Mikumi National Park
Permanent tented camp
Mid-rangeOverall good quality. This is a wide category, but you can expect a comfortable stay.
Stanley’s Kopje is the only one in Mikumi National Park with an elevated position. It sits up on a rocky hill, and overlooks the Mkata flood plain and Mwanamboga waterhole, the prime game viewing locations in Mikumi. The views are amazing, accommodation very comfortable and it won’t break the bank to stay here.
This is a lovely, not overly large, traditional safari camp. There’s a slightly colonial feel to it, which is enhanced by the leather Chesterfield sofas and polished wood floors, and the team that run it are delightful.
It’s in an enviable position in a really pretty location, sitting up on a rocky kopje with astounding, 360-degree views over the plains and a nearby waterhole. The main dining banda/bar and pool area are at the highest level, and the 12 guest tents (which are really spacious and sit inside thatched bandas on wooden stiles) are arranged around the lower slopes, to make the most of the views. Predators are relatively scarce in Mikumi, but the waterhole is a good place to see the animals the predators prey on – and hence, at times, the predators themselves. You are in the park’s best game viewing spot.
That said, whilst we believe you can have a good wildlife experience here, we would mainly advise this park for first time safari travellers, as the wildlife viewing is not as diverse or prolific as in other Tanzanian parks. Also, there is a main road bisecting the park, though the guides are very good at making you unaware of this, so it doesn’t really spoil the experience.
Stanley’s Kopje is extremely convenient if you’re coming straight out of Dar es Salaam, and it’s well-priced. It’s a good choice for a couple of nights, and with a really nice swimming pool to cool off in and those terrific views, it should be a highly enjoyable experience. The camp’s owners have a number of properties in Tanzania, and combining a stay at Stanley’s with one or more of their other camps or lodges can help keep holiday budgets down a bit.
Times to Go
You’ll see the highest concentration of game during the dry season – June to late November. When the rains come at the end of the year, everything becomes beautifully lush and green, so December to February can also be a lovely time to go, albeit with fewer animals.
Stanley’s Kopje highlights
- Only elevated camp in Mikumi National Park
- Good value, traditionally-styled safari camp
- Nearby waterhole attracts large numbers of animals
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Trek in the Udzungwa Mountains rainforest
- A good option for families
Stanley’s Kopje location
- 12 en-suite tents
- Open June to end February
- Children of all ages welcome
(10+ on shared game drives)
- Swahili-style dining banda/bar
- Swimming pool
- Special meals for children
- Laundry service
- Game drives in Mikumi
- Rainforest treks in Udzungwa Mountains (optional)
- Bush breakfasts, picnics
Stanley’s Kopje rooms
The 12 guest tents are of a very good size. Each is individually themed – named after a famous explorer or African chief – and sits within its own thatched, open-sided banda which is perched on stilts. Rooms can be configured as doubles or twins, and some as family units, sleeping four.
The tents have polished wood floors, rustic wooden beds, a writing desk and director’s chairs, and good use has been made of traditional textiles.
The en-suite bathrooms have solar-heated showers, twin basins and flush toilets.
Each tent has a really generous verandah with table and chairs – ideal for enjoying a morning coffee while taking in the views.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“The company that owns Stanley’s Kopje – Foxes Safari Camps- supports communities in Tanzania through its NGO Foxes Community and Wildlife Trust.”
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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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
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 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.
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.