“Tucked in the Moru Kopjes in the southern Serengeti, this secluded camp offers impressive game viewing and dazzling sunrises”
With just 8 tents, the atmosphere of the camp is intimate and personalised, with lots of attention to detail (we loved the furry hot water bottles placed in our bed while we were at dinner, and the dried flowers on our pillows). All are comfortable and spacious with firm beds, funky cushions and functional storage. The bedside tables are lit by traditional ‘gas lantern’ lamps which cast a warming glow and make the tents all the more cosy to retire to. Bright throws and rugs add splashes of colour to the neutral safari tones and sheepskin rugs underfoot make the early starts infinitely more palatable.
The front of the tent serves as a spacious porch area complete with luxurious daybeds and a coffee table; perfect to relax and take in the breathtaking views of the bush. What really marked our stay was nature's wake-up call. Nothing can quite match the dramatic orange Serengeti sun streaming in through the front of the tent each morning as the birds are starting to wake. We sat in awe and watched the landscape come to life.
At the back of the tent is a surprisingly good bathroom, complete with a copper sink and jug, that gets filled with hot water each morning. There are fluffy white towels and cotton bathrobes along with hanging space for clothes. The toilet and shower units are partitioned off by heavy canvas flaps; the latter is a ‘bush shower’ and hot water is supplied by a large canvas bucket which is hoisted up for you by a Herculean member of the camp staff first thing in the morning; you can also arrange pre-dinner showers on request. There are lots of thoughtful extras, too: cotton wool buds, large dispensers of shampoo and shower gel; even a tin of washing powder to wash delicate items you can't put in the camp laundry.
Guest security is top priority at all times (this bush camp is literally in the wild), and at night you are escorted to and from your tent along the lamplit paths by a trusty Askari who makes sure you safely follow the marked route and don’t make any wrong turnings after dark!
The food at Dunia was delicious and fresh, so much so, it was easy to forget the remoteness of the location. Breakfast, served from 6am, was a self-service spread of cereals, toast, homemade jams and pastries. You can also have eggs as a cooked option; just ask.
Lunch is normally a picnic box taken with you on your game drive - perhaps quiche, sandwiches, fresh fruit, juice and cookies. However, the great thing about Dunia’s location is that you can split your day into 2 game drives and come back to the camp for lunch and a rest if you prefer, thus escaping the midday heat. The lunch in-camp is an impressive buffet; we enjoyed a fresh aubergine salad, a vegetable couscous and crusty bread, followed by a delicious fruit salad.
Dinner is served at 8pm, following drinks around the campfire to discuss the day’s sightings with fellow guests. We started with a 'vegetable tower' topped with melted cheese, followed a buffet main with an amazing array of salads and meat dishes. Our favourites were the lamb skewers and a hearty potato salad. Dessert was a perfectly light lemon meringue pie with a strong espresso chaser.
All meals are eaten around a long table which gives you a chance to socialise with other guests. We really enjoyed this, but if you wish to dine alone just let the manager Richard know and he will prepare a private candelit table set away from the group - while we were staying, honeymooners asked for this option, and it looked very romantic.