We stayed three nights in Dunia Camp, a group of 8 of us on a photo safari through the crater and then the Serengeti, and Dunia Camp stands out, among all the places we stayed, as a favorite!
The place itself is beautiful, thoughtfully laid out, with a beautiful view of the grasslands (listened to lions and hyenas in the evening hours...
and enjoyed an amazing thunderstorm one night!)...the camp is intimate in size and the tents were really lovely and very comfortable.
The bucket showers are an experience! Turns out all I need is a bucket full of warm water to get a really good shower.
The staff, especially our host, Richard, was attentive and funny and helpful...morning, noon and night!
We see tons of animals on the ride but it is hot and dusty and a bit overwhelming. We see giraffe, elephants, gazelles, lions.
Leopards, warthogs, hippos, crocodiles, hyrax, bat eared foxes, eagles, vultures, zebra, hartebeests, mongoose, eland and topi. I am sure I am missing many other species.
We drive about 90 miles between the two camps.
Covering all this ground in the car lets us see a lot, but we are just exhausted.
This is the first time we drove a significant distance between camps.
Previously, we flew the small charter planes. Most everyone we have met has been driving between camps.
I do not know how they can stay upright. After lunch our guide asks if we want to do a long game drive or head to Dunia Camp.
We say “camp, please” as we are so tired. We get into camp at 4:00 pm and have a shower and nap.
I am sitting on the bed writing watching impala and warthogs nervously eat 75 feet in front of me.
A baboon lets out a warning cry, followed by the warthogs grunting at some threat and the impala scatter through the brush.
Dunia Camp was our last days on safari. I am starting to feel like a guest that has stayed too long. There is no more small talk to make.
I am tired, bug bitten and dirty and ready to be on to the next part of the journey. The Central Serengeti is wonderful. However, unlike the Northern part of Ngorogoro, you have to stay on the roads.