Mwagusi Safari Camp


Ruaha National Park

Accommodation Type

Permanent tented camp

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Mwagusi Safari Camp

Set in a fantastic position on the banks of the Mwagusi River, this small, uniquely-designed camp blends perfectly into its environment. Elephants dig in the sand riverbed or wander through the camp, and a wonderful diversity of animals comes to drink here throughout the year. This comfortable camp is something out of the ordinary – we love it!

With its grass-thatched bandas and use of driftwood, stones and reeds in its construction, Mwagusi has something of a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ feel. This is enhanced by the sandy paths, and when the adjacent Mwagusi River is dry you look out onto a river of sand that draws elephants who dig deep to get to water, giving you the feeling that you and the animals have been marooned together on a desert island. You just happen to be lucky enough to have been ‘marooned’ with a talented chef, a very friendly and helpful team of staff, expert guides and some safari vehicles! And what better use to make of that dry riverbed than to use it for candlelit dinners?

Mwagusi has a wonderful heritage. It started life in 1987 as a temporary fly camp, set up by Chris Fox, a Tanzanian with an immense love for Ruaha, its wildlife and people. That love and dedication has seen him develop Mwagusi into a very special, original and unusual place.  Chris has a remarkable understanding of animal behaviour and this has led him to establish a three-year in-house guide training programme. The guiding here is, consequently, excellent.

Wildlife in Ruaha is brilliant, with massive concentrations of game living amongst the rugged landscape.  Elephants wander through the camp and there are large populations of lion and leopard, and a great variety of antelope.  African wild dog and striped hyena also live in the park, and the birdlife is outstanding, with bird walks around camp being a wonderful and informative way to spend an hour or so. Because the camp is so well established, the local animals have become comfortable around people, giving some amazing game watching opportunities from within camp.

Tanzania Specialists review

Amanda Marks“Not only is this lovely camp in one of the best areas in Ruaha for game, but it is in a truly beautiful location on the Mwagusi River (which, by the way, is sand for most of the year but it’s still an incredible spot), and the guiding is really excellent. I loved the rooms, which are part tent and part stone built – both under thatch. They are not the fanciest in Ruaha, but very comfortable, and I could have sat on my verandah all day long to watch the wildlife from my rocky perch. I would return in a heartbeat.”

READ AMANDA’S BLOG: Tribes’ director Amanda Marks stayed at Mwagusi Camp in June 2018. You can read her blog about this for a personal view of the camp experience.

Mwagusi Safari Camp highlights

  • Uniquely-designed camp on banks of Mwagusi River
  • Beautiful, remote location
  • Excellent year-round game viewing in Ruaha
  • Expertly trained guides
  • Rustic elegance in comfortable thatched bandas
  • Elephants wander through the camp
  • Friendly, peaceful ambience

Mwagusi Safari Camp location

Mwagusi Safari Camp


  • 12 safari tents in thatched bandas
  • Open all year round
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • Laundry
  • Reading room


  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Full day game drives with picnic lunch
  • Guided safari walks (optional)
  • Bush breakfasts and dinners
  • Bird walk (in camp)

Mwagusi Safari Camp rooms

The 12 rooms consist of spacious tents set under grass thatched wooden and stone structures (bandas), with a polished red floor. Each banda has a large en-suite bathroom with flush loo, basin and large shower.

The clever use of driftwood, stones and animal bones adds to the originality of this unusual space.

The bandas have tented living areas with large, comfy beds, and a covered verandah with hammocks and comfortable seating.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“Mwagusi Safari Camp supports Foxes’ Community and Wildlife Conservation Trust (FCWCT), a grassroots initiative of the Fox family that provides shelter, sustenance, education and medical care to orphans and foster families in the Mufindi District of Tanzania.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.