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Mwagusi Safari Camp

Mwagusi Safari Camp is a tented lodge situated in a prime position on the Mwagusi River in the eastern region of Ruaha National Park.

Mwagusi is a long-established property run by Chris Fox, part of the Fox family who were the main pioneers of tourism development in Ruaha. The lodge is not quite as small and intimate as it used to be, but the location is superb for game viewing and the rustic style of the central areas, combined with sandy pathways around camp, ensure that a true bush atmosphere is maintained. Meals are taken communally, often split on more than one table, and game is regularly spotted from camp. A strength of Mwagusi has always been the knowledge of the local guides who have all grown up in the area and have been trained by Chris. The accommodation is very comfortable and spacious, whilst maintaining a rustic safari feel. In recent years Mwagusi has offered very good value for money compared with a couple of the newer properties in Ruaha.


Accommodation is for around 26 guests in 13 comfortable bandas, all built into the sandy banks of the Mwagusi River providing their own private view. Each are slightly different in lay-out with a tented bedroom leading to a plumbed…


Ruaha National Park was previously part of the huge Rungwa Game Reserve, with which it shares its north-western boundary. In 1964, it was gazetted as the National Park. The terrain within the park is well wooded and undulating. The Great …


Mwagusi accepts children 5 years and older but with its remote and adventurous feel and the fact that animals are often in camp, we feel Mwagusi is best suited for older children upwards of 12 years. There is no…

Conservation & community

Mwagusi is owned by Chris Fox and supports the Fox family’s Foxes’ Community and Wildlife Conservation Trust (FCWCT). The Trust helps orphans and foster families in the Mufindi community with accommodation, food…

LocationMwagusi River, Ruaha National Park
AccessScheduled or Charter flight into Msembe, and 30 minute drive
OpenMid-May to mid-March
Camp StyleTented lodge
FocusBig game / Birding
Children5 years +
ActivitiesGame drives (by day and night) / Guided walks
Maximum Guests on Vehicle6
Private Vehicle OptionsYes
Off-road DrivingNo
Number of Rooms13 bandas
Family AccommodationTriples and quadruples possible
BathroomFlush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower
Power for chargingIn room
HairdryerNot possible
Room SafeLockable chest
Laundry ServiceComplimentary
Communication in roomWhistle
Mobile ReceptionNo
Dining StyleCommunal (private on request)
Drinks IncludedSoft game drive drinks only included as standard (other options possible)
Credit CardsNot accepted