October 17, 2004
At the top of the kopje is the dining bandar, a tall thatched building with open walls on three sides. (The fourth side is the kitchen, which is hidden from view.) It contains a bar and a small cushioned seating area, as well as dining tables. Dinner is served at the table, not buffet style. As usual in Tanzanian safari lodges, vegetarian food is not a problem. The meal was tasty but not memorable; what was much more memorable was the view, which was stunning in all directions: an enormous plain dotted with occasional trees and visible herds of zebra and wildebeest.
Luxurious as the camp is, though, the real attraction is that it is a camp, and the animals sometimes walk right past your tents. When we arrived, we were told that an elephant was in the habit of roaming around at night, and that we should "watch out" for him; what we should do if we ran into him was not clear. We laughed at the idea of bumping into an elephant on the way down from dinner, but sure enough: just as we were going to bed, we heard a loud crackle, and looked out one of the windows... straight at a tusk not ten feet from the tent. The elephant was chomping away at the bushes outside. My partner, who's braver than I am, actually went outside onto the tent platform; the elephant heard him, and stared at him alarmingly with both ears wide, but fortunately took no action.
The next day, over a post-safari brunch, we told everyone what we’d seen, and our companions were duly impressed… but not as impressed as we all were when we walked down to the bottom of the hill to pack and discovered the elephant hanging around to see us off.
Since we were there on a trip organized by a conference, I don’t know precisely what Foxes costs, but safaris that stay in luxury tented camps go for $200/person/day, double occupancy. Paying separately, I’d imagine it would be at least $200 for a double.
From journal Morogoro and Mikumi National Park