“An alluring hilltop camp, formerly called Foxes Safari Camp, overlooking the savannah grasslands of Mikumi National Park”
The 12 guest tents, raised on high wooden platforms beneath shelters of thatched makuti palm, fan out around the base of the hill beneath the main lodge. Each is a good distance from the next so as to ensure maximum privacy and all have heart-stopping views out across the floodplains. Twin director-style chairs on the decked veranda are in perfect synch with the setting; we were treated to the sight of elephants grazing in the fading evening light just yards from where we sat.
All door and window openings are mosquito-netted with white cotton curtains to keep the sunlight at bay: we left ours open to the visual and aural extravaganza of the African night. Each tent has a chunky wooden double and single bed with excellent mattresses. Bright durries and naïve paintings add a splash of colour.
The shower room of each tent is tucked away behind a hessian and reed-covered wooden screen. Twin sinks are set into a small wooden vanity unit where you’ll find bottled water and mozzie spray. Further partitioning lends extra intimacy to the toilet and shower. Water is solar-heated and all tents have 220V electricity for about 8 hours a day when the camp’s generator is running.
Meals can’t fail but be special occasions in the camp’s airy banda-style thatched dining room. Uninterrupted views of the surrounding grasslands mean there’s a good chance that you’ll be watching grazing ellies, wildebeest and zebra whilst you eat. Be sure to have your binoculars to hand at meal times.
Breakfasts are served, rather than laid out buffet-style, adding to the cosseted vibe at the lodge: you just need to help yourself to tea and coffee at a central table. A fresh fruit salad, as well as fruit juice, is brought to your table along with freshly baked cinnamon rolls, then a hot breakfast order is taken.
Lunches back at the lodge take the form of a cold buffet. Ours was excellent; honey-cured ham, homemade quiche, a leaf and pepper salad, coleslaw, and a big choice of chutneys and sauces. If you’re spending the day in the bush you can expect an equally interesting picnic.
As at most safari camps, dinner is the culinary focus of the day, kicking off with drinks round the boma and the chance to talk to Kate about the Mikumi Park. You can then choose from a small selection of South African wines, all generously priced. We were served a scrummy leek soup then helped ourselves from the hot buffet; chicken slow-cooked in a rich and spicy tomato sauce, cauliflower cheese and roast potatoes dusted in paprika. A dessert of baked banana and cream ended our dinner on a suitably indulgent note.
Children are welcome, rather than merely tolerated, at all of the Foxes’ lodges and camps, unlike many safari operators - the owners are pioneers of family safaris, have children of their own and know how to look after families. Bear in mind that it's a long drive and likely to be a big trip, so we'd recommend it for older children - but we know there are exceptions to the rule that younger nippers don't travel as well.
Children between the ages of 1-12 are charged at half price when sharing with 2 adults.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Tents have a double bed plus a single bed and there's plenty of room to add another bed (maybe 2) if needed.
Babysitting is available, allowing you to go on a game drive without the whole family if you'd like.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids meals are arranged with the camp host; earlier meal times can be accommodated.
Mosquito repellent is essential. Naturally, you'll need to keep a close eye on children at all times - the wild bushlands are right outside your door. Note a Maasai escort is always on hand to ensure families get between their rooms and the facilities safely. Anyone visiting the country should take anti-malarials if they pass through Dar or Zanzibar when travelling to Tanzania.