1) Name of property and country: Dunia Camp, Seronera, Serengeti, Tanzania
2) Website address if known:
3) Date of stay, including whether Green Season, Shoulder season or High season pricing (if known). Green season, April, 2015
4) Length of stay: 4 nights
5) Why did you choose this camp or lodge to stay in? Based upon what? Great reviews, I was told the Seronera area was very pretty and I wanted a camp that I could transport easily by road from Namiri.
6) How did you book the property, direct or agent? Were your enquiries dealt with quickly and efficiently? Through Troy at True Africa.
7) How many times have you been on Safari? 4 times
8) To which countries? South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Namibia.
9) Which properties have you been to previously that you are comparing this one to? None
10) Was the camp/lodge fenced? No, we were accompanied everywhere after dark
11) How many rooms/tents does it have? 9
12) What tent or room did you stay in? Did it have a good view? Was it overlooked or private? We had tents with great views over the Serengeti, they were private due to the camp having well established nature surround each tent.
13) How comfortably furnished was the room/tent? The rooms were very comfortable (glamping), king size bed, sitting area, bathroom with bucket shower. Everywhere was super clean regardless of it being the wet season.
14) Did you like the food? If yes, please state why. If no, please state why. The food was fantastic and there was great variety.
15) Was there a varied menu offering multiple choice? If vegetarian was a suitable alternative offered? (Did you have to request this in advance?) Yes there were different things on offer.
16) What is the default dining arrangement? Single tables or communal dining? Do the guides/managers host at mealtimes? Yes, it was a communal table (single tables if requested) and hosted by two members of staff each night.
17) How good were the packed breakfasts/lunches if staying out on game drives? Yes, packed breakfasts and lunches were fresh, filling and delicious.
18) What are the game drive vehicles? Please include photo if possible. We had an enclosed 4WD which was ideal due to the weather.
19) How many guests per row? 2 rows with 2 seats in each row.
20) How long were the game drives and were they varied in the routes taken? Game drives were varied and depended on where we wanted to visit and what we wanted to see.
21) What are the standard game drive times? Are game drive times flexible: i.e., if agreed in advance, can you go out earlier than suggested and stay out later, i.e., not returning for lunch but taking supplies with you? We stayed our between 6 hours in the morning and about 3 hours in the afternoon. We travelled longer distances in the morning and stayed local (there was a pride of lions nearby).
22) Is this a private conservancy/concession, and what is the vehicle/lodge density like?
23) If in a National Park, what is the vehicle density in the immediate vicinity? Density was low due to the Green Season but at some sightings there were up to 6 cars. This is very low compared to peak season.
24) Are you able to off-road? No
25) Are there rotation policies for sightings i.e., You face the risk of queuing or being bumped from a sighting. Not sure.
26) What wildlife is this property known for? Did you get good sightings? Very happy with our sightings. We saw wild dogs which is extremely rare in this area, our first leopard cubs and lions up a tree.
27) How was the standard of guiding? Fantastic and a good driver. Roads were very bad during certain parts due to the weather.
28) If you had a bad experience with a guide, why? Did you report the issue to management, and if so, how did they deal with the issue? N/A
29) If you had a very good experience with your guide, please give reasons why: N/A
30) Were staff attentive to your requests/needs? The staff were helpful and happy during our stay. The staff were awesome. They looked after my parents when I was on safari and they were in camp. Plus they provided a lovely celebration the night of their wedding anniversary.
31) Does the property support a local community conservation initiative. If so, please provide brief details and website address if known. Yes, through Asilia Africa.
32) Safaritalk trip report link:
33) Any other pertinent details you wish to add:
Dunia Camp is a beautiful and well established camp south of the Seronera area of the Serengeti. It is in a quiet location with 9 tents, a lovely communal lounge and eating area. The tents are spacious, with a sitting area and large bathroom with a flush toilet and bucket showers. Everything that you need to relax in the bush. The staff are well trained and offer a fantastic level of service and the food is wonderful.
The sightings around Dunia are very good although the amount of cars at each sighting is high depending on the time of year. It is best to get out early before the crowds arrive. I took my parents here in April so we did experience some wet weather but the staff made sure were comfortable and our guide was always happy to get out in the wet and challenging conditions to find the animals we had not seen. I really enjoyed spending time with the local lion pride who had some young cubs during our stay and allowed some brilliant photo opportunities.
We all loved our time at Dunia and it was an ideal opportunity to see another new area of the Serengeti.
Room Tip: All rooms were fantastic and a distance from each other and the communal area.
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