My friend and I stayed at the Pumzika Luxury Camp for two nights during our safari. It was incredible. We both loved the place, including the wonderful staff. The staff were clearly concerned about providing quality service and making it a great experience for us.
I loved staying in a tented camp and the fact that it’s in the middle of nowhere made it even cooler. It’s a unique experience I would happily repeat. Since it was the slow seaso, it was only my friend and I in one tent and another tent of people, so the place was nice and quiet except t night when you hear the lions roar, hyenas howl, water buffalo and the occasional jackal. That was of course the best part of the whole stay!!!
The food was excellent.
The only downside which I wasn’t aware of was the lack of electrical outlets in the room to use a blow dryer. I assumed because there was electricity in the tent I would have outlets however, that was not the case. But, that is apparently common in all tented camps run on solar power and not a deal breaker. I would not hesitate to stay here again.
In summary, this is a great place and if you’re looking for a unique place to stay with great food and service look no further. I’m not sure what the difference is between the regular Pumzika camp and Pumzika Luxury Camp. The staff wasn’t able to tell me either.
Serengeti is a truly exceptional park and if you stay at least one night at Pumzika you will experience Serengeti at the fullest. I will never forgot the fantastic night sky....I even didn't know that so many stars exists. The camp is truly in the middle of serengeti, but despite this, the tend are comfortable, spacious, fancy furniture, shower, electricity...you have all the comfort in a magic location. It gives it best at sunset. And if you are lucky when having your delicious breakfast you'll see a lioness not far away from you thinking if it's time to start hunting. No worries, you are far away enough to be absolutely safe. Food is also extremely good. The staff is friendly, always helpful and supportive. they are ready to do the extra mile: I forgot my glasses in my room and they found the way to deliver them back in Arusha. Truly amazing. I just regret we stayed there only for one nigh!
I am afraid this is not a positive experience. We stayed there for 2 nights and I honestly think there are other options out there. The camp is basic. No charger in the room. Only 2 little desk lamps in the room meaning you can’t see anything 1 meters away from your bed. It was inconvenient if you had to find stuff in the suitcase. The camp situated on a little hill. You can hear the sounds of the wind and animals so I didn’t sleep well even with my earplug. Bucket shower is outdoor at the back of your tent. When wind blows by, if was freezing.
The food is the worst out of the 4 camps that we have been. Everything was very salty even the hot water for making tea is salty. The dessert was a bite of banana with a small bowl of custard.
I know you can’t ask for too much in a remote National Park but we paid over $400 usd for a night during peak season and this should not be the standard. We paid $30 USD more pppn for another camp in Serengeti and it was much better. I felt I was overcharged for this camp.
We stayed here 1 night in order to do a balloon ride over the Serengeti. We had a long day on safari so unfortunately we arrived after dark so could not have a decent look around, but the tents were great and well equipped with comfy queen bed, toilet, wash basin area and open air shower room. ( no roof) food tent was great and food was lovely. Staff were amazing and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. They arranged a super early wake up call for us and the staff all got up early ( 440 am) to wake us and serve us breakfast! Amazing guys and thank you!
I was a little taken aback when I saw the pull shower for the first time ( I have never done camping before and this is def not roughing it) but once it was filled with warm water it was really pleasant having a shower in our tent where we could see the thousands of stars in the sky! It was magical. Loved it.
This camp is about a half hour down a long dirt road and that made it perfect for us. We visited as part of a private tour with Infinity Safari, a fine local operator.
While remote, the camp was also an easy drive from the local airstrip, making it a good first or last stop on your circuit. We had great Serengeti viewing on drives in the area, including multiple leopard sightings.
Probably the nicest tent bedroom we experienced, with many nice little touches. Pretty basic, all the same, with your hot shower provided by a staffer hoisting a large container of hot water over your bathroom as prep. We especially enjoyed what our host called "our cable tv". Only one channel, though, as he was referring to the spectacular sunsets viewed from the central campfire of this camp sited on a crest of a ridge.
We enjoyed our stay and would go back.