda, September, 2016
Our first accommodation was the Mdonya Old River Camp in Ruaha. It was a more basic tented accommodation but was perfect. No electricity makes for a more simple life. Having a solar powered shower underneath the stars was incredible. The hot water bottle in the bed at night was a great touch as it did get a little chilly at night. Food was fantastic and we certainly did not go hungry. Our guide was amazing. Kahimba had fantastic knowledge, was able to drive, spot a lion a mile away and make us laugh whilst teaching his colleague Paul! We were able to witness lions mating right in front of us, elephants, plenty of giraffe and zebra and were so lucky to catch a leopard with a kill on the way to the airstrip!!
- Lisa and Alex, August, 2016
Lake Manze & Mdonya Old River camps were great and all the staff fantastic. Wildlife viewing was excellent and we saw everything except wild dogs which was a bit of a disappointment but we know nothing is guaranteed on safari.
- Martin and Kay, November, 2015
I have been meaning to contact you just to say that the trip was perfect. The accommodation was excellent. We were particularly impressed by the very welcoming nature of the camps. They simply couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating. The guides were excellent and we were amazed at the standard of food that could be produce in the middle of nowhere.
- Ben and Family, July, 2015
We had a wonderful time at both Lake Manze and Mdonya Old River Camp. We were made to feel very welcome at both, and the staff could not have been more helpful.
Thanks for mentioning that it was our honeymoon. Both camps offered to lay on a special, private dinner for us, which was a lovely touch.
And finally thank you for your suggestion of combining the Selous with Ruaha. It was a perfect combination of two quite different parks, and the animal sightings were superb. No rhino, but you can’t have everything.
Thanks for all of your help and suggestions, which helped make an amazing honeymoon.
Will and Bev
- Will and Bev, September, 2014
Our time at Mdonya was our favourite because of how wild and rugged Ruaha is as well as the variety of animals. The location of the camp was not perfect because most of the best sightings were a long way from camp (we’d love to go back to Ruaha but would probably look for something nearer the Ruaha River). The food was incredible.
- Ben and Lauren, August, 2014
The only complaint we had was that Fundi the Leopard remained elusive at Old Mdonya, but there was still plenty of wildlife to see, and the different landscapes between the two camps kept things fresh and interesting.
The accommodation was great and we were well looked after everywhere we went but particularly at Mdonya where they arranged a private candle-lit dinner in the bush…which was great despite the lions roaring from what felt like far too close.
- Daniel, September, 2012
Ruaha national park was definitely worth seeing, and our luck with the wildlife continued. On a great first day we saw a pack of lions eating a giraffe, with vultures and jackals waiting nearby and a hyeena just across the road. Our guide was extremely affable and a good spotter.? ?The camp facilities and cuisine were much more basic (which we expected) and the organisation was nowhere near as polished as Selous.
- Sam and Judith, July, 2012